Product Type: Nikon flashlights
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SB800 - and why you want one
Nikon SB 800
Member Name: Hurdenish
Nikon SB 800
Advantages: Master controller for other flashes, great quality, strobe preview
Disadvantages: Menu system can be tricky at first
The Nikon Creative lighting system is an incredibly user friendly way of shooting professional looking images without investing in expensive and bulky studio lights. The system consists of slaves (SB600) and masters (SB800/900)
All speedlights can be mounted on camera as a more powerful version of the on camera flash with the added bonus of a tilting head to bounce lights of ceilings or walls for a more natural effect.
Once the flashes are used remotely some do more than others and this is not well explained in the material included.
This SB800 will act not only as a slave flash from your CLS equipped Nikon SLR but will also act as a master for up to 3 independant groups of flashes allowing you to vary the output of slave flashes without touching them. All set from the easy to use display on the SB800 and transmitted before each shot remotely.
The unit itself is very well put together, big enough to impress (and gain access to press areas) but still compact enough to throw in a bag. The SB600 will function in Manual, TTL (Nikon's auto flash system) and in RPT (multiple flashes)
Another valuable and little advertised feature is the preview/strobe button allowing you to see where your lighting will fall on a subject before shooting.
I have owned my 800 for nearly a year with no issues whatsoever, I take it on every shoot and with the extra battery fitted recharge time is fast and reliable.
This flash, combined with an SB600 and a TTL extension cord allows endless possibilities for shooting, it's a purchase you wont regret.
As will all Nikon flashes, the button combinations required to navigate the menus will take some getting used to but once learned are easy and very quick to change.
Summary: A must for any Nikon photographer
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