Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Nikon & Canon flashes, know all about them

Today I decided to write you about flashes, Nikon and Canon were the target.

I do not want to bother you with that old song that model A is better that Model B or that the C now is better because it looks like a coffee machine but unfortunately does not make it.

So instead of that BLA, BLA, BLA stuff I decided to get on to something you can look around for your self and decide what would be the best flash for you to use and abuse while you are doing your Strobist lighting or your assignments.

Just keep in mind that sometimes you buy a flash for 500,00 euros, or more, and you really do not need all the features in it but I know... to impress friends and neighbors at least you got the state of the art. You never even read the manual or know how all the functions work, oh well at least you got the latest model !!

So what I have done today was compile a couple of few good links for you to explore and read about all Nikon and Canon series that I grab here and there.

Hope you enjoy them and choose what's best for you.

Remember that sometimes on Ebay you can get some good prices for those old models and they can do more that you could think of when it comes to lighting a subject or object.

Tom Hogan's website is a great place to start when it comes to Nikon products.

You can view his review chart for the recent flash models models from the SB-28DX to the new one SB-800, check it out.

And some other good links to review each of the old classics (some of them have the link to the instructions manual) are the one's I mention above:

SB-24, SB-25, SB-26, SB-28, SB-80DX, SB-600 and SB-800.

Find at the bottom of each flash page some more useful information about Nikon products and other flash models.

Photographer Ken Rockwell made a detail review for some of the Nikon flash series as well.

PhotoZonde.de made also a side by side chart with Nikon flashes, in English.

And to not become a link supplier for the Nikon flash here is the last one.

NikonLinks with this one you can find almost anything for your Nikon Flashes.

On the Canon side you can see a lot of detail information on the Canon website.

I also found a comparative chart, here, between all of them.

That's it for today.

Hope you enjoy all the links and review which one of them will fit better to you.

Almost all Nikon series have a PC-Sync socket so you can use Pocket Wizard as Canon only the new 580EXII have the socket. On the Canon side you must have a hot-shoe adapter with a PC- sync socket on it, some come with a cable already attached like above.

What you will decide will be the best choice... analyze what you are going to do with the flashes and what will they be good for and above all if you really need that fancy XPTO model if you are only doing on flash photography.

Stay tuned for more good stuff.


Anonymous said...

Great start. Looking forward to more posts. I'm new to flash photography so I hope to see a lot of basic/beginner tips (or links to said tips)

Anonymous said...

Hi rui! I really enjoy reading your blog! Keep on!

Anonymous said...

I have produced guide numbers for Nikon and Canon flashes as well as a Custom Function reference for Canon speedlites... View my cheat sheet here:


Domen Colja said...

You could've stretched a bit farther on the Canon side, other than that: great work with this blod, thank you!

p.s.: It is not restricted to flashes by themselves, but the EOS bible is a good thing to read anyways (has some invaluable information for Canon flash users): Link.

Anonymous said...

It's not the most obvious thing to do, but I lost the warranty on both my 580EX's (1 from january, the other from april this year) to add a 3,5mm-socket and I've been very happy with that mod so far. :)

ruimleal said...

Hi Gordon,

thanks for sharing the link.


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