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About Nikon SU-800

• The multi-functional Nikon SU-800 unit forms the nerve centre of any i-TTL multiple flash-lighting situation.
• Capable of metering and triggering groups of remote Speedlights in the Nikon Creative Lighting System, a one-touch switch fully automates accurate exposures of small subjects instantly. Manual adjustment of the balance of each units output is simple to control through the comprehensive LCD panel.



The Nikon SU-800 is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Home, Lighting, Macro photography, Night photography, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Studio and more.The Nikon SU-800 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon SU-800 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon SU-800: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent interface, Fast recycling, Good power output, Lightweight, Reliable and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (37),Easy to use (27),Consistent output (14),Durable (12),Fast recycling (11),Reliable (11),Versatile (10),Excellent interface (8),Good power output (4),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (26),General purpose (16),Fill flash (15),Night photography (10),Photojournalism (8),Studio (6),Lighting (5),Macro photography (5),Photography (5),Home (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (10),Professional (9),Photo enthusiast (8),Pro photographer (6),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Nikon SU-800 Features

  • Functions as a wireless commander for the SB-R200, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 and SB-600 Speedlight units.
  • Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and compatible CLS cameras
  • Controls an unlimited number of Speedlights up to three groups
  • Offers 4 independent channels for competitive shooting environments
  • Provides wireless control up to 66 feet
  • Built-in AF Assist Illuminator for critical focus in low light situations

Nikon SU-800 Specifications

Transmission mode:
Infrared communication
Transmission range:
SB-800/SB-600: approximately 20 m (66 ft.) SB-R200: approximately 4 m (13 ft.) along the optical axis
Number of channels:
Four
Number of groups:
Three
Number of transmissions:
Approximately 1,200
Transmission interval:
Approximately 1 second
Transmission wavelength:
800 - 1,000 nm
Flash coverage:
Approximately 78 degrees horizontal and 60 degrees vertical
Display:
LCD, ready light
AF-assist illuminator range:
Approximately 10 m (33 ft.) at center area using a 50mm f/1.8 lens
Power source:
One 3V CR123A lithium battery
Weight:
Approximately 160 g (5.6 oz.)
Dimensions (W x H x D):
Approximately 68 x 96 x 58 mm (2.7 x 3.8 x 2.3 in.)

Nikon SU-800 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 48 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy Control Over Your Speed light Farm!

If you use multiple CLS speedlights, this SU-800 commander makes the choir of setting the remote speedlights output quickly, not to mention by wireless. I use mine mostly in the field and appreciate the easy to use buttons which control all my speedlights groups. This commander can operate on any one of the 3 channels, and can control 3 groups of speedlights and each group can be set unique; meaning, a group of speedlights can be set independent of the other groups with any number of speedlig...

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If you use multiple CLS speedlights, this SU-800 commander makes the choir of setting the remote speedlights output quickly, not to mention by wireless. I use mine mostly in the field and appreciate the easy to use buttons which control all my speedlights groups. This commander can operate on any one of the 3 channels, and can control 3 groups of speedlights and each group can be set unique; meaning, a group of speedlights can be set independent of the other groups with any number of speedlights per group. I can set one group as main flash, the other group as 1:2 side lighting, and the third group as 1:4 back lighting. I can do this all from the commander, all I need to do is simply place the speedlights where I like and dial in the settings from the commander, and when the camera is triggered the speedlights fire. If I need to change the output of one of the speedlights, I do it from the commander. The commander takes one 3v "2019" non-rechargeable battery, commonly called "123". The unit powers down when the camera sleeps making for long battery life. The backlighted display is easy to read even in daylight. The unit can control speedlights up to approx 60 feet, the speedlights need to be in line of sight so they can be triggered. It also supports TTL using a cable. The unit itself is compact, less than half the size of a normal Nikon Speedlight. Not much more to say about the unit except it works well and does exactly what it was designed to do - control your speedlights.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be aware

Dear, here is some points to you consider before purchase. a) Infrared is not really a good technology if you compare to RF ( Radio Frequence ). I got problems loosing signal even in studio when umbrellas obstruct those pulses from SBs and SU-800. In bright sun light you can have the same problem. At this moments you get bored loosing time to reconfigure angles! b) the distance between commander and flashes are very restricted, again compared to any device RF. c) SU-800 has a fixed axis and y...

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Dear, here is some points to you consider before purchase. a) Infrared is not really a good technology if you compare to RF ( Radio Frequence ). I got problems loosing signal even in studio when umbrellas obstruct those pulses from SBs and SU-800. In bright sun light you can have the same problem. At this moments you get bored loosing time to reconfigure angles! b) the distance between commander and flashes are very restricted, again compared to any device RF. c) SU-800 has a fixed axis and you are not allowed to rotate and get better connection between commander and speedlights..., again searching better signal d) This commander SU-800 will not fire monolights and other setups than Nikon. And believe me, you are going to mix those anytime. I am now watching some posts over radiopopper that could assemble strobes and speedlights in High Sync, Groups and so ( multi-brand, and old spedlights without PC connector) Regards, rubens

Reviewed by 48 customers

 
4.0

Problem solved!

By

from St. Louis, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

The commander works great - can control multiple flash groups. Very intuitive for such a powerful device. Would have 5 stars, except I had to purchase it to replace one that quit after 6 years of 200 day/year use. I couldn't justify sending for repair, and had to have one up and running immediately.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Goes where Pocket Wizards can't... UNDERWATER (protected of course)

By

from Pennsylvania, USA

I've had the SU-800 unit for many years and have used it under a variety of conditions. Due to its requirement to have line of sight with my SB-900 and SB-910 speedlights, it was somewhat limited. Works inside better than outside, though I have had great and consistent success on the beach and so on, as long as the little speedlight sensor was facing the SU-800. I could not place the speedlights behind partitions, under cars, inside cars (while shooting from the exterior), so I had to figure out other ways to trigger my flash units some other way under these conditions. I do a fair amount of underwater photography... There are a couple of ways to trigger a speedlight underwater... One, Use a SB-910 on camera and set it up as a master/commander for the other speedlights. Problem with that is, there is a light source ON the camera, even if it's just to trigger other flashes. Placing the SU-800 on camera, allows me to trigger other flashes, without emitting light and, allows me to control exposure values from a distance. Pocket wizards do NOT communicate through water, the SU-800, being a light spectrum communicator, does! As I have already mentioned, I have used this unit for many years and can share that it is well made, does what it is supposed to do and holds up under frequent, nearly daily, use. Get a battery tester, as the SU-800 does not indicate battery level... before I purchased a battery tester, I threw away many, probably still useable, batteries... just so I would not have one quit at an inopportune moment. You can't change batteries underwater! I hope you benefit from this review, I would definitely endorse this unit for all of the Nikon CLS units.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another great Nikon product.

By

from Undisclosed

I have the SU 800 about six months now. As with all Nikon products, it does exactly what it is supposed to do. Not one complaint. I have learned that if you use original Nikon products, you will never experience any problems. After market products are what they are. Cheep imitations are the worst way to go. They sell at lower price for a reason. They cannot compare to original manufactured Nikon products.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent product~

By

from Pittsboro, NC  -  Pro Photographer

Easy to use, great design (light-weight). highly recommend it to all nikon users working with the CLS

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeded my expectations...

By

from San Pedro, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to use and exceeded my expectations. After reading a bit on the web I was a bit conserned how it would work with the speed light inside a soft box, but this was no issue.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Wonderful... With PocketWizards

By

from Norwich, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love the idea of this product, but in real-life situations, it needs improvements. The biggest drawback to this product is its lack of radio-triggering ability. IR is nice, but can easily be overpowered by direct sun, and requires line of sight. This is no big deal when shooting inside, or in a studio setting, but can become a real issue when shooting outdoors, trying to do portraiture with a long lens, etc. It severely limits where you can place your lights. However, I added a PW MINI and FLEX TT5, and the whole setup runs beautifully. I can place my flashes anywhere, but still be able to control the power using the SU800. Best of both worlds. The MINI sits atop my camera, with the SU800 on that, and the FLEX mounted under my SB600. The MINI takes the IR signal, converts it to RF, and sends the signal that way. I can easily shoot from 100 feet away, behind corners, etc.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Off camera flash

By

from Vermont  -  Pro Photographer

Commander work very well for hand held off camera flash. So far so good.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works as Advertised

By

from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great product for off-camera remote triggering.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful!

By

from Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This works exactly how i expected. It's made very well. I'm investing in the rechargeable batteries for this though! The batteries it takes is a little expensive, but defintely worth it when it comes to weight on top of your camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product

By

from Abingdon, Virginia  -  Pro Photographer

I use the SU-800 with a radio popper Transmitter for controlling multiple off camera speed lights for indoor and outdoor portraiture. The SU-800 gives me the control to adjust power on each of the speed lights. It is a good and reliable product. By using the SU-800 with the radio popper transmitter I do not have to worry about the inferred signal getting blocked before it reaches my lights. The radio signals from the radio popper always gets were it needs to be, around corners, in bright sun, whatever the conditions. They a very reliable.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Burke S  To control off-camera i-TTL multiple flash-lighting, I needed this since the Nikon D3 does not have a built in flash commander.
Shopper  Will This work with a D3 and SB 900 ?
RICHARD S  Absolutely. 100% compatible with both and will control a SB900 no problem.
Wayne R  I have a Nikon D800, the pop up flash will act as a commander mode, can I control my Nikon SB800 flash the same way as with the SU800 wireless speedlight commander?
ROBERT S  Wayne, I have used the SU800 extensively and feel that you indeed can accomplish all the functions with your D800, however, if in the process of shooting you want to make adjustments to your 3 banks of lights it is much easier asy to make flash compensation (power) setting changes usoing the SU-800 as opposied to hunting thru the Nikon Camera menu. I find I tweak alot on the fly and when during a model shoot I need to have the model hold a pose while I go thru the camera menu it is very distracting. Using the SU-900 all you do is push 1 button and it changes.
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