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  1. #11
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    Here you go. Remote triggers for your flash. Put one on the flash, and the other on your Z5's hot shoe. I'm sure if this is too much money, you can find remote flash triggers for less money.

    https://www.amazon.com/YONGNUO-Wireless-YN622N-II-High-Speed/dp/B0175UZY30/ref=sr_1_10?crid=24VUM7DSOC8EG&dchild=1&keywords=y ongnuo+remote+trigger&qid=1626981593&sprefix=young nu+remote+trigger%2Caps%2C200&sr=8-10



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  2. #12
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    Some Z flash specific information here even if you don't agree with his opinion of third party flashes.

    https://www.zsystemuser.com/accessor...z-cameras.html

  3. #13
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    A shoe-to-flash cable is the cheapest way to use flash off shoe but controllers are very inexpensive now. I have 6 flash and 2 large strobes I built myself. The Nikon flashes, 3 of them, are SB900s and I have 3 Yongnuo YN968 which are actually 1/6th the price and about twice as functional as the SB900s, they have build in wireless controllers and receivers so I can control the beam width and flash power of all 6 from one 968 or using my 622tx controller on the shoe so 6 lights wirelessly controlled by the 622TX. A ring light is useful or closeup shots like this one.
    There are two views on flash: love it or hate it. The only difference is those who have only seen images badly used flash.. Many beginners take pride in shooting only in natural light but light is light and every great photo has some creative control of light. You have probably never seen a commercial photo that did not have augmented controllable light. Without some control of light, the core substance of photography, would be like a writer tearing out 1/2 or more of the pages of a dictionary and only using words remaining.
    Flash is cheap and cures many ills such as making small aperture lenses produce what the were looking for when looking at $2000 lenses, or being able to shoot at lower speeds and still freeze action, for balance light of near verse more distant lower light by "dragging the shutter" as the technique is called, for a longer exposure on a dim background but the very fast rise and fall times of the flash freezes foreground subjected balancing the dimmer scene light with the strong but very short flash. Nikon's Balanced Flash system is excellent.
    The cool part of current flash offerings are vey reliable high performance flash from a number of Chinese brands that start at about $30, and very good ones for $49 that have the features of the $650 SB9x0 series.
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  4. #14
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    I have only bad memories of flash,
    dating back to 1980ies when a friend with a all manuall Ricoh strobed a flash on full power on them poor flowers at short distance, using tubes on his 50 mm normal lens. Ouch
    Back then I used F3Hp with 55 /3.5 micro nikkor, never ever flash
    And we all used Kodachrome 25

    As life went by and my friend got married, a few cats and two kids, he went on and became senior consultant in Botany, that paid very well. No idea what his motion is in digital era of today.

    I started that era with Canon G3, never got kids, never got a position as professor in botany as was my dream in the 80ies.

    And at last as I got old, still no kids and my dog is passed away, I finally realize flash is the only way to.

    I might have a lot of «bucks» they aint for me to use as I like

    So I need to fix a setup. That Youngno setup was tempting but two might get to complicated

    I might walk into Nikons expensive array this time also
    What is needed is a matchbox sized controller that can stay on the Z5 most of the time
    and a carddeck sized flash unit to keep in my anorak pocket - I dont need a big output flash do I - two items controller and a off camera flash.

  5. #15
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    Wish me luck!

    Ordered this today:

    —- Godox TT 350 Nikon (flash)
    —- Godox X2T TTL Nikon (transmitter)

    That didnt cost too much «bucks»

    Thus in case things go south (or north) I can get more stuff to correct
    my error,

    Or what d ya think — will this suffice?

    ——> me with Z5 on a tripod and a little Anemone ca 15 cm high at a 40 cm away on 24-50 at 50 mm

  6. #16
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by Borga Voffe View Post
    Wish me luck!

    Ordered this today:

    —- Godox TT 350 Nikon (flash)
    —- Godox X2T TTL Nikon (transmitter)

    That didnt cost too much «bucks»

    Thus in case things go south (or north) I can get more stuff to correct
    my error,

    Or what d ya think — will this suffice?

    ——> me with Z5 on a tripod and a little Anemone ca 15 cm high at a 40 cm away on 24-50 at 50 mm
    Godox makes excellent products - in fact, many pros use Godox flashes and strobes.

    The next step up in their flash line that includes TTL is the Godox TT685n which is their comparable AA battery version to the Nikon SB5000. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...speedlite.html

    But what you chose is still an amazing flash. I'm not sure how what you purchased compares to the Nikon SB-700, but the output looks to be slightly more than what the SB-700 is capable of. So great choice!
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  7. #17
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    In my macro threads I do go into diffusers on my D810 which may work on your camera and pop up flash.
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  8. #18
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    This was my thread and what I came up with.

    https://nikonites.com/macro/30250-ma...light=diffuser
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  9. #19
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    Just for clarity, The Nikon Z6 and Z7 do NOT have a pop-up flash.
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  10. #20
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    Re: Beyond flash?

    Beyond flash?
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    My first flash photo ever with Z5

    On wide 24
    I was sitting on a bench a one meter infront
    the Godox flash also on the bench, to my left, at one meter away

    I am too old for this
    I didnt have a clue what happened

    The flash and trigger on TTL / auto

    Serious trouble:
    ——— the Z5 was on rear curtain sync
    is that OK?
    or should I use
    like fill in flash or?





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