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D700 - sb600/sb800/sb900?

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by dx379, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. dx379

    dx379

    Jul 9, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Guys,

    Just about to pick up a D700 and was trying to decide between the 3 flashes.

    The 600 is half the price of the other 2 flashes.

    The 800 and 900 are the same price...

    Which should I get?

    Jonny
     
  2. kichu

    kichu

    287
    Oct 25, 2008
    Europe
    if you can afford it, get the 900, otherwise 800, otherwise 600 :) 

    if size does matter get the 800 before 900
     
  3. Thorsten

    Thorsten Moderator Moderator

    The one feature I like best about the SB900 is the physical knob it has to switch between on-camera use and remote use. That comes in very handy if you use CLS a lot. You can just take the flash off from the camera, pop-up the D700 flash to use as commander, then turn the knob on the SB900 and place it on a tripod, table or give it to somebody to hold. You'll get much nicer lighting from the side, without that deer-in-the-headlights effect that on-camera flash provides.

    You can do the same with the SB800, but you need to fiddle with the menu to achieve it: hold down a button to get into the menu, then go to the remote option, then select the desired choice, then leave the menu, etc. It's a pain, especially if you are in a hurry.
     
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  4. dx379

    dx379

    Jul 9, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Thank you everyone for your guidance. I went ahead and got the SB900 :) 

    Regards,
    Jonny
     
  5. Great choice!
     
  6. zivilyn861

    zivilyn861

    37
    Mar 21, 2009
    Atlanta
    Congrats, you won't regret it. I can't express how much easier it is to work with the SB-900 as a remote due to its better controls. Given, the extra second or two it takes to set the 800 and 600 isn't a deal-breaker, but you definitely notice a better flow with the 900.
     
  7. dx379

    dx379

    Jul 9, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Thank you guys for your response. I got the SB900 in, haven't used it yet but looking forward to it...

    Jonny
     
  8. What did it cost you?
     
  9. gadgetguy11

    gadgetguy11

    Nov 16, 2005
    Kentucky
    SB900, no doubt. I also like an SB400 as a little walk around flash. Also bought Demb Flip it! for both.
     
  10. dx379

    dx379

    Jul 9, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    I think about $465 from Calumet...

    Jonny
     
  11. idleowen

    idleowen

    377
    Aug 19, 2008
    Australia
    good choice.................but watch out for the thermal cutout..........!
     
  12. zivilyn861

    zivilyn861

    37
    Mar 21, 2009
    Atlanta
    He's getting a D700, so worst case he can flash the SB-900 with the new firmware (if it doesn't already have it). I personally have never run into the thermal cutoff (running old firmware), even after quite heavy use. Here's hoping you never see it.
     
  13. in same boat. sb900 it is!
     
  14. AdamJ

    AdamJ

    300
    Jan 28, 2008
    Aurora, IL
    I will post an opposing viewpoint, the SB-600 provides ~85% of the functionality of the SB-900 (or 800) for about 45% of the price.

    The SB-600 is rated for a GN of 98 feet versus 131 feet for the SB-900 (or 125 feet for the SB-800).

    I primarily use the SB-600 as a wireless slave and have no problems at all with the setup.

    There is only one main feature of the SB-900 I wish I had on the SB-600 and that is the zoom. The SB-600 can zoom only to 85mm, while the SB-900 can zoom to 200mm creating a 'snoot' effect (without the need of an actual snoot).

    For the price of a single SB-900, you can have 2 SB-600s with change left over, which using a D700 gives you a 3-light setup.

    If your in the decision making process, I would seriously consider whether the value added in the more expensive flash is personally worthwhile.
     
  15. Mike66

    Mike66

    Aug 21, 2009
    Darmstadt, Germany
    Mike
    Would the SB-600 work with the D90 as a slave in a CLS setup? I have the SB-900, but am interested in buying one or two more flashes to take to the field.
     
  16. IsamuM

    IsamuM Not-quite- Moderator

    Jan 11, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yes, definitely as long as it is CLS.
     
  17. Mike66

    Mike66

    Aug 21, 2009
    Darmstadt, Germany
    Mike
    Thanks! Most of what I will be shooting will be within ten meters, and likely within three meters, so the lower zoom range of the SB-600 is not a limitation for me.
     
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