Nikon R1 Wireless Close-up Speedlight System for i-TTL SLRs


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About Nikon R1

• Nikon's R1 Wireless Close-up Speedlight System works with Nikon i-TTL SLRs with built-in Speedlight Commander and features two SB-R200 Speedlight units enabling superb close-up lighting control with exceptional flexibility and ease.

Designed for use with Nikon SLRs featuring built-in Speedlights and Commander such as the D70, D70s or D200 and supporting Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) with exclusive i-TTL (intelligent-TTL) flash technology, the R1 system offers more sophisticated lighting possibilities with astonishing accuracy.

The system comes with all the necessary components to make complicated lighting easy, including the SX-1 Attachment Ring, two SW-11 Extreme Close-up Positioning Adapters, a SW-C1 Flexible Arm and a SW-12 Diffuser Panel and more.

The Nikon R1 is commonly used for Fill flash, Macro and more.The Nikon R1 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon R1 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon R1: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Lightweight and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent output (9),Lightweight (9),Easy to use (8),Versatile (7),Durable (5),Fast recycling (5)
Heavy / bulky (3)
Best Uses:
Fill flash (7),Macro (4),General purpose (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (7)

Nikon R1 Features

  • Enables superb close-up lighting control with exceptional flexibility and innovative options
  • r use with Nikon i-TTL SLRs with built-in Speedlights with Commander mode including D700, D300, D200, D90 and D80.
  • Wireless control convenience
  • Built-in Speedlight of D200, D70s or D70 serves as system's Master controller.
  • Producing desired close-up lighting effects is straightforward and uncomplicated
  • Features and includes two SB-R200 Speedlights
  • Up to three remote Groups and four Channels consisting of two SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights can be arranged to enable creative lighting from the left, right, above or below the subject
  • SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights can be tilted up to 60 degrees to accommodate lenses with short working distances
  • Flash compensation or Flash ratio control for desired lighting effects
  • SX-1 Master Attachment Ring accommodates up to eight SB-R200 Speedlights (off-camera), up to four (on camera)
  • SB-800 and/or SB-600 Speedlights can be combined and controlled for additional creative lighting effects
  • Auto FP High-Speed Sync available (with compatible cameras)
  • Supplied as a complete ready-to-use system.
  • In addition to above, system also includes 52mm, 62mm, 67mm,72mm and 77mm mounting rings to accommodate most AF Nikkor lenses, AS-20 Speedlight Stands, SJ-2 ColorFilter Set, SW-C1 Flexible Arm Clip, SW-11 Extreme Close up Positioning Adapter, SW-12 Diffusers, fittedStorage Case and more.
  • SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander available separately, providing compatibilitywith Nikon i-TTL SLRs without built-in Speedlights including D2X, D2HS, D2H and F6.
  • SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander provides additional functionality with SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights.

Nikon R1 Specifications

Electronic construction:
Wireless remote flash unit with Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number:
10/33 (ISO 100, m/ft.), 14/46 (ISO 200, m/ft.)
Angle of coverage:
(78° horizontal, 60° vertical)
Flash modes:
i-TTL, D-TTL, TTL (film-based cameras), M (manual)
Recycling time:
6 seconds or less
Number of flashes:
Approximately 290
Bounce capability:
Flash head tilts down (toward optical axis) to 60° with stops at every 15°, and up (away from optical axis) to 45° with stops at every 15°
Flash duration:
Approximately 600 ¬s
Mounting foot:
Dedicated shoe for SX-1 Attachment Ring or AS-20 Speedlight Stand
Target light:
White LED
Power source:
One 3V CR123A lithium battery
Dimensions (WxHxD):
Approximately 80 mmx?75 mm x 55 mm
3.1" x? 3.0" x? 2.2"
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Mfr #

Nikon R1 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Solid, easy to use

I got this kit mainly for portraits and close-ups. It comes with a booklet of examples of how to use the kit. The Speedlights are very simple to use. Just a couple of dials for setting channel and group, an on/off switch, and test button. You will have to read the instructions if you want to use the close-up diffuser attachments. A few small nits: I would like just a little more travel in the tilt head on the SB-R200s. Since the kit is advertised as a close-up kit and comes with pretty much e...

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I got this kit mainly for portraits and close-ups. It comes with a booklet of examples of how to use the kit. The Speedlights are very simple to use. Just a couple of dials for setting channel and group, an on/off switch, and test button. You will have to read the instructions if you want to use the close-up diffuser attachments. A few small nits: I would like just a little more travel in the tilt head on the SB-R200s. Since the kit is advertised as a close-up kit and comes with pretty much everything else, I would like to see it include the UR-5 adaptor ring which is necessary for use with the 60mm f/2.8 micro-Nikkor. Actually, you can use this lens without the adaptor, but it will hinder very close focusing. You also cannot use autofocus with this lens and the kit mounted on it. The kit is too heavy and strains the lens motor. The manual warns you about this. I would have liked to see more detail in the manuals about how to use the kit with the SB-800 Speelight in commander mode and more detail with the Nikon D200 internal flash in commander mode. All the examples are with the Nikon D70 using the SU-800 commmander unit which this kit does include. You are a little bit on your own figuring out how to use anything else as a commander. Still, after studying the various manuals for your Speedlights and cameras, you should be up and running within a short time. Refinement takes practice, of course. The adaptor rings and ring mount work well, but I find only limited use for these. The SB-R200 Speedlights are at their best away from the camera, handheld or on stands. This is true even for macro photography, where you may want to hold one of the flash units under or behind the subject or bouncing off a wall or umbrella. In general, a very flexible and useful tool.


Most Liked Negative Review



Average unit. Very plastic and not durable. Tiny batteries in each flash head, rather anemic unless very very close to subject. Canon system much better_ I am switching to Canon as Nikon is clearly out of touch . TTL experience with D2x inconsistent. Your better of bracketing with a SB 29 on manual. If you are doing medical photography, forget this contraption

Reviewed by 15 customers


Better than expected


from Alexandria, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Have been using the system for macro work and it does the job as expected. It is more versatile than I expected and it deserves the 5 stars. Good job Nikon.


Just what I was looking for


from Queen Creek, AZ  -  Casual Photographer

Bought this for dental photography at the recommendation of field experts. Adorama's service and shipping were exceptional. Working with a flash like this is still pretty new to me but so far it looks like it will be a great asset.


Excellent macro lighting


from Trinity, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy light set up for close up and macro photography. Especially in the field.


Simple yet Difficult


from ny  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is excellent for macro, however if you are not always keeping it on the camera, it can be a pain to assemble and take apart over and over and over again.


A must have for Macro work.


from Atlanta, Ga  -  Pro Photographer

An excellent flash for my 105 2.8 macro.! Wireless, light, easy to rotate the flash heads as needed. Your camera will have to have a "commander mode" though. Deffinately a must have for macro.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


just o.k.


from florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

If you have a lot of creativity you might like this. I bought it for macro and sold it or a sb-900 instead. The 900 give me more of what I needed


A must have for macro photography!


from India  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A must have for all serious photographers indulging in macro and herping.The consistent output and versatile usability makes this a just have.Some images made using this [@]A must have and yes! from Adorama, I always get my wish list from Adorama when I travel or ship it to friends to get it for me.Adorama's [...] pricing[...]has been the best!

(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Much better than a ring flash


from Gainesville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is an excellent macro flash system, much better than any ring flash, and possibly the best DSLR macro flash system designed so far. However, you must understand that it was designed specifically for macro photography (obviously used together with a macro lens), and not as a general-use flash system. Those who have given it bad reviews obviously did not understand this. The reason that this kit is made almost entirely of plastic (instead of metal) is because it is mounted in front of the lens. If it was too heavy, it would create too much stress on the lens mount and/or barrel. The R1 kit is much lighter than most ring flash units (or other macro flash systems), with the added advantage that it does not require any cables or brackets. The flash heads and supporting ring of the R1 kit are very well designed and do not feel cheap in my opinion. The output of the included SB-200 flash heads is low on purpose (compared to regular flash units) to avoid excessive illumination in the macro range. This kit is much better than any ring flash because of the following combination of features: (1) the 2 included flash heads can be positioned anywhere around the supporting ring; (2) the output of each flash head can be independently controlled; (3) the angle of each flash head can be changed depending on your working distance and desired illumination effect; (4) the flash heads are controlled wirelessly, thus avoiding the clutter of cables; and (5) one or both flash heads can be operated off-camera to light the subject from the side or back, either hand-held or self standing (with an included foot attachment). This versatility allows you to be creative with the light and avoid the bright-but-flat appearance given by ring flash units. You can use one of the flash heads as the main flash and the second (in a different position) as a fill flash. A sixth advantage is that the R1 kit works wonders if you use magnifications greater than 1:1, because you can use the included extreme macro attachments for the flash heads. (I do this by mounting my 105 mm f/2.8D Micro-Nikkor on Kenko auto extension rings and attaching an inverted 50 mm 2.8D Nikkor in front of the Micro-Nikkor, all in a D90 body. With this setup, I get magnifications of up to 4:1). The R1 system works great with Nikon cameras that can control remote slave units with their own pop-up flash (e.g., D90 and better). For other cameras, you need the SU-800 wireless commander that attaches to the camera's hot shoe. The flash heads are not waterproof, but if you want to use them where they could be rained on you could simply place a clear plastic bag around each one, secured by a rubber band at its base (assuming that your camera and lens are water resistant!). Using the R1 system to its full potential can take some time to get used to its many possible settings. You have to experiment a lot with different combinations of flash head positions, angles, and light outputs. But once you master it, the results are definitely worth it. If you shoot Nikon and are serious about macro photography, the R1 system is a must have. Canon (or any other brand for that matter) does not manufacture anything that comes even close.


Very capable close-up portrait system


from Kennesaw, GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very good system, with case to protect and carry the kit. Works with virtually any lens, as all components are included. Especially useful for portrait and close-ups, the flashes can also be used for fill flash and mounted on stands. No need for commander module, as long as the camera has iTTL. Highly recommended to complete your indoor flash components.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great product


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Product like described. It's so easy to use; just set the channel ... work perfect with my D90, as well when using my SB800. Love it, it is so small and lite! Will always have one in my travel lite bag :)


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gerald s  CAN I USE THIS FLASH ON A NIKON D90 WITH A 24/70 2.8 LENS?
MARC F  I've used this on a D800 with a 24/70 2.8 lens. I don't see any obvious reason why it wouldn't work on the D90 with the same lens
gerald s  thanks mark....HAPPY NEWYEAR!
Petros G  I have a Nikon D80 camera. Please, let me know if this (R1 Wireless Close-up Speedligh) will work with my camera without the Nikon SU-800 wireless commander? Thank you
dave m  I have a Nikon d300. Do I need the su800 or will my pop up flash fire the 2 sb200 flashes? is there a benefit to having the su800 even if my pop up flash will fire the 2 sb200's?
CHARLES S  The pop up flash on your D300 will fire the sb200's so you don't need the su800. The is no advantage to having the su 800.
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