Excerpt: This review is for the gentleman who is looking for a book or manual on how to use the R1C1 system...This manual is by: rockynook NikoniansPress, and the Author is Mike Hagen...Manual covers the use of the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 Flashes...Hope this helps!
Excerpt: The R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System allows you to totally own the light when shooting macros and close-ups. Doesn't matter what the sunlight is doing. They overpower the sun at close range - giving you luscious black and dark backgrounds so you don't need to perform digital magic in order for your subject to stand out. ISO 100, f/16, 1/200 second at 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) - no problem! Yes, a bit of weight at the far end of the macro lens - if you hand hold.
Pros: A Light Generator, Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Versatile
Excerpt: I do a lot of insect photography with a D800 and a Nikon 105 macro. I wanted to increase my depth of field so I turned to flash and the R1C1 system. I am sure in the right hands it will do what I thought it would do but I have a lot to learn about using it for the best results and the manual is useless for giving me advice I need. I am now looking for a book that will help me take full advantage of the R1C1 otherwise I made a mistake jumping in unprepared.
Excerpt: Even though my D800 can operate in the command mode, I bought the R1C1 istead of the less expensive R1 kit. A friend of mine who owns this kit told me that the SU-800 commander is far easier to configure than the command mode on the camera and I found this to be case also. The R1C1 is an exremely versatile macro-flash kit. It's fully compatible with my D800 and produces superbly lit macro images.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easy to configure, Excellent Illumination, Fast Recycling, Fully Nikon Compatible, Versatile
Cons: Batteries Hard To Find, Bulky, Inconvenient, Unwieldy
Excerpt: I take closeup photos of reflecting objects such as small metal items and antique light bulbs. Before I had the R1C1, it was a struggle with incandescent lighting systems and lighting tents. Unsatisfactory. I've had the R1C1 for only two weeks. What a difference! Goodbuy lighting tents. I don't attach the speedlights to the lens, so I can even use lenses that change length when focusing. I now have a total of five SB-R200 speedlights. The R1C1 comes with only two.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Excerpt: I have used both ring flash and twin flashes and twin flashes are definitely the way to go! I get amazing photos. The only negative is that I find I have to change the battery quite often. Keep a bunch of spares in your camera bag. I also wish there was a better mounting system for the flashes. There are some that swing out much further then these allow. I like to get really close to my subject and sometimes this system doesnt allow me to get as close as I want.
Excerpt: I attempted to use the product for flower pictures but encountered a number of problems. One of the flashes wouldn't hold a charge and the indicator never glowed red and both flashes felt like the attachment to the ring was flimsy.