Reviews and Problems with Nikon Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800
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Nice Features, Outdated Interface
Daniel Chin, J&R
16 March 2011
Summary: This is a really great part of the CLS system as far as functions go. I control up to 3 groups of speedlight in any kind of scenario with great control and flexibility. However, when it comes to switching groups off or on, or making quick adjustments, the user interface is just not set-up for that kind of ease.
Summary: I bought this to use with my D300 doing some portrait work before a wedding. I didn't want the on camera flash to get in the way of my light pattern. I used it to control 2 SB-900 flash units that were placed strategically to perfectly illuminate my subjects.
Summary: I use the SU800 for portraits, small group shots, gatherings, and weddings. I have 3 SB800's on stands with umbrellas/medium soft box and the SU800 works well with just about all my setups. I like the weight of the unit it's very light. The display is great, you can see all your settings at a glance. I also like the speed of making changes with a few button pushes at my camera, no need to walk to each flash and make changes.
Summary: Great for distance and for getting the master completely off camera when wishing to trigger off camera flash. I do wish manufacturers would show more consideration for the customer by not using expensive batteries like the CR123A. I did find a rechargeable lithium ion battery and charger elsewhere.
Summary: Although my cameras (D700, D300, and Fuji S5) have built-in flashes that can operate the CLS system for two channels, and I already have flashes that can operate the CLS sytem for three channels, I wanted the SU-800 to use in sitations where I don't want a visible flash emitting from the camera location. This unit does just what it should!
Summary: So far i have used this unit indoors an a small studio and it works as advertised. It is easy to set up and execute, very user friendly. I have no complaints at this point, a great product for the larger use of CLS.