|Designed for users of advanced Nikon SLRs and Nikon digital SLRs, Nikon SB-80DX inherits all of the functions of the SB-28/28DX and adds some exciting innovations. The SB-80DX provides compatibility with D-TTL and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash control, and offers features such as a tilt-rotate flash head, a built-in wide flash adapter for 14mm wide-angle lens coverage, GN 38/125 (ISO 100, m/ft. at 35mm), flash coverage up to 105mm in 5mm zoom steps and an AF-Assist Illuminator. In addition, the SB-80DX enables modeling flash and wireless slave flash, and a new-dedicated soft dome has been provided to create soft lighting. The Nikon SB-80DX is a significant addition to the Nikon Speedlight lineup, offering photographers enhanced flash shooting flexibility for a wide range of applications.The 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash provides compatibility with D1X, D1H, D100, F5, F100, N90s and N80 35mm AF SLR cameras and Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash with N65.|
|Guide Number||100 ft/ISO 100|
|Lens Coverage||24mm - 105mm|
|Supported Exposure Control||TTL|
|Compatible Brand||For Nikon|
|Vertical Rotation Angle||+90 / -7|
|Horizontal Rotation Angle||+180 / -90|
|Manual Power Control Levels||1/1, 1/128, 1/16, 1/2, 1/32, 1/4, 1/64, 1/8|
|Additional Features||AF illuminator, Flash +/- compensation, Illuminated LCD display, Modeling flash capability, Wireless off-camera control|
|Required Battery||4 x battery - AA type|
Average review score based on 17 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Although this Strobe Unit is "older" by today's standard.. it's and excellent product and works well with the Non i-TTL camera designs. The single-button action for rotating and tilting the head is an excellent upgrade as compared to the previous renditions of the SB25-SB26 line. The readout on the back of the unit is easy to read and adjust in any level of existing light.
This flash is considered a "must have" for any photographer that shoots real estate. It's very common to need 4 or 5 flashes to light a room properly and this is the best for shooting in manual mode on the flash. Easy to set and change settings. I have two SB80DX's and two SB900's and looking for at least one more SB80DX.
A smart strobist can never have too many of these flashes! They are the most robust, rock-solid flash that are still cheap and have both a PC sync port and a metal hotshoe, which are two features you really need in a "workhorse" remote wireless flash. Sure, there are more affordable units out there nowadays, but they are either cheap-o build quality, and/or they have no PC sync port or, of course, the dreaded plastic hotshoe. (Nikon SB24 SB28 etc. series)
In a pinch, as a bonus you can pop one of these on your camera and use it as a pretty reliable on-camera flash too.
Oh, and the 1/3 stop power increments that go all the way down to 1/128 is a nice bonus, plus the idiot-proof custom menu. (Unlike the Canon flash custom menus, which are just a bunch of 0's and 1's, yuck!!!)
This is the very best value for the money you can spend on a flash. Works every time either on or off the camera and is very simple to use compared to the newer units. I would highly recommend this flash to anyone from the first time user or an advanced users.
In many ways, the sb 800 excels above the sb 600. Mainly, it was the quicker recycling time that comes in handy when shooting portraits and every second counts. However, if you own a D200 or D80 (and i'm sure some of the newer models), CLS is a part of the body already. sb 800 was great to have a commander mode, but when the camera body already does it, I don't know if it's worth spending an extra 100ish on them.
Course, since they were discontinued for the newer and more expensive flash, sb 900(?), these are a sound investment.