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09/26/2004 02:47:14 AM · #1
Ok, I've done a little searching for this flash unit. But what I want to know is how well it works with the D70. Were they "made for each other"? What all can be done with this flash?
Thanks everyone!

P.S.: Notice anything new.... :)
09/26/2004 03:06:44 AM · #2
It works perfectly. I use mine all the time. Congrats on a fine purchase.
09/26/2004 03:25:21 AM · #3
It seems that not only are they made for each other.... pretty much nothing else will work! (SB600)
A flash that worked perfectly (not a nikon) with my 5700 does not even give a wink of light on my D70.... I am currently trying to convince my wife how important a AU$800 flash is!
09/26/2004 07:28:45 AM · #4
Originally posted by reification:

It seems that not only are they made for each other.... pretty much nothing else will work! (SB600)
A flash that worked perfectly (not a nikon) with my 5700 does not even give a wink of light on my D70.... I am currently trying to convince my wife how important a AU$800 flash is!


Consider a used flash as an option. Of course, I recommend a used Nikon flash.

Look for the SB-28DX and the SB-80, both precede the SB-800 and are excellent flash units in their own right. What they lack in features may not matter to you. So, check it out. I am sure that they can be had for far less money and will serve you just as well for almost all applications.
09/26/2004 09:57:40 AM · #5
The SB600 & SB800 are the only Nikon flashes that support the iTTL metering on the D70.
09/27/2004 10:02:22 AM · #6
yeah they are basically "made for each other" ... a match made in heaven, or at Nikon R&D if you will :) hehhe.

yeah the sb-800 is the best flash you can get for your d70 right now. supports i-TTL as well as a host of other functions that are part of nikon's "creative lighting system"
09/27/2004 10:38:16 AM · #7
I have seen several shots with the D70 and SB800 and it is truly great. They were made for each other and when I am shooting flash, I wish I had a D70 with the 800!
09/27/2004 11:39:04 AM · #8
Originally posted by Kneeforu:

I have seen several shots with the D70 and SB800 and it is truly great. They were made for each other and when I am shooting flash, I wish I had a D70 with the 800!


well i have one half of the equation! now if i could just save up for the sb-800! hahaha :)

09/27/2004 12:01:21 PM · #9
I've had the 600 for awhile now and just ordered the 800. The 600 is fantastic, and a great, less expensive alternative to the 800. The only reason I'm buying the 800 is so I can put the 600 on a tripod and have a fill flash to the side, using the 800's ability to control it via infra-red.
09/28/2004 12:41:33 PM · #10
Thanks for the help guys!
What exactly is iTTL metering? I've looked around and can't exactly figure out what it does.
09/28/2004 01:05:15 PM · #11
Originally posted by kidchico:

Thanks for the help guys!
What exactly is iTTL metering? I've looked around and can't exactly figure out what it does.


My understanding is that it will factor into the exposure determined using the program modes.

For example, I have a generic flash that doesn't have iTTL. I can only effectively use it in manual exposure mode, as in the program modes the camera will determine exposure as if the flash wasn't being used.
09/28/2004 01:50:31 PM · #12
Originally posted by kidchico:

Thanks for the help guys!
What exactly is iTTL metering? I've looked around and can't exactly figure out what it does.


it's nikon's newest flash metering system. much more accurate than the previous D-TTL.
11/15/2004 10:47:21 AM · #13
What's a good price for the SB-800 now? I found a couple of auctions where they were going for $320 plus a $50 rebate. Is that a pretty good price?
11/15/2004 01:43:57 PM · #14
//bizrate.com
//epionions.com

If it is going for $324, I would go to Adorama (for $319 without rebate right now) or B&H Photo to purchase one. Most auctions, these days, you are not getting any deals on new products anyway. Just buying possibly questionable goods from possibly questionable people. You can still get the Nikon Rebate.

Message edited by author 2004-11-15 13:55:15.
11/15/2004 02:00:55 PM · #15
Yeah, I saw it on ebay in multiple auctions. After the rebate it came to about $280 or so inc. s/h.
11/20/2004 01:19:28 AM · #16
How about this deal? I just may go for it...
And would these compliment the sb-800 nicely?
Thanks for the input!

Message edited by author 2004-11-20 01:48:37.
11/20/2004 04:06:45 AM · #17
Originally posted by reification:

It seems that not only are they made for each other.... pretty much nothing else will work!

Hmm.. well my D70 seems very happy with my ancient Praktica flash. Ok, so it can't do any of the fancy iTTL stuff so you have to go manual but it certainly seems to trigger it fine.

Hell of a lot cheaper than an SB800 too!
11/20/2004 10:10:28 AM · #18
Originally posted by kidchico:

How about this deal? I just may go for it...
And would these compliment the sb-800 nicely?
Thanks for the input!


That deal looks pretty good for the SB800. As for batteries, I just buy bricks of Rayovac alkaline batteries at Wal-Mart. They do a really good job. I don't think the rechargables will hold their charge as long during heavy use.
12/06/2004 10:40:09 PM · #19
Originally posted by reification:

It seems that not only are they made for each other.... pretty much nothing else will work! (SB600)


Okay, I have a D70 on it's way to me and now I'm looking at flash units (my husband will be thrilled to hear that!!). Does your post mean the 600 DOES or DOESN't work with it??
12/06/2004 11:44:18 PM · #20
Originally posted by ahaze:

Originally posted by reification:

It seems that not only are they made for each other.... pretty much nothing else will work! (SB600)


Okay, I have a D70 on it's way to me and now I'm looking at flash units (my husband will be thrilled to hear that!!). Does your post mean the 600 DOES or DOESN't work with it??


The SB-600 and SB-800 are the only flashes that work completely with the D70. The D70 uses iTTL metering and right now these two flashes are the only ones that support iTTL.
12/06/2004 11:50:13 PM · #21
Well, since you guys are already talking about it maybe someone can help me out. I have been trying to get my SB-600 to work remotely, unsuccessfully. Can someone give me the down and dirty steps to take to set it up to work?
12/07/2004 04:09:22 AM · #22
Originally posted by dartompkins:

Well, since you guys are already talking about it maybe someone can help me out. I have been trying to get my SB-600 to work remotely, unsuccessfully. Can someone give me the down and dirty steps to take to set it up to work?


On your camera, change the flash mode to "commander". Then press and hold the "zoom" and "-" buttons on your flash unit at the same time. After a few moments it will enter remote mode. Press the mode button to "ON", and your ready to go.
12/07/2004 05:52:50 AM · #23
Never hurts to read/re read the owners manual either. (C:
on my sb600 I have to change the (squiggly) lightning bolt to on (the flash) to go remote.

Message edited by author 2004-12-07 05:53:48.
12/07/2004 08:09:04 AM · #24
You also want to make sure the flash is set to Channel "3" and Group "A".
12/07/2004 08:26:20 AM · #25
Originally posted by cbeller:

That deal looks pretty good for the SB800. As for batteries, I just buy bricks of Rayovac alkaline batteries at Wal-Mart. They do a really good job. I don't think the rechargables will hold their charge as long during heavy use.

For what it's worth, you'll actually see better performance and be doing the environment a favor by using rechargabeable batteries. I use PowerEx 2300mAh batteries and this charger with my on-camera flash and they work great.

Although this review is a little dated, the information is still relevant. Compare the Watt-hours of output you get from a high-quality rechargeable to an alkaline battery (which are listed at the bottom of the table). The Powerex 2200 produce 10.10 W-h, while a Duracell Ultra only produces 3.66 W-h. What that means is that your recycle times will be shorter with the rechargeables, because the capacitors will be able to "suck" energy much more quickly from the Powerex cells.

Message edited by author 2004-12-07 08:27:46.
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