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.