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    Nikon SB-800 Flash or Sigma EF-500 DG ST Flash

    As a new Nikon D70 owner I am looking for advice on Flash attachments, and whether to go with a Sigma EF- 500 DG ST or spend the big bucks on the Nikon SB-800. Does anyone have experience with the Sigma. $200 is alot of money to save on a flash... Thanks

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    Re: Nikon SB-800 Flash or Sigma EF-500 DG ST Flash

    While Sigma makes good stuff, the Sigma flash reviews here indicate some quality control issues. There aren't any reviews for the EF-500 DG ST yet, but the other two versions of that flash have reviews. Pretty much every owner loves their Nikon flash. I'd spend the extra money on the Nikon.

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    Re: Nikon SB-800 Flash or Sigma EF-500 DG ST Flash

    Since you've got a D70, the SB800 will give you iTTL. This seems to be a huge improvement over past digital TTL systems - I'd definately stick with the SB800. You could also look at the SB600 which is smaller and less expensive, but less powerful.

    Small flashes like either of these two don't have tons of power to begin with (depending on what you're doing with it, of course) so I'd probably go for the SB800 if you can afford it.

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    Re: Nikon SB-800 Flash or Sigma EF-500 DG ST Flash

    I am with John on this.
    I am a Nikon photographer, but regardless of what I shot with I'd stick with system stuff.
    It's not that the others stuff is inferior, it's just how I like to do things.
    Maybe what you could do though is take a look at both strobes through each companies websites and compare them that way?
    I have an F100 and have the SB-80.
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    I've tried both of those.

    I have a D70 also and played with a Sigma EF-500 DG ST i-TTL version (compatible w/D70) for a couple of weeks. I could never get it to work consistently -- always bumping up and down the exposure compensation requiring many shots to get the flash right. If I was shooting an activity, then I missed that particular situation I was after. Bouncing the flash was even more frustrating.

    I returned it and picked up a SB800. It is just awesome. In addition to the Sigma, it can run wireless AND it has an Auto mode for when you don't want to use the camera's metering. If you can stretch your budget, I highly recommend the SB800.

    Now the actual Sigma model that is comparable to the SB800 is the EF-500 DG ST SUPER i-TTL. This too can be run wireless, and there are many happy users on DPreview.com. However, it does not have an Auto mode. I never tried it.

    I have attached an image goofing around with the SB800 in it's wireless mode. The image is straight off the camera with no PP except downsizing to post here. The flash was on the floor to my left. Using the flash wireless opens up a different dimension. It's a blast!

    Good luck,
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    Re: Nikon SB-800 Flash or Sigma EF-500 DG ST Flash

    Wow! Thanks everyone for the great advice! I guess I spent an arm and a leg already for the D70 and a couple lenses, I may as well splurge and get the SB800. The local camera shop advises to stay with the Nikon stuff too for best results, thanks again!

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