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02/08/2012 05:49:50 PM · #1
I am so frickin happy, been saving up for awhile, then just sold a ton of horse gear, and now I have what I've needed for a good long time....a REAL flash, an SB-910!!! Going by the test shots I've taken so far, has power up the wazoo and then some.

Now, I just have to learn how to use it so I can make the most of it...sooo excited!!

*running off to play*
02/08/2012 06:59:15 PM · #2
Originally posted by snaffles:

Now, I just have to learn how to use it so I can make the most of it...sooo excited!!


www.strobist.com

Read Lighting 101 and 102 and do the exercises.
02/08/2012 07:02:11 PM · #3
And here, I thought you were going around exposing yourself...
02/08/2012 08:01:26 PM · #4
Originally posted by Spork99:

And here, I thought you were going around exposing yourself...


Really? What on earth made you think that?!! ' . substr('https://images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/hidden.png', strrpos('https://images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/hidden.png', '/') + 1) . ' ;-)

ETA: Thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' alohadave, will check it out.

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02/08/2012 08:37:17 PM · #5
Originally posted by alohadave:

Originally posted by snaffles:

Now, I just have to learn how to use it so I can make the most of it...sooo excited!!


www.strobist.com

Read Lighting 101 and 102 and do the exercises.


Waitaminute...you mean ALL the exercises in the Lighting 101 and 102 Archives?!

*thunk as faints to floor*
02/08/2012 10:05:01 PM · #6
snaffles, Check out this guys tutorials on flash. Easy to understand and outstanding results.

//neilvn.com/tangents/flash-photography-techniques/1-natural-looking-flash/

Lots of other great flash articles on the right side of the page.
Get a bowl of popcorn and enjoy.
02/08/2012 10:33:57 PM · #7
I am so happy for you on your flash....That is on my "to purchase list"
02/08/2012 10:56:30 PM · #8
Congrats I got my first one not long ago (SB-600) LOVE IT.
02/08/2012 11:21:58 PM · #9
Has anyone here used or tested the Nissin SPEEDLITE Di866 Mark II Digital Flash for Nikon? I have an SB-400, was thinking of upgrading to the SB-900 but then found this Nissin Di866 for about half the price... would it be a suitable alternative?
02/09/2012 08:14:00 AM · #10
Originally posted by hmbutler:

Has anyone here used or tested the Nissin SPEEDLITE Di866 Mark II Digital Flash for Nikon? I have an SB-400, was thinking of upgrading to the SB-900 but then found this Nissin Di866 for about half the price... would it be a suitable alternative?


Think Ryan and I looked at it, but thing is it's a grey market brand. So far my experience with grey market stuff has been pretty disappointing. I haven't yet lost any Nikon gear to a grey market product fail but don't want to risk it. Also if you were considering the SB 900 you may just want to skip the 910 - just slightly more in price.

Also asked a store employee why the 900 was being replaced, and apparently they had some serious overheating issues - including emitting an earsplitting screech. (I've since been told that they've been fixing the problem so maybe a 900 refurb would be Ok?) Just what you don't want to hear when shooting a wedding ceremony!! So with that in mind, and the close price level - and the 910 was on sale, $50 off - and it was a no brainer. Already love it even though I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do.
02/09/2012 09:17:32 AM · #11
A flash is definitely on my list of things to buy, along with many, MANY other things. LOL.
02/09/2012 09:31:08 AM · #12
Strobist is the ultimate site, especially since you just have the one strobe. Read and learn. You will get some great shots.
02/09/2012 10:58:44 AM · #13
Strobist is great and clear for understanding light and flashes. However, you might want to get yourself a stand and brolly, as the exercises are mostly about off camera flash.
However, some people manage to come up with pretty cool stuff with a camera mounted flash, by bouncing on walls and shielding the flash with a piece of foam, so that no direct light falls on the subject.
This guy has seem interesting stuff and there are more if you google:
Black foamie thingy
02/09/2012 11:05:35 AM · #14
The first thing I did after getting my first real flash.... chase the kids around the house hitting the Test button. :-D
02/09/2012 11:06:10 AM · #15
Originally posted by hmbutler:

Has anyone here used or tested the Nissin SPEEDLITE Di866 Mark II Digital Flash for Nikon? I have an SB-400, was thinking of upgrading to the SB-900 but then found this Nissin Di866 for about half the price... would it be a suitable alternative?


I have a 15 years old nissin which I found in a snow covered box in front of a Danish shop :)
for what I paid (3$ equiv) it's great :)

On strobist they mention a few cheap flashes with pretty much everything you need but TTL, as the guy doesn't use it,
02/09/2012 11:33:52 AM · #16
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

The first thing I did after getting my first real flash.... chase the kids around the house hitting the Test button. :-D


*grin* why am I not surprised? I plan to go chase the cats around esp with it on strobe!

Meantime, I've figured out the bare bones and having fun bouncing flash off of walls, ceilings and using all the fun toys it comes with *LOVE the diffuser dome*. Now am trying to wrap my brain around all the technical stuff, like why does it allow you to set the aperture/ISO, when the ones you've already got for the camera will override it?! And yeah I am rtfm...only adds to the confusion. I look like I have lice from all the head-scratching I'm doing.

ETA: The black foamie thingy makes sense and so far neilvn's site looks like it makes the most sense to my knuckledragger brain :-)

Message edited by author 2012-02-09 11:41:10.
02/09/2012 11:40:22 AM · #17
Originally posted by snaffles:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

The first thing I did after getting my first real flash.... chase the kids around the house hitting the Test button. :-D


*grin* why am I not surprised? I plan to go chase the cats around esp with it on strobe!


My dog hates it. I Love it.

:)
02/09/2012 11:57:50 AM · #18
My photography completely changed after I got my first speedlite. But it's somewhat like a drug. I now want to get more and more lighting gear, luckily most of it is more reasonable then my 580EX II.

So beware of the off camera lighting bug, it will most likely bite you too!

I also need to brag a little. A few weeks ago a managed to snag an SB-26 off ebay with a buy it now price of $20. The model number had worn off and the seller didn't know what he had! :D I felt bad enough for the guy that I was going to notify him so that he could hopefully update the title to the correct model, but then I saw the buy it now price and knew the auction would go through at $20 regardless of the title.
02/09/2012 03:20:56 PM · #19
Well just got back from a couple of hours spent shooting and playing with the flash, as that's how I best learn. TTL seems to be a good mode for me, along with the flash bounced up and back behind me! Obviously the flash itself *knows* some stuff, which is great, but of course I still have to make an effort to use the settings I would otherwise. Still, had fun asking it to operate at completely ridiculous settings - like ISO 100, f5.6 and 1/1250...inside a dark barn with the door just barely cracked open to allow a few slivers of ambient light, LOL!!

Also pestered a houseful of cats belonging to my Pets/People human, Liz. They are an assortment of longhair, short, b/w, calico, tortie, grey, tabby etc etc so lots of variety to choose from. Biggest thrill: no *redeye* so long as I had the diffusion dome on even when pointed straight at them!!! If the same hold true for my own blue-eyed girls, then no more demon kittehs for me! And yes did lots of bouncing off ceilings and walls, including what neilvn says about the direct overhead bounce - only just the teeniest tiniest trace of flash shadow. Or possibly just shadow cast by incoming ambient light.

Either way thrilled to bits and can't wait to see what happens to my scores now!!

ETA: bhuge, I have a 380x from my bf, a Canon shooter, so of course I couldn't use it on camera. But I think I can use it to trigger my 910 when used off-camera, and that with my dedicated wide mini-slave (the best el cheapo flash out there)...think I have enough to play with...for now :-)

Message edited by author 2012-02-09 15:22:23.
02/09/2012 04:09:14 PM · #20
Originally posted by snaffles:


ETA: bhuge, I have a 380x from my bf, a Canon shooter, so of course I couldn't use it on camera. But I think I can use it to trigger my 910 when used off-camera, and that with my dedicated wide mini-slave (the best el cheapo flash out there)...think I have enough to play with...for now :-)


I've been really impressed at how well my SB-26 works as an optical slave. I don't think I have ever had it misfire. I'm not familiar with the SB-910 but I would assume it has the same ability being new and all. Nikon appears to make their flashes much more compatible with various trigger sources.
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