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What's a good cheap flash for taking repeating flash photographs using a Nikon D3100?

I' not sure exactly what this is called, so I'm not sure how to ask the question do I hope this makes sense.

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Do you mean a stroboscopic effect, with multiple flashes in one exposure? –  mattdm Sep 8 '12 at 12:46
"repeating flash" - I suspect you mean repeated "flash firing" during one exposure as otherwise the answer would be any (including the one built in). If you want multiple flashes in one exposure you'll need some combination of master and slave flashes - or a master trigger (without a flash). –  DetlevCM Sep 8 '12 at 12:48

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I think you're looking for a stroboscopic mode, where the flash fires multiple times in one exposure.

The Nikon SB-800 and SB-900 have this feature — Nikon calls it "repeating mode". (The SB-700 does not.) That probably doesn't fit your definition of "cheap", though.

Another option is the Sigma EF610 DG Super, which you can get for $225, or the Nissin Di866 for around $300. These third-party flashes are reverse-engineered "dedicated flashes", which come in specific versions for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc., and have advanced features rivaling the system-branded models.

Metz has a stroboscopic mode too, but only on their $350+ model. Also, the cheaper Sigma EF610DG ST (presumably for "standard", as opposed to "super") and the lower-end Nissin models don't have the feature.

The Promaster 7500EDF is another $250 option, but I hesitate to recommend it, because a) it has a more-limited version of the feature with a max of 10 flashes in a sequence and b) for Pentax at least Promaster has done a poor job keeping up compatibility with new camera bodies, and while they might be better with Nikon I wouldn't count on it.

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That said, if you don't mind cranking the old ISO up a bit, you may be able to take advantage of one of the fads of my youth: Radio Shack, among others, used to sell AC-powered strobe lights that had a "guide number" in the 20-ish range (feet at ISO 100) to the psychedelic crowd, and you may still be able to find them used in the wild (yard sales, eBay, Craigslist, etc.). –  user2719 Sep 9 '12 at 3:27
i own a nikon d3100 and the repeated flash mode its not available, so i was wondering which flash i should get for a low badget student –  Donmagicjuan Sep 10 '12 at 12:44
@Donmagicjuan — any of these will work with the D3100. They're not quite cheap but are all nice flashes that will last you for a good long time. On a budget, though, Nir's suggestion of the YN-468 (which I dimly knew of but didn't know hat this feature) seems good. –  mattdm Sep 10 '12 at 13:17

I don't know of any cheap flashes that offer stroboscopic mode. The high end OEM flashes have it - Canon 580 and Nikon SB-800 & SB-900. Canon calls it Multi Mode, Nikon calls it Repeating Flash.

Your other option is to get cheap flashes, use them at low power and use Pocket Wizard MultiMaxs, they offer the option to pop the flash multiple times in one exposure. This might be the best option, because then you have radio triggers and a flash instead of just a flash.

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many thanks i will be looking into it i will be taking your suggestions on board –  Donmagicjuan Sep 10 '12 at 12:12

Yongnuo has (at least) two models for Nikon that have what they call "multi mode"

The YN-468 that costs about $90 and the YN-565EX for about $150 (from eBay, new, including shipping)

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many thanks for your suggestions, learnt a great deal –  Donmagicjuan Sep 10 '12 at 12:11

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