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Help me buy my first flash unit
Old 05-18-2004, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need you folks' pro-fessional type advice for an amateur on buying my first on camera flash unit. Here are my caveats:

1) Must be compatible with Olympus E-10
2) Preferably compatible with as many other cameras as well as I'm hoping to upgrade in the near future
3) Overnight delivery once purchased
4) Price range = around $200 or below
5) Moveable head so I can angle the flash at the ceiling

I've got this Nikon unit scoped out at B&H and was wondering if anyone thought well or poorly of it or if you had any other suggestions.
Nikon SB-50 DX flash

Thanks for your help!
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An oldie but a goodie
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is the Vivtar 285. Probably about $70. LOTS of output. Has a varible sensor built in that works ok -- so it's not camera compatable per se, it does its own thing. You can manually set the output as well.

You can add a peanut sensor and remotely hit it with another flash if, for example, you bought a Nikon later and wanted a second flash. It's great in the field. I put it on a tripod and set it off remotely as a fill flash. You can get an AC adaptor or use batteries.

I have a friend that does lots of in-office corporate portraits for magazines and annual reports. He has 3 of them in his case.

Bob

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thanks Bob!
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Thanks for the info Bob. Love your model! Is that a certain Texas webmistress I'm dying to shoot? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: thanks Bob!
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That is Courtney! From our first shoot in September 2002, I believe.

This is NOT Courtney -- Kendall Hill and Hope Hoffman:

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the 283 and 285 are like the two most
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populer back up flash's in history
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Yep...them Vivitar 283 or 285\'s.. Oh and...
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Buy it from B&H or Calumet...

Once you pick one...and buy it... go out and find one of those styrofoam coolers,....remove the top and buy some rice paper...and cover the top of it...then, cut out a hole in the bottom that is just big enough to sit your flash head snugly and then buy a cord to connect to this flash and mount it on a light stand and you have yourself a nifty lttle soft box! It was my first soft box...and it kept my Pepsi cold too! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Have fun with your new flash guy!

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