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Old Jun 12, 2004, 11:32 AM   #1
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Other than the SB-800 offering more light output at a higher price,what are the key differences between the SB-800 and the SB-600? Both offer i-TTL and FV Lock. What would I be missing if I chose the SB-600 instead of the SB-800.

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Old Jun 12, 2004, 12:42 PM   #2
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The SB-800 can serve as a master to a group. Say you had 3 SB-800s and 2 SB-600's for a subject flash from one SB-800 mounted on-camera; the other 4 are background and sidelights.

The on-camera SB-800 can tell one set (we'll call it group A) SB-800 and its SB-600 to light to one level, and the other set (we'll call it group B) SB-800 and its SB-600 to light to a brighter/darker level. The SB-800 can function as a master, slave/group master, or slave.

If my understanding is correct, this type of setup is not possible with the SB-600. The SB-600 can function as shoe-mounted (or shoe cord) flash or slave only. If someone knows better, please correct me.

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Old Jun 13, 2004, 4:18 AM   #3
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I would wait for third party makers to introduce their lineup featuring iTTL compatibility. I hear from the grapevine that Metz are currently undergoing some testing with a D70, due for release perhaps Photokina time.

Try as it may, Nikon cannot monopolise the flash market for their newer cameras.
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Old Jun 13, 2004, 1:56 PM   #4
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The Sigma EF-500 now supports i-TTL.



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Old Jun 21, 2004, 10:33 PM   #5
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I finally got my D70 last week, and used my old SB-28 during two nights of racing. Set the shutter to 1/500, aperature to 5.6, made sure flash was at 5.6 and in M or A, worked out great. Once I put new batteries in, that is. :lol:
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