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Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack

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The Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack takes six "AA" alkaline, lithium or NiCad batteries. It can be used with the SB-11, SB-22, SB-25, SB-26, SB-27, SB-28, SB-28DX, SB-80DX, & SB-800 Speedlights, as well as the SK-6A Power Bracket. Total flash capacity per round of batteries is doubled, and flash recycling time will be cut by 60-75%. Batteries must be in place in the flash in order to operate.

Dimensions: 2.7 X 6.2 X 1" (WxHxD)
Weight: 4.9 oz (Excluding Batteries)

Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack
  • Padded Case
  • SC-16 Connecting Cord
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonSD-8A Battery Pack
     
    4.6

    (based on 117 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (74)
    • Fast charge (61)
    • Long-lasting (59)
    • Easy to install (43)
    • Lightweight (35)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (6)

    Best Uses

    • Digital photography (42)
    • Photography (34)
    • Portrait photography (29)
    • Professional cameras (23)
    • Travel (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (28), Professional (22), Enthusiast (12), Photo enthusiast (11)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Completing the SB800's class act.

    It truly adds to the functionality on the venerable SB 800. Yes as a team SD-8A/Sb800, it would make me think twice before jumping to the SB 900. At the risk...Read complete review

    It truly adds to the functionality on the venerable SB 800. Yes as a team SD-8A/Sb800, it would make me think twice before jumping to the SB 900. At the risk of repeating some of what was said by most of the other reviewers, I want to add some more relevance to this seamless match.

    Yes in my first full test to see how many shots I could get with it added. I got just under 800 shots at a wedding. I was using 11 fully charged and matched NiMh 2700 Sanyo batteries (five in the SB800). That speaks to the excellent design function of the SD-8A. If we think about it carefully so many shots from the SB800, known to give the least amount of pops per battery change of all the Nikon flashes, then we see why there is no light being used while not shooting. It is saving valuable power. We can't look at the light anyway as it only works while shooting, so the case covering the light is no problem to me .

    With regard to recycling it is a big valuable improvement, but not it's strongest feature. It now serves as the quickest Nikon recycler for the money, giving 4 or more continuous shots without light fall-off 80% of the times. Again by design, we SB 800'ers have no overheating problems with the SD-8A which stays cool while shooting, you feel no heat from this small product even if it is against your chest, as it fits in a shirt pocket. I quickly forget it has no traditional straps. Remember it's off when not shooting - so no additional power use and no additional heating retained.

    Yes there are faster power systems to beat it, for more that three times the money that will be necessary for fast action sports, but you take the risk of overheating and blowing to SB800.

    For Photo Journalism and Weddings this is the best choice. For the price paid and value, I could not remove a star for not keeping up with my D-300 on fast action sporting shots. And I still get far more sports action keepers with the SD-8A than without. I am pleased with this products that adds to my work while protecting my Nikon investments.

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    Nikon SD 8a

    Good performance, except that on the SB 800 it is only able to bring down recycle time to 2sec. Considering that the SB and this unit hold 10 cells vs. 5 of the...Read complete review

    Good performance, except that on the SB 800 it is only able to bring down recycle time to 2sec. Considering that the SB and this unit hold 10 cells vs. 5 of the SB alone, recycling time reduces 2.7sec to 2sec is not that much different. Also, after every 15 shots at full power, you are supposed to let the flash cool down for like 5 mins. Uhm, what?I think this is a bit of misinfomation/lying (intentionally?) on the part of the manufacturer. The spec should specify these.I have not seen the SD8a's performance on the new SB900 yet, but I think it's quite decent. So if cost does matter (the new SD9 is $220), I'd recommend buying this to use with the 900.

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    5.0

    great deal

    By RM

    from Michigan

    About Me Pro Photographer

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          Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

          Really works well and I like that I can recharge the batteries. Light weight, easy to put in your pocket. Use it with the SB-800 for super fast recyle.

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          5.0

          I love this product

          By trapaniphoto

          from los angeles

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Recharge
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography

            Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

            Way more affordable and lighter than the alternatives, fast recycling.

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            4.0

            Versatile and reliable

            By D J

            from Maryland

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Recharge
            • Long-Lasting
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Digital Photography
              • Photography
              • Portrait Photography

              Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

              I'm glad to have been able to still get a hold of this battery pack. I'm able to use this with my SB-900, SB-800 & SB-80DX. I bought my first SD-8A in 2003, and it still works flawlessly.

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              4.0

              SD-8A Battery Pack by Nikon

              By reddog

              from Richmond, VA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                    I purchased this battery pack because you can't always have a charged quantum battery pack handy, and you can almost always find AA batteries.

                    It works fine.

                    The one thing I don't like is that you have to plug in one of the cords to the SB-800's pc connector.

                    I don't like this because I like to use pocket wizards when shooting with a remote flash, and my older ones plug into the pc connector also, prohibiting this.

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                    5.0

                    Works great!

                    By MichaelKingPhotography

                    from Dublin, OH

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Recharge
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Reliable
                    • Solid Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Digital Photography
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                      I used the Nikon SD-8a to photograph a charity fund raising event and it worked flawlessly. Recycle time on the flash was very fast and I was able to slip the case into my pocket. I would highly recommend the SD-8a for someone looking for a battery pack to augment their flash.

                      I didn't find anything that I would list as being not so great. You put the batteries into it and plug it in. It works like a charm. I'm very happy with this battery pack.

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                      4.0

                      Nice addition for wedding shoots

                      By Lew

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Recharge
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports photography
                        • Wedding

                        Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                        I've used this product for an engagement shoot and will use it for the wedding shoot to come. It is a little expensive for what you get, but the results are amazing. I an shoot at 11 frames a second if necessary and never miss a flash. It will allow me to shoot an entire wedding on a single change of batteries and get shots in succession that before were impossible. It would be better if Nikon included the screw to attach it to the bottom of my D-700, but that is sold as an accessory.

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                        5.0

                        Great for weddings

                        By Sonlight Images

                        from LIncoln, NE

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Install
                        • Fast Recharge
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Reliable
                        • Solid Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Back Up
                          • Digital Photography
                          • Photography
                          • Portrait Photography

                          Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                          I bought this to use with my SB 800 speed light. My primary use is to shoot weddings. I put new batteries in both the SB 800 and the SD-8A battery pack, I was able to shoot an entire wedding and reception with out changing batteries. The best part was the fast recycle time. I got every shot, which is so important, as things happen very fast in a wedding. I would definitely recommend this product.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again

                          By JP

                          from Atlanta, Ga.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Digital Photography

                            Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                            Greatly increases the efficently of my SB-800

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                            5.0

                            Great battery pack, SB-800and SB-900

                            By Mediclimber

                            from Pottstown PA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Install
                            • Fast Recharge
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Reliable
                            • Solid Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Digital Photography
                              • Photography
                              • Portrait Photography

                              Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                              I use both the SB-800 and SB-900 flashes with my Nikons for CLS flash and this battery pack fits both Speed Lights.

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                              4.0

                              compact, lightweight and fast

                              By picturesbytroy

                              from Vancouver, WA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Easy to Install
                              • Fast Recharge
                              • Long-Lasting
                              • Reliable
                              • Solid Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Digital Photography
                                • Photography
                                • Portrait Photography

                                Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                recently used two of these on a wedding and the met my expectation perfectly. using sb-800's I was happy to be able to shoot quickly in fast moving situations without having to wait for long recycle times. Batteries for both units lasted the entire day.

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                                5.0

                                Works Well

                                By Nick

                                from Chincoteague Island, VA

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                                Pros

                                • Easy to Install
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Reliable
                                • Solid Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Digital Photography
                                  • Portrait Photography
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                  I use the battery pack with the SB-28, SB-800 and SB-900 Speed Lights. Does the job both reducing recycle time and battery life. It would be easier to store if cable was detachable and if it had some sort of neck loop to carry it but that is a design problem and not how useful it is. Very please with the pack.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent quality, excellent performance

                                  By David

                                  from Bend, OR

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Recharge
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Solid Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Expensive
                                  • No strap provided

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Fast-moving subjects
                                  • Sports

                                  Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                  This unit provides a very significant increase in charging speed and in endurance. You really only need it when you're shooting an event or other situation when both are needed. In my case, shooting candids of my grandsons qualifies. I miss fewer fleeting moments.

                                  The construction is good, but at least one good carrying option should be provided.

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                                  5.0

                                  Gets the job done!

                                  By BKPhotog

                                  from New York City, NY

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                                  Pros

                                  • Cost-effective
                                  • Design
                                  • Flexibility
                                  • Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                    Nikon quality and design. Lightweight, compact and powerful... The perfect cost-effective companion for a street/celebrity shooter like myself who relies heavily on an SB800 flash unit. I have used this battery pack belt mounted, slipped into my shoulder bag and/or my jacket pocket, and hanging off of a light pole. Rapid recycle and reliability. Really pleased with this purchase.

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                                    5.0

                                    Power ++

                                    By WilliamV2

                                    from Seattle

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Install
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Back Up
                                      • Digital Photography
                                      • Portrait Photography

                                      Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                      Add power to your SB800 with this light-weight battery pack--you'll never have enough without it.

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                                      5.0

                                      great

                                      By jonathan

                                      from brooklyn, ny

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Install
                                      • Fast Recharge
                                      • Long-Lasting
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Digital Photography
                                        • Portrait Photography

                                        Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                        with fully charged battery combined with my d2xs n sb800, i took well over 1000 shot that day in my friend's wedding, good to go...

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                                        3.0

                                        Slightly faster recycles, lots of shots

                                        By ARChaney

                                        from Alabama

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Install
                                        • Solid Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                            I use this pack connected to my SB-800 for shooting sports. I bought it after seeing the near instantaneous recycle times shown on some online videos. My experience has been that the flash recycles faster than the 4 or 5 batteries in the flash head but I have not gotten the near instantaneous recycle times some of the videos show. I have used NiMh rechargables and fresh AA's, neither made much difference. I do get slightly faster recycle times than with just the batteries in the flash head and I get enough shots to shoot an entire event without a battery changes (most of my events are 500 flashes or less). If I had to make the purchase again I am not sure I would spend the extra for the Nikon branded unit.

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                                            5.0

                                            Nice Addition to SB-800

                                            By Photos by Fred

                                            from Memphis, TN

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Fast reclycle
                                            • Solid Construction

                                            Cons

                                            • None

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                              A very nice way to get additional power for event photogrpahy. Often I shoot in venues with high ceilings using bounce flash. This requires a lot of power from by SB-800 strobe. With the internal batteries, recycling time starts to become a factor afer 100 shots or so. With the SD-8A I can get many more shots with quick reclying.

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                                              3.0

                                              Too Expensive, And...

                                              By utrechtman

                                              from New York City

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Install
                                              • Fast Recharge

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Back Up
                                                • Digital Photography

                                                Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                                This product works. It provides faster recycling times when you need it. However, it is way too expensive!! I mean really - [$]?? And Nikon does NOT want to repair it when warranty expires. They told me that I'd have to pay almost the price of a new one to fix my old one; meaning... they really want me to buy a new one! It's the old "got ya" trick. Now that you've bought an SB flash, we'll "get ya" with the battery pack. Buy it if you really need it though!

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                                                2.0

                                                Not good enough

                                                By Yuan

                                                from New York

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                                Things that aren't so great about it

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                                                3.0

                                                Incredibly Overpriced, but it works

                                                By Jim

                                                from Orlando, FL

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to Install

                                                Cons

                                                • Price

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack:

                                                  If you are going to be doing a lot of indoor action shots, such as dance competitions or sports where a fast cycle rate for the flash is critical, you need this.
                                                  But -- it is a cheap little battery box with some wires that have the unique connections for a Nikon speedlight. You can't make your own copy of this. Nikon should feel ashamed of themselves to charge so much for this accessory.

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