I’m de­lighted with my new D500 but, un­like my old D300s, it doesn’t have a pop-up flash. What com­pact flash­gun would you rec­om­mend that’s smaller than my SB-900? Con­rad Dob­son, via email

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Ja­son says... The lack of a pop-up flash on the D500 is a shame, as it would have been use­ful not only for adding a bit of fill-in light­ing, but also for wire­lessly trig­ger­ing off-cam­era flash­guns. (In most cur­rent Nikons, this is eas­ily done by set­ting the pop-up flash to Com­man­der mode.)

Nikon’s small­est and cheap­est flash­gun is the SB-300 (£120/$150) but the SB-500 is a bet­ter buy, at £195/$250. It’s still fairly com­pact, but more ver­sa­tile. It fea­tures wire­less Com­man­der and Slave modes, mak­ing it more use­ful for creative light­ing tech­niques based on mul­ti­ple flashes (in­clud­ing your SB-900). It even in­cludes a se­condary con­stant LED light, which is handy for close-ups and shoot­ing video.

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