Nikon SB-400: Best flash for around $100?

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  1. anubis404

    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    Is the Nikon SB-400 the best flash for around $100, or is there something better I can get?
     
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    No, I think that's pretty much it, although I would spend the extra $75 for the SB-600, which is significantly more featured.
     
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    I'm only going to be using this for fill flash on portraits. The SB-600 looks a lot nicer, although I don't think I want to spend nearly double to get it.
     
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    you can get used flashes for a cheaper than an sb-600.

    last weekend i got a used sb-80dx that looks like it's never been used for $100, and i like it more than my sb-600's.
     
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    Oh wow, I just looked. I saw some used SB-80DXs on ebay for about $120. What makes them better than the SB-600s?
     
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    well i'm not sure i'd go as far as saying sb-80dx's better, since the auto mode on it is a little flaky when use on camera(manual works fine), but i use it off camera and it's a decent amount more powerful than my 600's from what i can tell.

    i'm not entirely sure it will work on a d70 though, since i've read somewhere that it doesn't. it could have just been referting to auto/ ttl though.
     
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    I like the SB600 because I can remotely trigger it using the commander mode. No cords!
     
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    I use the SB-800 for shooting bar events and fashion shows it has the aux power input, remote triggering. you can pick it up for about 200, but if your just going to shoot a few portraits then a 400 or 600 would be sufficient
     
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    Where can you get an SB800 for $200?
     
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    They have a sync connector, if I am not mistaken, and they are slightly more powerful. Now, having said that, these are likely very well used. I am very comfy with my SB-600s and will likely add a couple more to my collection very soon.

    The SB-600s are iTTL capable on my camera (and coming camera), as well as being able to do high-speed sync and CLS. They may not have a sync connector, but that is not an issue for me on off camera flash, as I use a small hotshoe adapter on each of my lightstands.

    Personally, I would rather invest $175 and get a brand new SB-600 with a warranty instead of spending $120 for a used unit off of ebay.
     
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    Eh. I would think anything over $100 should be spent on a lens instead of a flash. I'm looking for the best flash that will fill shadows on faces. Will the SB-400 or SB-80ex do that best?
     

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