Summary: I use this with an F100 and a D200. It's a great flash for both film and digital. CLS is awesome and quite easy to use. I sometimes mess up when using flash, but it's generally a mistake I've made rather than a bad job by the flash.
Summary: I have used many earlier Nikon, Canon and Vivitar flashes, and have been very impressed with the SB-800. It has relatively fast recycle times, and when used with Nikon's CLS, either direct, bounced or diffused, provides excellent and predictable lighting.
Pros: Power, diffuser, ease of use relative to SB-600, CLS
Cons: Nothing worth mentioning (is a higher GN possible in a small flash?)
Summary: Good amount of power in a small, lightweight package. Flexible and multi-flash abilities w/CLS are impressive. First, a little confession. After 25 years of using manual studio strobes and portable flashes, as well as "auto" flashes like Vivitars, Metz's and older Nikons, all this new i-TTL stuff is...
Pros: smart, fast, lightweight
Cons: i-ttl confusing for old school flash users...
Summary: This flash is the BEST flash I've used all my life. The wireless system is a great achievement by Nikon. Used with multiple SB800's of 600's, you've got a completely mobile studio! Fill flash from this flashgun is amazing if you know how to compensate the power.
Pros: Wireless flash is genius! Excellent range of controls.
Summary: This flash is like the sb600, except it has all the small things that make a world of difference when it really counts. More power, more versatility, more connections. Ive made a setup to use this flash with an umbrella holding.
Summary: Remember when even the best auto flash required lots of fiddling and add-ons, like slave shoes? This sucker slides onto the camera, you set it to balanced-ttl, and boom, you're taking magnificent photos.
Summary: A really amazing flash. The instruction manual is huge, and needs to be. this flash probably has more processing power than a mainframe computer from the 1970s. I use it on a D2x for balanced fill flash, sometimes as the sole lighting source, particularly for macro shots using the diffuser, and for...
Pros: Amazing versatility, lots of modes, works as commander for R1
Cons: A bit big, so versatile it can be hard to remember how to set it
Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by colourperfect_co_uk
21 November 2006
Summary: I have two SB800's with a D200 and the CLS is excellent. They come supplied with accessories such as feet and diffusers. Top quality product with a top price. Wish that the batteries lasted a little longer but otherwise very good.