Recommendation for Speed light

posted October 21st, 2012
Guys

I am planning to purchase Off Camera flash for my D5100 so far SB700 is looking good. What is your idea? I am not professional photographer.
posted October 21st, 2012
I have SB700 and I liked it!
posted October 21st, 2012
I have a Nissin flash and really like it. I believe it was around half the price of the equivalent Nikon flash at the time but it got better reviews. You might look into Nissin flashes.
posted October 21st, 2012
Does anyone have experience with the Yongnuo YN-560 ?
posted October 21st, 2012
SB-700 ROCKS, it's fantastic. I wouldn't recommend non-Nikon flashes, as they usually won't be wired into Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS), which can work wonders in a multi light group portrait shot. The SB-600 is kindofa nightmare when it comes to menuing; the SB-700 adopted the SB-900/910's menuing system, which is fit for a human.
Unfortunately, the D5100 doesn't have Commander Mode, so it can't control the off camera flashes natively via popup flash. So, you'll need something to control the off camera flash, I'd recommend the Radio Poppers. A bonus there is they're RF, not infrared, so the can trigger a flash that's behind you, or out of line of sight (I WANT SOME!), but that pretty much removes your CLS, so you're kinda back to square one on that.
The alternative is to also pick up an SU-800 commander (which doesn't conribute light to the exposure), but that will cost about the same as an SB-700, so you might just want to buy 2 700's, since then you can contribute front fill flash as well. And, if you go with the Radio Poppers, you can drop the CLS and remotely command *2* lights... trust me, 1 will not be enough as soon as you go off camera... you're going to want 3.
posted October 21st, 2012
I have the SB700 and it is an amazing flash and Cameron knows what he is talking about, of course 3 of these will run you $1000.
posted October 21st, 2012
@archaeofrog No but I'm looking at one of those on ebay right now so let me know if you hear anything :)
posted October 21st, 2012
@k1w1 They are strongly recommended by this web site ... and the price has dropped recently on Amazon to only around $45 USD.

http://improvephotography.com/jims-recommended-photography-gear/recommended-flash-photography-kits/
posted October 21st, 2012
@archaeofrog WOW. Thanks for the update. I think I'll look into getting one. At that price even if they dont last as long as the Nikon brand it's still a good buy.
posted October 22nd, 2012
@Cameron Thanks for your detailed guidance, since my camera don't have commander mode and I am not a professional photographer so investing 1000$ will not be a smart move.

@Katie Thanks for your link, I am studying the reviews on net about YN 560II

@Mike Thanks for sharing your experience, I am studying the reviews on net about Nissin speedlights.
posted October 22nd, 2012
Once again YN560II is fully Manual flash and I really need to understand the inverse law to work with manual falsh. Any other idea or should I go for SB700 with iTTL cord or Radio Poppers. Really confused :(
posted November 1st, 2012
@archaeofrog @k1w1 @vishi9 I use Yongnuo flashes, they're excellent. High quality, low cost, fast recycle times. I've got a 460 and a 460 II. For off-camera stuff there's nothing wrong with manual flash.
posted November 1st, 2012
@pizzaboy Thanks, Mick! I got the 560 about a week ago and am just beginning to try and get a handle on using it. Helped out with some water crown shots today that I'll be posting tomorrow!
posted November 2nd, 2012
@archaeofrog The 560 is now about the price is the 460 II, maybe I should get one of those next.
posted November 4th, 2012
I just got the 560 and have not used it yet. Hope to get the camera out tomorrow :)
posted November 4th, 2012
@pizzaboy @k1w1 @archaeofrog Thanks for your valuable guidance, I have purchased SB700 and it's on the way coz it will help me to use Nikon CLS. Later I will purchase YN 560 and I will use them as slave.
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