I found the Strobist blog a few weeks back and I was amazed at what one can do with just a few simple strobes. Having found a few sites that used strobes to give more depth and life to climbing photos I figured I would try to get my hands on a few used strobes for myself.

I lost the first auction for a Nikon SB-26 but I found a Canon 540EZ for a reasonable price and later won an auction for a Nikon SB-24. To complement the flashes I ordered a stand, a white umbrella, a mount, and two optical slave triggers. First I thought about buying radio triggers but as I don’t know how much I will use this equipment I got the cheaper optical slaves instead.

This is the photo equipment I have now:

  • Nikon D40
  • Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm D40 kit lens
  • Nikon AF-S DX 18-200/3,5-5,6 G VR IF-ED
  • Nikon SpeedLight SB-400 on camera at 1/128 power pointing upwards to trigger the optical slaves
  • Canon Speedlite 540EZ with optical slave trigger
  • Nikon SpeedLight SB-24 with optical slave trigger
  • 2 meter flash stand
  • Mount for umbrella and hot-shoe flash
  • White umbrella

I’m happy with this setup and it should hopefully last me quite a while. Now I just need to learn how to use it!


This is what it looked like when I played with the setup a few days ago.

Good morning!

This is a nice shot I got of Ismo yesterday!