Nikon SB-800 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight, Guide Number at ISO 100, m/ft. 56/184 at 105mm Setting, USA Warranty.

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About Nikon

The i-TTL Flash Control system supports automatic balanced fill flash that delivers outstanding results as well as new creative possibilities. i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash flash control employs Nikon's Advanced Data Communication system to introduce an improved method for the monitor pre-flash and wireless operation that marks an evolution in higher precision over Nikon's acclaimed D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash control system and forms the core of the Creative Lighting System.

The Nikon Speedlight SB-800 makes Advanced Wireless Lighting (= wireless multiple flash) as easy to use as a single on-camera speedlight, inviting professional and advanced amateur photographers to explore the unlimited creative possibilities.

Advanced Wireless Lighting lets you divide SB-800 Speedlights into 4 groups, including the Master and 3 remote i-TTL speedlight groups, to achieve total lighting control. All groups can be controlled from the Master, including independent flash mode ([TTL] / [AA] / [A] / [M]) settings and any-time adjustment of flash output level compensation values for each group. Each of the three remote groups can contain any number of Speedlights, giving photographers full control over how they illuminate the background.

With Distance Priority Manual Flash Mode, the photographer can set the distance and aperture, and the SB-800 automatically sets the power output, a great feature for manual flash [M] shooting at weddings and for product shots.

The FV Lock (Flash Value Lock) maintains the flash value for correct exposure of the subject while zooming or otherwise changing the composition for a shot, so photographers can concentrate on lighting a particular subject.

Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode provides ample fill-in flash when shooting in bright light with fast aperture lenses to achieve effective blur in the background. When the mode is active, the camera automatically uses high-speed flash synchronization to make shutter speeds available that exceed the camera's own flash sync speed.

A Modeling Flash allows photographers to visually preview the lighting effects for all groups of speedlights when using Advanced Wireless Lighting to shoot with multiple flash units, a great aid in achieving the exact lighting desired.

The SB-800 is also fully compatible with existing Nikon cameras, retaining the same functions as the SB-80DX when used with them. Auto flash control uses D-TTL on Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras and TTL and Non-TTL Auto Flash on film cameras. Advanced i-TTL requires support for the Creative Lighting System and is currently available only on the D2H.

With its ease of use and unlimited creative potential, the Speedlight SB-800 will be welcomed by photographers who want complete, yet simple control over their lighting.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (116),Fast recycling (106),Lightweight (74),Strong construction (59),Durable (34),Easily interchangeable (25),Quiet (21),Easy to clean (15),Versatile (4),Rugged (3)
Cons:
Heavy (9),Flimsy battery cover (3),Inconsistent output (3),Poor quality (3),Slow recycling (3)
Best Uses:
Fill flash (66),Lighting (62),Photography (55),Photojournalism (55),Night photography (54),General purpose (45),Portraits (38),Sports photography (37),Professional work (8),Wedding photography (4),Weddings (4),Back-up (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (51),Professional (41),Semi-professional (23)

Nikon Features

  • Compatible with both digital and film SLR cameras; auto flash control is set to match the camera body: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash control with the D-70 & D2H, D-TTL Balanced Fill-flash control and Auto Aperture Flash [AA] with D1 Series and D100 digital SLR cameras, and TTL and Non-TTL Auto Flash [A] with film cameras
  • Intelligent i-TTL system supports Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions for up to 3 remote i-TTL speedlight groups controlled through the master SB-800
  • Individual flash mode settings ([TTL], [AA], [A] and [M]) are available for each of the 4 groups (including master controller) for easy total lighting control based on the brightness of the subject and not simply on general output ratios for each group
  • Four frequency channels prevent other photographers from inadvertently triggering flashes
  • FV Lock (Flash Value Lock) allows photographers to change the composition or zoom for the shot while maintaining desired lighting of the subject
  • Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode delivers needed fill flash in bright light
  • Distance Priority Manual Mode is a great feature for manual flash [M] shooting at fixed distances, such as wedding photos and product shots
  • Modeling Flash allows photographer to preview lighting effects
  • Dot matrix LCD provides large, easy to read graphics, and ergonomic control design makes the buttons and switches simple to access and use
  • SD-800 Quick Recycling Battery Pack is included - adds a fifth R6(AA)-size battery for shorter recycling time between flashes
  • SJ-800 Color Filter Set is included - contains two color filters, one for tungsten lighting and one for fluorescent lighting
  • AS-19 Speedlight Stand is included - complete with tripod connector
  • New: Wide-area AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator, covers D2H's 11 AF sensors; compatible with every AF Nikkor lens

Nikon Specifications

Type
Electronic construction: Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide Number
(ISO 100, m/ft.) 38 / 125 (at 35mm) to 56 / 184 (at 105mm)
Zoom Range
Automatic 24 to 105mm zoom
14 / 17mm with built-in wide flash adapter
14mm with Diffusion Dome SW-10H
Bounce Capability
Flash head tilts down to -7 degrees or up to 90 degrees
Swivel Capability
Flash head rotates horizontally 180 degrees to the left or 90 degrees to the right.
Auto Settings
Flash exposure control: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with Nikon D-70 & D2H
D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with Nikon D1 series or D100
TTL Auto Flash with many film SLR's including the Nikon F5, F100, N80, N75, N65 and FM3A
Auto Aperture Flash (AA)
Non-TTL Auto Flash (A) with many film SLR's including the Nikon N55 and FM10
Manual Flash (M)
Recycle Time
Minimum recycling time: Approx. 2.7 seconds (Manual [M], w/R6 (AA)-size Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries, with Quick Recycle Battery Pack SD-800 )
Approx. 6 sec. (Manual [M] w/FR6 (AA-size Lithium batteries))
Power Source
Four 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline)
1.2V KR-AA (AA-size NiCd)
or 1.5V FR6 (AA-size lithium) batteries
Quick Recycle Battery Pack SD-800 holds a fifth AA-size battery for faster power recycling
DC Unit SD-7 (optional)
Battery Pack SD-8A (optional)
Note: SD-7 is not available in European countries. SD-7 / 8 cannot be used with the SB-800 sold in European countries
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 70.6 x 127.4 x 91.7 mm (2.8 x 5.0 x 3.6 in.)
Weight
(without batteries) Approx. 350g (12.3 oz.)
Notes & Special Features
Power switch ON / OFF button provided
Minimum number of flashes:: Approx. 150 (Alkaline, Ni-MH batteries)
Film speed range in TTL auto flash mode:: ISO 25 to 1,000

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 144 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

D800

The flash is great for family and wedding photography.. TTL is also excellent. Recycles fast... .. Only complaint is that NIKON of all companies should have known better but they DID NOT build an indicator in it to tell you when the batteries are runnning low. So when batteries ae low you will start getting inconsistent exposure. On great feature in this flash is that if you have a D70 you can trigger it remotely.. the in built camera flash sends some signal.., Alsthough I have not found much...

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The flash is great for family and wedding photography.. TTL is also excellent. Recycles fast... .. Only complaint is that NIKON of all companies should have known better but they DID NOT build an indicator in it to tell you when the batteries are runnning low. So when batteries ae low you will start getting inconsistent exposure. On great feature in this flash is that if you have a D70 you can trigger it remotely.. the in built camera flash sends some signal.., Alsthough I have not found much use for the feature.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I have two of these and ...

I have two of these and they are extremely inconsistent. Even with new batteries, they do not recycle as fast as they should

Reviewed by 144 customers

 
5.0

Great Flash in small package. speedlight, never misfire.

By

from Undisclosed

I used flash sb800, for more than 9 years, work same as knew.

 
5.0

Kudos to you if you Still Have this Relic

By

from NYC

This baby has a little button in tha back tha triggers tha preview light. I love this feature because it keys the people that your about to take a picture. It is not found on any other flash. I wish they add it back. Solid flash. Great size. I use it more than my sb 910

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The real deal...Me and my NIKONS

By

from Southern California

The unit is spectacular. I use it with my D-800, D-700 and my D3x. The output is absolutely consistant 100% of the time, the quality of the light is pure white, rendering ALL skin tones perfectly and all colors faithfully. The power of this unit is amazing. I am a working professional and I wouldn't use any other product at any price. This is a flash unit done right!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfection of Light

By

from Sedona, AZ, USA

I have owned this flash for 6 years... Never once has it let me down, only given flash after flash in literally every shooting situation. From weddings , indoor sports, fill flash, flash for 300m.p.h. race cars, backlighting objects, portraits... recently I shot a personal trainer and his helper in shaded outdoor area for 200 plus shots all with flash within a 1/2 hour...after 6 six years of 120 degrees in desert and 10 below zero in mountains, as with all my Nikon products my SB800 continues to amaze...

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Flash That Does Not Disappoint

By

from Seattle, WA

I own two of these flashes. I use them all the time. It does exactly what I expect under all conditions. I can take pictures that I was never able to before owning this outstanding flash. Fill-flash outdoors especially during sun back-lighting conditions is fantastic. My only ding that I would give it is that the UI does not have perfect usability. I am able to figure out how to do everything I need to using the excellent manual, but the design could be better. Great, great flash. I am very satisfied!

(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I have two of these and ...

By

from Undisclosed

I have two of these and they are extremely inconsistent. Even with new batteries, they do not recycle as fast as they should

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great idea, so-so execution

By

from San Antonio, TX

I'm a wedding photographer who uses creative lighting on location in high-pressure situations. This flash has let me down. The idea is great. When it works it is fabulous. It just gives out some times. I replace my batteries every hour, so it's not a power issue. My second shooter has had the same issue. At some point, it just starts humming and doesn't work any more. I depend on it to fire three other flashes, so when it gives out, the whole operation shuts down. I'm open season for lawsuits. Of course, I carry back up, but that doesn't excuse the poor performance of the flash. I have had no similar issues with SB 600s, nor has my second shooter. The wireless communication with my camera, it's ability to command, the high range of communication, the power, the settings -- all great. I have no complaints when it works. It's the fact that it can stop at any time that ruins it. To be fair, it doesn't give out often, but it did within the first year of use. That's unacceptable. Also, the cheap plastic parts have fallen off - the red see-through plate fell off, the button cover on the side where you press to rotate the flash head, all cheap. It's embarrassing to have pieces fall off of your equipment on a job.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Perfect

By

from Undisclosed

I own two of the SB 800 flash units. Never had a problem, don't expect I ever will. They are solid, reliable, and built to last. I shoot a lot of portraits and weddings, and these are all the lights I need. I wish Nikon had not quit making them. Bummer! Highly recommend them.

 
4.0

Not the top of the line, but worth the $

By

from East Bay, CA.  -  Tech Savvy

Hasn't run the gauntlet yet, but so far lives up to the review I read before purchasing.

 
5.0

Works Great!

By

from Waterbury, CT  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This flash is great. I have two of these now so I can use the Nikon CLS with my D40x. This flash works great as a commander. I want at least one more.

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