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  1. #1
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    SB400 vs. SB600?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    the sb400 is adequate in most situations. i recently borrowed one, (i have the sb600), and it was fine. much lighter too. but there are other limitations with the sb400 which is another story.
    So now that we have a new thread, what's the scoop?

    Is the SB400 high enough to not cast a shadow when using a larger lens like

    18-70mm
    18-135mm
    18-200mm

    ?

    I know I can't rotate the head like I can on the SB600, but for simple indoor bounce flash, it should be good (especially at the price)?

    What would make me want the SB600 instead?
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    The only reason why you would want the SB-600 is if you've got a D70s or D80 or D200 and could use wireless. If you are running the D40 or D50, then the SB400 should be plenty.

    The fact that it is so small and lightweight is a significant factor, considering most camera equipment can get bulky and heavy very quickly.
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    as LR mentioned the sb400 cannot be used as a piece of your wireless flash system. that is the major limitation. it's also obviously less powerful, head cant be rotated, has less features, more difficult to find a diffuser, isn;t bult as well, slower recycling times.

    otherwise, it can bounce no prob and is lightyears better than on the in-cam flash. plus its light and compact so a good addition IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    as LR mentioned the sb400 cannot be used as a piece of your wireless flash system. that is the major limitation. it's also obviously less powerful, head cant be rotated, has less features, more difficult to find a diffuser, isn;t bult as well, slower recycling times.

    otherwise, it can bounce no prob and is lightyears better than on the in-cam flash. plus its light and compact so a good addition IMO.
    So for a light/cheap, take it with me in the bag, SB400 is a great addition to the D80, but I might want to step up to the SB600 because it is more versatile?

    Is the SB600 as easy to use? Looks like once I attach the SB400 and flip it on, it just works. The only decision is bounce or not.

    SB600 *looks* more complicated.
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    nah the sb600 is easy. plug it in and off you go. its only more complex if you want to do the tricky cool stuff.

    the sb400 is never gonna go to waste anyway. if you decide to get more creative later, add the sb600/800 and your off. i believe the sb400 can be used to trigger remote flashes anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    nah the sb600 is easy. plug it in and off you go. its only more complex if you want to do the tricky cool stuff.

    the sb400 is never gonna go to waste anyway. if you decide to get more creative later, add the sb600/800 and your off. i believe the sb400 can be used to trigger remote flashes anyway.
    The SB-400 cannot be used in the CLS system. When attached to the hotshoe, the SB-600 automatically takes care of everything. Just like the SB-400.

    The SB-600 will allow you to get more creative with off camera lighting. If this is something you might be interested in, then going with the SB-600 would be the wiser choice.
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    so let me get this straight, if you have an sb600 off camera, you cannot use the sb400 mounted on the camera to trigger it ?? are you sure ?

    that seems bizarre given the in cam flash can trigger it.
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    LR Max is correct, the SB400 doesn't have a commander mode so it can't wireless control the SB600 or 800. The D80, D70(s), D200 all have built-in commander modes in their popup flashes so can control the 600 and 800.

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    if its mounted on the d80 cant i use the d80 in commander mode to control the others ?

    edit: blonde moment. i just understood waht you said. that f'ing sucks. i was gonna get the 400 just cos its light and small thinking it could be used onboard the d80 to control the rest. no chance now.
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    I dont know squat about flashes....

    can you take it off (the SB600) and put it somewhere else inthe room and when you take the photo it flashes (i.e. i could use it to light up a part of a room remotely?)?

    thanks
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