Flash Lust....

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by shadow, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. OK, I got a pretty good deal on an SU800 and I have an SB600. I have a little money to spend to play with the off camera lighting stuff and was wondering if it would be a better use of my $$ to buy a single SB800 to go with my existing 600 or to use the money and try to find 2 600's to give me three total lights.

    For those of you who like to play with the off camera lighting stuff, what would you rather have in that situation, 3 flashes or 2?
  2. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    It depends on what you plan to do with them. I have 1 SB800 and 3 SB600's. For a 2 light portrait setup I would want the SB800 for the power when used with an umbrella or softbox and the SB600 as hair, kicker, or background light.

    Sometimes I will use the SB800 bounced to create ambient light and use a SB600 as a directional light source to add depth.

    You could strap 2 SB600's together in the same group and have more power than the SB800. I have grouped all of my flashes together before to make one powerful strobe to overcome the sun.

    As with many things.... it depends :smile:
  3. big_jon


    Jul 14, 2007
    Would just like to ask about the difference between the su800 and the built in commander of the d80/d200.... can the flashes be triggered behind walls?
  4. Zachs


    Feb 25, 2006
    No, but outside you lose a whole lot of IR capability. The SU-800 is much more powerful.
  5. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    The SU-800 is just an IR flash. If you can bounce light to the other side of the wall and the remote can see it, it should work fine. If its not visible then pocket wizards or a long snyc cord are the answer.
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