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best speedlight for d700

joseph blum , Mar 27, 2010; 09:33 p.m.

what is the best speedlight for use with the d700 especially when using 14-24 lens? price is a consideration, so if there is one almost as good at a lower price please tell me. thanks


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D.B. Cooper , Mar 27, 2010; 09:47 p.m.

SB-900. The discontinued SB-800 is almost as good. You might find a good used one, but if you can swing it, you'll be better off with an SB-900.

Steven Jackson , Mar 27, 2010; 09:53 p.m.

I have the sb-900 and i love it, gets hot if your using it in quick succession, but they all do, its great off camera on the stand.

Kent Staubus , Mar 27, 2010; 11:04 p.m.

Will any of the Nikon SB lights go as wide as 14mm if on camera? I find I don't shoot on-camera flash much any more. So, what do you want a flash to do anyway?
Kent in SD

Kent Shafer , Mar 27, 2010; 11:26 p.m.

According to the instruction book (page D-57) the SB-900 zooms automatically from 17mm to 200mm in FX (12mm to 200mm in DX). When the built-in wide flash adapter is flipped down (page D-31), it zooms from 12mm to 17mm in FX (8mm to 11mm in DX).

Ramon V (California) , Mar 27, 2010; 11:33 p.m.

well, if you want to shoot that wide with flash, it will be the sb-900. are you going wide outdoors? archi and landscape, maybe? ............but you can always bounce an SB-600 and get excellent results. of course indoors. too bad, the sb-800 is not around anymore for a reasonable purchase.

Steven Jackson , Mar 28, 2010; 01:44 a.m.

Also keep in mind that the SB-900 is alot bigger than the SB-600, so if weight is an issue....

joseph blum , Mar 28, 2010; 01:50 a.m.

thanks to all for your help. sounds like the sb-900 is the best choice for my needs

Dave Lee , Mar 28, 2010; 01:50 a.m.

The best speedlight for your D700 is the one you have in your bag when you're in need of it! I have an SB-800 and it's worked well for me and my D300.

steve phillipps , Mar 28, 2010; 05:30 a.m.

I bought an SB400 as I wanted something tiny, but it's a bit lame really, only just a bit better than a built in flash. On the D3 you can't even adjust the fill flash ratio.
Then I got an SB900 and it's quite simply superb. It's one of those items which appears now and again which when you think to yourself "oh it would be nice if it could do ... such and such" and you read the manual and find out that it can, time and again. It even comes complete with colour filters for fill flash in tungsten or flourescent light. 10 out 10 at least.

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