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Which speedlight?

Hi everyone - I'm pretty new to the website but hope you can help me.

I have a Nikon D5000 and want to add an external flashgun for regular portrait style shots. Any recommendations please. Also any recommendations for a fixed focal length lens (if thats the right terminology) for portraits/group shots?


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StrayCat Plus
11 17.0k 3 Canada
29 Jan 2011 5:54AM
I don't know anything about portraits/group shot lighting, but I had a Nikon SB600 for 4 years, and would get another now if I was still with Nikon. The 800 is very popular with enthusiasts and pros, and I'll wager the new 700 is going to popular as well.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
29 Jan 2011 10:52AM
I use an SB600 and am very pleased with it.

Having said that, most of the magazine gurus seem to recommend the Nissin range of speedlights as giving a better performance for price ratio and they are all available for the Nikon.
cameracat 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
29 Jan 2011 1:04PM
A decent Nikon SB-800 will serve you well, I have had mine since they where first introduced, It has done a lot of work and still never misses a shot, In fact its so good I was not tempted to replace it with the newer more expensive SB-900, Nice though it might be, The upgrade if you could call it that, Did not offer any significant improvements over the SB-800.....Grin Just a shiny new toy....Smile)))

Maybe the SB-1000 will, If and or when they appear....Wink
BigRick 10 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2011 5:25PM
for the budget concious, then two SB-600, or for unlimited cash, then two SB-900 with two softboxes.
Thanks for your replies everyone much appreciated.
sitav 5 4
3 Feb 2011 10:25PM
I'd recommend the Nissin Di866, much cheaper than a Nikon speedlight with many of the same features... check it out!
5 Feb 2011 12:52PM
I agree with sitav. I attended a lighting workshop at Damian McGillicuddy's studio last saturday. He used these and the results were most impressive. I've just ordered two myself and already own an SB-800.

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