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  • less than half a year from purchase.

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  • 2nd year from purchase

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  • 3rd year from purchase

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  • more than 3 years from purchase

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Thread: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

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    Default How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    thinking of stepping the next step into the world of flash..... considering between 2nd hand vs. 1st hand, nikon SB600 or SB800, for indoor, outdoor event, nite festival, maybe wedding....

    but seems to hear that flash is more likely than the lens and body to fail....

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    was thinking of getting SB800 if the power and consistency is better, but i'm not looking for more features. may consider getting from the states if the warranty is worldwide.

    maybe top up with a garyfong LS 2 C1.

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Is this poll about flash or camera? In the poll, the subject is: "When and how often do you need to send in your camera to fix and repair?". But your thread subject is: "How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?".

    If it is about flash, here is my experience. All of four various Nikon speedlites that I own are still working very well to this date. I have been fortunate not having to send any of them to NSC. All of them were bought new except my oldest speedlight (it was passed down to me by my father). The oldest one is over 20 years old (from the early 1980's) and my newest one is the SB-800 (almost one year old). So overall I think Nikon speedlights are reliable.

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    No matter 1st to "5th" hand... equipment usage depends on individual users.

    You can get a 2nd hand flash, but first user is a busy event photographer. where else, sometimes there may be 3rd hand flash but first 2 users are just hobbist/casual shooter.

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    One option is missing. That is "Never".

    I never had a Nikon, only Olympus, Metz, Sunpak and Philips. After more than 20 (youngest) to 26 (oldest) years of use none of these ever failed to a degree that nedded service I could not provide. The only problems I had with two of these are caused by user stupidity, left bad batteries in them and they leaked. After cleaning the contacts the problems were fixed. None had ever died to unservicable degree.
    Last edited by OlyFlyer; 25th February 2007 at 07:43 PM.

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Quote Originally Posted by SilentWave View Post
    Is this poll about flash or camera? In the poll, the subject is: "When and how often do you need to send in your camera to fix and repair?". But your thread subject is: "How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?".

    If it is about flash, here is my experience. All of four various Nikon speedlites that I own are still working very well to this date. I have been fortunate not having to send any of them to NSC. All of them were bought new except my oldest speedlight (it was passed down to me by my father). The oldest one is over 20 years old (from the early 1980's) and my newest one is the SB-800 (almost one year old). So overall I think Nikon speedlights are reliable.
    error, typo. will try to get mod to edit....

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    my 3year old flash has yet to fail...
    eat. drink. shoot

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    like to hear from the 3 who has their flash failed within half a year from purchase.....

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    How come don't have the "Never failed before" category? I had use over 3 brands, 5 flashes, overlapping each other in terms of age, but never failed before le...
    CS says, "We can't help you ignore yourself."

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caspere View Post
    How come don't have the "Never failed before" category? I had use over 3 brands, 5 flashes, overlapping each other in terms of age, but never failed before le...
    i regard them as more than 3 years category....

    anyway, pondering over getting a 2nd hand nikon SB600 + lightsphere cloud to try out the first step.

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    like to hear from the 3 who has their flash failed within half a year from purchase.....
    Maybe can ask Bro yilishengxian. He has changed a few.

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    My 1 yr plus Sigma DG500 just failed during the chingay shoot.... Should send for repair or buy new 580ex mk2?

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    like to hear from the 3 who has their flash failed within half a year from purchase.....
    my 5600HS-D fail within 1 month after use, change the board inside.

    last year, the flash tube cracked (may be abuse too much) , replaced.

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch View Post
    My 1 yr plus Sigma DG500 just failed during the chingay shoot.... Should send for repair or buy new 580ex mk2?
    Buy 580 EX Mk2 ....you know you want it.

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garion View Post
    Buy 580 EX Mk2 ....you know you want it.
    Ditto that!

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    it seems that failure rate is the highest either within a year or more than 3 years/never.....

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    Still strong after 1 year of own it. It is grey set...

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    Default Re: How is the failure rate of a typical flash you owned?

    got 2 flahs, one suntax for my slr F65 and my Sb-800 for my D50. never fail before, unless you consider running out of battery as failure...
    "Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real" -Ansel Adams

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    BTW, flash is an item where user error can kill it quickly. You are NOT supposed to fire it often in quick succession as you can blow the bulb. This can explain why some people use a little the flash die, while others can last a long time.

    Anyway I heard that even if the bulb never die, the strength of the flash will weaken... and flash is classified as a consumable.

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    My Sunpak TTL flash is at least 10 yrs old now, still gives me amazing shots

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