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Your opinion on expansion path - IR CLS or go RF manual?


Estoril, PT
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jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010
Wed 05-Sep-12 10:16 AM | edited Wed 05-Sep-12 10:18 AM by jadiniz

Need to consult with the experienced people around here. Here's my dilemma:

I'm already using an SB700 with great sucess both on and off-camera, using Nikon's fantastic CLS/IR wireless (built-in as commander). And now I'd very much like to add a second flash, but finances are short, and I have two paths available, both for the same kind of money:

1. Buy an old SB800 with a hotshoe malfunction, that still works perfectly as a CLS wireless slave. This option would give me two speedlights to be controlled inteligently by the built-in, but has the normal limitations of IR control: distance, obstacles and difficult triggering in high ambient light levels (outdoor).

2. Buy a Yongnuo 460-II or similar, and a set of RF-602 radio triggers with two receivers, and work both speedlights in full manual mode, radio control. More hard work, but more options in light placement and reliable triggering.

I predict that indoors and/or low light levels will be the typical scenario, although not your typical studio portrait setup (yeah, I'd like to get creative strobist style), and the SB800 should be a great, powerfull speedlight, even with the hot-shoe problem. For on-camera bounce work my SB700 is great, too. So, would my doors open if I jumped the RF manual control bandwagon?

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