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  1. #1
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    SB 400? Worth it?

    I have just recently thought about getting this.

    its smaller than my SB600 which I have found to be quite big to carry about when walking about. Been using fill flash quite a bit recently and carrying the SB600 along with other kit has been a bit of a pain.

    What do you guys think? using it just for fill flash on portraits.

    Seems quite cheap too.

    Thanks
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    Earth to Rooz?

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    i say yes. i couldnt live without it. but its not for everyone. outdoors is tricky cos you cant bounce it so its always gonna be bare flash which means you have to be careful with your exposures.

    sb400, direct flash, (fill)

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    Absense makes the heart grow fonder, after getting the SB-800 I stopped using this flash and tried to sell it... how fortunate for me I still own it. Long story short I had to improvise when I had to send a SB-800 in for repair. I was still able to use off camera flash with a great little fill flash on camera. I actually like the light from it when bounced off a diffuser up close over the SB-800, who knew.
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  5. #5
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    I keep my 400 on the camera at all times. I took it off and switched it for the 600 when I taking the pictures of the thread. I love it, and think it was money well spent.
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    Thanks guys. Gutted. There was one on eBay for about 80 including delivery but it's gone now. Not that desperate for it so will play the waiting game

    Where do you bounce outdoors, I always use direct flash when using it as fill flash
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    If you have reflectors , you can have a friend hold the reflector and you can then bounce the flash off that.

    When I shoot wireless outdoors, I really dont find that I need to bounce much, since you can play around with the flashes locations.

    Another option would be a flash bracket.

    But now after I reread your first post, none of what I said seems logical since youre looking for a lighter equipment load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herc182 View Post
    Where do you bounce outdoors,
    off a card.
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  9. #9
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    thanks guys. I also realised that I had a 10% off voucher on ebay.

    Didnt use it and it runs out in under an hour

    Was looking at a new polarisor since my 77mm looks like its been used for a cat to sharpen its nails on...
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