To Buy or Not to Buy?

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  1. purpleorbes

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    Hello all.
    I have came across a used Nikon SB-700 at a small cash advance/pawn shop for $140 and im not sure if that's a really good deal or just an alright price. I don't know much about flashes as I only have used natural light or very rarely the built in flash.
    So, What do you guys think? jump on it or pass it up?
    Any thoughts and input on this would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Ryan Bruce


     
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    Search eBay completed sales?
     
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    My standard reply. After doing just that, that's not a bad price. If it's fully functional, buy it!
     
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    Im not at all familiar with flashes. How and what do I look for to make sure everything is working properly? Is there like a used flash check list or something along those lines?
    Thanks for the input everyone. I really appreciate it!
    Ryan
     
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    Bring some batteries, make sure it powers up, fire the 'Test' (or 'Flash') button on the back to make sure if discharges; if you can, bring a camera and try a few different exposures. Make sure it's clean, the clear plastic over the flash tube isn't discoloured, there are no cracks, chips, etc... should be fine.
     
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    I've often said on this forum that getting a speedlight will up your photographic game in ways that you do not yet realize. I do say get a Speedlight, and preferably an SB-700 or higher number.

    The SB-700 is considered a workhorse of a speedlight. Many pros and hobbyists rely on their SB-700 to work, work well, and work for a long time. That price for a used SB-700 is not terrific, but look at it this way: Even a third-party cheapie will cost you $100, so for the extra $40 you're getting a genuine Nikon that should be expected to work for years.

    If the price is no sweat to you, then buy it.
     
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    It's actually pr iced well if you look at the used market sites.
     
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    It was $170 but I live in a small town and no one bought it so the priced just recently dropped to $140 I offered $120 just to see and they said no. Money is definitely an issue but I think that is the cheapest I will be able to get a sb700 and I imagine I'm going to need a speedlight at sooner rather than later so I mind as well get it while the "getting is good". Hopefully they are open tomorrow and I still have all the money.
    Thanks guys! I really appreciate all the help!
     

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