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Old 11-15-2004, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm sitting here looking at uniquephoto.com wondering why the $120 difference between the SB600 and SB800. Since I use on-camera flash only for large mobile events (like the oh-so-rare wedding and the not so rare corporate party), I'm wondering if there is a significant (i.e., $120) difference between the two for what I shoot...

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Re: D70 Flash
Old 11-15-2004, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure but I beleive that the 800 is the only dedicated flash for the D70 Nikon recommends??? I used my D70 with an old Vivitar 285 a few weeks ago for candids at a wedding and had no problem and my files required only minimal adjustments.

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Re: D70 Flash
Old 11-15-2004, 02:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well in looking at the flash there are some things to consider.

The SB-800 has Nikon's advanced communication system, same as the SB-600, for those who don't know this simply means... they are thinking. You can put those flashes down and they will operate as a fill flash wherever they are.

But in the world of 800 vs. 600, we are in a realm of the Burger King Tendercrisp versus Spicey Tendercrisp ads we are seeing so much of on tv.

The SB-800 is a step above the 600 in the realm of power and recycling speeds. For the $120 your paying in differencer, your SB-600 is getting a shot of steroids and coming out as the SB-800. For what we spend on equipment as photographers, $120 is a small price for the added versatility of the Sb-800 over the SB-600.

But all the same, both good flashes for the D-70.


.... and for thr $120, I can have not a small but a MEDIUM COFFEE!!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]


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Re: D70 Flash
Old 11-15-2004, 03:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have one of each. The 800 is more powerful, and when I take just one with me that's the one I choose. When I want two flashes, the 600 gives me enough power to use for fill.

The beauty thing is the way they communicate. Totally wireless, TTL flash is great! I have a cheap tripod I can mount one on, and it gives me a pretty versatile, very portable setup.

If you want only one, I think the 800 is the better choice. Buy stock in a battery company, too.

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Re: D70 Flash
Old 11-15-2004, 03:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Greetings! Go with the SB800. Just like in horespower, the more the better and can be used when it's needed. As for batteries, pick up the rechargeable NiMH batteries that will charge up in 1/2 to 1 hr. I use Duracell's brand and I'm sure there are other more esoteric brands, but, Duracell can be had at a local grocery store, etc. Here's a photo taken w/ D70, 105mm AFDC & SB800. Biggest reason to have it is contrast control
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I just bought a SB800 for my D70. Can you explain how it does "contrast control?

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Oops! I mis-spoke. What I meant by that was with the SB 800, one can control the scene brightness range to a certain extent. Though the flash has the feature, in conjunction with the D70, to control the flash output, there are limits to it. I must've been thinking in terms of a print range when I made the contrast control statement. I guess the long term effects of Dektol, Rapid Fixer and selenium toner are manifesting [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My Nikon flash broke and I decided to try a Vivitar 283 flash, I find
I get better results at events at a fraction of the cost. Be sure not to use an old
283 because of voltage problems. I use a D1x and not a D70.
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