Getting the right flash for a Nikon D50?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by HckySo, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. HckySo macrumors 6502

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    I need this by tomorrow so it has to be available locally. I'm looking at the SB 600 and the SB 800. I could of bought a cheap used SB 80 a while back and I should of. Anyway, what would be the advantages of using the SB-800 rather than the SB-600? I'm just looking for a nice external flash to bounce off walls and stuff.

    EDIT: I guess I'm getting an SB-600
     
  2. beavo451 macrumors 6502

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    The main difference is that the SB-800 is slightly more powerful and has wireless commander mode available. This means that it can act as a commander to other wireless, slave SB-600 or SB-800 flash units. This is useful for a portable, multiple light setup. It uses i-TTL metering to calculate the flash output necessary from all the flashes in the group to produce a proper exposure.

    It is a good thing that you didn't buy that SB-80 as you would not be able to use i-TTL metering with it.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    For growth IMO the SB800 is a better choice for the D50. It can act as a commander for the Nikon CLS flash system.
     
  4. HckySo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I used the SB-600 today at my sister's graduation party, for once I didn't have to rely on natural or ambient light! And the pictures looked soo much better with zero motion blur, I looove it! It was tough today getting all the shots because I had photos out of my sister and her friends and I had made her a storybook and did all this cool stuff for her and the compliments kept flying in. Even though I thought the photobook looked amateur and crappy.
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I don't like how the flash makes people look, generally. You can see people as being very bright, but not the background. This is when I use my p&s, of course, but I haven't had to use my DSLR with flash except several times outside in daylight hours.
     
  6. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    Yes often time flash is overpowering, I find this can be caused by two things.

    #1, the camera body relying too much on flash and pushing the aperture too closed and the shutter too fast. Hence I usually use full manual with my flash, and let the flash fill in the rest. With my 24-70mm zoom that means maybe 100 shutter speed, and f4-5.6. I think this is the beauty of ETTL II and the like.

    #2, if you can use a device to spread the light out more such as the light sphere, or even just aim the head at a wall or ceiling. I usually like to try to get both the wall and ceiling, otherwise there are shadows under their eyes or brow.
     
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    These guys make great stuff:

    http://www.stofen.com/
     
  8. beavo451 macrumors 6502

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    Here are examples of a SB-800 in action

    1: Fill Flash outdoors, direct flash, no diffuser
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    2: Direct flash with on flash softbox
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    3: Bounce off ceiling, no diffuser
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