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philip827

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Hello... have some doubts here... please help.
Firstly, is flash necessary for bird photography? Tried taking some pics of birds with D70 and sigma 70-300mm but all of them turn out blur.Shutter speed were all below 1/200s. Camera setting were iso800, 270mm, F8.0. I am thinking maybe the internal flash/SB-800 might help to boost up shutter speed.

Secondly, i am quite short of cash now, so can either purchase a SB-800 or a good tripod.Which do you think is better?

Thanks for your advices...
 

jbma

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You will need both. But I guess the flash is more important as you can use it for many things. A tripod is also necessary but can wait. Just my opinion.
 

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Both are almost equally as important. Fill-flash is an almost essential component of nature photography of any type. Same with what bro. jbma had mentioned, I would suggest you get the external flash first, SB-800 is an excellent choice. A sturdy tripod + ballhead would be the next purchase, get the Manfrotto 190/055 series with a Manfrotto ballhead (e.g 486RC2), both will cost you abt $250-$280 together.
 

r52lanc

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Unless you have Nikon VR lens....you need to remember shutter speed needs to be at least 1/focal length when no tripod is used. Try using a lower f-stop number. Because, f8 usually not possible in low light. Flash in 'fill' mode will not solve the blur problem.

Bird photography is an expensive hobby.
 

philip827

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Thanks for the fast response...
I have read that the sigma 70-300mm apo is not sharp at 300mm F5.6. Thats why use f8.
As for taking birds with the SB-800... will i need the flash extender too?
 

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