DH told me to go ahead and look into a speedflash. I don't have it in the budget right now to get the Nikon brand. Does anyone have a suggestion? I know I want a dedicated flash that bounces and swivels, but other than that I have no clue. As long as it says it's compatible with the D5100 should I be ok? Thanks.
I'm not sure about any off brands. I personally own the Canon 430 EXII. I like it for my own personal use of shooting snaps indoors. There are some manual controls on it, that I haven't even touched, but I'm sure I will play around with and learn some day. What I would do, is compare the off brands with that one, and see what you can come up with for your Nikon.
Either that, or maybe a Nikon owner can give a suggestion LOL!
I recommend Nikon's SB600 if you can spend $200-$300 (sometimes, they're on sale at stores and on Craig's List). Nikon makes an SB400, but I don't think you can swivel or angle it. They also make the SB800, but it's more money and, from what I've read on Ken Rockwell's site, it' really isn't worth the extra money to most people.
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
I had a Nikon SB-600 that broke within a few uses (ok, I admit it was second hand). I was thinking og upgrading to the SB-800 until I heard people saying it has a tendency to over-heat. I now use a Nissin Di622 in a nikon fit and it does what I need, swivels, bounces etc.
I have the Nikon SB600 I believe and I love it. I think it helps me so much indoors. It makes my snaps look so much better.
ETA- got mine at Best Buy and I don't think it was more than $200.
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I also have the Nikon SB600 and that thing has been such a great investment! my indoor judo pictures just fell flat before I got it.