answers: 310

  1. Paul
    24.09.2015

    I have been using sb-700 for several months already, I took it based on your article. I am completely satisfied with the flash operation, even exceeded expectations. I bought up to a couple of Meike 951 fkr nikon (d5100) I ignite remotely for complex lighting, for example, back or side lighting. In such a tandem, the second flash "not native" is appropriate and even very. And as the main one, of course, 700th. I used the 900, it overheats very quickly and had to wait, while the 700 was ready for battle. These are the conclusions.

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  2. Anna
    11.11.2015

    Hello! I want to take a flash, it’s really used, there are 2 options sb 700 and sb 800, both in good condition, I still don’t know which one to choose better.

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    • Pastor
      12.11.2015

      I would take a newer sat-700. I had three of these - no problem, they work fine. They are even suitable for reporting, although I overheated once in the dark at a corporate party, but there I clicked series for 15 minutes. It cooled down in 5 minutes and worked fine again.

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      • Anna
        12.11.2015

        Pastor, thank you so much for the advice!

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  3. Kirill
    22.11.2015

    Hello, tell me please !!!
    now I use a Nikon sb-25 flash (I use it on a nikon d200 and sometimes on a radio synchronizer) ... - faced a serious drawback - slow recharging (even at minimum power), but on reportage photography this is critical!
    ... what kind of flash could be replaced (with a good rate of fire), but with a budget of up to 1000-1500g. ??

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    • Kirill
      22.11.2015

      PS: with such a budget, it is assumed used ...)

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      • BB
        22.11.2015

        The most budget-friendly option is to try adding a 5th battery (similar to the SB-800). After all, the flash is designed to work with batteries: 1,5 * 4 = 6 volts, and for batteries 1,2 * 4 = 4,8. If instead of 4 batteries we use 5, then we will get the coveted 6 volts of power.

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      • Kirill
        22.11.2015

        Thank you) ... what does the 5th battery mean? where to? as? I've never just heard of such a thing…. and how to do it technically ...

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      • BB
        22.11.2015

        In sb-800, instead of a cover, additional compartment for the 5th battery.
        But you definitely shouldn't put the fifth battery - you can burn the flash.

        But try to put good 'Ready-to-use' batteries instead of batteries - they can give a large current to the load (at the first moment of charging it can be 7-8 amperes!), Maybe your batteries are very 'sagging' under a high current.

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      • BB
        22.11.2015

        here

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      • Alexander
        27.04.2024

        All the time there is a fifth battery on the Sat 800 and everything works fine, but you don’t recommend installing it, then why did they make it additionally?

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      • Kirill
        22.11.2015

        ... by the way, I use alkaline batteries

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    • BB
      22.11.2015

      With such a budget - only BU and search. With a good rate of fire - this is prof. flashes: SB-900/910/800, or TOP Chinese, for example Nissin Di866, but they won't even fit into your budget.

      With an average rate of fire, for example, Nikon SB-700, or again the Chinese: Nissin Di700, Di622, Di600.

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  4. Vladimir
    30.11.2015

    For flashes, take normal batteries, from DYURASEL or ENERGYZER, or at least GP, and not alkaline bullshit, from PANASONIK and others, 5-10 rubles each, which are not designed for high inrush currents ...
    It is very useful to have at home, for monitoring batteries and batteries - a cheap, Chinese, digital tester (200 rubles, the size of a pack of cigarettes, they are in radio products and car dealers).
    Turn on the tester's current probe 10A and see what the batteries give in short circuit mode. The current should be more than 6 amperes and all are approximately the same. For batteries, the current may be weaker, but not less than 4 amperes. Then it will be possible to calmly go to reportage filming.
    And the voltage of freshly charged batteries will be 1,42 - 1,45 volts, not lower.

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  5. Lena
    01.12.2015

    Good hour! Help me please.
    At work, sometimes you have to photograph events with very poor lighting. Can you recommend any external flash on the d5200 no more than 15 thousand?
    Thank you

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    • Dmitry
      01.12.2015

      Nikon SB-700

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    • anonym
      01.12.2015

      Lena, please specify 15 thousand of what? Hryvnia, rubles, dollars, tugriks?

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  6. Jalonna
    06.12.2015

    Hello! Please tell me for the NIKON D3100 which flash can I buy for professional shooting?

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    • Arkady Shapoval
      06.12.2015

      Sb-700 or sb-910

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  7. Suitcase
    08.12.2015

    Dobrij večer. Pomagite s vibarom vspiski, u menja Nikon 5110.

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    • BB
      08.12.2015

      If you speak Russian, then write in it, here is a Russian-language blog.
      And the answer to your question is given in the article. Read it.

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      • Lynx
        09.02.2016

        He speaks Russian completely, just does not own a keyboard with a Russian layout.

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  8. Flash detector O_o
    11.12.2015

    Question to Understanding:

    Need a little light flash.
    It is necessary:
    - full manual control (required - power, preferably - zoom)
    - movable head (required - vertically, preferably - horizontally)
    - compactness (like the 400th, probably)
    Do not:
    - electronic control (TTL, HSS, even a slave)
    - power (HF 20 is enough with a margin)

    Everything I watch - either without a manual, or with a rigidly fixed head.

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    • Lynx
      11.12.2015

      Meike from 300 models and above

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      • Flash detector O_o
        11.12.2015

        Does 300 have a complete manual?
        Personally, I didn’t grope, but people said that only from the camera.

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      • Lynx
        11.12.2015

        Make and not Sat, do not confuse. But at 300 the head still does not turn, but at the next mrdel it is already turning

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      • Flash detector O_o
        11.12.2015

        I realized that make :)

        The next one is 310?

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      • Lynx
        09.02.2016

        the next one is 320

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      • Flash detector O_o
        19.03.2016

        In general, Nyssin 40 was taken.
        Meike tried it - in principle, a good crumpet, adequate to the price, but some things didn't like it.
        Especially stupid battery compartment.

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  9. Vladimir
    25.01.2016

    Good day! I would like to purchase a flash inexpensive for my Nikon D3000 camera, for weddings. Recommend a better ACHIEVER 260AF for Nikon or Nikon SB-20 Speedlite

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  10. Vladimir
    25.01.2016

    and this

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  11. Kirill
    07.02.2016

    Good evening! need advice:
    if you choose between nikon sb-600, metz-44 af-1, nissin di622 markII? - which is better to take (first of all, the speed of reloading and reliability are important (for reportage photography, weddings))?
    thank you in advance :)

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    • Lynx
      07.02.2016

      SAT-900

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      • Kirill
        08.02.2016

        “Witty” - all of them together don't cost as much as 900 ... and for those who choose between crops, do you recommend hasselblad?

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      • Lynx
        08.02.2016

        Well, how would you decide for yourself what you need - checkers or go?
        And then you are like those dudes who ask to “show the settings” so that you can shoot “like that dude on 135/2” with a broken whale.

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      • Kirill
        08.02.2016

        excuse me, but I didn’t seem to ask how to make studio lighting with the puff of the middle class ... I focus on the means that I can afford and asked "WHICH OF THE THREE SPECIFIC MODELS IS BETTER?"
        and if you cannot answer the question, then why insert your “five cents”?

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      • Kirill
        08.02.2016

        ... by the way, as I understand by "broken whale" you mean puffs below 900, and "like that dude on 135/2" - these are weddings .... So, I took off 25 weddings with the SB-3, but on it I did not have enough reload speed and FP does not work, BUT I HAVE REMOVED and now I want a flash faster and more reliable ... that's why I'm asking about the choice between def. models
        ... and I hope for the answer of a KNOWING person, and not “someone who wants to show off”
        So the question for those who know remains valid))

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      • Lynx
        09.02.2016

        no, it means that you go from three, at the present time quite poor wretches, requirements of at least half-top.
        And in terms of "crap" they are about the same and are very close to Sat25.
        So either moderate your appetite for requests, or earn yourself a normal flash.
        so the “knowledgeable passans” will answer you, of course, “on the case” - on a Zaporozhets, check or ten, you can enter the race, and those in the know will say the same thing as me.

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      • Kirill
        09.02.2016

        my "appetites" are not your concern ... and what did you see top-end in the desire for puff to be a little faster than slow ???? ... and when I earn money for 900, the question will no longer arise to take her or nissin ...
        ... and it looks like a pity to increase your self-esteem by trying to humiliate others!

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      • Lynx
        09.02.2016

        no sir, if you please answer for your words.
        You asked which of these fires is better for reporting and weddings (reliability and speed of reloading are important first).
        Here is your answer: of the puffs listed by you - not one is better to take for these tasks in general.
        If you asked “which one is simply better”, you would have been given a different answer.
        If you asked “I'm sitting on Sat25, I need at least something more powerful, but the budget is limited” - you would have been given a different answer too.
        But you asked exactly what you asked.
        And my self-esteem is none of your business.

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      • Kirill
        09.02.2016

        First of all, I asked which one is better (in some respects)!
        the fact that the budget is limited is understandable for the chosen models!
        ... and judging by your words, if there is no full frame with the top puff, then not a photographer already ?? ... 900 was released in 2008 - before that, no one filmed weddings according to you ??

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      • Lynx
        09.02.2016

        First, second. Let's not excuse "I didn't mean it".
        And do not ascribe to me your wet fantasies about the full frame, huh?
        ……
        and before it was 800tk for example. ;))

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      • Kirill
        09.02.2016

        no excuses, I asked what I asked, but you suffered somewhere to the side!
        and what has to do with wet fantasies, this is your position that if not top, then nothing ...
        AND ENOUGH TO CLUTTER THE FORUM ... there is nothing to say in essence - it is better to be silent!

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      • anonym
        09.02.2016

        Come on, Cyril, do not feed the troll! It is absolutely clear that you will not find anything intelligible from Ryska. But the list of applicants could be slightly expanded towards the used SB-700. Both FP and CLS are present in it and TTL is adequate. With good batteries, it’s enough to remove it and take off the wedding (from personal experience)

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      • Lynx
        09.02.2016

        they told you the essence in the first post.

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      • Alexey
        19.03.2016

        "Lynx
        07.02.2016/22/12 at XNUMX:XNUMX Reply
        SB-900 ″
        ================
        Ryska, as always, is not in the subject. What do you want from a troll?
        SB 900 is a super buggy product from Nikon, suffers from congenital diseases of overheating, refusal and other joys.
        Nikon naturally released a modified version - SB -910, with a cosmic price.
        there is no special meaning in it, except if the money is immeasurable and the fingers are fan-shaped.
        Today, the Chinese make excellent puffs, for example, one of the newest - Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL - compare with Nikon SB-910, while yongnu costs about $ 100)))) and there are also mettsy, nisin and others.

        “Come on, Kirill, don't feed the troll! It is quite clear that you will not hear anything intelligible from Ryska. "
        =====================
        100%.

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    • Maugli
      09.02.2016

      And if you look for used Sat 800?

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      • Dim
        08.03.2016

        Metz do not advise, I have 44 and 52. From time to time they give powerful impulses, I don’t know if all step-parents behave like that or not. At 52, automatic zoom does not work.

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      • Oleg
        19.03.2016

        some garbage. I have 52 and 58. No problem. Maybe the zoom is not automatic?

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    • Oleg
      19.03.2016

      Metz-58

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  12. Yar
    09.02.2016

    What about the Vivitar 273? It is still the time of film cameras (it also works on two 9V batteries), then most likely there will be a kirdyk digital camera?

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    • Yar
      09.02.2016

      on the flash, the voltage between the central contact and the side (hook under the camera) when ready to fire is about 65 Volts ... I don't like it))

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      • BB
        08.03.2016

        It will burn the control transistor / thyristor of the device - this is at best.
        It is necessary to modernize the flash circuit a little - to lower the voltage on the synchrocontact, then safely use it on any modern device.

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    • Lynx
      09.02.2016

      will be.

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  13. Vesta
    09.03.2016

    I choose between Nissin Di-866 for Nikon and Nikon Speedlight SB-700.
    Knowledgeable people, tell me which one is better ?!

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    • Flash detector O_o
      19.03.2016

      The Nissin I have tried have a rather peculiar handling. Something can be changed only on the donut, something - both on the donut and on the camera, some - only on the camera.
      I had no complaints about the quality of Nissin, but the controls didn’t seem convenient.
      The native menu is more thoughtful and intuitive.
      HMV, if you can take your own, you need to use it.

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      • Vesta
        19.03.2016

        Thanks for the opinion! And what is the NIV?

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      • Flash detector O_o
        19.03.2016

        In my opinion :)

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    • Alexey
      19.03.2016

      did not work with nisins. There were two Nikon SB 700s, one stopped working after 14 months, the second began to freeze after a year and a half.
      switched to Yongnuo, very satisfied! )))

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      • Flash detector O_o
        26.03.2016

        Aw, maladez! :)))

        Six months for a crumpet is a replacement period. For a new one.

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      • Alexey Polyntsev
        06.04.2016

        How much do the Chinese pay? I have been plowing Nikon Sat 910 for 2 years now. No problem

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    • anonym
      26.03.2016

      It seems to me that Nikon will be better than Nisin, in TTL mode Nikon works better, Nisin is worse.

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  14. Peter Sh.
    06.04.2016

    I have sb-700 and two more Yonguo in use. In general, I do not see the difference in lighting.
    Not a single one without fuss and trial shots immediately gives an optimal result.

    And most of all I use a simple manual, with an umbrella. In this case, there is no one else to blame except yourself.

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  15. Anastasia
    06.04.2016

    Hello. Tell me. There are d5200. It is necessary to shoot competitions in rhythmic gymnastics in large halls. Tell me about the settings? And which flash to choose 700 910 or YONGNUO SPEEDLITE YN568EX?

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    • BB
      06.04.2016

      SB-900/910 will be the best choice, perhaps SB-700 will suffice. The Chinese suffer from impulse instability, they make mistakes more often, I do not recommend it for shooting sports.
      The settings will depend on many factors: the illumination of the room, the lens (FR, aperture), shooting distance.

      Most often I shoot indoor sports in M ​​mode, shutter speed 1/160 - 1/250 (X-Sync), aperture - depending on the number of people - singles, couple, or group - from f / 4 to F / 8, ISO - depending on the available light, shooting distance and aperture - from 400 to 3200 (on your camera it is better not to use values ​​higher than 2000). The flash does the rest for you.

      All of the above is deduced 'with his own hand', by trial and error. Take advantage of the advice, but nothing can replace your personal experience.

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  16. Ruslan
    12.05.2016

    Hello ! who understands the topic deeper answer! I'm interested in how to choose a puff boo !? that is, what is the duration of the flash? does the lamp burn out there or what ?? I want used for weddings! I’m eyeing the sb-800! Who will tell in more detail what to look for when choosing !? Thanks everyone for the answer!

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    • BB
      12.05.2016

      It all depends on the operating conditions: for example (offhand) a lamp can make 200'000 puffs at minimum power, and will continue to work, while another photographer will blow the lamp after 5000 puffs, since he uses it at maximum power.
      Look at the appearance (fumes on the lamp, a fused reflector or glass, signs of falling). Most often, a lamp flies from the branded fires, and the electronics are pretty reliable. Replacing the lamp is inexpensive.

      I do not recommend the SB-800: for a quick recharge, it needs a 5th battery, it looks not so hot, you can also hook it.

      Look for either the SB-700 or SB-900/910.

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      • Valery A.
        12.05.2016

        It is unlikely that the possibility of installing the 5th element is a harmful sign, it is also said to be more powerful than 4 with 900. It is used mainly with 4. Functionally cooler than 700s, at the level of 900s.

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      • BB
        12.05.2016

        “On paper” - yes, it is more powerful, but the difference of 4 units in real conditions is difficult to notice. But the 800's zoom is much less, and when used in conjunction with optics longer than 105 mm, the 800's power will be spent "by".
        The 5th battery is needed firstly to reduce the charging time (because at the same current the batteries give more power), and secondly to extend the operating time from one set. The 5th battery does not in any way affect the pulse power.
        Well, the old one, it was designed for film cameras, the beginning of sales - autumn 2003.
        To find it in an unkilled state - you still need to try (I myself was looking for a film player - I did not find it for adequate money).

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  17. Ruslan
    12.05.2016

    Like 700ka weaker than 800ki! At 900ku I do not pull within your means! And how much is a 900ka reload faster than 800?

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    • BB
      12.05.2016

      And where are you going to puff, that you need huge power?
      The difference in power (according to the nameplate) between 700 and 800 is 1,35 times. Those. to get the same exposure at maximum flash output when using a 700-ki, you need to raise Iso 1,35 times, or open the aperture half a stop.

      The recharge time depends on the pulse power and the quality of the batteries. For fast recharging, you need to take 'Ready-to-Use' batteries, because they are capable of delivering a large current in a short time. Of the tested ones - Eneloop and Panasonic, but sometimes the Chinese are quite good (in Ukraine I took ExtraDigital - the capacity is lower than the declared one, but in terms of price / real_capacity - good, the current is good, the charge is kept for a long time).

      For an adequate comparison of the recharge time, you need to check at full pulse power, on the same set of batteries. Accordingly, you need to have both flashes available. I have Nikon SB-900 and Nissin Di866. The recharge time is almost the same.

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  18. Ruslan
    12.05.2016

    Can anyone write a thread more specifically about the recharge time at 800k and the recharge time at 900k?

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  19. Ruslan
    12.05.2016

    Guys and another question, if I look, you can ask for thanks!)) In general, at first I was thinking of taking a Chinese! There is such a company SHANNY there are opinions that the best fake, so to speak! But here’s how that forums read the latest reviews and something is also glitchy at times a lottery, so to speak! The question in general is this! The price of a good Chinese as the price of 800ki in perfect condition! Who will say so to speak in this comparison if the goal is commercial shooting of corporate events in weddings and in the studio! ??? Thanks guys for the answers! And all with the holidays!

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    • BB
      12.05.2016

      The “original” will always be better than the Chinese (especially the little-known ones) - both in ergonomics and in pulse stability.
      For responsible events, it’s generally good to have a reserve (for example, a Chinese as a reserve to a company brand).

      For a studio, it is worth getting studio lights, otherwise the point of a studio? All studio light modifiers (softboxes, curtains, cymbals, etc., except for umbrellas) are designed for studio lights, and they need a lot of power (well, except for a subject - for it and the built-in flash may be enough).

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    • Jury
      12.05.2016

      for the studio Shanny SN910EX-RF (Nikon) - a very good option, because has a built-in radio synchronizer receiver. For reportage - it has a zoom up to 200mm, rubber seals, even on the shoe, imitating (or really providing?) Weather protection, high-speed synchronization, a convenient lock. For $ 700, you can build a set of 4 pins and one controller. I can't say about reliability and real weather protection - I haven't used it a lot yet, but it still works.

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  20. Ruslan
    12.05.2016

    Yuri, by the way, here on the forum one famous about shanny reviews like lottery! )) That is, the people at least the one that wrote was not satisfied!

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    • Jury
      12.05.2016

      new flashes, so anything can be. My first impression of the Shanny SN910EX-RF flash is slightly better than that of the YN-568EX, in everything, even in the absence of the smell of plastic, and the built-in radio channel control is generally superb. You can write on the forums, just like on the fence, believe it or not - everyone decides for himself :). I need a flash for my infrequent hobbyist off-camera use, so Shanny is the perfect budget option. Ps native flashes are probably better and more reliable.

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  21. Ruslan
    12.05.2016

    By the way, about the working angle! at 900ke 17mm wide at 800ke 24! It turns out if you remove the vignette at 18mm 800 ??? Or not so! ?? thanks for the answer!

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    • Valery A.
      13.05.2016

      And so and not so. If you lower the built-in diffuser, the angle increases by 17mm FR. Didn't you read the instructions? It's 24mm:

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      • Valery A.
        13.05.2016

        Same with diffuser:

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  22. Alice
    25.05.2016

    Good afternoon) I can’t find sensible test photos on the Internet with a sat 500 Nikon on the Internet, please tell me if it is enough for shooting in a night club, for example (on d5100) or is it better to choose something more expensive? thanks in advance)

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  23. Vladimir
    01.06.2016

    Good afternoon!
    There is a Nikon 5100 camera and a Meike Speedlite MK-431 flash with a hot shoe for Canon.
    Will both devices be compatible in TTL mode if I use the adapter between the contacts directly?
    Or electronics will not allow?

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  24. Bach
    01.08.2016

    Good day, I’m all worried about vibora spalakhuyki. I am inserting 5 kopiyok i zvogo opita about nihon nikon and nikon bula. I have 400 money in me, I recommend it is more economical, I have 700 money in me, I have less money for me за за є за за є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є є ’ . Regarding the Sat 600 matches, the best yak in terms of dimensions is so ı in terms of parameters, but, in a bag of functions, there’s no need for an amator, there’s no need for a professional, because 5000 € of wikidata isn’t necessary. Yak until Sat 900 , then look for the victorious її in the pair of yak unit donors, the Konik machine. I have a worse complaint for Sat 910, I think I’ll come back to nothing and buy another collection of Sat 5000-ku, so I can also match the size and functionality. In the meantime, I’m starting everything at the vibrator. I recommend Sat 500, do not regret it !!!!

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  25. Ravil
    24.09.2016

    Arkady, friends, hello everyone again.
    I have been shooting for a long time on the Nik-f100 and Nik-f6, for the Nik-f100 I bought the SB-28, with the flash I shoot very rarely. Recently I bought Nik-Df thanks to its frenzied ISO, however, sometimes it is necessary to highlight and freeze a dynamic scene on it.
    Question:
    With modern flashlights, everything is clear, but does anyone know at what settings Nik-Df will work correctly with the SB-28? I shoot either puff on the ceiling with a softbox on the flash, or, if further away, on the forehead and also with a softbox on the flash.
    Thank you.

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