flash - does it matter which one?

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Berghof
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flash - does it matter which one?
Sep 20, 2011

Hi,

I may be shooting a wedding soon and honestly I do not have much experience with flash photography.I'm studying the different techniques of flash photography and soon I'll have to make the decission whether to get Nikon or if I get let's say Metz or Sunpack flash unit will the non Nikon flash do all the TTL and other tricks just like the Nikon flash?Which one do you recommend?My budget is about 300$ but if another 100$ should make a real difference on performance then I'll spend 400$.I don't know why but for some reason I feel the Metz may be a better choice.What do you think?Thank you.
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Mark B.
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In reply to Berghof, Sep 20, 2011

Berghof wrote:

Hi,

I may be shooting a wedding soon and honestly I do not have much experience with flash photography.

Are you the main photographer? A wedding isn't the time to try out flash techniques that you're just learning.

I'm studying the different techniques of flash photography and soon I'll have to make the decission whether to get Nikon or if I get let's say Metz or Sunpack flash unit will the non Nikon flash do all the TTL and other tricks just like the Nikon flash?Which one do you recommend?My budget is about 300$ but if another 100$ should make a real difference on performance then I'll spend 400$.I don't know why but for some reason I feel the Metz may be a better choice.What do you think?Thank you.
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If you have thick skin, ask over on the Pro forum. Personally I'd prefer an OEM flash. I tried an off-brand with my Canon years ago and was disappointed when it didn't work with upgraded bodies. I've since used only Canon flash. I have a Canon flash purchased 10 years ago that works with a body I got only 2 years ago. 100% compatability is well worth a few extra bucks.

Mark

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BA baracus
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In reply to Berghof, Sep 20, 2011

In most cases the flash technique where the flash unit is not on the camera is the one that looks the best. I use the wireless flash built into my d200 w/ sb800 all the time on a stand, usually with a light modifier. I'm not sure if any aftermarket units offer integration to that system if that's something available to you.

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In reply to Berghof, Sep 20, 2011

If you don't have much experience with flash photography, the best bet would be to use OEM flash units. SB700 may be right on the value side - don't forget you get correction filters in the box (dedicated and "real"). I have SB600 but buying couple sets of CT filters and Tupperware (difuser) had brought it very close to what I was meant to pay for SB800 at time, which had all these inclusions in the box. Plus much more.

People are saying good things about 3rd party units. Metz is certainly reputable flash maker, but I don't think going that route would actually save you any money. Nissin has been praised for good value for money, yet some users have mixed results with different model of cameras. Once you get a grip on flash photography, you could do almost everything (but FP) with reliable non-TTL Auto flash. But first things first.

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Berghof
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SB 700 is my choice
In reply to ZorSy, Sep 21, 2011

yes, I agree, after reading more about the different flash units I have decided to go for the SB 700,thank you all
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