Nikon Speedlight Flashes...

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  1. dan.rpo

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    Hey all...i own a nikon d40 and am interested in buying an additional flash, but have somewhat of a small budget...i want something that is a step above the built in flash, but not something as drastic as the sb-800 which can cost a few hundred dollars, or more, i believe. thanks!
     
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    The best option for you would be a SB-600..... about $175USD. Damn good flash for the money. Others may suggest Vivatars, Sunpacks, etc and I could not offer any resistance. However, the SB-600 is a damn good flash.
     
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    Agreed. I have the SB-600 and it has made a huge difference in my pictures. I haven't had the time to really learn all about it yet, but for my Christmas and New Year's pictures this flash made all the difference. Being able to angle it and bounce it off the celing or wall is excellent. I am looking forward to actually learning how to use it.
     
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    Yep, the SB800 was $319 on both B&H and Adorama the other day. The sweet spot is the SB600 as mentioned above.
     
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    dan.rpo TPF Noob!

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    what about brands other than the speedlights by nikon? anything else worthy of a budget at or under the sb-600?
     
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    Go with the SB-600. You'll be happy you did. The SB-600 can do wireless, and at some point down the road you will want to get the flash off camera, trust me. If you really don't want to spend the money to get the 600, then look at the sb-400. It's not as versitile as the 600 but it's still a nice little flash. Seriously consider saving until you can afford the SB-600 though.
     
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    sb 600 - go for it

    step above flash though is the sb 400 pretty bland and ordinary, but cant go wrong, however sb600 if you ask me
     
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    How does the saying go-something like, "The bitterness of cheap quality lasts long after the sweetness of a cheap price is gone.."

    Just save for the SB-600, and that flash will do everything you need until you want to start playing with off-camera flash/multiple flash/gels, etc..

    I'd stay with Nikon when it comes to buying electronics, because they were made to work together, and you won't have any compatibility issues or loss of features.
     
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    Sb-600 it is! time to start saving....thanks all!
     
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    Glad you made the right decision. Trust me, you will not regret it. Best of luck saving!
     
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    GL I have friends that shoot with the 600, i personally shoot with an SB-800, but it seems for your needs an d budget the 600 is the right purchase and its a damn good flash too, enjoy it.
     
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    I love my SB600.
     

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