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Hi Ihave been thinking about getting a speedlite for some time and had narrowed it down to one of the Nikon speedlites (I have a D7000) my pal has offered me his old Sunpak auto 455 he used to use for weddings mainly. Is this a decent enough flashgun, it certainly looks impressive and obv will be cheaper than shelling out on a brand new speedlite. I know i will have to buy the hot shoe sync terminal adapter thingy but thats only 7 quid fae the great Amazon.
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Why not also take a look at the Nissin Di866 mk2?
This is a cracking bit of kit, well made with as many functions, including strobe settings, that most will ever need.
You can currently buy new for less than £190.
Aye Iam sure its a cracking bit of kit but probably too many functions for my needs and £190 is more than i wan't to spend at the moment. If anybody has any thoughts on the sunpak 455 i would be grateful
As impressive as the sunpak may look, it's a pretty old flash. I can't find any concrete stats via the net on it but based on the old sunpak I have, the fact that it has 'auto' in it's name means that it's not a TTL flash, the auto mode is ok but will get it wrong quite a lot so be prepared to use it manually most of the time for reliable results.
If you're not willing to go up to £190 for the Nissin Di866MkII (which is great, I've got one of those as well), why not look at some of the lower model Nissins? Or check for a used one? Which Nikon Speedlight were you looking at? Any half decent Speedlight will cost around £200 and the Di866MkII will out-shine most of them with the probable exception of the SB-910.
Old flashes use high voltages which will probably damage your 7000. Since you have spent the money on the camera, you might as well use its I-TTL facilities. So Speedlites SB400, 700 or 910, or one of the compatibles from Nissin, Sunpack or Metz.
**** thats a pity but thanks for all the information maybe have to go back to one of the speedlites was initially thinking about the sb400 (cheapest so will need to rethink i guess. Thanks again people the last thing I want to do is break my new toy.
Take a serious look at the Nissin Di622 Mk2. Way better than the sb400 and just £110 from Amazon.
I'm going to buy one of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160738567368&cl...
Going to use it as a second flash, my first being an SB 800.
Ha nice one BGP think i will get one aswell thanks again to y'all for all your help
You can pick up a Metz 44 AF-1 from Amazon for £99. Will support CLS if that is useful to you.
cheers duratorque after looking at your portfolio i value that comment a bit more does anybody use the jessops nikon 360 gun it seems good value at 60 quid
A follow strobist did a review the Jessops 360AFD for his Sony camera. He did not think it is any good. You can read it here:
Nkion version may be better. I have the Metz 44 AF-1 for my Olympus MFT camera. Works really well and love the wireless flash support for a fraction of the cost of Olympus flash gun. However it does not support FP flash mode.
cheers again for the info thats another one scored off my list i think its down to the Metz 44 AF-1 or the Nissin di622 mk2
I wrote a quick review of the Metz 44 AF-1 for Olympus MFT cameras for anyone that may be interested. I couldn't find any decent review of the flash when I was looking. Hope this help with Olympus/Panasonic users.
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