I didn't buy an external flash until two years after I bought my Nikon D5000, before that I would just use the on camera flash. I didn't want to spend a lot of money so I went with the cheapest decent quality one I could fine, which was the Metz. I don't have much to compare it to because I have never used the Nikon brand ones that cost twice as much but I am happy with the photos it takes. I primarily use it for taking photos of the family which I don't post here but recently all my facebook profile photos were taken with this flash. I haven't figured out a way to take the flash off the camera yet because I think I need to buy another connector for that but I have some great photos of my daughter using this flash so I am happy with it so far.