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I would like more specifics on how a 580EX II would work on a Nikon D5000 and if it is even worth it.

This is the scenario, I have available a Canon XTi with a 580EX II for buying; I own a D5000 Nikon and a SB600 flash.

I know the 580EX II is equivalent to the SB900 Nikon and would love to know if it is possible and worth to buy that setup for the flash alone? Would that work with the SB600 as an external in case it cannot replace it?

I am no expert and trying to learn the trade but I can tell, by my short experience, how much I admire you guys out there, capable of just picking up any camera and doing such a wonderful job. My God! So many little details to make a picture perfect!!!

The kit I am talking about is selling for 650U$ used but in great shape. The XTi comes in great condition and has no signs of wear. The flash looks brand new.

Any suggestions will be so welcome. Please forgive me for so many questions but I gotta rely on you to be able to make a wise decision. Note: I even wondered if it would be worth to sell my D5000 and keep the XTi/580EX II setup but, reading, I am not sure would be a wise decision.

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You have a lot of questions in your question, many of them un-answerable, but I'll focus on the title, "Canon 580EX II flash on my Nikon D5000". This can certainly "work", as in "function", but because the Canon and Nikon hotshoe contacts are different (apart from the center pin) and because the TTL "language" is different, you'll only be able to use the Canon flash in manual mode on your Nikon. There's certainly nothing wrong with that if you know how to use manual mode, but there are cheaper ways to get a manual-only flash with comparable power. It can work as an external with the SB-600, but not via Nikon CLS...you'll need to use a PC cable or optical trigger or other means of firing it (PocketWizard or similar).

Of course, the Canon flash will work quite well in automatic/E-TTL mode on the XTi and give you access to (nearly) all of the features including high-speed/FP, and AF assist beam (some of these require modifications to the camera settings).

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OP posted this comment (I rejected it as edit): thank you very much for your kind answer but, as much as I'd love to, I'm too new to photography to use it in manual mode. I will evaluate if I should dish my D5000/SB600/18-55mm/55-200mm setup to go Canon but don't know what would a comparable setup to a D90 as it is hard to find a professional that uses both brands. It is very personal and everyone uses just one or another. I was tempted by the D90 but this opportunity came along and now I'm lost :) Anyway, Thank you so much for your kindness on answering most of my questions! –  Imre Feb 3 '12 at 10:39
    
Please forgive me but just want to make sure I thank djangodude and Imre for your answers. I was forced to sell the 580ex II and trying to get a Nikon flash since I've got my D90 and will stick to what I know. Canon was nice but a bit confusing for me, at least at my stage of learning. Anyway, extremely grateful to all of you guys!!! –  user8785 Mar 3 '12 at 17:12

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