A&P Flashes - What to get? Ring Flash? Speed light? I have no idea.

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Wobistdu, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Wobistdu

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    I have no lighting at all. What would be a good first light for my D90?

    Also, how are ring flashes? Every picture I see where a ring flash is used just looks amazing. :eek3: Especially on people
     
  2. themolsen

    themolsen New Member

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    you want on-camera or off-camera lighting, or something with which you can do both?
     
  3. Wobistdu

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    i'm assuming on-camera would be a good start :dunno:

    i'd like to be inside and capture people with some nice lighting
     
  4. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i would get some sort of a speedlight, that way you can use it on or off camera.
     
  5. Wobistdu

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    ok. i've heard of the sb900. might be overkill i dont know

    what's a good bang for the buck one?
     
  6. Wobistdu

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    sb600 is $220. that isn't toooo expensive
     
  7. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    buy the used sb800 that's for sale here. Easily the best bang for the buck, and it's a great flash.

    If you miss that, your choices are an sb900 or two sb600's... (almost the same price...)

    they'll both work with Nikon CLS on and off camera, your d90 has the CLS controller mode, so you don't really need that feature of the sb900...

    You can also buy some poverty wizards, and control them all remotely using radio transmitters, if CLS isn't your thing...

    there are a TON of modifiers for speedlights out there, consisting of everything from umbrellas, beauty dishes and softboxes, to ring flash adapters, all made for speedlights...


    pro's of each:

    sb900 - badass flash - strong, versatile, oodles of power, nice long zoom, gel holder and color temp adjustments...

    sb600's - you'd have 2 of em = lots more lighting options, small and simple to use, ~$250 each.

    cons of each:

    sb900 - ~$500 for one...

    sb600's - less power, less features.


    as for the ringflash, buy a Rayflash adapter... No need for a dedicated ring flash as your first light...
     
  8. Wobistdu

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    jared, as far as trying to be economical, is it a bad idea to start with 1 sb600? how would that work just being inside adding some front light to people?
     
  9. Etherized

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    sb600's don't have a slave mode, they also don't have a sync port. That is my big gripe about them.

    You can have them modded to add these features in though, for a sum. (you can also buy a hotshoe that has a sync port in it as well. I don't like it though.)

    I'd get an sb-800 if I were in your position. As for me, I just bought a sb-900. I also have a 600.
     
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    sb600 is plenty powerful. It isn't a weak speedlight by any means.
     
  11. Wobistdu

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    cool

    so yeah i have no idea what a sync port/slave mode is. i'm clueless on lighting
     
  12. jared_IRL

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    No, that's a great place to start. you can use the sb600 off camera as well, and use the on-camera flash as fill, so you can have a 2 light setup...

    or just throw it on top and bounce...
     
  13. Wobistdu

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    thanks for the info jared.

    as usual, money is always the big factor.
     
  14. Wheezer

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    Get the used SB800. If I had the money, I'd pick up more! The 900 is just doesn't offer enough to justify the cost and the 600 just isn't enough (power/features). Like Etherized said, it doesn't do slave mode and no PC-socket.
     
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    285hv and some poverty wizards is super cheap.
     
  17. jared_IRL

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    If his only equipment is a d90 and a sb600, when would he possibly need slave mode or a PC socket?

    but for shits and giggles, lets pretend he would need them... The slave mode can be fixed with a $15 wein peanut, and the PC socket can be fixed with a $12 pc-hotshoe adapter.... Both easy, cheap pieces of gear he can get later, throw in his bag, and use in the super rare circumstance that he needs them...

    If he does decide to go radio instead of CLS, there are about 11ty billion choices for radio wireless transmitters that attach via the hotshoe.

    My only real gripe with the sb600 is it's power, but for the price of 1 sb900, I can buy 2 sb600's and squish em both into a softbox...
     
  18. Wheezer

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    Good point.
     
  19. Wobistdu

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    welp this thread was hella informative

    thanks gents
     
  20. twinturboteddy

    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    Don't forget the placement of the bright red led.

    I hate Sb600's
     
  21. xenon supra

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    i started with one sb600 and added an a second one later.
     

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