out of curiosity, why are you getting a SB80DX, xfathom69? i'm probably wrong but isn't a DX flash designed for use with a D-SLR (for D-TTL)? doesn't that mean it might not be optimised for use with older SLRs like the F90x?
in other words, my point is that wouldn't a SB26 or 28 suit the F90x better, since they're the "same generation" and cheaper? just my 2 cents worth though, you might have other reasons for getting the SB80DX... like future upgrading...
Thanks for the reply. Almost bought the sigma one last Wed lucky not enough money. So what will be a best replacement for a SB28DX or SB80DX? I know nothing else will beat them but I'm looking at a cheaper source here but would prefer not to get a second hand one if possible.
I'm using F90x with 80dx. I posted awhile ago, but concluded that it might have been my technique.
Problem is, whenever I shoot in VERY dim conditions, the flash often goes off half a second after I release the shutter. (i.e. my finger is away from the shutter-release button already)
I was using this combination at Chinatown tonight, taking photos of the street parade and this freaking thing happened to me half the time. But since my f90x is second-hand, I'm sending it in to get checked. And also to get the software installed for the focus-beep.
Normal-lighting to dim-lighting conditions OK. That's why the problem didn't duplicate itself at Camera Workshop when I brought it down.
Given another go, I'll get a second-hand SB-26 speedlight. Very possibly non-compatible technology. The SB-26 is quite well-built anyways and has all the functions that you might possibly need. Not much difference from SB-28 but people still prefer 26 for the rugged built.
Other than that phreaking problem I mentioned, SB-80dx also tends to have a very flimsy catch for the battery compartment. However, the LCD interface is much improved over the 26. Single button for swivel also helps.
If you're thinking of going digital, I might still choose SB-80dx over SB-28dx. Bettter built. But that's a BIG might, coz I still haven't figured out that phreaking problem.