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    Default Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    as per topic..please advise
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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    Quote Originally Posted by iandao View Post
    as per topic..please advise
    What you intend to shoot? This is important in choosing your flashgun.

    And it really is difficult to advise you because different people have different expectation. Someone would find that SB900 is the best bang for bucks, some say it is a waste of money.

    Other very establish brands of flash are the Nissin and Yongnuo, as well as Tumax... and all of them are good value (to me)... but what model, would still depend on your kind of shoot.
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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    Quote Originally Posted by iandao View Post
    as per topic..please advise
    one wise photographer said, "if a gadget is useless to you, it is very expensive even it cost only $1.00"

    so,
    define your usage.
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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    umm..mainly portraits (both indoor & outdoor)..

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    What you intend to shoot? This is important in choosing your flashgun.

    And it really is difficult to advise you because different people have different expectation. Someone would find that SB900 is the best bang for bucks, some say it is a waste of money.

    Other very establish brands of flash are the Nissin and Yongnuo, as well as Tumax... and all of them are good value (to me)... but what model, would still depend on your kind of shoot.
    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    one wise photographer said, "if a gadget is useless to you, it is very expensive even it cost only $1.00"

    so,
    define your usage.
    D90 / 18-105mm / Sigma 50mm F1.4 / Nikkor 35-70 MF / Tokina 11-16mm F2.8

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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    Quote Originally Posted by iandao View Post
    umm..mainly portraits (both indoor & outdoor)..
    too general...

    Typical subject distance?
    Ambient Light? (eg. night, dawn, dusk, mid-day under the sun, shade, etc)
    Use with accessories? (eg. bare flash, umbrella, reflector, softbox, etc)
    Required functionality? (eg. TTL, slave w TTL, TTL commander, etc)

    most importantly:
    BUDGET?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra

    too general...

    Typical subject distance?
    Ambient Light? (eg. night, dawn, dusk, mid-day under the sun, shade, etc)
    Use with accessories? (eg. bare flash, umbrella, reflector, softbox, etc)
    Required functionality? (eg. TTL, slave w TTL, TTL commander, etc)

    most importantly:
    BUDGET?
    Sorry TS for hijacking your thread but i am looking into purchasing an external flash unit too..

    So many terms used, flashgun, flash, strobe, hot shoe flash.. are they terms or actually different products itself? Haha!

    But like i've said, i am looking for a/an external flash for my Kr. (Whichever it is but basically other than the built-in flash)

    More for like general purpose in terms of shooting people. Think wedding, company events, basically groups of people be it indoor or out. Just something that will be slightly more powerful than my built-in flash. Perhaps something similar but with more control? :/

    Definitely not for outdoor in the day usage kind but perhaps indoor, and indoor-under-shades(think void deck kinda environment), with maybe natural light from 10am onwards? And using mostly 50mm f1.4 manual lens..

    LoL! I guess that should be detailed enough?

    **Yes, like many people, i wish to avoid the glaring "flash-in-the-face" pictures. So i guess i should be getting a diffuser and also some knowledge in controlling flash..
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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    Quote Originally Posted by SyncGuy View Post
    So many terms used, flashgun, flash, strobe, hot shoe flash.. are they terms or actually different products itself? Haha!
    If you read up about these terms (and add 'off shoe flash') you can answer your questions already or you can rule out certain things.
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    From your description it sounds as if you simply want a hot shoe flash. Get the flashes for your Pentax system (check with the Pentax subforum).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine
    If you read up about these terms (and add 'off shoe flash') you can answer your questions already or you can rule out certain things.
    Strobist
    From your description it sounds as if you simply want a hot shoe flash. Get the flashes for your Pentax system (check with the Pentax subforum).
    Ah! True that! Haha! Arigato!
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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    erm..subject distance..2m
    ambient light: morning to mid-day
    no accessories
    required functionality: TTL, slave w TTL, TTL commander good to have
    budget: less than $300

    many thanks! i have an old flashgun..paired with FM10..but the cycle time is wayyy to slow~

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    too general...

    Typical subject distance?
    Ambient Light? (eg. night, dawn, dusk, mid-day under the sun, shade, etc)
    Use with accessories? (eg. bare flash, umbrella, reflector, softbox, etc)
    Required functionality? (eg. TTL, slave w TTL, TTL commander, etc)

    most importantly:
    BUDGET?
    D90 / 18-105mm / Sigma 50mm F1.4 / Nikkor 35-70 MF / Tokina 11-16mm F2.8

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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    Quote Originally Posted by iandao View Post
    erm..subject distance..2m
    ambient light: morning to mid-day
    no accessories
    required functionality: TTL, slave w TTL, TTL commander good to have
    budget: less than $300

    many thanks! i have an old flashgun..paired with FM10..but the cycle time is wayyy to slow~
    For <$300, my vote goes to 2nd hand Nikon SB-600 speedlight. Has TTL slave capability with a D90's pop-up flash acting as TTL commander.
    Have used it for fill flash in fairly bright conditions - partially cloudy mid-afternoon - and power is sufficient.
    Exploring! :)

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    if BN leh..will Nissin 622 Mark II fit the bill?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    For <$300, my vote goes to 2nd hand Nikon SB-600 speedlight. Has TTL slave capability with a D90's pop-up flash acting as TTL commander.
    Have used it for fill flash in fairly bright conditions - partially cloudy mid-afternoon - and power is sufficient.
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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    Quote Originally Posted by bonrya View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandao View Post
    if BN leh..will Nissin 622 Mark II fit the bill?
    Mmmm Di622mkII has wireless TTL too! Cool...
    Hmmm, well if the price is not too different, I would somehow still prefer the SB600 (2nd hand in good condition) to a new Di622... well, that's just me I guess.
    Exploring! :)

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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    for oncam or wireless TTL needs i strongly recommend the first party flashes even if they cost a little bit more, for everything else there's always yongnuo 460II or 560 :3
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    Default Re: Best bang for bucks external flashgun..

    just add a bit more budget and get the SB700. Save you a lot of headaches down the road.

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