Flash hunting

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daniellec.parker's picture
Joined: 09/06/09
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Flash hunting

I am ready to have a speedlight for my camera. Most of the pictures I take of A&A are indoors, and I find that I have to bump my ISO pretty high because lighting in our house is less than ideal. And while it allows me to have a faster SS, I generally don't have good catch-lights in their eyes. I have a Nikon D5100 and was thinking of getting the SB700. Anyone have options on it, or is there something else you would suggest?

The SB700 retails for $330 on the Nikon website. I can get one that's been refurbished from Adorama for $280. But I also found this on eBay. Nikon SB 700 I TTL AF Speedlight Flash Kit for Digital SLR Camera SB700 New USA 18208048083 | eBay This is actually where I bought my camera from. Would it be worth it for me to spend the little extra money on this kit? How much use would I really get out of the other items-- Will they make a big difference or not?

TIA for any insight.

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
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I'm not really any help with Nikon, since I shoot Canon. I personally have the Canon 430 EX II. It works great for me at the moment. Not sure if you could compare the specs or not. I've never used it off camera though, so I can't help on that front.

reeveslady's picture
Joined: 11/23/05
Posts: 1423

The SB-700 looks good. I don't think you can go wrong with any of Nikon's flashes because they communicate really well with Nikon's cameras. I have the SB-900, and all I have to do is slide it into the hotshoe and turn it on (I keep mine in TTL mode and it figures out how bright to flash itself). Being able to bounce the flash is a definite indoor improvement!

I don't know much about any of those accessories. The extension cord and softbox diffuser look interesting though.

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
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I understand. I am so missing my speedlight. I have the SB 600, and for some reason, it won't turn on. I have tried everything I know to do. I am stuck. I have heard great things about the SB900 though

shadow_grey's picture
Joined: 05/03/12
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I'm no help on models as I use canon, however, regarding the accessories it is a fair price difference. I'd be sure I was going to use them first. I bought my 430exii on eBay and the seller threw in some accessories for free. I honestly don't use them as I'm still bust trying to work out how best to use my speedlite. I want to focus on that before I worry about learning something else.

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Joined: 08/14/06
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"shadow_grey" wrote:

I'm no help on models as I use canon, however, regarding the accessories it is a fair price difference. I'd be sure I was going to use them first. I bought my 430exii on eBay and the seller threw in some accessories for free. I honestly don't use them as I'm still bust trying to work out how best to use my speedlite. I want to focus on that before I worry about learning something else.

Shadow, you should give them a try! Not sure what accessories you've got, and I know it's all a bit much to wrap your head around (at least, it is for me), but if you've got some wireless accessories or some diffuser accessories, it'd be great to try. I've gotten some really nice lighting in a few shots this week using off-camera flash. One time I was playing with it while Micah was eating, and normally my shots in the kitchen are pretty dismal. But I got some nice directional light just by placing it on the counter about 3' away from him and then firing. I've only tried a few shots so far, but also managed to get a cool one of Nora at the computer with the flash aiming into her face, but taking the shot in profile. It's a shot I couldn't get nice light on without the off-camera flash, but with it, it looked perfect.

reeveslady's picture
Joined: 11/23/05
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Oh no about your flash, Sadie! Have you tried to take it in to a camera shop or talked to Nikon about it? I'm always afraid of my stuff breaking because we don't have any Nikon places nearby. I hope it's not too expensive to get fixed!