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#1 Rebel

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 06:14 PM

I haven't seen much discussion about this flash.

 

I've been wondering if it's worth buying.

 

I was about to buy an SB-910 to have an extra flash but then the SB-5000 was announced. 

 

What I like about the SB-5000 is that it's a bit smaller and has wireless built in. What I don't like is that it's no more powerful than the SB-910 and the pre-order price is much higher than the current retail price of the SB-910.

 

Seeing that I can already use CLS and remote triggers the wireless feature wouldn't be that useful to me personally right now. It might be in the future if I bought more SB-5000s, but given the high price tag I'm not sure it would be a cost-effective wireless solution compared to wireless adapters. With the price difference I can buy a pair of YongNuo iTTL flash triggers and still have change so the built in wireless it has isn't really worth the extra money to me unless it has some huge advantage over using third party triggers.

 

I guess I should take a bit more time to compare specs side by side to see if I can justify shelling out considerably more than I would for an SB-910. At the moment in the UK the order price on a SB-5000 is £499.00 whereas the SB-910 is around £330.00 so that's quite a bit extra. 

 

Anybody got any thoughts? Is the SB-5000 a killer speedlight that blows away the SB-910? Is it overpriced for what it is? Will the SB-910 come down in price or will it stay the same because the SB-5000 doesn't actually replace it. 

 

I'm just musing over these matters before I make a decision but my head is pointing at the SB-910 right now especially when I look at the price of the SB-5000. 


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 10:15 PM

I've not really looked at it.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 10:43 PM

I haven't either I have been so into the D500! :P Might give it a good look over later in the week.

 

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 06:04 PM

Here's a link to a side by side specs comparison on the B&H website.

 

http://www.bhphotovi...-REG_832699-USA

 

From what I can see specs wise the main selling point of the SB-5000 is having built in wireless. It has faster recycling times than the SB-910, 2 more wireless groups and it's smaller but not lighter.

 

On the downside it has a smaller angle of coverage than the SB-910 so it's not as good for illuminating wide angle shots. Most of the other specs are more or less the same.

 

As for ease of use. I'm not sure that there's any real difference between the two. From what I've seen the controls look very similar on both models. 


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 10:06 PM

Plus I read it has some kind of cooling system so it might be great for wedding guys and others who are going to shoot for long periods of time up to 100 full power flashes. Other than a faster recycle and an ever so slightly more powerful GN.  I would be hard pressed to justify it over the SB-910 unless I was a wedding guy or a studio guy that needs a flash he can shoot over and over and use RF vs optical.

 

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