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Old Dec 9, 2003, 5:22 PM   #1
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I am looking for hot-shoe mounted speedlight for my Nikon CP5400. I have tried a Nikon SB28 but get very inconsistent results but I have no instructions for it. Does any one have recommendations or experience with a satisfactory solution?

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Old Dec 27, 2003, 12:30 AM   #2
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I am interested in this topic myself, I have decided to add another flash to my collection just for the 5400.

I am thinking of the Vivitar 730af or 850af, any opinions on these?
Or maybe a METZ MB 40 AF-4.

Will they even sync up properly with the cp5400?
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Old Dec 27, 2003, 2:43 AM   #3
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I am looking for hot-shoe mounted speedlight for my Nikon CP5400. I have tried a Nikon SB28 but get very inconsistent results but I have no instructions for it. Does any one have recommendations or experience with a satisfactory solution?
The inconsistency may be due to the fact that the 5400 DOES NOT measure flash intensity in the TTL way, although the 5400 DOES control any Nikon TTL-compatible flash in the TTL mode. Moreover, 5400's flash metering is not very sophisticated and can easily be fooled by background and foreground.

The SB28, although a discontinued mode, is a very good one. However, flash photography needs some practice and getting used to. Since you did not provide any image, setting and shooting situation, it is hard to provide any meaningful assistance. I have been using SB28 and Nikon and non-Nikon flashes with 950, 950, 990, 995, 4500, 5000 and 5700, and found out that the results have been very good. So, please post images and shooting parameters so that meaningful suggestions can be made.

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Old Dec 27, 2003, 7:11 AM   #4
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I am interested in this topic myself, I have decided to add another flash to my collection just for the 5400.

I am thinking of the Vivitar 730af or 850af, any opinions on these?
Or maybe a METZ MB 40 AF-4.

Will they even sync up properly with the cp5400?
If you can afford a Metz go for a dual-head model... It's like a portable studio with one direct source + a flexible bouncing head.

You can change module so the flash can work with almost any camera, and even if you don't use this unit with the camera dedicated TTL feature, on its regular auto (ie the camera on manual) it's still an excellent flash!
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Old Dec 27, 2003, 12:02 PM   #5
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I was digging through the Metz website and it looks like the models that are designed to work with Nikon D and CoolPix series camreas are the 44 af-4n and the 54 mz-4. Neither model is carried by the store I have to spend the christmas gift certificate in .

They carry only a few of the Metz flashes, but a lot of Vivitar and Nikon brand.
So I guess it is looking mostly at the Vivitar 730af or 850af or 880af(whopping gn 120 @ iso100) flashes.
All convenintely around the 200$ range of my certificate

Nikon branded units seem to be too much cost for the bang
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