Choose flash : Bower SFD35N iTTL or Nikon SB-400?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by justin_ngo, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Hi,

    I'm very new to Digital SLR camera.
    I'm planing to purchase an external flash for D40x. I know the SB-600 is great
    but I can not afford to get it.

    Would you advice me which one I should choose:
    1/ Bower SFD35N iTTL Dedicated for Nikon Digital SLR cameras
    2/ Nikon SB-400

    If not Bower, which other brand name/model is good to buy at under $100?

    Thank you so much!
  2. Justin, do yourself and your D40x a favor and don't get an under $100 non Nikon flash...

    if anything look for a used SB-400..
  3. Save up and get at least the SB-600, you will not be disapointed with it , its definately worth the extra cost.
  4. I use (in addition to SB-800s) a few 3rd party iTTL flashes.

    There is an inexpensive one from "digital concepts" sold on ebay.

    Small and light weight. Flash shoe contacts on this one are a bit tricky. i-TTL works best in the spot mode with -1.7 flash compensation. If you can figure out all this and still live with it, get one.

    Since you are a beginner, the safe bet is (at least) an SB-400. The SB-600 recommended by Keith is better.
  5. If you buy a Nikon flash you are guaranteed that it will work correctly. If you buy a 3rd party no-name flash that was reverse engineered to use on a Nikon camera, then there are no guarantees. Well you are probably guaranteed to get inconsistant results, which as a newbie can be very irratating. You may end up spending more in the long run.

  6. Thank you all of you for your helpful advices.
    I will go ahead and save $ for the SB-600!
    I read on internet, someone says the SB-400 is just little powerful than the built-in flash, is that correct?

    One more question, please. What does i-TTL mean? Do I need to get that function? Sorry for this simple question, I'm very new and the D40x is my first DSLR.
    Thank you again and have a nice day!

  7. "Do I need to get that function?" Yes, and it comes with the SB-600.

    You will do fine with the SB-600.
  8. Hi,

    SB 600 $180 sigma4less the best. If you cannot afford it then the sigma ST 500 for $120 second best.;jsessionid=154784ce3bbb7ec/shopdata/0020_Flashes/0010_Shoe+Mount+Flashes/product_details.shopscript?article=0150_Sigma%2BEF-500%2BST%2BNA%2BTTL%2BShoe%2BMount%2BFlash%2Bfor%2BNikon%2BAF%2Bwith%2BTTL%2BOperation%2B%3D28SGEF500STNI%3D29

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