I'm sooooooo tempted, as I could get one at a nice price at a local shop. I have a few things to consider, which won't affect the final decision anyway. The first is the SSM compatibility, but I'll take my SSM lens and try it out. I've already found in the manual that my 5400 hss flash is compatible. Also checking the VC-9 (vertical grip), it can take 4 AA batteries, but don't know if it can take rechargable Ni-MH batteries (I've spoilt a flash with rechargables).