Best flash

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I need Best flash for my Nikon D90.

Which one is best in this line...

SB400,SB600 or SB700

Pls help
 
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I've been told the 400 is only a little more powerful then the built in flash. I had the SB600 which I believe was replaced by the 700. I like the fact that the 600 can rotate side to side and up and down.

Also you might want to post this in the flash section not the lens section.
 
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SB700 new with waranty. SB600 if you could get it used for $125 or less. I wouldn't take a chance on a used flash. GH
 
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I just bought a SB 700 after carefully considering all the options. Wanted to use it mainly for casual use and fill once in a while. I think it's a good choice if you are only going to get one unit and mount it on camera most of the time. I also have the SB 400 but it's not strong enough for longer bounces and doesn't offer enough swivel options
 
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I wouldn't recommend an SB-400, unless you don't have the funds for a used SB-600. It is lower power, no wireless CLS, only can bounce in one direction. After that, if you can afford an SB-700, then I think that is the best option. The interface is leagues ahead of the SB-600, the flash rotation mechanism is more solid, the included gels are great, and the build quality is top notch. The slightly reduced power of the flash over the SB-600 is worth the trade off, IMHO.

One thing to note, there is a dedicated sub-forum for flash questions, and this should probably be moved to that sub-forum. Feel free to mozy on over there and read up. Lots of folks happy to help as you learn.
 
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my $0.02:

an SB900 on an off camera synch cord, SC-17 is my one, (i've never figured out the wireless flash doohickey), a brolly and use my beat up old SB-25 as a hairlight on a slave cell.

works well enough for me.....
 
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SB-600 used would be my pick if you're looking for just on-camera. Much more versatile than the SB-400

SB-800 used would be my pick if you're looking to do off-camera lighting in the future
 
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I need Best flash for my Nikon D90.

Which one is best in this line...

SB400,SB600 or SB700

Pls help
I vote for the sb-700. It's full featured and affordable.

my $0.02:

an SB900 on an off camera synch cord, SC-17 is my one, (i've never figured out the wireless flash doohickey), a brolly and use my beat up old SB-25 as a hairlight on a slave cell.

works well enough for me.....
Shame on you, Sambo. Take 10 minutes to rtfm and you can put that short leash (sc-17) up for sale.
 
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just wondering - would there be situations where the sb600 or sb400 would be a better flash than the sb700? (price not a consideration) - just curious because people were asking the purpose of the flash, i.e. portrait, macro or whatnot -
 
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just wondering - would there be situations where the sb600 or sb400 would be a better flash than the sb700? (price not a consideration) - just curious because people were asking the purpose of the flash, i.e. portrait, macro or whatnot -
The SB-400 is smaller and lighter than the 700, which means you can slip it into your shirt pocket and go. It's also less conspicuous.
 
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And the SB600 has a wee bit higher GN...but for all practically they are about equal. I believe the SB600 is 30 and the SB700 is 28, if memory serves me right.
 
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I have 3 sb600's and one 800. I would trade all three 600's for another 2 800's anyday. Actually one of the 600's went belly up, so I guess I really only have two of those in operation.
 

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