I'm looking to buy a flash for my camera - any thoughts?

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  1. MrsMoo

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    This will be my first flash, I was bidding on one on Ebay, but was outbid.

    Do I need to buy something to put between the flash and camera, as not to ruin the camera? And if so, where do I find them?
    Can anyone suggest the "right" flash for me? I really want to use it to get some good photos!

    Flash Unit for Nikon D40 D50 D700 D60 D80 D300 D3 D200 on eBay (end time 08-Aug-09 12:07:13 BST)

    above is a possible? I dont have a very big budget, and dont mind the condition, as long as it works and doesnt affect my photos

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    If you want something rather inexpensive that 'just works' I'd recommend the Nikon SB-400. Otherwise look into the Cactus V4 wireless trigger system for off camera flash that you can use with various units (listed on their site I believe).

    I really don't know what you can expect for the price range you're looking at in that auction however.
     
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    Thanks! Does the Nikon SB-400 have the adjustable bit at the top? So I can face the flash upwards if necessary. I Dont really want to spend more than £50 to be honest, I'm unemployed, and wanting lenses too!
     
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    Yes it does!

    I have 2 SB-600's and an SB-400 and find that I use the SB-400 90% of the time or more. You should be able to find a used one close to your price range.

    Now, all this said I'm just an amateur/hobbyist so I don't shoot for money - just fun and my subjects are typically my kids.

    But hey, I love the natural look it gives my photos - and it's easy to use (turn it on).
     
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    Vivitar flash- (90 bucks)
    Amazon.com: Vivitar 285HV Auto Professional Flash: Camera & Photo

    Remote trigger system- (40 bucks)
    Gadget Infinity :: Digital Camera :: Flash Trigger :: Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4

    Stand- (40 bucks about)
    Calumet 10' Light Stand - MF6040 - MF6040

    Everything you need, as cheap as you can get it. The stand is a bit of a splurge but they are nice and heavy duty. You can find cheaper ones, also you need a mount for the flash unit and stand. I don't feel like searching for that but everything there I just googled to find.

    A warning about that flash though, it is completely manual so a little experience in using it will be required before you get used to it. It is however the best flash for its price and pretty much everyone agrees on it being a great first flash.
     
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    You know, this makes me just a little jealous of the Nikon flash system. That pop-up can act as a commander to get the flash off camera without more gear. Not a big deal, really, but still... -.-
     
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    Come on over to the dark side... you know you want to... lol

    Personally, for the Nikon people, I'd suggest nothing less than a SB-600 for on camera futzing. The head rotates as well as goes up and down (the SB-400 cannot do that), it has a built-in wide angle fresnel and a bounce card. It can also be used as an off camera slave using CLS and most importantly, it is much stronger than the SB-400.

    For the extra few dollars, the SB-600 gets my vote. Matter of fact, I own 2 of them, and love them. I used them in off camera flash situations 99% of the time and they are real work horses.
     
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    What, you aren't a Jon McNally and have ten or so SB-900's, Jerry? :lol:

    Meh. Canon gear is serving me well, and that new L glass I got is freaking lovely. Maybe if I'm so pro that I can pull a Scott Bourne and switch everything completely just to get a little more AF speed...maybe then, if it makes sense. (Does that mean Canon is the side of light? You would think that with those red rings on L lenses that Canon would be more dark side-ish. :greenpbl: )
     
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    Do I have to use a trigger system? or can I just stick the flash on top of the camera?
    the SB-600 would suit me better, I want the flash to move

    I'm very new to the off camera flashes, sorry!

    what about this one? Jessops 360AFD

    thanks again
     
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    Oh yeah, you can of course just stick in on the shoe. But the nice thing about Nikons is that the pop-up flash can act as a wireless commander for your flash, if you say, got an SB-600. Canon cameras can't do that, TMK. I needed to get extra gear (the ST-E2 and Cactus V4's are both sound, or sacrifice a flash to be the commander).
     
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    Not all Nikon's, and not her D60 in particular.
     
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    Really? I thought the D60 did. My bad. Ignore me; I'm a Canon shooter anyway. Thanks for correcting me. :D
     

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