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Old Dec 23, 2002, 9:28 PM   #1
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Anyone recommend a flash for the Nikon 5700? Mainly used for portraits and some low light situations.

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8) There have been so many posts about this that I got confused. I finally settled on an SB-50. If you do a search, you will find a lot of recommendations for the SunPak 5000 and 4000, and some for Vivitar. Somewhere, Steve had good comments on the 5700 with an SB-50 on a bracket, so I finally went with that. I haven't tried it out yet. I don't need a lot of power, mostly for fairly close people shots.

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Old Dec 24, 2002, 10:39 PM   #3
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I bought the SB-50DX and find it to be underpowered. I prefer to bounce the flash off of ceilings to get more diffused lighting. Even in small to medium sized rooms, the SB-50 just doesn't have enough.

On the other hand, it's a very compact flash that fits well on the 5700. So, if its output enough for your needs, I recommend it.

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Old Dec 25, 2002, 2:14 PM   #4
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8) I bought a Sto-Fen diffuser for the SB-50 because I don't think it will have enough power for bounce flash. I'll be trying it over Christmas. I rarely use a flash for other than outdoor fill, but I do shoot friends and family on occassion. I don't need to light a room, just a couple of people at a time, three or four max.

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Why not save some money and buy i.e SB-24 used! It's a fine and powerfull flash that goes very well with CP5700. Strong enough for bouncing light - i.e in ceiling. I own one and can recommend the blend.
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8) I got some great pic at a little party we had on Christmas, using the 5700 with SB50. However, I first tried it with the Sto-Fen diffuser, and could barely see the image on the LCD. Maybe there isn't enough power to use the diffuser, or maybe I just haven't figured it out yet.
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Old Dec 26, 2002, 12:35 PM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions and help.

The SB-50 is $320ish Canadian around town and the next step up is the SB-80 running at $530ish Canadian. As Klaus DK mentioned the SB-24, I'll have to check on the availability and price.
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I use an SB24 that I bought at McBains camera in 1985...
Works great... Just wish Nikon implemented focus assist and auto zoom...
Perhaps in firmware release... that was my wish for Santa but ...
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I take it from all the discussion about various flashes that we are all ignoring the advice on p 138 of the coolpix 5700 manual, "Use only Nikon Speedlights. Negative voltagees or voltages over 250 V applied to the camera's sync terminal....."

Has anyone had a flash caused disaster? I'd hate to be the one to ruin a perfectly good expensive camera using the wrong flash!
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Hi dgreenbee,

Have no fear, I went all out and bought the SB-80 today...along with the MB-E5700 external battery pack. No need for anymore toys for a long time :-) :!:
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