Is the SB-600 built in diffuser any good?

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  1. anubis404

    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    I just received my SB-600 in the mail (its awesome), and I was wondering if the built in diffuser was any good. Should I get a diffuser for it? If so, what kind?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Have you read the manual?

    I'm guessing that you are referring to the built-in wide angle panel...?

    It's meant to be used when you are using a lens that is wider than 18mm (crop) or 24mm (full). The flash has a zooming head to match the focal length of the lens, so that you are not wasting light by lighting up areas that the lens can't see. If you are using an ultra wide lens, in the 10-20mm range, you would need to use the wide angle panel to get full flash coverage.

    There are many flash accessories available. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. I think that a lot of people get and use them because they don't really understand light and/or their flash. I suggest learning to use your flash without silly accessories and then get something when and if you find that you have a need for it.
     
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    My manual says that pull out panel is for lenses such as 14 mm, as Mike said.
     
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    It makes it go to 14mm coverage. But you can get it to stand up and it works as a built in bounce card in a pinch.
     
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    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    That's what I've been using it for, and it works great.

    I'm asking what will diffusers give me that the bare flash won't? What do they do?
     
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    they soften the light. it also lit up more of the foreground on my 380ex when at the 75 degree angle, which works great for low light on the move. better snaps at party's and such.
     
  7. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The SB-600 doesn't come with a diffuser. It comes with a flip panel to increase it's beam width to 17mm.

    The SB-800 comes with a diffuser, 5th battery holder, an integrated flip-up bounce card and the same 17mm flip panel to increase beam width.
     
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    Diffusers do just that-take the light and spread it around, thereby making it less harsh and providing a wider coverage. Same power spread over a wider area equals softer light all around and lessened shadows.
     
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    I think everyone is part right, Nikon doesn't call it a diffuser however on their site, but a wide flash adapter.

    LWW
     
  10. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    DING DING DING DING...... We have a winner.

    See pages 10 & 74 of your manual.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    ... and drop the power of the flash by 1-2 stops.
     
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    Weren't you saying in another thread, though, that the SB800 isn't available anymore? Or at least isn't being made by Nikon any longer?
     

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