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Choose flash : Bower SFD35N iTTL or Nikon SB-400?

Justin NGO , Jan 06, 2008; 01:32 a.m.

Hi,

I'm very new to Digital SLR camera. I'm planing to purchase an external flash for D40x. I know the SB-600 is great but I can not afford to get it.

Would you advice me which one I should choose: 1/ Bower SFD35N iTTL Dedicated for Nikon Digital SLR cameras 2/ Nikon SB-400

If not Bower, which other brand name/model is good to buy at under $100?

Thank you so much!

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Juanjo Viagran , Jan 06, 2008; 02:04 a.m.

Justin, do yourself and your D40x a favor and don't get an under $100 non Nikon flash...

if anything look for a used SB-400..

Keith Durnford , Jan 06, 2008; 07:45 a.m.

Save up and get at least the SB-600, you will not be disapointed with it , its definately worth the extra cost.

Vivek . , Jan 06, 2008; 08:18 a.m.

I use (in addition to SB-800s) a few 3rd party iTTL flashes. (See: http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00NsbF)

There is an inexpensive one from "digital concepts" sold on ebay.

Small and light weight. Flash shoe contacts on this one are a bit tricky. i-TTL works best in the spot mode with -1.7 flash compensation. If you can figure out all this and still live with it, get one.

Since you are a beginner, the safe bet is (at least) an SB-400. The SB-600 recommended by Keith is better.

Kevin Foster , Jan 06, 2008; 09:06 a.m.

If you buy a Nikon flash you are guaranteed that it will work correctly. If you buy a 3rd party no-name flash that was reverse engineered to use on a Nikon camera, then there are no guarantees. Well you are probably guaranteed to get inconsistant results, which as a newbie can be very irratating. You may end up spending more in the long run.

Kevin

Justin NGO , Jan 06, 2008; 04:39 p.m.

Thank you all of you for your helpful advices. I will go ahead and save $ for the SB-600! I read on internet, someone says the SB-400 is just little powerful than the built-in flash, is that correct?

One more question, please. What does i-TTL mean? Do I need to get that function? Sorry for this simple question, I'm very new and the D40x is my first DSLR. Thank you again and have a nice day!

Justin

Vivek . , Jan 06, 2008; 06:12 p.m.

"Do I need to get that function?" Yes, and it comes with the SB-600.

You will do fine with the SB-600.

Ajay Ukidve , Jan 09, 2008; 08:53 a.m.

Hi,

SB 600 $180 sigma4less the best. If you cannot afford it then the sigma ST 500 for $120 second best. (link)

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