Originally Posted by adanmtxt1
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.Edited by mz-n10 - 3/31/12 at 8:39am