Product Type: Nikon flashlights
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Nikon SB 800
Member Name: littlem91
Nikon SB 800
Date: 17/08/10, updated on 04/09/12 (9 review reads)
Advantages: Great flash, easy once you're used to it
Disadvantages: May take time to master different settings.
I bought one of these flashes used back in 2010 when I originally wrote this review - and, I still own it.
This flash has been superceded by some nice new shiny offerings from Nikon, namely the SB 900 then the SB 910 - but is still a very popular flash still being recommended for people to buy. The design is fairly typical for a speedlight as you can see from the picture - the front has the brand and model, the back has the display and controls. You can adjust the angle and direction of the head with a button on the side. All in all a basic design, very similar to most others - to look at, it's really quite average.
I found this a little difficult to set up my first time using and can still find some functions take a bit of work if not used for a while - but once used to it, it's a fairly easy product. There's several helpful guides that can be found on the internet of how to set it up for your particular usage.
I mostly use mine on top of my camera with a diffuser on for soft fill light - this is fairly simple to set up, I generally find I'm using it on TTL or TTL-BL (the BL means backlit, I can't remember what TTL means exactly but it's a good mode for everyday flash use and is the most common for me - BL is great if shooting into the sun and you need to illuminate your subject.
I largely use this when shooting domestic animals or sometimes for macro work. I have used this on a stand with my camera setting it off - this is fairly simple to do if you follow the manual or a guide.
I'd recommend this for anybody it takes no real technical knowledge to use and gives a good output of light, I believe it will work with most Nikon cameras via the hotshoe. Some cameras it will work with your onboard flash setting it off but I don't believe this mode is available for all cameras.
You can have an extra battery (using 5 instead of 4) for this flash - and I recommend it, as it gives a lot better battery life and also allows less time between flashes so you never miss the action. Standard rechargeables work well and will save money over disposable batteries - looking for ones with higher mAh numbers will help with life.
I highly recommend this - for a lot of people this will be the only flash you need, it's easy to use and can be gotten used for a good price. There's really no way it goes wrong!
Summary: Very nice piece of equipment.
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