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. I'd like to pick up a couple more units since the SB-900 just down't have any features I want and some that I need have been removed.
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. For indoor PJ/event type photography, I have used it primarily with the diffusion dome, but occasionally, in both direct flash and ceiling bounce modes.
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 still a bit intimidating to me even after much reading and learning about it. 95% of the time I have used the sb-800, I have been thrilled with it.
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. Its on my camera probably 80% of the time, even in broad daylight. The flash decreases shadow contrast and adds a sparkle to things.
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. I can use hold the hole thing with my left hand while its connected to my camera with the sc28 cord or i can mount it on a light stand or tripod. I can use this flash eith studio strobes, i can connect pretty much anything to it.
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. I'd never put a non-nikon flash on my cameras for no other reason than they integrate so well with the new digitals. If I switch from program to manual to aperture priority, the flash senses everything and keeps giving me excellent images.
Pros: wireless capability, quick recycling, powerful, integration with my D200
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. It comes with important accessories, such as the built-in diffuser and card, the dome diffuser, and the free-standing foot.
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 macro shots in combination with the R1 outfit. It does an excellent job in all of these roles.
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. The Nikon CLS with wireless syncing is great, you can turn on the SB800's and place around a room in moments. Produces excellent well exposed results.