Any reason not to get the YN-565EX Speedlite

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I am a beginner looking for my first speed-lite for use with a Nikon D80. Based on a $200(or wait and save more money) budget I was looking a the YN565EX or trying to track down a used or refurb SB600.

I really like the fact that it has i-ttl. However, I also realize that things l-TTL can easily become a crutch and limit how far I can go if I put my faith in the camera brain and not my own but for a starting point I think having i-ttl could be helpful on days when I dont want to experiment or when my wife picks up the camera.

Only downsides I can see are
*YN - Seems to be some sellers that have them in US but most are coming right from china - so longer wait time
*This would make for a harder warranty replacement if needed but comparing to a used SB600 this is most likely mute.

I read a few reviews including the extensive one here - Yongnuo YN-565 EX Flash Review | Speedlights.net and while I saw a few things that were over my head I didnt see anything that should disqualify this as a good starter flash for me. Am I missing anything, should i be considering a different speedlite besides these two?

Are there any sellers affiliated with this forum that could be recommend rather then ebaying it?
 

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I've not used any of the Yongnuo products myself, but many here have, and they seem well regarded, especially for their price point. If you can't find a used SB600, than I think that would be a good option. Don't think of TTL as a 'crutch' but rather one more tool you have available to you. Like every other tool, there are times when it's appropriate to use, and times when it isn't.
 

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how does this compare to sb-600.. the sb-600 come up pretty regularly on craigslist in my area for about 160-180 used.
 

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If you buy from the creators own ebay store you have a year of warranty.
 

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