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08-17-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Beginner Flash Help

Hey guys, I am interested in starting to use an external flash. What do you guys suggest for a beginner? What are all the components I need? As for the flashes I was thinking of getting a cheap vivitar, nikon sb 24 or something along those lines. And what should I use for the transmitter? I do not want to buy pocketwizards just yet. Is there any special cables I need so that the transmitters work with the flashes? Thanks in advance

08-18-2009, 06:18 AM   #2
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Start here: Strobist

Read through this entire section: Strobist: Lighting 101

When you've read that, read it again, then read Lighting 102: Strobist: Lighting 102: Introduction

For triggers, just starting out, the PT-04TM triggers have worked well for me: pt-04tm, great deals on Cameras Photo, Flash Triggers on eBay!

Another popular option is the CTR-301: ctr-301, great deals on Cameras Photo, Flash Triggers on eBay!

And, a new trigger, just out, the RF-602: rf-602, great deals on Cameras Photo, wireless flash trigger on eBay!
08-21-2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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Yes, strobist is a great resource.

I guess you would love to have an external flash with manual power control. If you are not mounting it on camera, then there is Sunpak models. Many of those are with manual power output control. And those are cheap. You do not have to worry about safe trigger voltage for off camera flash usage. Here is a link

Sunpak Auto zoom 933, Sunpak 444D, Sunpak auto 383 super, sunpak auto 36dx, Sunpak Auto 3075G, sunpak auto 511, Sunpak 611, 422D, Sunpak 433D, Sunpak 622, Sunpak DC3, Sunpak Interface Module,* Sunpak Super, 544,* Sunpak 411, Sunpak zoom 3600, flash u

Peter Zack, a forum member here, has a sticky thread about triggers, with lot of useful information. I use PWs. Those are good but expensive.

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08-22-2009, 08:59 AM   #4
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There are so many manual flashes out there.
Just be sure that the flash you choose has a 'safe' trigger voltage for your camera:
Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages

08-22-2009, 04:03 PM   #5
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I started out with the Vivitar 285HV. Very good bang-for-the-buck flash. The strobists will recommend you Nikon's SB-26, SB-28, and the new SB800, SB900.

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