Thoughts on Nikon SB-600

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  1. benlonghair

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    Hi everyone, looking for thoughts on my next piece of gear. I'm having a great time with my D60. I find myself looking at lots of gear porn (so to speak).

    The limitations I've run into so far is the fact that both my lenses are kinda slow. The way I see it, there's two ways to handle this limitation: buy faster glass or buy a speedlight. A flash unit seems to be the most cost effective solution.

    Now the real queston is which one to get. I'm looking at a SB-600 on craigslist (yes, I will check it out before I buy). The SB-900 is way out of my price range plus has features I'd probably never use. Ths SB-400 seem like it's missing some features that I would use.

    Any thoughts on these flashes?
     
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    i really enjoy my sb600, but i am SURE i am not using it to it's full potential.
    it's so nice to be able to dial down the outpur, and angle the head to suit your needs. (not that you cant do that with a 3rd party flash).
    a sync cable makes it fun to take it off cam and experiment with that.

    like i said, i know theres more that can be done with it that im not doing (im a lighting noob). im sure a real strobist will chime in a reccomend the 600. ;)
     
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    I own two SB-600s. I use them mostly as off camera flashes, sometimes triggered by CLS, sometimes by remote wireless triggers, sometimes even doubled up in a softbox.

    Great little workhorse flash, I like it a lot. It is NOT a commander, though, you need the SB-800 or SB-900 for that. CLS is something that after I discovered it and how to use it, said... "how did I ever do without it???". Don't discount the SB-900.

    KNOWLEDGE, though, is more important than fast glass or good light... and, if you pair them up, you have incredible options suddenly made available to you and your pictures will NEVER look the same.
     
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    I know it's not a commander, but that's not a huge deal to me. If I end up needing a command, I'll just use the 600 as the slave. But that's down the road.

    I'm well aware that I don't know the first thing about flash photography. It's gonna be a little bit of a learning curve. But I'll figure it out.

    And what's CLS?
     
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    I've got both the SB400 and a couple SB600's... I find that the SB400 is on my camera more often because of it's size and what I need it for.

    I use my SB600's off camera mostly.

    CLS: Creative Lighting System (Nikon thing).
     
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    You cannot do that a commander flash is needed, and it cannot be a SB-600. If you ever plan on doing this (90% of people who have Nikon eventually do), then save a bit longer for the SB-900 now and get the SB-600 later.

    CLS is where an on camera SB-800 or SB-900 control remote SB 600s wirelessly. Read THIS to learn more about CLS. It's quite the tool!
     
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    So the 800 or 900 won't control a 600?
     
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    800 and 900 will control a 600.
     
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    Ok ya, that's what I was saying. When and if I find myself needing an off camera flash, I'll look into having a 800 or 900 on camera and keep the 600 as the off camera. Is this a poor plan?
     
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    Meh... for you, maybe not... for me, yeah, its not a good plan. If all you are is an amateur with no aspirations of getting serious about your photography and/or lighting, nothing wrong with getting just a SB-600.


    My thinking is that there are 2 things in photography you buy ONCE and get the best of... lenses and lighting.

    The SB-900 is stronger, has better light control and higher zoom. It has a commander mode for other SB-600-800-900 speedlights. I would rather go without for a while longer and get the best, rather than settle for second best.

    That said, as I mentioned, I have 2 SB-600s... but they came well after I bought my SB-800 plus I also trigger them using Pocket Wizards when greatest range is needed.

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    In the configuration above, I have them in a 28" softbox, triggered via CLS.
     
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    I like my SB-600 but I plan on getting an SB-900 when I need to get serious with lighting. I'll probably grab a 2nd SB-600 as well to use as an extra slave.
     
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    I have one and love it. It does what it needs to do when I need it to. Considering I dont do the studio or, pro thing it is all I need at the moment.
     

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