|Nikon SB-800 Speedlight External Flash - Produces Nice Results, See Sample Pics|
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|Speedlight SB-800 is the foundation of the new Nikon Creative Lighting System for the Nikon D2H digital SLR. The new i-TTL Flash Control system supports automatic balanced fill flash that delivers outstanding results as well as new creative possibilities. i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash flash control employs Nikon's new Advanced Data Communication system to introduce an improved method for the monitor pre-flash and wireless operation that marks an evolution in higher precision over Nikon's acclaimed D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash control system and forms the core of the new Creative Lighting System.The Nikon Speedlight SB-800 makes Advanced Wireless Lighting as easy to use as a single on-camera speedlight, inviting professional and advanced amateur photographers to explore the unlimited creative possibilities. Advanced Wireless Lighting lets you divide SB-800 Speedlights into 4 groups, including the Master and 3 remote i-TTL speedlight groups, to achieve total lighting control. All groups can be controlled from the Master, including independent flash mode ([TTL] / [AA] / [A] / [M]) settings and any-time adjustment of flash output level compensation values for each group. Each of the three remote groups can contain any number of Speedlights, giving photographers full control over how they illuminate the background.With new Distance Priority Manual Flash Mode, the photographer can set the distance and aperture, and the SB-800 automatically sets the power output - a great feature for manual flash [M] shooting at weddings and for product shots. The new FV Lock (Flash Value Lock) maintains the flash value for correct exposure of the subject while zooming or otherwise changing the composition for a shot, so photographers can concentrate on lighting a particular subject. New Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode provides ample fill-in flash when shooting in bright light with fast aperture lenses to achieve effective blur in the background. When the mode is active, the camera automatically uses high-speed flash synchronization to make shutter speeds available that exceed the camera's own flash sync speed. A new Modeling Flash allows photographers to visually preview the lighting effects for all groups of speedlights when using Advanced Wireless Lighting to shoot with multiple flash units, a great aid in achieving the exact lighting desired.|
|UPC||0018208048014, 018200009426, 018208048014, 4960759024152|
|Guide Number||100 ft/ISO 100|
|Lens Coverage||24mm - 105mm|
|Supported Exposure Control||D-TTL, FP Flash, I-TTL, TTL|
|Compatible Brand||For Nikon|
|Vertical Rotation Angle||+90 / -7|
|Horizontal Rotation Angle||+180 / -90|
|Additional Features||AF illuminator, Flash +/- compensation, Illuminated LCD display, Wireless off-camera control|
|Required Battery||1 x battery pack|
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I am nikon D3X user with SB800 - Its Best flash ever from nikon!!!
Intelligent, innovative, indispensable
The new Speedlight SB-800 introduces a number of refinements to D-TTL flash performance technologies, Nikon term i-TTL.
Flash Colour Information Communication
A new system designed to improve AWB (Auto White Balance) irrespective of flash output duration. Until now flash lighting can exhibit changes to AWB depending on flash to subject distances. Long (distant) duration outputs tend to be redder, short (close) durations tend to the bluer end of the spectrum.
The new SB-800 incorporates systems that communicate flash output information during exposures to the image processing ‘engine’ of the new Nikon D2H Digital SLR.
The principle is to deliver uniform AWB results during flash exposures of varying subject distances.
Flash value Lock (FV-Lock)
The SB-800 introduces a new FV-Lock function that enables the user to ‘lock’ flash output over a sequence of shots, in the same way and using the same camera body button as the AE-Lock (AE-L) function used for ambient exposure lock.
AUTO FP High-Speed Sync
The mechanical shutter of the D2H has a flash sync speed of 1/250th sec. The new SB-800 can automatically set itself to FP (Focal Plane) flash mode should camera shutter speed rise above the standard flash sync speed for Balanced Fill Flash in bright light with high shutter speeds or fast aperture lenses.
FP mode outputs a series of smaller continuous flashes that synchronize at up to 1/8000th second with the new Nikon D2H Digital SLR.
Wide Area AF-assist illumination
Compatibility with the Nikon D2H extends to performing AF area assist illumination to the new wide 11-area layout of the D2H Multi-CAM2000 AF system, to deliver precise AF performance in lighting situations below the AF system’s –1EV (ISO100) sensitivity.
In addition to the refinements of i-TTL the new SB-800 incorporates innovative new systems for multiple location lighting arrangements as well.
Advanced Wireless Lighting
The SB-800 incorporates Nikon’s exclusive Advanced Data Communication technologies that enable complex inter Speedlight unit communication. The system is designed to make shooting with groups of Speedlights as easy to use as a single on camera Speedlight.
Up to 3 SB-800 units can now communicate monitor pre-flash data with the Master unit for fully automatic multiple flash exposures, removing the need for flash meters or manual calculations. The D2H Digital SLR 1005-pixel Matrix metering sensor is utilized to calculate exposures, and transmit each Slave output changes back to each Slave unit.
Additionally, for those desiring full creative control of the output of each individual Slave, the photographer can remotely control each of Slave SB-800 Speedlight unit’s flash modes directly through the Master unit.
The Master unit output can even be switched off whilst maintaining full control and communication with Slave units.
In situations where photographers may not be working alone, the Master- Slave communication can be 4 channel selectable enabling up to four photographers to independently control their own slaves to avoid the risk of triggering others using the same system.
Distance Priority Flash Mode
Increased control of flash output is also offered in new Distance Priority Mode. The photographer can pre-set subject distance and desired aperture setting, the SB-800 calculates consistent output uninfluenced by colour or reflectance of the subject.
As a professional product photographer I've been used to large strobe heads which had to be manually adjusted all the time to attain the "perfect" shot. Since I'v started using my Nikon D7000 I have bought, first one SB700, then another and finally 2 SB800. They make my job a breeze! The ITTL features are wonderful! The 800s are certainly the powerhouse of the set and well worth buying. Together the 700s and 800s are a dream setup..... each has it's unique control factors giving a great deal of flexibility to my setups.
I'm a professional photographer. I work for the Jacksonville Journal Courier as a full-time photojournalist. I work part time as a wedding photographer.
I love Nikon speedlights, and the SB-800 has it all. I use 800's on an almost daily basis, they allow me to move quickly and without having to carry a lot of heavy gear. I have a complete outfit for portraits that packs up neatly in the trunk of my car.
800s are powerful despite their size and less expensive than the new 900s. If you're shooting with Nikon equipment then the 800s become even more useful when integrated into Nikon's creative lighting system which is unmatched by any other camera manufacture.
I use Canon and will never give up my Nikon Speedlights. I trigger them with pocketwizards unless I need to second curtain synch with my 5D mark II then you just have to put the SB-800 into SU-4 or slave mode via visual trigger (flashes when it sees a flash)and trigger it with an on camera Canon speedlight.
The available battery packs also make them handy for fast and light sport strobes when lighting high school sports. Anything more and you'll be looking for bigger lights.
Bottom line..... They get the job done and are invaluable to keep in your bag. Nikon reliable and with the aftermarket behind them like Honl photo and the education out there about them at Strobist.com you can't go wrong.
The SB-800 is a perfect choice of flash no matter what level of photography you are into. The 800 packs much more flash than the 600 for those darker rooms and you can get the SD-8A external battery pack to reduce recycle time for the flash far beyond anything many could imagine! We use these for fill flash outdoors and for our every day photography. In the studio, they are more than sufficient to set off studio strobes with light triggers with plenty of power left over. Wireless use of the flashes as remotes is easy and straight forward. No need to have a masters degree or be able to understand schmatics to operate the flash. Easy to understand cheet sheet is built right into the back of the flash card. The 800 works in fully automatic mode on the latest digitals like the D300, D90 etc but also works well with older film cameras. For those of us who want to have more control, try full manual mode. We run ours in both TTL and M modes depending on the situation. All things concidered, if you run Nikon equipment, you will not be disappointed in this flash. Great value for the money and many optional accessories are available right here on eBay!
I occationally shoot weddings and have to have two of everything. 2 cameras, 2 or 3 lenses,3 or 4 batteries and 2 flashes. I got 2 different cameras, 3 different lenses, an assortment of camera andflash batteries but 2 of the same flash units.
The Sb-800....greatest flash I ever used with the exception of the SB-28 on my older film cameras.
Powerful,fast and dependable. These flash units are so good, they used to sell at $310 new a few years ago,and then there were obsoleted by Nikon and they made the SB-900 for $500....new SB-800 flash units are now selling for over $400 and used ones for $350 easy.
thats how good these strobes are. My only CON is they have a tendency to eat batteries. After 100 shots, the recycle time really slows down and often, I know the flash goes off but sometimes at 1/3 to 1/2 power and I have underexposed shots but at 130-150 shots, I change batteries or swap flash units.
Don;t try to save some money getting a SB-600,it not as powerful and unprogrammable as master unit in a multi-flash set up. Get the SB-800.....you will not regret it.,