Hi all there it seems that true friends still exist! A colleague of mine, after a lot of favorable exchanges with him, decided to make me a gift, unexpected but surely appreciated. Due to the use of macro, I was looking for a macro flash that I could choose between the latest Nikon and the Sigma 140 DG.. Even in the best case, it meant spending money.. But he found a vivitar dunut macroflash 5000 in "mint conditions", used but practically new, for about 40$ somewhere at his usual photo shop. Its adapter ring was exactly a 55mm (as my Tamron is) so he asked me to test.. and when I told him "I think it is good, overall", he said: "I wanted you to tell that: it's a little gift for you". I have to admit that I'm not that practical with GN, meters and diaphragms, but, macro aside, and due to its low (5) GN, I discovered that it is a good portrait flash, since it removes ANY shadow BEHIND the subject. I quickly noticed that to shoot at iso 100 f2.8 I have to be at 2m and at 4m if I shoot at iso 400. Colour rendition, not to be a i-TTL or so flash (just AUTO with its own sensor, or MANUAL), looks really nice and natural. It looks like it smoothens a bit the subject but maybe it's just an impression. Instructions tell to shoot at x-sync (1/250s for D200) with the appropriate diaphragm (down to F22 at 20 cm from the subject) Anyone there has ever used a macro flash to shoot close portraits? What about this kind of experience? I know usually people use bounced flashes to give shadows to the subjects, but it could be a special purpose item.. or not? Thanks a lot in advance. All the best.