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  1. dearlybeloved

    dearlybeloved No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    what should i be looking for in getting another? what are some suggestions? if youre selling one.... offer it to me with a price.

    i have a vivitar df400 and to be honest.... its weak.

    thanks in advance
     
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    anyone?
     
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    it really depends on what you shoot and what you want to use it for man.

    if it's of any worth i have a SB-600 that i only use on manual (on and off camera... i just like the control) and my dad's old vivitar 728AFC which i use off camera only. you can't change it's power but it's good enough for me!

    both are triggered with CTR-301P's if they're off camera...

    i mainly use them for portraits (fill flash and "strobist" style lighting) and lighting stills.

    i'm very happy with both as they're both strong enough for my needs
     
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    im into urban, still, and land scape photography
     
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    I am not expert on flashes. But this is what I will look for if I go buy a flash now.

    - Lower cost. (Important)
    - Higher flash power (Guide number, Important)
    - Manually adjustable flash power (Full power, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 ...., Important)
    - Tilt and swivel flash head for bouncing the light. (Important)
    - TTL compatible with my camera. (Less important)
    - Lower tirgger voltage. (Most of the newer flash has low trigger voltage, important)
    - PC port (Less important).
    - Fast recycle time (Important)
    - Good build quality. (Less important)

    But of course, I may not be able to have a flash that has most of the feature I looking for when cost is low. Then again, a used flash maybe a good choice.

    What wrong with your current flash?
     
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    based on the guide numbers i see that looks like a pretty strong flash for a hotshoe style. if you need more power look into something like an alien bees B800 or B1600. they're not a hotshoe mount but will give you a lot more power for a fairly reasonable price.
     
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    its been stuck in the loop a few times, low recycle time and just not as powerful with bouncing.
     
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    :thumbup:
    thats funny - I'll try to mount AB onto the bracket :)- IT would be a hilarious thing to do though :D
     
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    SB-600 is a good match for your D90
     

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