Looking for a flash... Help?

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  1. BTilson

    BTilson TPF Noob!

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    I have some criteria here:

    1) Needs to swivel both left/right and up/down.
    2) Needs to be usable in the on camera hotshoe (I have a D40).
    3) Needs to have either a 1/4" or 1/8" sync port for off camera use.
    4) Needs to be reasonably priced (< $150 hopefully)

    I've tried looking myself, but there are just so many freaking flashes out there that I don't even really know where to begin. Anyone have any recommendations for me? I am wanting to experiment with off camera flash (probably with the AlienBee's Cybersync system) but I also want it to work on camera as well.

    Thanks in advance, muy mucho!
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I may be very off base here, but generally only the very high end flashes I've seen have the sync port.
     
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    What are the other options for sync'ing wirelessly then? The receiver I am looking at has a 1/8" sync cable to go to the flash. (Includes a 1/4" adapter) Is there a 1/8" to hotshoe adapter maybe? Any other input?
     
  4. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    With the release of the SB-900, you should be able to find a used SB-800 for something close to your budget.
     
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    Good point, thanks John. What about this cheapo thing? Looks to have everything I want for WAY cheaper, assuming I can find an adapter to hook it to the receiver.

    http://www.adorama.com/FAB.html
     
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    Can't beat the price, that's for sure. The only major downside I see is that it's non-dedicated, meaning all of your flash-exposures will have to be manually calculated (Estimate the distance from the subject to the camera, set the aperture and expose). Not a huge deal, but a little inconvenient at times.
     

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