Reviews and Problems with Nikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Flash System
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f32 Guy, B&H Photo
15 March 2009
Summary: [...] I am very pleased with the results I am getting. Have been shooting Planthoppers 3/8 of an inch long, filling the frame, 105 macro+ 3 tubes ISO 200 f32, excellent results. Great improvement in my close-up work and very easy to use.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Summary: Excellent performance. The kit comes with everything you might need (if your camera can be the commander or if you're using an commander flash). I just use my D80 and although it's a bit slow going into the menus to change output levels, the unit provides excellent lighting in many customizable ways from macro range to portraits.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Versatile
Summary: I use this for macro images either attached on the ring to the end of the lens or on the supplied stands for table top work. On the lens it is consistent, easy to adjust, and simple to achieve perfect exposures. On the table top it's just like having a miniature studio with a full creative lighting solution, allowing backlighting or any other lighting method one might enlist in a studio environment.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile, Well Designed, Wireless
Summary: This unit is well designed. Perfect for chasing elusive critters or other moving targets. It is also really handy when you want a macro shot of a subject that does not allow you to easily set up a conventional tripod and light stand. For instance taking a picture of an animal in a cactus or bush.
Summary: I"ve used this for Food photography and some small Product photography. I have yet to use it for Macro photography. I can already see that it'll excel in this area though, just from prior uses. It's a pretty complex system. There's a lot to this kit and the possibilities would seem limitless. My copy seems to rip though batteries and recycling times could be better. It's not really a problem as I'm not rapid firing at products or food!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Use, Lightweight
Cons: Slow Recycling time, Uses up batteries quickly
Summary: I've used this speedlight system for both macro work and indoor photography. Obviously, it's made for macro, but I recently took it to an indoor pool and put my SB-600 on the lifeguard's chair, then used the two SB-R200s mounted on the lens... at 105mm on my D80, my daughter filled the frame and was properly lit with no shadows at 5-10 yards.
Summary: I've been waiting to buy a macro speed light for a while. Good thing I did, this kit is about the best solution. It is much easier to use than the SB-800, smaller and lighter as well. Having the lights attached to the lens offers the convenience of the ring flash without the bland results. You can position these lights in just about any way and they work wirelessly so there's no cable mess to put up with.
Pros: Not a ring light, easy to use, easy to attach to most lenses, excellent results.
Cons: Storage case for all the parts is massive compared to the light kit. I guess it's good to keep it all safe.