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Old Apr 20, 2003, 2:16 PM   #1
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Default Need a powerful inexpensive flash unit.

Hey all,
I have a Nikon 5700. I'm going to be taking some night picures of sprint and midget car races. I'll be between 30 and 50 feet from the subjects.

With the current lighting of the track, I'm able to shoot without a flash using ISO 800, 1/30s and f2.8. The problem, as you can imagine, is there is a ton of noise in the photos.

What I'm looking for is the most powerful, basic flash unit availabe. I don't need any automatic features, as I have a Nikon SB-50DX that I can use for the shots where I need the precision lighting. I just want a super bright flash with minimal electronics to increase the cost.

Any suggestions?
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Old Apr 20, 2003, 4:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Need a powerful inexpensive flash unit.

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What I'm looking for is the most powerful, basic flash unit availabe. I don't need any automatic features, as I have a Nikon SB-50DX that I can use for the shots where I need the precision lighting. I just want a super bright flash with minimal electronics to increase the cost.
Try Sunpak PZ5000AF. It is perhaps the most powerful (i.e., highest GN on paper) with an extremely reasonable price about $150. Moreover, it is Nikon TTL compatible, has Auto and Manual mode, and includes a very good wireless Auto and Manual mode. With this flash, you can sell your SB50DX.

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Old May 1, 2003, 4:22 PM   #3
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Nikon TTL mode never work on the 5700 including the SB-28DX and the 80DX, only auto mode will work. Go with Nikon brand if you can, later if you want to upgrade to Nikon D-SLR, the Nikon flash will be useful for the D-TTL mode. Stay away from the SB-50DX, it uses expensive baterries, go with the 28DX or the 80DX, they use in expensive AA batteries.
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Old May 2, 2003, 7:30 PM   #4
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You can always add an accessory to the flash for more reach---for example, the Better Beamer. There are other such accessories, and Sunpak makes some for a couple of its flashes.
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Old May 2, 2003, 10:40 PM   #5
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Nikon TTL mode never work on the 5700 including the SB-28DX and the 80DX, only auto mode will work. Go with Nikon brand if you can, later if you want to upgrade to Nikon D-SLR, the Nikon flash will be useful for the D-TTL mode. Stay away from the SB-50DX, it uses expensive baterries, go with the 28DX or the 80DX, they use in expensive AA batteries.
I must disagree. I have 950, 990, 995, 4500, 5000 and 5700. All of these Coolpix cameras work very well with Nikon TTL flashes (e.g., SB22s, SB30, SB28 and SB80DX). As you point out, the only reason to buy Nikon flashes is if one will upgrade to Nikon's D-SLR so that the the D-TTL mode of a DX flash will be useful. However, for those who have no plan to upgrade to Nikon's D-SLR, a third party Nikon TTL compatible flash is cheaper and offers more power. In fact, if you shoot Nikon's D-SLR, you perhaps know that Nikon's D-TTL still has problems.

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