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Old 08-11-2009, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Nikon D40 and wanted to get a flash for it. I would like something like the sb-600 but was wondering if outside companies make a similar flash for a cheaper price.
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Re: Nikon Flash Question
Old 08-11-2009, 03:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a Nikon D40 and wanted to get a flash for it. I would like something like the sb-600 but was wondering if outside companies make a similar flash for a cheaper price.
You'll always be better with a manufacturer made flash. I have an SB-800 and an SB-600 and prefer them both. They will work together with the Nikon Creative Lighting System...
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You'll always be better with a manufacturer made flash. I have an SB-800 and an SB-600 and prefer them both. They will work together with the Nikon Creative Lighting System...
I agree with AristonPhotog. I used to try to cheap out with Vivitar and Sunpack flashes, but after I bought my Nikon SB-800 I've never looked back. They're so worth the cost, I plan to buy a second SB-800.

Also ... if you decide to buy the Nikon speedlight, get the SB-800 or SB-900 because they both include an optical slave that let's you use it in a wireless situation (something I do quite often).

If you need further proof ... go to my website or MySpace page and look at ALL the outdoor images ... they were all shot using only my SB-800 for fill flash.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a Nikon D40 and wanted to get a flash for it. I would like something like the sb-600 but was wondering if outside companies make a similar flash for a cheaper price.
My first flash purchase, I looked at the price of an SB 80 and said, no way, I can buy a flash cheaper and a flash is a flash right. Nope, it sucked. The only thing that sucked more were the images I tried to make with it. One of the major attractions to buy a Nikon is the excellent flashes and the CLS. Invest well or buy it over and over again
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Re: Nikon Flash Question
Old 08-11-2009, 07:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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SB-800's are hard to come by these days. Amazon.com is selling them for about $800.
The SB-900 sells for about $500 bucks. Might as well go with the SB-900. Although the SB-600's are considerably cheaper ( about $250), the SB-900 with the Optical Slave capability ( as Photomart has mentioned) sure is inviting.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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SB-800's are hard to come by these days. Amazon.com is selling them for about $800.
The SB-900 sells for about $500 bucks. Might as well go with the SB-900. Although the SB-600's are considerably cheaper ( about $250), the SB-900 with the Optical Slave capability ( as Photomart has mentioned) sure is inviting.
If you're considering buying the Nikon SB-900 ... buyer beware! A lot of photogs complain that it overheats and shuts off very quickly. If you're using your flash for wedding photography, where you're firing off a lot of full power shots in rapid succession, it may overheat after a few dozen images. Bummer if it's your only flash. Then again ... if you're like me and you shoot hot models, during hot 100+ degree Texas days, and you set your flash on full or 1/2 power ... you could see shutdown much sooner than you'd like.

Google "SB-900 overheating" ... read all the articles and make up your own mind.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have owned a SB800 as well as the SB600. I liked them both, preferred the SB800 but notice that they are hard to obtain. I also have heard the SB900 has problems with overheating but I have not personally owned one. If you can manage it I would stick with a Nikon flash.
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I have the SB800, and I really like it, would love to have another one, but was thinking about the SB900, I guess I need to do some more investigating. Those of you who have one I would sure be interested in what you think.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Stick with the SB800 if you can find one used or a refurb. I have two SB800's and one SB600. The 800's power an zoom capability is better that the 600, plus it has the pc socket for a cord or radio trigger for off-camera flash.

Honestly, I don't know why Nikon discontinued the 800 as there seems to be a market for both units.

I'd post some images, but I can't seem to upload any for some reason.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a Nikon D40 and wanted to get a flash for it. I would like something like the sb-600 but was wondering if outside companies make a similar flash for a cheaper price.
Trust me, you want to stay with a Nikon flash. I've used Vivitar and SunPack which are both good brands of flashes, but now that I've used a Nikon SB-800 for a few years, stay with the Nikon, it's hands down way better than anything a third party offers.
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