noob flash question

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by noob873, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. noob873

    noob873 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Messages:
    453
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    southern california
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Im currently using my dads sb 400 whenever I need it, eventually want to get something a little better, but I have a quick question.
    When I put it on, it doesnt let me bring the shutterspeed faster than 200, is there a way to make it faster?
     
  2. Socrates

    Socrates TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    1,183
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Exit #5
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    That's the limitation of the D80.

    With the 600 or 800 flash head, you can fire the flash in "FP" mode at any shutter speed you wish but the power will be reduced.
     
  3. noob873

    noob873 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Messages:
    453
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    southern california
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks. :)
    That sucks though, now time for me to decide sb600 or 800, they both can be done wirelessly right?
     
  4. Mav

    Mav TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,457
    Likes Received:
    2
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The D40 has 1/500s flash sync, by far the best in Nikon's entire lineup, and heck even compared to most other DSLRs on the market too. The older D50 and D70 also had 1/500s flash sync. I wish my D80 could do this too, but that's in part why I got a secondary D40. I've never tried the FP mode with the 600/800, but would be curious to hear how it works out. Yes you can use both of those wirelessly on the D80 too.
     
  5. JimmyO

    JimmyO TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,132
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Mav, my d40x will only go to 1/200. Is it d40 only?
     
  6. Mav

    Mav TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,457
    Likes Received:
    2
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yes, specifically the D40. It has to do with the secondary electronic shutter on the 6MP sensor that wasn't possible for whatever reason on the 10MP sensors.
     
  7. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    13,601
    Likes Received:
    1,929
    Location:
    State of Confusion
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Right out of the box.

    Flash Synch for the D80 is 1/200s. Not a problem under normal situations.

    If money is an issue, then go SB-600, otherwise the SB-800 is a better choice IMO.
     
  8. Mav

    Mav TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,457
    Likes Received:
    2
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I think the 800 is overkill and that the 600 is much better bang for the buck, but that's just me. I've never found my 600 to be lacking in any way.
     
  9. Socrates

    Socrates TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    1,183
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Exit #5
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Yes and the built-in can be used as the "commander" (with or without firing the flash).
     
  10. Socrates

    Socrates TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    1,183
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Exit #5
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Agree completely.
     
  11. Socrates

    Socrates TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    1,183
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Exit #5
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    For "normal" flash environments, I've found the 1/200 to be just fine. I use FP for outdoor fill-flash. You really don't need to think about it - it's invoked automatically when the shutter speed exceeds 1/200. The only reason for the on/off is because the pop-up (which I never use) and the "400" (which I don't have) won't support it. Works well for me.

    Be aware that FP brightness will drop off at very high shutter speeds.
     
  12. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    13,601
    Likes Received:
    1,929
    Location:
    State of Confusion
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I agree the 600 is a very capable flash unit. But this also spawns the question of why a noobie buys a $1000 camera. I think the 800 is much more intuitive, has the increased power, quicker recycle time and can be the master for multiple setup. If my funds are stretched thin, hands down the 600. If I have the money for a D80, why would I buy a D40? Further down the road..........
     

Share This Page