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Old Aug 24, 2004, 2:03 AM   #1
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Please, I am on the way to buy a digital flash for my Coolpix 775. I have three options but I do not know which is the right one. Can you help me with your advise please.

NISSIN Digislave – TITANIUM

PHOENIX D79 BZS or D92 BZS (i really don't know the difference between these two)

VIVITAR DF-200



I have to order it this week because my daughter is in the USA and she could bring it to me.



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Old Aug 24, 2004, 1:16 PM   #2
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Nissin: I can't find info
I guess you talk about PHOENIX D91 BZS or D92 BZS ?
The D91 is better ( 4 F stops settings) but the 92 will suffice for a simple user.
FYI, see also:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=53

someone said that the DF200 and the D91 BZS are the same flash, I don't know, the specs seems a bit different:
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...#goto_itemInfo

http://phoenixcorp.com/Flash/Digital...tal_flash.html


- The Vivitar has 4 manual power settings, no F stop (auto mode)
- The Phoenix 91 has 4 F stop settings , no manual power settings
- The Phoenix 92 has just 1 F stop setting .

(BTW,what I understand is each time you turn the flash on, you have to make it "learn" your camera flash mode (0,1,2 …preflash ) )

IMO, you can get the Phoenix 91, or the DF200, then the 92 for less expensive.
Hope that owners of these flashes give you more inputs.


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Old Aug 24, 2004, 6:28 PM   #3
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What about the PHOENIX D79 BZS.

You can see the NISSIN Digislave – TITANIUM at
http://www.thkphoto.com/products/nissin/nissin-06.html

As for your last paragraph I understand that you mentioned the flashes in order of importance, is that correct?
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B&H has suggested for the digislave DSF-1. I understand that this has no bracket, so you have to by it apart.

I read something about this flash, here at Steve's Digicams

Hoping that someone can help me to make my desition.
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 7:21 PM   #5
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Guisela,
The Nissin seems to me a bit weak as slave flash IMO. The DSF-1 is closer to the above Vivitar and Phoenix in term of max power available.
The DSF-1 has a switch for preflash setting , which is more convenient then the "learning mode" IMO.


I see the PHOENIX D79 BZS now:
http://www.tristatecamera.com/lookat...S&refid=39
No picture, but seems to me a bit expensive comparing to Vivitar price seen at B&H (for refence only) Also, the 79 just have full power output, like the 92., The Vivitar and the 91 are more interesting (and flexible) on this point .

About bracket if you need (in the DSF-1 case) , you have some generic affordable bracket like this:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...A=search&Q=



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Old Aug 24, 2004, 9:08 PM   #6
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Personally I use the more expensive Metz 34-CS2 Digital...it too has a switch like the Digislave DSF-1...it's nice and compact, and has a guide number of 34m, but the downside is it runs on non-rechargeable expensive CR-2 batteries.
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Old Sep 1, 2004, 12:55 AM   #7
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I was looking for more characteristic of the flashes that we have been talking to and had made a document with them. I was almost decided to buyVivitar DF200 but I found the following: "Biggest downside is that it's "slave only." This is not to good choice if you're planning to uses your lens adapters indoors. You will need aMANUAL flash for that". I don't know to what is referring to. Is this really a downside?
I have noticed that Phoenix 91 and Vivitar DF200 are almost the same. am I correct?
I hope the document be helpful for anyone who is looking for a digital slave flash.
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Old Sep 1, 2004, 9:32 AM   #8
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Guisela wrote:
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I hope the document be helpful for anyone who is looking for a digital slave flash.
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You should add the Metz 34-CS2 Digital to that list. It's guide number is 34m/111feet. It's the one I use. It has a switch to switch between hotshoe, single fire and preflash fire, as well as selectable power levels. Also has wide and telephoto adapters. It's a fixed head flash, but it's small enough to be handheld (the way I use it most of the time). The only downside of this flash is it runs on two non-rechargeable CR2's.
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Mike, look like they have rechargeable CR2 too:



http://www.picstop.co.uk/prodinfo.php?product=618
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