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« on: April 29, 2011, 03:19 PM »

I'm going to a Roller Derby game next weekend. Normally, I shoot outdoors during the day and just use the built-in strobe on the D5000 (which is pretty good considering) for fill-in. I've been looking at the Nikon strobes and they can cost up to $500 if you want the big boy with full capability. I will be in the infield and cued to the "action" shots as they come up. Not that it's planned or anything.  Wink

Any suggestions on other strobes to consider, or how best to use a larger strobe in a high motion arena would be appreciated.


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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2011, 03:47 PM »

I find it's a balancing act John, firstly get your ISO up to as high as you're happy.

Next is aperture, cover your error zone of focus or if it's not ultra fast glass then 5.6 it'll be.

Now i choose Shutter Speed, as slow as i dare and around there.

I think thats a 'way' of doing it, it gets you the 'best' available numbers,
Other than that 'bigger is better' unless you throw in close forground objects.

Hope that makes some sense,


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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2011, 04:02 PM »

I know B&H has the newer sb700 for approx $325. Adorama has a used sb600 for $279 that would take advantage of the camera's TTL capability.  an expense option I know, but I use my flash pretty regularly (I have an older sb800).  The used or refurbished sb600 would be beneficial.  Another option is to see if you could rent a speedlight for the day you need it.  I've done this with lenses that are significantly out of my price range.  It may depend on what your local shops have to offer. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2011, 04:10 PM »

I bought a SB 600 from the Nikon Store -- $180 refurbished.

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011, 09:47 PM »

John, a sb600 would work great for you I have shot some roller derby this year. With a d5000 you should be able to shoot with a decent iso of about 1600 with out any noise showing. A f stop of f8 or f10 and if you are using an off camera flash you should not be shooting any slower than 125th of a sec. When buying a flash you should see what the sync speed is becuase if you shoot to fast you will clip the image. HAve fun shooting this sport john its a blast and watch out if you are in the suicide area of the rink. New sb 600 run around 276.00

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2011, 01:21 AM »

just an fyi: typical photographic strobe units have a flash duration of 1/400th to 1/30,000th of a second. they generally can't modulate the intensity of the output brightness, so they make the output adjustable by varying the amount of time the scene is being illuminated by the flash.

so sync would only become an issue above 1/400th shutter speed, but conversely, since 1/400th is the slowest flash duration any shutter speed slower than 1/400th only increases your exposure of ambient light sources, not elements illuminated by the flash.

edit: but you should always check your camera documentation for sync speed as there is some variance.

didn't mean to sidetrack john, just wanted the technical information here to be on track.
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