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04-09-11, 03:04 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
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Chirs, I tend to agree with the sentiment, but sometimes have doubts about recommending off-brand flashguns. It's difficult enough to find help if having problems with a Nikon camera and Nikon speedlight. Getting help with some obscure off-brand flash may be near to impossible. You & I may not need help; but we may not be able to help those that do.
I've looked into off-brand flashguns before and found it difficult to understand just what they offer in terms of CLS support. I've just taken a look at the Metz website and I'm happier now, if I wanted a 3rd speedlight I might look at theirs. The Nissin site I'm not so impressed with.
Edit: We need to be careful with Guide Numbers, too. The Metz 44 is quoted at GN 44, but that's at ISO 100 and 105mm zoom. The SB-800 is GN 56 at ISO 100, 105mm. I think (but don't have an SB-600 book handy) that makes the Metz 44 about equal to the SB-600 in power.
Oh, I forgot from the list earlier - the SB-800 zooms more than the SB-600.
However, it's over 20 years since I had anything like proper customer service from Nikon. In the 60's I would visit their offices in Tokyo and be treated like a long-lost brother. Now, if you're not waving large wads of cash in their faces they couldn't care less about you.
If it wasn't for the huge investment I have in their equipment, I would drop them tomorrow.
Sorry to have to say this but my dealings with Nikon's so-called 'Customer Services' over the last couple of years have been abysmal and complaints to higher management have been routinely ignored.
They're not the company they used to be.
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