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help connectin sb 900 and sb 800 wireless

Jose Andres

Buenos Aires, AR
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Jose Andres Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Mar 2003
Sat 22-Nov-08 09:34 PM | edited Sat 22-Nov-08 09:44 PM by Jose Andres

hi nikonians.

I am new to speedlight but I have a decent equipment with with I would like to start delving into flash photograpy.
My main body is a Nikon D3. I have purchased the new SB 900 with which I would like to use wirelessly with my SB 800.
I have the Sb29 cable cord, to be connected to the SB900 for off camera flash, but I am also interested in connecting wireless both flash for an off camera shot.

My intention is to take (family) portraits (using my D3 + Nikkor 85 mm f1.4) with both flashes pointing the subject at 45º (one stronger than the other). I have both Gary Fong whale tail reporter and origami, for diffusing the light.

I know that the best way would be to purchase the SU 800. However, after starting to read the strobist website, I came across to the " ebay wireless flash triggers" (see an example here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/YN-Wireless-Flash-Trigger-V2s-for-Nikon-SB-900-SB-600-z_W0QQitemZ110315800681QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPortable_Flashes_Strobes?hash=item110315800681&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

So, my question is: does these device (transmiter and adapter) worth the investment or not?
I can asume that this combo device has some limitations compared with the more capable and expensive SU 800.
I would like to hear from you to find out which are the pros and cons of this cheaper combo alternative.

I have in mind to set the SB 900 as a master as well as triggering the SB 800 wireless and I am asking if I can set the Sb 900 to trigger the sb 800 with i.e. one stop less power, and if so, how would it be connected with my D3.

Finally, I saw that I would have to purchase 2 flash stands (I saw that on Adorama, I could get each for 29 dollars) so my question is -since I do not plan to use an umbrella, whether it is necessary to buy a shoe adapter to mount the flash on that stand or not.

Budget is not a concern, but I would like to know the pros and cons between the Su-800 and that device.

Sorry if these kind of questions have already been made.
Thanks for any input.

Jose, nikonian
from Santiago del Estero, Argentina
http://joseandresbasbus.zenfolio.com

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