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Old Feb 24, 2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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I plan to shot indoor meetings, with low light (not like a disco room, but regular indoor light). Despite I was asking for info about better cameras for low light (and got good info about Pentax K-X), all photographers uses flashes covering events like the ones I want to shot.

So I'd like some tips. I'd like a not so expensive flash to a camera placed between Nikon D5000 and Nikon D90, that may help to shot groups around 15-20 feet distance, or even more sometimes (30, 40?).

Also I'd like to know if compact flashes are good enough, if they justify it's performance compared to the built-in flashes of the camera... Or to have good results I'll need some large "square shaped" flash?

ALSO, some tips about rebating light, a procedure I see all of them using, will be welcome!
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Old Feb 24, 2010, 11:46 PM   #2
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get a prime, something like a 50mm 1.4 or an 85mm 1.8, and dont use a flash... may be better for the group as a whole.
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Old Feb 24, 2010, 11:52 PM   #3
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If you want to be able to bounce.

Nikon SB600 is a fantastic flashes for the nikons that will cover your need, this would be my pick. Nikon has the best flash system out there. For less range and money the Metz 48 for the nikon.

pentax, the pentax or metz are very good options. The metz 48 is excellent for the k-x
less powerful the pentax AF 36.

Metz would be the less expensive option.
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Old Feb 25, 2010, 7:09 AM   #4
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I second the advice to bounce a flash. I'm assuming this is for some professional capacity (i.e. the company or firm is using the photos) - using wide apertures won't give you the DOF you need. SB600 and D5000 is plenty good enough for your needs.
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If you are shooting wide angle indoor pictures of groups of people, you really need to use bounce flash. The larger the group, the more powerful the flash needs to be, since you are diffusing the light more. If bounce flash won't work due to high ceilings or wrong color ceilings (the reflected light will reflect the color of what you are bouncing it off), then a diffuser may be more effective, but will sometimes cause distracting reflections, particularly from eyeglasses or jewelry.

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Old Feb 25, 2010, 7:39 PM   #6
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Hi,

Thanks for the tips. I really observe all photographers usnig bouncing flash, or using cards or just redirectind to the ceiling.

Is a commercial diffuser usefull?
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Old Feb 25, 2010, 7:42 PM   #7
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And what about mid-price flashes? SB600 and Metz 48 costs around USD 220.00.

There are flashes in all prices, from USD 50 or more. What can we expect with some flashes around USD 100?

Ex: (just picked some as example - there are a lot of options)

Sunpak MZ-440AF TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 131'/40 m at 50mm) for Nikon AF
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...hoe_Mount.html

Bower SFD926N Digital Autofocus TTL Power Zoom Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...specifications

Vivitar DF400MZ Digital TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon i-TTL
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...specifications




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something like a sto fen defuser work really well.

With the flash you get really what you paid.

I would stick with nissin, metz, nikon, canon, pentax, sony and sigma for the flashes as they do work better with the ettl flash system from each system. Some vivtar are not bad.
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if you are going to be bouncing flashes in large meeting halls and rooms, you will want the most powerful flash you can afford, it will be worth the extra cost in the long run
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Mecablitz or Metz 58 gives you a huge 138 guide rating, plus a 2nd fillflash for bouncing, and saves you 50$ off the Nikon sb900 with slightly more power
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