Good Nikon flash?

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Need some recommendations on a good Nikon flash for around $200. I will be using it for sports mostly.

I have a D7000 if that helps with recommendations.
 

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TTL or manual?
 

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You might find a used SB-600 for that price.. but that will be the only good NIKON flash you will find for that money. You could probably find an SB-400... but not worth it, they are not much stronger than your popup flash.

There are LOTs of aftermarket flashes you can get for that much.. how good they are is a matter of debate. If you want something straight manual... the Vivitar 285, and the Yongnou 560 are popular choices. If you are looking for Cheap TTL.. can't help you.. I don't know of any! :)
 

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cgipson1 said:
You might find a used SB-600 for that price.. but that will be the only good NIKON flash you will find for that money. You could probably find an SB-400... but not worth it, they are not much stronger than your popup flash.

There are LOTs of aftermarket flashes you can get for that much.. how good they are is a matter of debate. If you want something straight manual... the Vivitar 285, and the Yongnou 560 are popular choices. If you are looking for Cheap TTL.. can't help you.. I don't know of any! :)

X2. If ttl isn't important, I suggest. Its much stronger than the sb600.

http://www.keh.com/camera/Nikon-Autofocus-Shoe-Mount-Flashes/1/sku-NA219990528510?r=FE
 

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One tell is if they're asking about what flash they need for their photography, chances are they need TTL.

Anyone going manual will prob have a good grasp of what they want.
 

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good call on the 28.... didn't think of that one! :)
 

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What sports are you using this for? Most sport work is done off camera so you'll want something that works with the Nikon wireless system...
 

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One tell is if they're asking about what flash they need for their photography, chances are they need TTL.

Anyone going manual will prob have a good grasp of what they want.

That is why I was suggesting the SB-600! ;)
 

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Ive never understood why dslr users need ttl flash. Do lighting conditions vary THAT much that a manual flash cant be used? Frankly, i hate any automatic metering when using a flash--manual is much more predictable.
 

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djacobox372 said:
Ive never understood why dslr users need ttl flash. Do lighting conditions vary THAT much that a manual flash cant be used? Frankly, i hate any automatic metering when using a flash--manual is much more predictable.

I can use a AF assist light every now and then. That's about it. I think it only works with a ttl compatible flash. I could be wrong.
 

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Ive never understood why dslr users need ttl flash. Do lighting conditions vary THAT much that a manual flash cant be used? Frankly, i hate any automatic metering when using a flash--manual is much more predictable.

Agreed! But in some fast changing situations / events... TTL rocks! And IF you know how your TTL works, and shoot for that.... it works well! Especially the Nikon version of TTL!
 

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I bought the SB700 for my D7000 and I think it's a great flash. I think the SB700 might be a little more then you are looking to spend but I would consider saving a little extra and getting the SB700.
 

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