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Nikon Speedlight SB-800
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Nikon Speedlight SB-800

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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by moose

moose, slrgear.com
28 November 2009
  • Summary: Nikon professional user. The SB800 is a superb flash unit. Good spec and coverage. Perfect for wedding photography.
  • Pros: reliable workhorse
  • Cons: none
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by glen

glen, slrgear.com
6 March 2009
  • 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.
  • Pros: Great forward and backward compatibilty
  • Cons: Price
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by ArunasM

ArunasM, slrgear.com
15 January 2007
  • 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?)
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by birdpix

birdpix, slrgear.com
1 January 2007
  • 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...
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by btjh86

btjh86, slrgear.com
24 December 2006
  • 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.
  • Cons: Menu navigation abit troublesom.
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by aalto

aalto, slrgear.com
21 December 2006
  • 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.
  • Pros: Best flash ive used so far
  • Cons: interface, CLS triggering
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by mbunge

mbunge, slrgear.com
15 December 2006
  • Summary: I love this flash. I've been using the flash in commander mode with my D200 and love being wireless. I am very happy with the speed this flash recycles. It is also very easy on batteries.
  • Pros: wireless capability, quick recycling, powerful, integration with my D200
  • Cons: none
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by deanzat

deanzat, slrgear.com
12 December 2006
  • 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.
  • Pros: It's way smarter than I am about exposure
  • Cons: I find the menu system a bit clumsy
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by Ross_Alford

Ross_Alford, slrgear.com
1 December 2006
  • 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
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Nikon SB-800 Speedlight review by colourperfect_co_uk

colourperfect_co_uk, slrgear.com
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.
  • Pros: excellent integration with D200 and CLS
  • Cons: price
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