Thu 20-Dec-12 09:38 AM | edited Thu 20-Dec-12 09:50 AM by William Symonds
Santa just bought a mint SB900 for just over 200 bucks. a friend picked up an identical twin. It seems that we have terrific bargains thanks to some more misguided soul trading the strobes plus D800, D600, three pro 1.4 G lenses and MBs all seemingly in unused condition, all on a mission to the dark side.
Santa also picked up the MBD14 . Sadly the 24mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 did not get financial approval from local Santa Claus management, and I have a 85mm f/1.4.
So, come next week I will be very happy as my SB800 is getting old and the terminals are crusty, and I like the SB900 buttons and interface, and now I have a two flashes and can do some more creative lighting.
the SB900 will become my goto everyday strobe. Trouble is my Fong Dome, which is a snug fit with the SB800, will not fit the SB900, and I am reluctant to buy another overpricedcpiece of plastic. I am thinking I could cut it to fit, but it may eventually wreck the dome, and it may be better to keep it for the SB800. Has anyone had any joy or otherwise in applying surgery to fix this problem?
Thanks and Happy Xmas to all those celebrating, and happy 2013 to everyone....
I liken the head of my SB-900 to that of a T-Rex dinosaur lol. By the way, great deal on the flash. I got mine last year for considerably less than new, not as good a deal as you got. Anyway, I pretty much use mine in my Alzo softbox. I tried the lightsphere on it as well, and decided my SB-700 was a better home for that.
I haven't checked their website to see if they offer a size to fit the 900 or not. I will do that later I guess. Got me curious. But then, that's me.
My Light Sphere collapsible fits fine on my SB-900, but it is very tight. To mount it I put it upside down on a hard surface, and push the SB_900 onto it from above, rocking it back and forth until it is properly seated.
That may or may not work, if you have the non-collapsible model.
I have a Universal/Collapsible review due for long. I'll fix that this weekend. In there I explain the use of the dome. It is for close-ups, sending some additional light downwards. When under low ceilings I just don't feel the need of the dome as shown in the sample image above.
The collapsible model allows for the dome to be 'looking' with its concave side up or down. Up is for medium range images, down is for really close close-ups. The difference is subtle for low ceilings, less subtle for taller ceilings. I'll have some sample images there.
Thank you, Ramon. Really useful information! I will use the diffuser (collapsible) at a Christmas party (in a home, low ceilings), and the pics will be will be mostly medium range, so I might not use the dome at all. I'll try to experiment a bit before Christmas. I could not find the info in a Google search, and it was not apparent, to me anyway, in the instructions that came with the dome.
Sadly my model is the earlier original version and really cannot fit the D900. I cannot show this as the SB900 now sits beneath a tree. Am thinking I may try warm water and see if that helps but otherwise it may be time for a second dome.