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Old Jun 5, 2006, 2:57 PM   #1
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I am in the process of deciding if I need an extrnal flash for the Nikon D50. I have read quit a few of the threads here discussing them. I am uncertain if the SB 600 can be used as a slave with the D50. From some of the reviews I have read, it appears that I need the D70 to take full advantage of all of the features of the SB 600.

Am I wasting some money (not able to use it to its full potential) by buying the SB 600 for the D50?

I am debating between the SB 600 and some of the other third party flashes.
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Old Jun 5, 2006, 11:46 PM   #2
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check out the comments for th sb600 at kenrockwell.com

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Old Jun 6, 2006, 12:29 AM   #3
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I have read the review in the past. That is where I got the idea that it is really best for the D70, and not the D50.
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The Nikon SB-600 & the SB-800 are made for the Late model Nikon "I" type camera body's. D2X, D200, D70s, D70 &D50 are all "I" type cameras and you will like the SB-600 or SB-800 speedlights for the modern easy to use features they offer on your camera.

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Old Jun 13, 2006, 6:18 AM   #5
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One of the key differences between the D50 and D70 is the D70's flash can be used as a remote commander, allowing the SB600 to be used wirelessly off camera. In terms of on camera use, the SB600 is completely compatible and does everything it would do on the other bodies (the D70, D200, etc). For the price, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sb600...I use it quite often with my D50 and D70. It certainly is not a waste of money, and should probably be one of the first things a D50 owner purchases to use with his/her camera to improve their photography.

If you need to be able to use the Sb600 off camera with your D50, you would need to purchase the SB800 to use as the remote commander. This setup works well, but is a bit pricey. If you need to be able to use flashes off camera, the D70 is the better choice.

Nikon's creative lighting system is excellent and does a fabulous job. The flashes all work in TTL mode (even the off camera ones) and exposure is figured automatically but allows the photographer to make detailed adjustments. There's no way I can recommend a 3rd party flash over this system.
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Old Jun 13, 2006, 1:30 PM   #6
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I own the SB-600, and it's a good flash.

If you want to use the SB-600 as a slave flash that is not mounted on the D50, you will need to buy a SB-800 flash or the SU-800. The SB-800 is a flash that has the remote commander function, but you have to mount it on the D50. The SU-800 is a remote commander unit only (no flash).

Most photographers recommend an external flash for the camera.
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Old Jun 14, 2006, 11:40 AM   #7
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I was thinking that I may want to use the slave aspect sometime in the future. But, I am not sure if I will really need it. I had just learned that something like that is possible. The cost of the sb 600 is all I wish to spend. I will probablly just go with the 600.

Do many people use a slave flash?
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I also have the D50 and just picked up an SU-600 today. I will be needing a second remote flash in coming weeks, but someone at the local camera shop told me I can't use wireless control of the SU-800 to control remote SU-600s with the D50, I'd have to upgrade to the D70 (this is the same shop that said I'd be fine with the D50 when I bought it, argh).

If I buy the SU-800 for my D50, will it control the SU-600 remotely? If not, what exactly do I need to do, other than sell the D50 on eBay and buy a D70?

The manual for the SU-600 is also the manual for the SU-800, and in the multiple flash sections it seems to say that I need the D70. Anyone successfully using the D50 with more than one flash?
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Old Jun 16, 2006, 8:50 PM   #9
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The SB800 will operate the SB600 in wireless commander mode. I have used this setup several times, and it does work.
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Old Jun 23, 2006, 7:27 AM   #10
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hello, I was wondering, does that Sigma EF 500 flash over the TTL function and wireless capabilities of the SB-800 for a D50? It seems to be half the price. What are the major differences between the 2?

Do you think its a good investment?

Thank you for your help
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