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    what is a good flash for nikon F3, and F100

    I recently got a sekonic flash meter, and now want to go shoot some pics where the flash would be needed, what would be a good one that I can use with either camera? I am thinking to use it with a cord, rather than mounted on the camera
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    Frankly, I'd consider making your F100 your designated flash camera. Why? The F3 has a slow max synch speed(1/80), requires either an F3-only SB-16a flash(plus dedicated flash cord) or an AS-17 adapter for TTL with speedlights that will work with an F100 like the SB24/25/28. The F100's abilities with flash metering and fill are vastly superior to the early '80s technology of the F3--its many virtues(and I own 2)notwithstanding. You can, of course, work with these newer speedlights on the F3 as a manual flash with the cheaper AS-4 adapter. Complicated, no?

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    Get an old handle mount unit like Sunpak 544, 611, 622 or Metz 45 or 60 series. Use the sync cord and the pc sync socket on the camera. There won't be any dedication functions no TTL but that's what you want as you have a new flash meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    Get an old handle mount unit like Sunpak 544, 611, 622 or Metz 45 or 60 series. Use the sync cord and the pc sync socket on the camera. There won't be any dedication functions no TTL but that's what you want as you have a new flash meter.
    great, thank you for that, I was thinking about sunpak, but will check out Metz as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    Get an old handle mount unit like Sunpak 544, 611, 622 or Metz 45 or 60 series. Use the sync cord and the pc sync socket on the camera. There won't be any dedication functions no TTL but that's what you want as you have a new flash meter.
    An excellent suggestion. They're powerful and cheap. And rugged. You could get TTL with the F3. But the flash meter is better anyway, IMO.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
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    The Sunpak 383 is nice and cheap, and compact. It has variable power and can take several accessories, including a diffuser/filter holder. You'll need a separate handle mount for it if you want to move the light off center (which you probably do). If your situation allows you to place the light on a stand or have an assistant hold it, even better. For a potato masher, I'd suggest the 555 as the best bang for the buck.
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    Look at the Nikon SB800 and Nikon SB900.

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    If you really want to dive into the world of flash photography, check out the group over at strobist.blogspot.com I've been following them for years and while I haven't done much with flashes yet myself, you can seriously learn a lot there, including the relative merits of all sorts of lighting equipment.

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    I have two Metz 45 CT-3s. This particular model (not true for other 45CT series) have low voltage trigger so these are completely safe for all modern cameras. Automatic exposure mode works reasonably well but effectiveness is very dependent on the subject. In manual mode, power adjustment is rather limited. You can go full blast, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/16 (in W 'Winder' mode). These are very durable EXCEPT for the flimsy PC sync cord. These are pretty cheap and abundant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    I have two Metz 45 CT-3s. This particular model (not true for other 45CT series) have low voltage trigger so these are completely safe for all modern cameras. Automatic exposure mode works reasonably well but effectiveness is very dependent on the subject. In manual mode, power adjustment is rather limited. You can go full blast, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/16 (in W 'Winder' mode). These are very durable EXCEPT for the flimsy PC sync cord. These are pretty cheap and abundant.
    Just be aware that many of these old flashes touted above can have whopping trigger voltages that could stir-fry your F100s electronics. Strobist is a great site but most of their set-ups are reliant on radio slaves--a good way to get around the voltage issue with old flash gear.

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