Reviews and Problems with Nikon Commander Kit R1C1
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Effective but cumbersome
Peter, B&H Photo
18 July 2013
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 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 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. I like the seamless integration with my other CLS system flashes (SB-900, SB-800, and SB-700). The included filters for use on the SB-R200 make color correction fairly simple.
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. Components are well constructed and it does come with everything you need. I did order another SB-200 and an adapter for a 60mm miro-lens since I have the lens. The case it comes in leaves a lot to be desired.
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.<br /> 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 great.<br /> I tried using the kit flashes at about 30 feet in the dark and they would not fire. They were on the ground and I was on a tripod.
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.<br /><br />The lights also gave a nice depth to the shots, unlike ring lights where the picture feels flat.<br /><br />Only thought here is did I need the commander.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile
Summary: I use a R1C1 and a SB-600 with my 24-70 midrange and PCE-24 on my D3. I shoot light macro, effects, and impromptu environmental portraits strictly for fun. I might use a sb-200 for bckgnd and a sb-600 for bounce with the other sb-200 for highlights. With the ring attached vignetting occurs with shifting of the PCE-24. It also occurs with the midrange zoom (24-70) at 24 to 28 mm. I love the easy setup and carry design and the excellent button type controls.
Excerpt: I use a R1C1 and a SB-600 with my 24-70 midrange and PCE-24 on my D3. I shoot light macro, effects, and impromptu environmental portraits strictly for fun. I might use a sb-200 for bckgnd and a sb-600 for bounce with the other sb-200 for highlights. With the ring attached vignetting occurs with shifting of the PCE-24. It also occurs with the midrange zoom (24-70) at 24 to 28 mm. I love the easy setup and carry design and the excellent button type controls.
Excerpt: Great for macro set ups, also helpful for close up portraits.<br />I also use the Commander to control up to five SB-800s (hot shoe boxes) when doing portraits and group portraits.<br />Really added a lot to my arsenal...<br />Over $600, though.