Does a Flash Wear Out

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  1. mfer

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    I'm thinking about buying a second flash for my Nikon. Looking at a used SB-600 and wondering do they wear out?

    What is the harm in buying a used flash?

    I don't know if there is. Thanks for your help.
     
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    Can't say for sure. I'm guessing the bulb can wear out...it is a light and lightbulbs go out. That said, I have fired my SB-600 probably a good 10,000 times and it is still going strong without a hickup. Unfortunately there is no way to see how many times a flash has fired like you can with a shutter/camera body so you'll have no way of knowing if it's fired 2,000 times or 20,000 times (or 200k for that matter).
     
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    Thanks for the response Nate, but I guess I"m going to pass on this. I thought I was going to be smart and get two SB-600's to do a master/slave partnership. Well, I just read that SB-600 cannot be used to trigger another SB-600. Looks like I need a d90.

    :cry::cry::cry:
     
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    Or an SB-800....an SB-800 could be used to fire a slave SB-600.
     
  5. mfer

    mfer TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, I hear you there. I'd rather get the money in a d90 to get the commander. $250 more dollars for a sb-900. I'm guessing I could sell my d40 for $300 locally and then spend $250 more plus a little and get a D90. I have commander then and HDR and 12 megapix and metal body. This habit is getting $$$$$$$$$$$$$
     
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    Sorry, the D90 doesn't have 'HDR'.
     
  7. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Everything wears out at some point. How long it lasts depends on how it is used and how well it was made. One you can control the other you can't.
     
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    scorpion_tyr No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    ^ Very true! Unless you buy Canon :lol:
     
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    I meant the ability for bracketing pics. I know HDR is post process.
     
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    Yes, flashes wear out. I tend to go through them like consumables.

    skieur
     
  11. Big Mike

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    You don't need the auto bracketing feature to bracket your shots, it's just as easy to adjust the exposure manually between shots.

    By the way, the bulb in a flash is a replaceable part. So even if it does wear out, it can be replaced. The actual bulb is fairly cheap, I think, it's the labor to change it that will cost you. I have heard of people doing it themselves though.
     
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    You won't get a metal chasis until you reach the D300 and up.
     

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