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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


Apart from the technical stuff I've already read, can those in the know please give me your thoughts as to why I should consider buying either the SB910 or SB900 over another SB700.

I'm aware of the cut out/overheating issue with the 900, but I'm interested in the real world practical reasons as to why one of these goliaths should be bought instead of the excellent SB700. Please state your experiences and comparisons. I have the money, need a second speedlight and trying to understand if I really need a 9x0 instead of another 700.



Dec 21, 2011 at 11:53 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


If you are use need a flash for doing pro-work, then the 910, especially since it can be powered by an external battery, other than that SB-700 is sweet deal.


Dec 21, 2011 at 11:58 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


I have 3xSB-900 and 1 SB-700.

The SB-900 has more power to bounce flash off of ceilings, walls, etc.

The SB-700 is SLIGHTLY more user-friendly. The SB-900 is a HUGE leap in this area over the SB-800 it replaced.

The SB-700, being smaller but not significantly lighter, fits in some bags that the SB-900 doesn't.

You decide now!



Dec 22, 2011 at 03:34 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


Thanks. I won't decide now as I'd like more opinions and comments to get a more broader range of info. Thank you for your feedback though.


Dec 22, 2011 at 03:40 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


As you know, the SB-700 doesn't have a sync port...


Dec 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


I have been tossing this both ways as well. I have a 600... Ugh.. nice flash just not enough power for some things. After reading a million articles, reviews on sites, talking to people.... I will be biting the bullet for a 910... It will be getting lots of use on location so a pack added to it will give me plenty of power, shooting time and consistency.




Dec 22, 2011 at 01:47 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


Next39 wrote:
As you know, the SB-700 doesn't have a sync port...


A separate hotshoe with sync ports ( two female and one male port ) can be bought at flashzebra that will answer this problem. I bought one the other day for $ 17.50 with postage to use an old Metz flash with my Rolleiflex. It appears to be very well made and is made in India instead of China. Unfortunately, all the new flashes do not have auto mode. You have to use Manual mode and figure out the distance.

DaveOls



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


MakoShark wrote:
I have been tossing this both ways as well. I have a 600... Ugh.. nice flash just not enough power for some things. After reading a million articles, reviews on sites, talking to people.... I will be biting the bullet for a 910... It will be getting lots of use on location so a pack added to it will give me plenty of power, shooting time and consistency.



Are there some clear cut reasons to pay the extra for a 910 instead of a 900?



Dec 22, 2011 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


From what I can tell, there are 3 reasons:

1.
When the SB-900 reaches a temperature well before it does any damage, it shuts down for ~10 minutes. The SB-910 just starts firing at a slower rate.

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The SB-910 has hard gels instead of soft gels, which are a little bit quicker to take on/off.

3.
Like most photographers, you're not very smart w/ your money. So you like spending $549 for a new SB-910 instead of $499 for a new SB-900 or $410-ish for a used SB-900.

Having said that, I'm getting ready to post mine for sale, just don't have time to take pics
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Dec 22, 2011 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


The SB700 is a big improvement over the SB600 and can be used as a master strobe which was not the case with the SB600. There are three advantages with the SB900, it puts out more light and a broader light, it can be powered by an external battery pack, and third is it provides double the IR autofocus assist capabilities for low light photography.

If you do not need the AF assist in low light and don't plan on using an external battery pack for shorter recycle times then the SB700 is the one to get.

I am sticking with my SB800's as they don't have the heat problem of the SB900 and the SB800 do support the use of an external power pack, and the SB800's provide much better IR AF assist than the SB700.



Dec 23, 2011 at 09:35 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


Thanks mate. Maybe I could just make do with another 700 then.

I don't know if I can find enough reason to buy the bigger brother.



Dec 24, 2011 at 08:11 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


Are there some clear cut reasons to pay the extra for a 910 instead of a 900?


http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11668-12183



Dec 24, 2011 at 02:20 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Which flash 900 series or 700?


Thanks to my lovely family who spoiled me this Christmas I was able to raise the extra cash and bought the 910. Bearing in mind the substantial size difference its almost exactly the same weight as the 700 which is good.



Dec 26, 2011 at 05:31 PM





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