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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Nikon SB-R200 Speedlight Versus Nikon SB-600 Speedlight


If I can turn back the clock, I would seriously consider the Nikon SB-R200 instead of the SB-400 as my first flash. For $40 more, here's the reasons why:

Strengths
  • Small and equally lightweight
  • Its wireless and can be commanded directly from the Nikon D90
  • Get it to sit on a table/floor or clamped onto a nearby stand/rack for flash operation AS-20
  • Comes with colored filter sets SJ-R200
  • Diffuser-friendly with SW-12
  • Interoperable with Nikon SB-600/900
  • Auto FP High-speed sync capable with Nikon D90
  • FV Lock ready with i-TTL Nikon CLS capability
Weaknesses
  • Cannot be mounted on Nikon D90 hot shoe, must be handheld or placed on the floor/clipped
  • 50% lesser flash power over Nikon SB-400 (similar to built-in flash strength)
  • White balance auto adjustment prompt to Nikon D90
  • Uses less common battery type - CR123 versus AA
Nikon SB-600 has all the above advantages and a $100 dearer price tag than the Nikon SB-R200 but you get more power and WB auto adjustment in a heavier weight combo too.