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Flashgun for D90


Philo e2
4 79 83 England
22 Jul 2011 4:12PM
I am looking to purchase a flash for use on board a D90 and, more importantly, wirelessly off-camera. Nikon's SB-600 or the newer SB-700 seem to tick all the boxes but they don't come cheap. Are any of the third party flashes worthy of consideration?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Phil

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thewilliam 6 4.7k
25 Jul 2011 5:26PM
You need to be careful with Nikon flashguns because we have an assortment and the older models don't work with modern camera bodies. Check with Nikon to see which is the oldest "vintage" that'll work with your D90. We had to offload our older Metz flashguns because they wouldn't couple with the D3 series and give TTL exposure.

Check before you buy!
Philo e2
4 79 83 England
25 Jul 2011 8:12PM
This is what I feared William, hence the post. Unless someone persuades me otherwise I think I will stick with Nikon.
Cheers,
Phil
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
25 Jul 2011 8:53PM
Phil, you won't go wrong with the SB600, it is an excellent little flash, with lots of power. I used it on a Nikon D70 for several years, and saw no reason to get anything bigger for what I was doing, which was wildlife. I had a device that fitted to the flash to extend the range and concentrate the beam, it was good for incredible distances. Read Ken Rockwell's review of it on Kenrockwell.com.
Philo e2
4 79 83 England
25 Jul 2011 10:16PM
Thank's Denny, read Ken's review and it sounds great.
Phil
bugdozer 11 85 2
6 Aug 2011 9:42PM
I can confirm the D90/SB600 combo is good. I use it a lot for off camera flash.
cf73 e2
10 234 Australia
3 Sep 2011 10:07AM
i have the SB600 and agree that it gives really good results. I have never used another flash so have nothing to compare to but I see no reason to change from what I have.
I use the D90 also.
Philo e2
4 79 83 England
3 Sep 2011 12:07PM
Thanks guys, I think I will be going for the SB600, if I can find one, or the SB700 when funds permit.
Phil
Nick_w e2
7 3.9k 99 England
3 Sep 2011 12:41PM
I don't have the SB600, but the SB900 is brilliant.

The Nissin ones are supposed to be pretty good - check out the tutorials on here from Damian McGillicuddy to see what they are capable of. Remember the SB600 & 700 cant be used as commander units, if you get more advanced. Although you will probably end up using triggers (more reliable)
User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
3 Sep 2011 3:20PM
I use the SB600 and have no complaints - but most of the reviews in the comics suggest that the Nissin equivalents are equally good, slightly more powerful and much less expensive.
Philo e2
4 79 83 England
3 Sep 2011 4:26PM
Thanks guys, it was Nissin I really had in mind when I first posted this. They were so much cheaper than Nikon which made me a little suspicious. I will check out Damian as suggested but I can't see me getting into multiple flashes for some time so the inability to use it as a commander isn't an issue.

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