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Old Oct 7, 2003, 7:36 AM   #1
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Default Nikon SB-50DX vs. SB-80DX for D100 ??

I am shopping around for a Nikon speedlight (no slaves) for the D100? Does one have any advantage/disadvantage over the other (e.g. performance, power, D-TTL issues, etc...)?
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Old Oct 7, 2003, 11:25 AM   #2
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having a powerfull digicam, you should by a powerfull flash.

I'd go for SB-80DX

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Old Oct 7, 2003, 3:26 PM   #3
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I'll second Klaus's remarks on that. Get the SB 80DX. It is an awesome unit that does everything but cook hot dogs...

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having a powerfull digicam, you should by a powerfull flash.

I'd go for SB-80DX

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Old Oct 14, 2003, 3:43 PM   #4
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stay away from the SB-50, it uses expensive batteries, sometimes it hard to find battery replacement if you're on the road. SB-80 DX is a great choice.
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Old Oct 15, 2003, 7:13 AM   #5
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I have the SB80DX. Its a very powerful flash with features out the wazzoo! Its well worth the price difference. You will not be disappointed.
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Old Oct 15, 2003, 1:03 PM   #6
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I had SB80dx, pretty good for both D1h and D100.

I will say "if you noticed sb-80dx has mode FP then Nikon d100 will not support sb-80DX mode FP from Manual flash. FP work with D1H or D1x or D2h because high speed flash sync.

But great flash.
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 6:02 PM   #7
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I bought a SB-50 as a back-up for my N-80's before my D-100 arrived in my life ( a great day). I'm going to replace it with the SB-800 due to a lack of power. Battery life has never been a problem.
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 10:28 PM   #8
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The SB 50DX does a great job for "normal" photos. Some are only going to use the on-board flash. If you want something better than the camera flash, the SB 50DX could fill the bill. For the difference in price, you could buy a decent lens. So which do you need, the most powerful flash or another lens?
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Old Jan 28, 2004, 8:30 PM   #9
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Default Double Bounce Flash ???

Picked up my D100 tonday and a SB50 - all they had in stock and need it for tomorrow - been playing with and love the camera, but for the life of me I can't get the flash on the D100 and the SB50 to fire at the same time. The SB50 recognizes that the flash on the camera is there and won;t fire. Anyone had any luck with this that might be able to tell me what I am doing wrong?
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Old Jan 31, 2004, 11:01 AM   #10
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I can't get the flash on the D100 and the SB50 to fire at the same time. The SB50 recognizes that the flash on the camera is there and won;t fire.
Does the camera recognized the flash when you look into the viewfinder (the little lighting sign on)? try to clean the contact on the camera hot shoe and the flash shoe too, re-attach an fire some test shots. Well, take the camera and flash to the store, try that flash on other D100, if it works on them and not on yours, you have a defective camera, if it does fire on any of the camera, you have a defective flash.
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