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sb-700 + TTL cord?
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Originally Posted by adanmtxt1 View Post

You're telling me I can't get good exposures for fill-flash in outdoor use with an SB-400? That's funny since that hasn't been my experience; it actually seems to work exceptionally well. Keep in mind most people don't even think about getting into complicated studio lighting, and realistically won't even get filters or gels; they just want something which works well, and they'll be shocked just by bouncing light up instead of flashing it straight ahead.

the problem with the SB400 is you cannot bounce it. which is fine when you need it for fill, but starts to look terrible when you actually need the flash to be the key light.

get the best TTL flash you can afford, i dont know my nikon flashes so i cannot help you with a specific model. but you want something with a rotating/tilting head and more powerful than 40m guide number (most bounce flash is higher then this). wireless is also a cool feature to have cause it opens the possibilities of different lighting styles but i dont know if the d5100 has CLS.

or you can get a few dumb flashes (no TTL) and remote trigger (pw, cybersyncs, etc) and really get into flash photography. this will probably give you the best results, but definitely a steep learning curve. the Lumopro 120/160 are good flashes for this.
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Are you kidding me? You absolutely can bounce the 400. It cannot rotate, so you cannot bounce up if you rotate the body 90* to get a portrait-oriented shot, but you can fire straight forward, straight up, and anywhere in between if you have the camera normally oriented.


And OP likely doesn't know all about photography; he just wants nice pictures. TTL-BL is a system which gets better exposures by metering off the brightest subject in the composure using distancing as well, not having a TTL-BL-capable flash by no means translates into poor outdoor fill-flash, which is exactly what capitalpt said.

If OP wants a flash that just works, get the SB-400. If you want to a multiple of that, by all means get the SB-700 and accessories. Nothing wrong with it, but don't think it's necessary.
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Are you kidding me? You absolutely can bounce the 400. It cannot rotate, so you cannot bounce up if you rotate the body 90* to get a portrait-oriented shot, but you can fire straight forward, straight up, and anywhere in between if you have the camera normally oriented.
And OP likely doesn't know all about photography; he just wants nice pictures. TTL-BL is a system which gets better exposures by metering off the brightest subject in the composure using distancing as well, not having a TTL-BL-capable flash by no means translates into poor outdoor fill-flash, which is exactly what capitalpt said.
If OP wants a flash that just works, get the SB-400. If you want to a multiple of that, by all means get the SB-700 and accessories. Nothing wrong with it, but don't think it's necessary.

not kidding you. i dont shoot nikon so i dont know specific models.

but what i do know is that you want a more power/recycle times than the sb400 (assuming its equal to the 270ex). also probably want rotate since OP is shooting portraits.
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