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SB-400 v/s D80 build in flash

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by stamp22, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. stamp22

    stamp22

    101
    Mar 15, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I am OK with D80 build in flash , but I get some shade at the bottom when I used a wide angle or 2.8 lens.
    - SB-600, too big
    - SB-800, SB-900, too big and too much money ( I rather save to glass)

    What is the SB-400 have more than D80 build in flash ?????
    Is it worth buy a SB-400 while I had and build-in flash already ????

    Thanks for all of your comments.
     
  2. The SB400 can do bounce flash as well and you can have it on a SC28 cord if you want .
     
  3. gladjo

    gladjo Guest

    The SB400 is several times more powerful than the on-board flash but you can't use the SB400 as a commander.
     
  4. gadgetguy11

    gadgetguy11

    Nov 16, 2005
    Kentucky
    The SB-400 is high enough above the body so as not to create a shadow with some lenses. Note: With 17-55 /2.8, remove the lens hood and the SB-400 creates no shadow at 17mm, where the built-in flash creates a major shadow.

    Once you see the extra flash distance compared with the built-in flash, the bounce capability, and greater freedom from shadows cast, I believe you will take the SB-400 with you everywhere.

    In addition, the D80 battery will shoot more images by not using the built-in flash. And the SB-400 lasts a long time on 2) NiMh rechargeable batteries.
     
  5. You can also put the Sb400 on a horrendous looking bracket like this without worrying about it toppling over ...

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  6. You don't know what you're missing. An external flash will open up new worlds for you... particularly if you use if off-camera. The best use of the popup flash on your d80 is to command a remote flash. And the least expensive flash that can be used in ittl remote mode is the sb600. You can usually find them used for under $150.
     
  7. First, I agree completely with UF. You don't know what you'll be missing.

    But to answer your question, yes the SB-400 is a big step up from the on board flash. Especially if you add something like the Flip-it to it, I'd probably make one myself though.

    I've actually been thinking of adding one of these flashes for during receptions when things are really crowded on the dance floor.
     
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