The Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E has many choices for flash systems, and in this post I’ll only cover basic speedlights. The camera already has a built-in flash, and for emergencies this should be fine.
However, there are video productions in which the client asks you for a few stills. A manual flash is a very handy tool in such scenarios. Mind you, I’m not going for a lighting setup here, only a good flash solution to have for those special cases.
There are two options here: ‘the best’ and ‘cheap but good’. The best is obviously Nikon:
Cheap, not as robust, but just as effective is:
Yongnuo YN-565EX ETTL Speedlite
Just like with flash units, transmitters can be categorized as the ‘best’ and ‘good enough’.
Nikon already has an in-built flash trigger controlled by the CLS (Creative Lighting System). Some people find this unreliable. If you want a separate system, I recommend:
Cheap but good enough is:
Nikon also has a wireless transmitter to transfer images and data (Thanks to Dan Howell for this tip!):
The SB-910 already has a wireless receiver, so you don’t need one if you’re using that flash. No matter what speedlight you’re using, you could do worse than have a few of these accessories:
For those times when you don’t have an assistant.
In Part 10 I’ll cover Intervalometers, GPS systems, remote controls, and other accessories.
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