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Own a D40 kit with 50mm f1.8. Saving up for a dedicated flash. Which model is good for a beginner like myself ?

SB 400 ? SB 600 ? or SB 800? or is there any other 3rd party flash unit that are better than the Nikon ones ?

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Drahc

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go get SB-800 directly so you wont be needing to upgrade later on unless nikon release a new model.
 

calebk

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If you can afford, just go for the SB-800. Don't be intimidated by it being the top-of-the-range flash, as with flash, once you've realised your less powerful flash is limiting, you'll want to upgrade.

However, if you cannot afford, the SB-600 is probably your next best choice. For a beginner, the SB-400 may be a little too limited, as it has no swivel for ceiling bounce in portrait orientation (the SB-400 can only do ceiling bounce when in landscape orientation).
 

giantcanopy

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Would choose between the SB600 or the SB800.

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zac08

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Own a D40 kit with 50mm f1.8. Saving up for a dedicated flash. Which model is good for a beginner like myself ?

SB 400 ? SB 600 ? or SB 800? or is there any other 3rd party flash unit that are better than the Nikon ones ?

TIA
Well, what would you mainly use it for?
 

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If u just want a flash put on top of D40 and shoot then SB600 is good enough, cheaper by $100+. But if u intend to learn off camera flash and Nikon's Creative Lighting System in future, then SB800 is a better investment for long term.
 

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i had SB600 when i first bought my D40x.... now i need to get sb800....

also to note that sb600 are made in china while sb800 are made in japan...
 

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Well I m considering the SB-400 as I m mobile most of the time. Most of my photos do not required flash . . . but I will be taking picture for family events like dinner and birthday celebrations. So i tot a entry level flash might be good for such small events. Any comments on that ? BTW anyone knows the price range for SB-400 /600 /800 ?
 

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Well I m considering the SB-400 as I m mobile most of the time. Most of my photos do not required flash . . . but I will be taking picture for family events like dinner and birthday celebrations. So i tot a entry level flash might be good for such small events. Any comments on that ? BTW anyone knows the price range for SB-400 /600 /800 ?
Nikon Price Guide (Singapore) 2007 -2008

Nikon SB-800 - $570 (Grey, TCW, Sept05 - MotoNik) | $640 (Lord's, Sep07 - lunas) | $$620 (AP-F, Feb08 - mechcommander2) | $615 (AP, Jun08 - numzkull) | $640 (CP, Jun08 - numzkull) | $630 (John, Jun08 - numzkull)
Nikon SB-600 - $370 (MS, Oct07 - Six-GHz) | $320 (TCW, GREY, Dec07 - cyrilng) | $345 (Lord's, Jan08 - Jaevus) | $353 (AP-F, Mar08 - Orasel) | $350 (AP, Apr08 - ArkhamAsylum) | $350 (CP, May08 - Shark78) | $360 (John, May08 - bobofish)
Nikon SB-400 - ($188~210) | $188 (AP, Sep07 - deathwiz) | $210 (CP, Oct07 - mechattax) | $190 (Lords, Dec07 - donspic) | $210 (Max, Jun08 - lsisaxon) | $210 (MS, Nov08 - lsisaxon)
 

adiknaim

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at least a Sb600 i suggest.. like wat calebk mentioned... u will want to the swivel head.. u can be more creative wif that...
 

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