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  1. #1
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    Want a Flash

    I'm hoping I can communicate with someone on here or someone from Nikon. I'm interested in investing in a Flash/speedlight. I'm shooting with a Nikon D750. I need to first know if the SB-5000 is compatible with the D750? Or is there is a different flash I should consider?? Also curious if the WR-A10 adapter comes with it, because the way I understand you have to have it?? Any advice/help is greatly appreciated. P.S. I'm really hoping to make this purchase sooner than later so I can start practicing shooting with it. I'm sure this is going to be a big learning curve.


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  2. #2
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    Re: Want a Flash

    I'm not familiar with the SB-5000. I have a accumulated a few Nikon speedlights over the years. When I purchased a D70 body years ago, I sprung for a nice new SB-800. And years later when I bought my D200 and D750, it turns out the SB-800 works perfectly with them.

    My only gripe with the SB-800 is that the menu system and settings aren't that intuitive but, for the settings you'll likely use the most, it's easily mastered. It's one of Nikon's most powerful speedlights and is very versatile. I would consider it.
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    Re: Want a Flash

    The SB-5000 should be comparable in power to the former SB-910 (which is one I have). However, I'm not sure about the WR-A10 adapter. According to B&H, the SB-5000 comes with a soft case, incandescent and fluorescent filters, diffusion dome, and a stand. Nothing is mentioned about the WR-A10 adapter.

    I had problems with one of my batteries leaking into my SB-910 which required sending it back to Nikon. The bill was over $200 because they also replaced the flash bulb (hardly ever used the flash but they considered it to be required maintenance). I got about 100 flashes out of the repaired unit when it failed for an unknown reason.

    Now I tend to use Godox flashes instead of the Nikons (I also have an SB-700). The Godox have built-in receivers but require a trigger. The Godox VING V860IIN TTL Li-Ion Flash is comparable in power to the SB-5000 but costs a lot less. In fact the XProN TTL Trigger with this flash only costs $248.00 which is less than half the price of the Nikon. And a more powerful Godox AD200 can be added to the arsenal. Personally I find Godox to be great while being much more affordable.

    I hope you will receive some answers to the WR-A10 adapter. Sorry I can't help you with that.
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  4. #4
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    Re: Want a Flash

    Okay... Let's take this one step at a time.

    The SB-5000 is a very expensive flash for what it provides. It supports Nikon's Creative Lighting System, which is basically a line of sight flash that uses a system of pre-flashes from the Nikon camera's builtin flash to send signals to the remote/off camera flash. In this case the SB-5000.

    The SB-5000 also supports Nikon's new Radio frequency accessories because some newer Nikon cameras no longer have a builtin flash. That would be the WR-A10 you're asking about. It is part of a radio trigger system that Nikon sells. It is NOT included with the SB-5000... You can verify this by going to Nikon's web site for the SB-5000 and clicking on the accessories link on their page. You'll see it's not included and is, in fact, out of stock.

    Adding Nikon's remote radio trigger to the SB-5000 makes the combination an obscenely expensive speedlite in view of the fact that several competing flash makers pretty much all include the radio triggering in their basic speedlite packages at 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of the SB-5000 alone.

    Godox, and Yongnuo both make Nikon compatible speedlites that get high ratings with all the Nikon features for around the $100 price point...

  5. #5
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    Re: Want a Flash

    I've been well pleased with Godox speedlights and strobes. The rechargeable lithium batteries in the portable lights is what sold me.

  6. #6
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    Re: Want a Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by Smcooper461 View Post
    I'm hoping I can communicate with someone on here or someone from Nikon. I'm interested in investing in a Flash/speedlight. I'm shooting with a Nikon D750. I need to first know if the SB-5000 is compatible with the D750? Or is there is a different flash I should consider?? Also curious if the WR-A10 adapter comes with it, because the way I understand you have to have it?? Any advice/help is greatly appreciated. P.S. I'm really hoping to make this purchase sooner than later so I can start practicing shooting with it. I'm sure this is going to be a big learning curve.
    Without going into a lot of detail, I would strongly suggest either the Godox Godox TT685-N ($110.00) or the Godox V860II-N ($180.00) over the $600.00 SB-5000; especially if you plan to use it as an off-camera flash and not only because of the significant cost savings. If you want to fire one of those Godox flashes off-camera tack on another $70 for a Godox XPro-N controller and you're good to go.

    I'm on day two of job right now that requires head-shots and movement shots for nearly 100 dancers and I'm using nothing but Godox flashes and triggers.
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    Re: Want a Flash

    If you're on a budget, I can vouch for Fred Kingston's suggestion of a Yongnuo. I've had mine for over two years now with no incidents. Works great paired with the company's remote trigger system, also.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Want a Flash

    Wow thanks everyone for the great help. One other thing maybe I should have mentioned. I want to use it with my 70-200mm. Would the SB-800 be capable of a 200mm range??

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    Re: Want a Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by Smcooper461 View Post
    Wow thanks everyone for the great help. One other thing maybe I should have mentioned. I want to use it with my 70-200mm. Would the SB-800 be capable of a 200mm range??
    Yes and No... ShortCourses-Flash
    Here's a link to a page that discusses what you're asking...

  10. #10
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    Re: Want a Flash

    It is Nikon's most powerful speedlight. And if you add a "flash extender" like a MagMod or Better Beamer you can light up a subject that's pretty far out there...
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