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Old Jul 28, 2004, 4:47 AM   #1
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Hi all,

First, sorry for my English. I'm from France.
Do you know what is the better Flashfor the Nikon D70 ?

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Old Jul 28, 2004, 6:58 PM   #2
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Information from bhphotovideo.com:
Sigma EF-500 DG Super TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 165'/50 m at 105mm) for Nikon AF Our Price: $ 219.00

Type Shoe Mount
Guide No. 132' (40.2 m) at 50mm
Angle of Coverage 75° to 23° (28-105mm lenses in 35mm format)103° (17mm with Wide Panel supplied)
Variable Power 1/1, 1/2, 1/4th, 1/8th, 1/16th, 1/32nd & 1/64th
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head 28-105mm (flash senses focal length & adjusts)
Off Camera Terminal No
Recycle Time 6 seconds (based on fresh alkaline batteries & full power)4 seconds (based on fresh Ni-MH batteries & full power)
Power Source Four 1.5-Volt "AA" batteries (alkaline, lithium, NiCad & NiMH)
Dimensions 3.0 x 5.5 x 4.6" (76 x 140 x 117mm) WxHxD
Weight 11.8 oz (335 g)
Nikon SB-800 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 125'/38 m at 35mm) Imported
Our Price: $ 319.95

Type Shoe mount
Guide No. · 125' (38 m) at 35mm Position· 184' (56 m) at 105mm Position
Angle of Coverage · 86° to 23° (24 to 105mm in 35mm format)· 114° (14mm) with included wide angle adapter
Vari-Power 1/1 to 1/128th
TTL Dedication Yes (i-TTL; with the D2H, D-TTL, or TTL, depending on camera used)
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head · 24-105mm (Auto-zoom; flash senses focal length & adjusts)· 14/17mm (with built-in wide flash adapter)· 14mm (with Diffusion Dome SW-10H, included)
Off Camera Terminal Nikon Type PC Terminal (SC-15 or SC-11), & TTL Terminal (SC-19 or SC-18)
Recycle Time · 2.7 Seconds with SD-800 Battery Pack and Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries· 6 Seconds with fresh alkaline batteries & full power
Power Source Four 1.5-Volt "AA" batteries; alkaline, lithium, NiCad or NiMhOne extra AA battery with SD-800
Dimensions 2.8 x 5.0 x 3.6" (71 x 128 x 92mm) WxHxD
Weight 12.3 oz (350 g)

Bonjour ZWAN
Il y a pas mal de francophones par ici aussi

First, The Nikon flash is much expensive then the Sigma ( 1.5 times, based on the prices on bhphotovideo.com) , but there are differences too:

1) The Nikon flash is more powerful , based on the GN of 56m @ 105 mm focal versus 50m @ the same focal for the Sigma.
2) The angle coverage is better on the Nikon ( 24mm focal versus 28 mm focal, at the wide angle end), even the Nikon goes down to 14mm (with Diffusion Dome SW-10H, included), versus 17mm with Wide Panel supplied on the Sigma.
3) Nikon has an "Off Camera Terminal", on the Sigma, you have to use more accessories to build up an adapter/cord extension.
4) Last point: a Nikon is a Nikon.

My personal opinion: if I own a D70 and have to choose between these 2 flashes, I would get the SB-800 without any hesitation.

Another thing that you would like to make sure is what features works or not on both models ( AF function etc.. )

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Old Jul 31, 2004, 5:11 PM   #3
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Thank you Kcan for your reply.
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