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(based on 19 ratings)
Brand: Nikon
Located in: Flash/Lighting
Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.7 stars
(based on 19 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Best Uses:
Digital photography(3), Fill flash(5), High-end equipment(3), Photography(8), Photojournalism(3)
Pros:
Easy to install(4), Excellent interface(3), Fast charge(9), Good power output(5), Lightweight(9)
Primary use:
Business(6)
Describe Yourself:
Budget shopper(3), Professional(3), Semi-pro photographer(3)
 
very nice product...very helpful
By garcia proVerified Purchaser from North Carolina on 1/14/2011
Pros:
Easy to Install, Fast Recharge, Long-Lasting, Reliable, Solid Construction
Best Uses:
Back Up, Digital Photography, Photography, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

things are much better with this product

 
Perfect for gymnastics and dance
By GrandadVerified Purchaser from Stillwater, OK on 2/21/2010
Pros:
Easy to Install, Fast Recharge, Reliable, Solid Construction
Best Uses:
Sports photography
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

Linked to the SB-800 I can capture moments that were previously lost to recharge times. Perfect for grandchildrens' gymnastics, cheer, and baseball

 
The Perfect Extra Battery Power Pack
By ERIC P. STEINER DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERVerified Purchaser from BRISTOL, CT on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Easy to Install, Fast Recharge, Long-Lasting, Reliable, Solid Construction
Best Uses:
Digital Photography, Extra Power for SB-800, Portrait Photography
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

I had trouble with my Nikon SB-800 Flash Unit
" eating " batteries when I used it at full strength indoors shooting weddings, parties, portraits " bounced " from ceiling. I was told that this extra battery pack would give me constant power that I needed and quick recharge times. I was very happy to say that I was able to shoot OVER 300 flash photos of political event " bounced " on every shot. The flash recharged very " quickly " and kept up with my constant flash shooting. I used the four batteries in my Nikon SB-800, the 5th battery on flash cover and the 5 extra batteries in this Power Pack.

 
Kept my flash alive
By KathrynVerified Purchaser from Colorado on 6/25/2009
Pros:
Solid Construction
Cons:
No bolt to atatch to came
Best Uses:
Photography, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

Great product, just didn't include a screw to attatch the battery pack to the bottom of the camera.

 
IT DOESN"T GET ANY BETTER
By SKIP 836Verified Purchaser from VIRGINIA BEACH VA on 5/7/2009
Pros:
Easy to Install, Fast Recharge, Long-Lasting, Reliable, Solid Construction
Best Uses:
Back Up, Digital Photography, I USE IT FOR WEDDINGS AND, Photography, Portrait Photography, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

this item works GREAT NO PROBLEMS AT ALL IAM VERRY HAPPY CUSTOMER I USE IT FOR WEDDINGS AND IT WORKS JUST AS DISCRIBED

 
Well worth the money!
By ThorVerified Purchaser from Andrews, TX. on 3/11/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Fill Flash
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

This is a excellent compliment to the SB-800 or SB-900. I do many wedding's & party's and I don't ever miss a shot due to having to wait on my flash to recycle. Well worth the money!

 
Works great
By School PhotoVerified Purchaser from Atlanta GA on 3/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

This thing rocks. I use it when I know I will only need to shoot about 100-125 shots or so. When using the SB-800 or 900 the recycle times are very short. It is so much lighter, but not as long lasting as a Turbo. A stap would be nice as some others have said. But the unit is so small and light that I just put it in my pocket and forget about it.

 
Love it.
By faiths picsVerified Purchaser from East Texas on 1/21/2009
Pros:
Compact Design, Long Lasting, Reliable Performance
Describe Yourself:
Value Oriented
Primary use:
Business
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

I used it for a wedding and reception two days after I received it. I didn't have any problems, and it kept my flash "live". This was a great investment.

 
Just what I need
By MattAdamsPhoto (dot) comVerified Reviewer from Atlanta on 12/9/2008
Pros:
Charges Quickly, Long Lasting, Powerful, Reliable Performance
Best Uses:
High-End Equipment
Describe Yourself:
Quality Oriented
Primary use:
Business
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

This is simply fantastic. For weddings and events I have one of these on each of my SB-800s. I use one setup while charging all of the other AA batteries. I have to switch out SB-800s because they get too hot with the short recycle time this thing gives.

Well worth the money, you won't be disappointed. I don't worry about the lack of a clip or strap. I take it out of the case and stick it in my back pocket or ball-bungee it to a light stand when using one.

 
I would buy this product again and again
By C. Millz from Huntsville, AL on 9/24/2008
Pros:
Charges Quickly, Lightweight, Long Lasting, Powerful, Reliable Performance
Best Uses:
High-End Equipment
Primary use:
Business
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

A must for any wedding photographer that uses SB800 or SB900!!!...

 
Just what I needed
By Picture manVerified Purchaser from Winston-Salem, NC on 7/24/2008
Pros:
Charges Quickly, Reliable Performance
Best Uses:
On photo assignments, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Quality Oriented
Primary use:
Business
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

Fast recycle time
No light drop off on that second or third shot when using flash

 
Extra flash power
By FinelightguyVerified Purchaser from Houston,Texas on 7/10/2008
Pros:
Charges Quickly, Long Lasting, Powerful
Cons:
No Low Battery indicator
Best Uses:
Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Value Oriented
Primary use:
Business
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

I like the compact size and the extra power it provides.Works like expexcted. Needs a belt clip, not the belt loop. I have it hanging of my camera strap.

 
Great when needing extra power
By DARTPHOTOVerified Purchaser from KY on 5/8/2008
Pros:
Charges Quickly, Long Lasting, Powerful, Reliable Performance
Best Uses:
High-End Equipment
Describe Yourself:
Value Oriented
Primary use:
Business
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

Bought as a back up when shooting fast situations.

 
Power pack that packs the power
By ComiccolecVerified Purchaser from Central New Jersey on 4/17/2008
Best Uses:
Photography, Photojournalism, Wedding Photography
Pros:
Convenient Interface, Lightweight, Reliable
Cons:
Indicator Not Visible, Strap not included
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

Overall performs very well. Quick recharge during full power flash use. Wish it had included a strap to hang over the shoulder. However I found that if you lace the camera strap thru the belt loop on the back of the case it will hang on your camera strap and still be close enough for the cable to attach to your flash.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Looks good - Hope it works as good [..]
By Jim in AVVerified Purchaser from Aliso VIejo, CA on 3/20/2008
Best Uses:
Photography
Pros:
Lightweight
Cons:
Needs a strap.
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

This device needs a strap. If I had realized that it didn't have one, I may not have ordered it. There is a place for a strap so why not include one for this price?

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Works well for the price
By ChrisVerified Reviewer from Flower Mound, TX on 11/7/2007
Best Uses:
Photography, Sports Photography
Pros:
Lightweight, Reliable
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

I use the this to provide faster recycle times and so I don't have to swap out batteries in my SB-800. So far I have used it at 1 high school swim meet. I noticed after about 150 shots it started to take bit longer to recycle. I plan on testing it out more but I am definitely glad I purchased it!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
I would buy this product again and agai
By DefjeffVerified Purchaser from Washington D.C. on 2/6/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Photography
Pros:
Convenient Interface, Lightweight, Reliable, Softens Light, Strong Construction
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

This battery pack is lighter than most for flash and camera . The only thing I don't like is it doesn't have a led light to let you know the batteries are getting low.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
SD-8A A Useful Tool
By Larry D.Verified Purchaser from Smokey Mountains, Tennessee on 2/5/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Lighting, Night Photography, Photography, Photojournalism, Sports Photography
Pros:
Lightweight, Reliable, Strong Construction
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

I use the SB 8A with the Nikon SB800 and the SB80 on a D2x and D200 as backup. The recycle time on the flashes are almost instantaneous with the SB8A and I use AA rechargable batteries that I got at Sams that seem to last forever. I nearly 700 shots using the initial charge before it slowed down. Highly recommended. The connecting cord is a pain most of the time, but necessary.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Quicker cycling
By mnorriVerified Purchaser from Santa Clara, CA on 2/5/2007
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Sports Photography
Pros:
Convenient Interface, Lightweight, Reliable
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon SD-8A Hi-Performance Battery Pack - USA:

Shooting bicycle racing with an SB800 to throw some light on the riders faces. Fast cycling is necessary - and this is much better than the standard battery pack. It could be better - it doesn't keep up with the camera, and I'd prefer if the cord orientation was opposite (so the wires came into the flash from the other side). But - it does what it does, and that's a pretty good thing.

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