Choosing Speedlight


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IONSOON

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A newbie over here who had trouble choosing over speedlight

will be taking photograph for events , potraits and macro

currently using D80
caught between Nikon SB-600 and SB-800

SB-600 is cheaper , cycle time shorter

SB-800 is more ex , heard that it can tilt down -7 degree which is suitable for macro shots, comes with a diffuser if i am not wrong

or should i go for other speedlight such as Metz

anyone care to give any advice?Thanks alot in advance
 

kcuf2

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the myth that sb600 cycles time is shorter than sb800 is error.

u must read the specs *carefully*.

first point to note: U must see that the guide number of the SB800 is higher than SB600. higher guide number = stronger the flash.

second point to note: Both units use 4 batteries.(Assume sb800 never use the 5th battery).

conclusion: If both units use the same number of batteries, and SB800 has a higher guide number, wat does that mean? It means that if both flashes are fully discharged, the SB800 will of coursetake a longer time to recharge back to its max power. IF the SB800 is to recharge back to the power level of a SB-600 (guide number 32), the cycle time is the same.

And dun forget that sb800 can attach a 5th battery to it, and it shortens the cycle time by a reasonable amount of time.

Of course the sb 800 comes with the white diffuser, the in built bounce card and wide angle diffuser and the coloured gels. U can start shooting right away.

And not to mention, sb800 got other functions like stroboscopic flash, and a lower power setting at 1/128 compared to 1/64 of the sb600. at a lower power setting, u can use a faster shutter speed for those water droplet freezing scenes.

And if u got the money, u can buy the quantum battery or nikon sd-8a battery pack and connect to the sb-800. It allows an almost instant recharging of the flash. On the SB-600 there is no socket for u to pluck the battery packs.

and yes the SB800 can tilt down -7 degrees for macro shots, but to me its not really effective, i would rather use the flash off camera.

Metz is good too, but u may have a hard time findin the metz ppl to repair ur flash should it spoil
 

zac08

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kcuf2 has said it...

I've tried both the SB-600 and SB-800 and honestly if you have the cash, go for the 800. It's a much better piece of tool to work with.

And I would reccomend that you stick with Nikon flashes, less problems with future bodies if you need to upgrade later...
 

IONSOON

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the myth that sb600 cycles time is shorter than sb800 is error.

u must read the specs *carefully*.

first point to note: U must see that the guide number of the SB800 is higher than SB600. higher guide number = stronger the flash.

second point to note: Both units use 4 batteries.(Assume sb800 never use the 5th battery).

conclusion: If both units use the same number of batteries, and SB800 has a higher guide number, wat does that mean? It means that if both flashes are fully discharged, the SB800 will of coursetake a longer time to recharge back to its max power. IF the SB800 is to recharge back to the power level of a SB-600 (guide number 32), the cycle time is the same.

And dun forget that sb800 can attach a 5th battery to it, and it shortens the cycle time by a reasonable amount of time.

Of course the sb 800 comes with the white diffuser, the in built bounce card and wide angle diffuser and the coloured gels. U can start shooting right away.

And not to mention, sb800 got other functions like stroboscopic flash, and a lower power setting at 1/128 compared to 1/64 of the sb600. at a lower power setting, u can use a faster shutter speed for those water droplet freezing scenes.

And if u got the money, u can buy the quantum battery or nikon sd-8a battery pack and connect to the sb-800. It allows an almost instant recharging of the flash. On the SB-600 there is no socket for u to pluck the battery packs.

and yes the SB800 can tilt down -7 degrees for macro shots, but to me its not really effective, i would rather use the flash off camera.

Metz is good too, but u may have a hard time findin the metz ppl to repair ur flash should it spoil

thank you for ur precious advice:thumbsup:. looks like i go for the SB-800.:)
 

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