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Feb 24, 2015 11:00 |  #1

considering jumping ships and looking at Nikon flashes....no radio built in capability right? Also, by looking at manufacturers website, top canon flash seems to have 2x the guide number of Nikon's top flash....???!!! impossible...what am I missing?


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Feb 24, 2015 11:27 |  #2

drogos wrote in post #17447447 (external link)
considering jumping ships and looking at Nikon flashes....no radio built in capability right? Also, by looking at manufacturers website, top canon flash seems to have 2x the guide number of Nikon's top flash....???!!! impossible...what am I missing?

You'd have to go to a Nikon camera (and Nikon-compatible lenses) to use a dedicated Nikon flash unit. Canon flash units won't work on Nikons and Nikon flash units won't work on Canon cameras. They are NOT interchangeable.


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Feb 24, 2015 11:40 |  #3

They ARE interchangeable but only to the point that one will fire the other. My SB 28 works fine in manual mode and in its auto mode where it shuts itself off once it fires off enough light. I can also fire it with remote triggers.

Nikon has some strong speedlites, I think the SB 900 is the strongest, but I'm not up on the details. No built in wireless either, but again, I'm just a canon guy. :-D


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Feb 24, 2015 11:50 |  #4

I am surprised my post was so confusing. I am sorry, let me try again. I am considering switching brands, cameras included.......and one of my considerations is the fact that on the paper Nikon flashes seem to be much less powerful which doesn't make much sense to me, hence the confusion and my question.


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Feb 24, 2015 11:54 as a reply to  @ drogos's post |  #5

I nikon and canon measure their GN differently. Find a third party review for apples to apples.


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Feb 24, 2015 11:55 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #6

thank you, now it makes sense


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Feb 24, 2015 14:16 |  #7

drogos wrote in post #17447447 (external link)
... Also, by looking at manufacturers website, top canon flash seems to have 2x the guide number of Nikon's top flash....???!!! impossible...what am I missing?

The zoom figure. Canon measures guide number at tightest zoom (200mm for the 600EX-RT and 105mm for the 580EXII--which is why the 600EX-RT looks more powerful, despite the fact the two are actually about the same on power output), Nikon measures at the more reasonable 35mm zoom.

from the Canon website (external link), the 600EX-RT has:

ISO 100 Guide number (at 35mm zoom setting) 118.1 (feet); 36 (meters)

Not 60m, as at 200mm zoom. That's much closer to Nikon's SB-910 having a guide number of 34m @iso 100, 35mm zoom.


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Feb 27, 2015 12:51 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #8

While that is true, you can make the Nikon flash work nicely with a Canon camera using the Cactus V6 radio triggers. You can also remotely control the power output of the flash too.


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