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macc1 5 6 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2013 8:07PM
does anyone know about flashguns as i saw a photographer using his camera and flashgun and wondered how he could just click away with the flash going off each time in succession one shot after another repeatedly without waiting for the flash to re charge, if anyone can answer this and what is the average price of such equipment please can anyone advise for a nikon D90


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Gundog 5 629 Scotland
22 Oct 2013 8:26PM
One of the advantages of the more expensive speedlights is a faster recycle time. Some may even be tethered to an external power pack.

Recycle time also depends upon how much of the stored energy is discharged with each flash. The lower the flash setting, the less this will be.

Using fill-in flash in daylight on a low setting uses relatively little energy and consequently allows a much faster recycle.

Dedicated flash from Camera manufacturers like Nikon and Canon can cost anywhere in the 200 - 500 bracket but 3rd-party suppliers such as Nissin and Metz can be less than half those prices.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
22 Oct 2013 10:00PM
The more expensive units will always be better and more economical in the long run, the innards are made from far better grade and quality of components.
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 9:46AM
As Gundog says, he could have had his flash connected to a power supply. If not, he would have had the flash on manual, maybe using 1/4 - 1/8 power or maybe he had a power supply and had the flash settings as I have pointed out. Buy a top of the range model, either Nikon or Canon. You could be a little embarrassed if your flash packs up on you when on a shoot. If you are doing this commercially, I would also suggest purchasing a power pack as well.
indemnity 9 334
23 Oct 2013 12:23PM
All been said. Using a higher iso also reduces the drain on power so recycle time quicker too.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
23 Oct 2013 3:04PM
slightly different slant on it...

what specifically are you going to be doing?

if you are shooting "on camera" using "ETTL" then get yourself a higher end own brand model, or maybe the Nissin 866.

However - if you are shooting "off camera" using "manual only" triggers, I'd look at budget manual flashes

2 reasons

1 - you'll be shooting on Manual anyway, so no need for expensive ETTL
2 - when they fall over and smash in a big gust of wind, you'll only lose 30-100 - not 300-600

The third possibility is using ETTL triggers - where you will need ETTL enabled flashes. I've never done this... so really advise either way
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
23 Oct 2013 3:17PM

Quote:However - if you are shooting "off camera" using "manual only" triggers, I'd look at budget manual flashes

Or grab a bag full of old legacy units, a bit slower to power up though Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
23 Oct 2013 3:25PM
I've got 2 old legacy units - never use them

430EZ and some Jessops thing I got from a camera shop

they work... that's about all you can say. the 430's ok actually... but you have to sit around waiting for a while for it to catch up

you can get 3 Yongnuo's with an alleged 58GN for about 120 - simplest things ever to use Wink
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
23 Oct 2013 3:30PM
I tend to use these older units with leaf shutters, modern units are no match for the older units, you can often get away with using far higher shutter speeds Smile

Someone told me it had something to do with the older units using a different gas in the flash tube.

Legacy units, there generally about a quid each in Oxfam Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
23 Oct 2013 3:57PM
never seen any of your flash work Paul - what kinda thing you into?
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
23 Oct 2013 7:50PM
All, sorts mostly off camera and a bit of studio stuff, I don`t really upload much these days.

One thing I do insist on buying cheaply are flash triggers, lost count of the number I have trodden on or simply left somewhere Smile

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