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TheAnalyzer

join:2006-01-20

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Recomendation for an external flash

Coming from my Minolta X300 with a HANIMEX TZ 328 Flash gun, I now own a Nikon D3200 and I'm very happy with it.

But I miss my flash. The popup flash is not great...

So can anyone recommend an external flash for my Nikon D 3200?

Thank you!

Regards,

TA
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Dream Killer
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Forest Hills, NY
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you can pick up older nikon flashes and they will work fine. if you have the money, sb-700 is the best flash you can get in terms of features and performance.



grendal
Mmm Donuts
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join:2001-10-10
Fremont, CA
reply to TheAnalyzer

for the nikon 3200, the SB-400 is a great starter flash $99.

more powerful than onboard with the ability to tilt the head up to bounce off ceiling.

The SB-600/700/900 are great flashes but probably overkill for your needs. YMMV.

»www.amazon.com/Nikon-SB-400-Spee···s=sb-400



grendal
Mmm Donuts
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join:2001-10-10
Fremont, CA

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reply to TheAnalyzer

also, if it's the harshness of the onboard flash that you have an issue with, try getting a built-in flash diffuser (never used one though)

»www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?···diffuser

i just tried this simple test.

1) take picture of yourself with built-in flash. flash will produce harsh contrast

2) take picture of yourself with built-in flash w/ folded sheet of paper in front of flash. the picture should be less "harsh" due to more diffused nature of the flash. If this is what you're looking for, getting one of the flash diffusers might be just enough.

or this light scoop for bouncing the onboard flash.

»www.amazon.com/Professor-Kobres-···_sim_p_3


TheAnalyzer

join:2006-01-20
reply to Dream Killer

Yeah, I thought about the SB700 but I can't justify the cost since
I want to use natural light whenever possible.

TA
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TheAnalyzer

join:2006-01-20
reply to grendal

I will try your test but I am concerned that the build in flash is just too weak to be diffused or bounced.

I am considering the SB400 too, but is it really better than the on-board flash?

Do you have any experience with the SB400?

Thanks!

TA
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grendal
Mmm Donuts
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join:2001-10-10
Fremont, CA

said by TheAnalyzer:

I am considering the SB400 too, but is it really better than the on-board flash?

Do you have any experience with the SB400?

Thanks!

TA

I don't have personal experience but my brother uses it all the time with his Nikon D40. For indoor shots with normal ceilings, it does a great job. For the cost, it does 80-90% of the photos that a more powerful SB-600/700 could do. Question is if the extra 10-20% of the photos where a more powerful/flexible flash is worth the extra $230.


Dream Killer
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reply to TheAnalyzer

flash is not just for illuminating dark places but they're actually designed to balance light for fill in bright, to get a good balance in contrasty light. for example, if your background is bright but you don't want the subject to be essentially a sillhouette.



pkalona
Wannabe GWC
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join:2002-06-29
San Carlos, CA
reply to TheAnalyzer

Might want to check out the Yongnuo flashes on ebay. Solid units for those on a budget.



rcroning
D700 Rocks
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join:2005-05-21
Winnipeg, MB
reply to TheAnalyzer

I would second the comment on Yonhnuo flashes. They start as low as $50 for the fully manual ones to around $150 for the TTL versions. All feature swivel/tilt/zoom heads with built in reflector and diffuser. The best is they can be used as slave units in S1 and S2 modes because of their built in detectors. They are about the best bang for your buck around.

I have the SB-600 and SB-800 too and they are fabulous units.


TheAnalyzer

join:2006-01-20
reply to TheAnalyzer

Thanks for all the great info.
It is greatly appreciated!

I will definitely check out Yonhnuo flashes.
What do you all think about Metz flashes??

And if I go with a 3rd party flash do I have to worry about "flash trigger voltage" being to high possibly damaging the camera or is this a non issue ?

TA
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rcroning
D700 Rocks
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Winnipeg, MB
reply to TheAnalyzer

With the older Metz flashes like the CT-1 it would certainly be an issue. The newer ones, I am not sure.

I have used the Yongnuo-560 on my D70, D200 and D700 with no issues.


TheAnalyzer

join:2006-01-20
reply to TheAnalyzer

Okay guys. I finally decided to get the sb700 despite it's price tag.

I like it so far. Got some nice pics already.

Thanks all!

TA
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rcroning
D700 Rocks
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join:2005-05-21
Winnipeg, MB
reply to TheAnalyzer

You can't go wrong with that choice. It's a very capable flash unit. You'll have lots of fun with it.