SB-26 or SB-28DX

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Tracy Mercer, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Tracy Mercer

    Tracy Mercer Guest

    I have a Nikon F75 and was thinking of buying a SB-28DX speedlight for it.
    Then I was offered a used SB-26 for less then the SB-28DX. I tend to shoot
    a lot of nature pictures and a few family weddings/parties. I am also
    thinking of getting a D70 in the next year, will the SB-26 work well with
    the D70? Any suggestions which one is the better purchase? Thanks.
     
    Tracy Mercer, Sep 3, 2004
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    S Lee Guest

    Tracy Mercer choreographed a chorus line of high-kicking electrons to
    spell out:
    If you're going to get a D70 later and want full TTL automation of the
    flash, even the -28 won't do it, you'll need an SB-800 or -600 (the -800
    would match the spec of the -28 or -26 though). Though the older pair
    would be usable, and fine on the F75.
     
    S Lee, Sep 3, 2004
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    Jerry McG Guest

    I've worked with a pair of SB26s for years and feel they are far superior to
    the film-based flash units that followed. Unfortunately they won't work in
    TTL modes with digital bodies, as there's no film plane. For my digital
    stuff I have an SB80dx that is excellent, and I can slave the SB26s to fire
    off of it as well. Oddly, the SB26s work great on my Coolpix 5400, so go
    figure.
     
    Jerry McG, Sep 3, 2004
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    Mignon Guest

    I have the SB-80DX, and it is great. I'd advise you to get that one. It will
    do the job.
     
    Mignon, Sep 3, 2004
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  5. It won't do TTL on the D70. If the OP doesn't need TTL, a Metz CL-1 or
    Vivitar 285 would be cheaper and as effective.
     
    Martin Francis, Sep 3, 2004
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    vhl Guest

    Because AFAIK the Coolpix ranges do not TTL meter the flash.
    They use a flash meter that is in/near the builtin flash. It then
    uses the TTL mechanism in the TTL flash (ie. tell flash when
    to turn on and off) to do the equivelent of an Auto Flash
    to meter.
     
    vhl, Sep 6, 2004
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