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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easy to configure, Excellent Illumination, Fast Recycling, Fully Nikon Compatible, Versatile
Cons: Batteries Hard To Find, Bulky, Inconvenient, Unwieldy
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.
Summary: The R1C1 macro flash is a near perfect flash unit for macro photography, probably the best macro flash ever designed by any camera company. The wireless flash units are completely cable-less and can easily be steered with most pop-up flashes in commander mode so that the large commander unit is...
Excerpt: I have taken a lot of hand-held portraits of family using this system with a D700, and lenses used include an AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D, a Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D, and I will also be using my Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D.
Excerpt: R1C1 Wireless Close-up system is expensive if all you want to do is close-up photography. I am getting into portrait photography and am using the SB-200 speed light with the wireless remote and figured I might as well get the kit so I might do both.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile
Excerpt: I am using the SU-800 commander from the kit on my Nikon D50 to control my SB-800 flash off camera. I used the kit this past weekend to shoot some items for online auction. I used both flashes on their stands and positioned one at the front and one towards the back to provide some rim - worked...
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile
Excerpt: I spent the weekend shooting pictures of bees, the lights worked great. Light was perfect even at only a few inches away from the subject. The ease of positioning the flash units on the ring makes it very quick to readjust without having to hand hold the lights.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile