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Old Aug 3, 2003, 2:55 AM   #1
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Default CP 5700 Flash Options

I want to buy an external flash for my CP 5700. I was looking at the Nikon SB-50DX. It is in my price/performance range.

Now I want to compare the Nikon to others.


Does anyone use a non Nikon flash on their camera? :lol:
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Old Aug 3, 2003, 4:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: CP 5700 Flash Options

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I want to buy an external flash for my CP 5700. I was looking at the Nikon SB-50DX. It is in my price/performance range. Now I want to compare the Nikon to others.
Any Nikon TTL compatible flash can be used on the 5700. The SB50DX is a mid-level Nikon flash. However, the SB50DX has a not-so-high output power, uses non-AA batteries, and is more expansive than third-party products. On the other hand, when you put the SB50DX on the 5700, it does not look like a monster. In terms of price/performance, none of the Nikon flash guns is good because the 5700 does not support most of the advanced features. Basically, you can only the flash's TTL mode, Auto mode, manual mode, and wireless A mode (to some degree). This is the reason that many believe third-party flashes many be more reasonable. If you only shoot the flash in its TTL mode, the SB-22s is also a good alternative.


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Does anyone use a non Nikon flash on their camera? :lol:
Many people use non-Nikon flashes. As mentioned above, as long as a flash is Nikon TTL compatible, you can use it with your 5700 in the TTL, Auto and Manual modes. Other than these modes, the extra features of that flash are really "extra" There are some good alternatives. For a simple and cheap one, the Sunpak 433D is a good choice. It can only be used in the TTL mode, if my recollection is correct as many Coolpix 950, 990 and 995 users used this flash a couple of years back. For a mid-level flash, the Sunpak PZ4000AF may be satisfactory. For a high-level and high output model, the Sunpak PZ5000AF is near the top. It is BIG and HEAVY; however, its price, $150.00, is cheaper than the SB50DX, and it is more powerful than the SB50DX. (Note that the Nikon top gun SB80DX is priced more than $300.) The Sunpak PZ5000AF has a Slave A/M mode that is different from the Nikon wireless A/M mode. In my opinion, the Sunpak's version is more reliable when it is used with the 5700.

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