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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight Flash

Nikon SB-800 Speedlight Flash

Taking kick-ass pictures isn't just about having the most mega-pixels — there is a oft-forgotten component that can really make a difference in your nighttime pics: the flash. We've been using the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight Flash ($330) for a few weeks now and it really makes a difference. Not only does its range whomp on most anemic built-in flashes, but the ability to bounce the flash, use color filters, and wirelessly trigger the unit for fill flash has opened up a whole new realm of photography for us. Try out the repeated flash (in one exposure) feature — the strobe-like effects are really amazing.

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