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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. 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.
  • Pros: Great forward and backward compatibilty
  • Cons: Price
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Overall 10

Nikon sb-800 flash is state of the art

gregepin04, epinions.com
4 May 2007
  • Summary: Versatile product that will do anything possible from a flash unit!
  • Pros: Quality and state of the art
  • Cons: pricey...but worth it.
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Overall 10

Flash! Good news and bad!

sailingshot, epinions.com
22 March 2007
  • Summary: You must have the sb800 OR 600. PERIOD.
  • Pros: Awesome improvement in shot quality. Feels well worth it's cost.
  • Cons: At around 310, not exactly cheap. The equally good 600 is 200.00.
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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. 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?)
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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 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...
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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. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. 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
  • 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. It comes with important accessories, such as the built-in diffuser and card, the dome diffuser, and the free-standing foot.
  • Pros: It's way smarter than I am about exposure
  • Cons: I find the menu system a bit clumsy
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