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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Oct 2012 3:16PM
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 Smile 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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Keebsuk Junior Member 5 32 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 4:17PM
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.

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Oct 2012 4:24PM
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 Smile

Carrera_c 8 273 3 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 4:48PM
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.
Newdevonian 5 466 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 4:56PM
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.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Oct 2012 5:23PM
**** thats a pity but thanks for all the information maybe have to go back to one of the speedlites Sad was initially thinking about the sb400 (cheapestSmile so will need to rethink i guess. Thanks again people the last thing I want to do is break my new toy.

Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 7:59PM
Take a serious look at the Nissin Di622 Mk2 . Way better than the sb400 and just 110 from Amazon.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Oct 2012 8:09PM
2 Oct 2012 8:52PM
I'm going to buy one of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160738567368&clk_rvr_id=390390098195&item=160738567368&lgeo=1&vectorid=229508

Going to use it as a second flash, my first being an SB 800.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Oct 2012 8:55PM
Ha nice one BGP think i will get one aswell thanks again to y'all for all your help Wink

duratorque 14 427 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 8:18AM
You can pick up a Metz 44 AF-1 from Amazon for 99. Will support CLS if that is useful to you.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
6 Oct 2012 8:10PM
cheers duratorque after looking at your portfolio i value that comment a bit moreWink does anybody use the jessops nikon 360 gun it seems good value at 60 quid
duratorque 14 427 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 9:32PM
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.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
7 Oct 2012 9:43PM
cheers again for the info thats another one scored off my listSmile i think its down to the Metz 44 AF-1 or the Nissin di622 mk2

duratorque 14 427 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 8:30AM
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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