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    Cost effective flash for D500

    I am looking for a cost effective flash to use with my D500 especially as a daylight fill for portraits. I used to have the SB700 that I used with my D3s / D810 and it was a smallish flash that worked well in FP mode.

    I am not prepared to spend the price asked for the new SB5000 and feel the 800 / 910 series are too large.

    Are there any D500 owners on this forum using the SB700 especially in FP / HSS mode and if so are you happy with the performance?

    Thanks in advance for feedback.


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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    Hi Iansky, since you mentioned cost effective: did you ever consider the Yongnou 568EX? I use it on my D500 and like it. Good review here that also talks to FP/HSS: YongNuo YN-568EX – TTL & FP HSS Flash Review | FLASH HAVOC
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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    Thanks Lokatz,

    I do have a trio of Yongnou 560 series that I use as studio / portrait lights with radio triggers and they are superb for that and will continue to remain my studio lighting setup.

    Having had the SB700 previously it met all my requirements for size / performance and quality lighting for on camera daylight flash so just want to know if anyone has used this flash on their D500 and if they are happy with it.
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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    Quote Originally Posted by Iansky View Post
    Thanks Lokatz,

    I do have a trio of Yongnou 560 series that I use as studio / portrait lights with radio triggers and they are superb for that and will continue to remain my studio lighting setup.

    Having had the SB700 previously it met all my requirements for size / performance and quality lighting for on camera daylight flash so just want to know if anyone has used this flash on their D500 and if they are happy with it.
    What difference does it make which camera you use the SB700 on? Flash are not camera specific. You buy a flash for a flash's features... It will provide the same features on any one of a hundred different models. If you're happy with it, buy it.
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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    Quote Originally Posted by Iansky View Post
    I am looking for a cost effective flash to use with my D500 especially as a daylight fill for portraits. I used to have the SB700 that I used with my D3s / D810 and it was a smallish flash that worked well in FP mode.

    I am not prepared to spend the price asked for the new SB5000 and feel the 800 / 910 series are too large.

    Are there any D500 owners on this forum using the SB700 especially in FP / HSS mode and if so are you happy with the performance?

    Thanks in advance for feedback.
    Well the SB-700 is compatible but you asked about "cost effective" flashes. I think you are going to find a lot of support for the Yongnuo flashes because that's exactly what they are. I have an SB-700 and it's a great little flash but, when push comes to shove, I reach for my yongnuos.
    Last edited by Horoscope Fish; 08-23-2017 at 02:29 PM.

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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    Thanks all for the feedback.

    The reason I asked about the SB700 is I like it's size and wanted to know if anyone is using it with the D500 and how they like the combination.
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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    I use the SB700 with my D750. I also use the SB910. The SB910 is much more powerful for my needs at church when I'm trying to bounce flash off the very high ceiling. If you don't require quite that much power, the SB700 works extremely well. Sorry I can't say how it would work on the D500.

    The SB700 only offers TTL metering, not TTL BL. Here is an article on that difference. https://neilvn.com/tangents/nikon-flash-ttl-vs-ttl-bl/
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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for this - according to the SB700 manual (Page C-2), the flash does do iTTL - BL that is displayed on on the screen of the flash.

    This works in both in matrix and centre weighted metering but reverts to standard iTTL in spot metering mode.

    The manual confirms this takes into account ambient light and balances the flash accordingly, this plus FP ( again I have confirmed the SB700 offers this as well) are the critical elements I want so wanted to know if anyone out there has used this flash with the D500 and if they are happy.
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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    Look at Godox gear.

    It may be sold under a different name in UK - Godox rebrands itself by retailers, eg. Adorama sells it as Flashpoint, B&H calls it a Bolt, and in Canada I buy Studiopro, all same, Amazon.UK sells Godox as Godox. It is a really odd marketing strategy.

    Look at the reviews and prices.
    I have SB400, SB600, SB700 and Metz flashes (and others) and now rely 95% of the time on my Godox gear. Love the Lithium flash - recycles so fast. As powerful as SB900. Lots of features.

    Just check it out and give it consideration.
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    Re: Cost effective flash for D500

    I bought my SB-700 before learning of Yongnuo. I'd go Yongnuo next time hands down.
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