Speedlight suggestion

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  1. Lost Product

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    I'm looking to invest in a Speedlight for my D3000.

    I looked on Nikons site, the only difference I could determine was price.
    The specs were foreign to me. So before I go out and ask some random salesmen some questions. I wanna roll in with some info.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    People are going to want to know how you'll be using it (mostly).
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    If the specifications were meaningless to you, stick with the less expensive and simpler SB-400.
     
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    There are some third party flashes that work pretty good for less money. I think Nikon has some lesser priced versions as well.
    Just starting out maybe don't spend a lot of money. As you get more shooting experience you will get a feel for what you really need, then spend some more on a better flash if you really need it.
     
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    SB-900 or fail.......... :lmao::lmao::lmao:


    The SB-600, 800 & 900 will give you varying degrees of power output. They will all gve you rotating and tilting heads as well as various zooms. To my knowledge the SB-400 only tilts, is cheap and may offer you what you need.
     
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    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would say the sb600 unless you want really budget and simple then the sb400 is nice as well. GL
    tj
     
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    i second this.
     
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    I'll be using the flash for sports photography.

    Sorry, totally forget to include that.
     
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    SB-900, and make sure flash is allowed.
     
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    Then you'll definately need the SB-900 and a Better Beamer Flash Extender. That will work for night field sports some of the time. The rest of the time your subjects will be to far away for you to get enough light to them. Inverse Square law

    Indoor sports shooters using cameras with less than stellar ISO performance usually set up a couple studio strobes or a few radio triggered speedlights, because veniues don't allow flash photography from the floor.

    If you'll be shooting from the stands/bleachers instead of the sidelines/floor, the Inverse Square Law will again limit your results when using on camera flash.
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Well I'm poor.
    So I'll see if I can raise money for a decent flash...
     

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