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When selecting a Nikon flash unit there are quite a few options to choose from, depending on your area of photographic interest. In the following article I will summarise some of the options available. Some of the units have inbuilt diffusers and optional clip on diffuser units. There are also optional third party flash accessories.

Macro Photography

With macro photography the best solution is the Nikon Close up Speedlight Electronic Flash Kit. This kit will almost do everything the macro photographer  desires, it comprises two SB-R200 speedlight flash units together with the associated SU-800 commander unit. The two SB-R220 units can be mounted using the ring accessory at the end of a macro lens. If required even more that two SB-R200 remote units can be used if desired.

General Photography

For macro photography you may not want a dedicated macro flash setup. If you purchase a combination of Nikon Speedlight SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400 Electronic Flash, these can be used in combination as a master flash and also with one or more slave unit to form the basis of Nikons creative lighting system. These units will be suitable for macro use or for an excellent portrait lighting setup.

Wedding Photography

For wedding photography a system similar to the above Speedlight SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400 systems together with the addition of a SB-900 will be excellent. The SB-900 is an excellent high powered flash for use in large halls, churches or very large rooms and offers the full Nikon creative lighting functionality.

Off Camera Flash

A great way to improve your flash photography is to use off camera flash. This is easy to accomplish when using the dedicated Nikon  SC-29 TTL Off-Camera Shoe Cord, this cord also provides an  with AF Assist illumination and has a Coiled 3-9 foot extension cable. There are also optional Pocket Wizard flash interfaces to interface with the camera to remotely fire flash units.

Further details of all the current Nikon flash units are given in the Flash Review section.