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Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set - for SB-800, SB-600 & SB-80DX Flash

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The SJ-1 allows for modification of the flash output to be matched to the background scene. This is especially useful for digital cameras where "white balance" can be controlled.

For instance, when shooting with a flash under fluorescent lights the foreground will be white, but the background will still have a green cast. By using a green filter the flash output gets converted to match the rest of the scene, and the camera's White Balance setting can then be set to "Fluorescent".

The blue, yellow, red and amber filters can be used for creative lighting control, and can add dramatic colors to the image, especially when more than one flash is used.

Included in the kit are 20 filters, in 8 types:

FL-G1 (Fluorescent)

x2

FL-G2 (Fluorescent)

x2

TN-A1 (Tungsten)

x2

TN-A2 (Tungsten)

x2

Blue

x4

Yellow

x2

Red

x4

Amber

x2

Filter case

x1

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NikonSJ-1 Color Filter Set
 
4.4

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (43)
  • Clear optics (15)
  • Firm mount (13)
  • Consistent effect (10)
  • Strong construction (8)

Cons

  • Loose mount (11)
  • Poor quality (7)

Best Uses

  • Color correction (45)
  • Image manipulation (24)
  • Artwork (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (16), Enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

beware of the heat

Not sure if using SB800 has anything to do with it, but be aware not to shoot too frequently with the color gels. They’re made of a very thin plastic, and...Read complete review

Not sure if using SB800 has anything to do with it, but be aware not to shoot too frequently with the color gels. They’re made of a very thin plastic, and the heat coming from the speedlight will crinkle the gels. After only three shots my red gel looked like it’s been in use for several months! The color has not faded, so I still use it (with a little masking tape to keep it in place). That aside, the gels are very consistent and fun to use!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great concept, similar flaws

I love this kit for what it includes in terms of colors and duplicate filters.

The shape is great when you use the 14mm wide angle flip-down diffuser however as a straight...Read complete review

I love this kit for what it includes in terms of colors and duplicate filters.

The shape is great when you use the 14mm wide angle flip-down diffuser however as a straight gel, these never seem to stay perfectly in place.

Many times I would like the daytime filters for fill flash in bright sun but generally use the flashes without diffusion or through an umbrella where I need as much direct power as possible.

I would love to see the future design include some ability to connect at top and bottom if not maybe both sides for really secure fit. I so often use a bit of tape to keep it down and use the mini rosco sample kit so this is a great improvement with diffuser but a bit of a letdown for usage without the extra tape.

Another great thing about these is that I have HEAVILY melted the plastic on three SB800 bodies and these have NEVER melted. They are TOUGH!

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5.0

Exactly what it should be

By The Pro You Want to Know

from St George, UT

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Loose Mount

Best Uses

  • Color Correction
  • Image Manipulation

Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

I had two of these filters before, and actually didn't know how to use them properly. I lost them and the instruction in the new set make a world of difference. Definitely a must for my real estate shoots.

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5.0

Works - whats not to like

By Bryan

from NYC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Optics
  • Easy To Use
  • Firm Mount
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

      Nice. Works well.

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      5.0

      Old school, still the best school

      By Fotodude

      from Eastern Sierra, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Clear Optics
      • Easy To Use
      • Firm Mount
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction

        Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

        I'm a working pro with 30 plus years experience. Many newer photographers forget the value of balancing light sources. These little gems match the existing light with your flash. You'll instantly see how they turn your image into the one people want. You won't be making excuses as to why the people in front are fine, but the background people are 'green' or 'orange.'
        As for value, to me, they are priceless. You may find something similar for less, but you know Nikon won't put their name on it unless it works with their flash. And for me, I'd rather spend an extra 10 bucks and know it's going to work for my client. (Or my family)

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        4.0

        Works great!

        By Patrick G.

        from Omaha, NE

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Loose Mount

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

        Simply put, These work great! Not perfect though. They fit on fairly easily and the execution of design is very simple. The only drawback is that in order for it to truly stay put you need to pull out the diffusion plate (on an SB-600) and I don't always want the wide spread that it gives. They will however lay pretty flat so long as you give them a nice sharp crease where it tells you to. Simple design, very effective, nice storage case, but not perfect.

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        5.0

        Does what it's supposed to do.

        By PPGB

        from Missouri

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Loose Mount

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction

        Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

        Does what it's supposed to do.

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        5.0

        Exactly what you expect

        By Coop

        from Fishers, IN

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

        believe the other reviews when they say the gels deform quickly from the heat. I took 3 pictures about 15 seconds apart and they already started to deform. They still work fine, but don't expect them to last really long. They are disposable, but the effects you can create with them are wonderful.

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        5.0

        Nice for creative use

        By Naturally the speed of light

        from The sun and me. Yes.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Use With Everthing

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sb-800 Remote Set Up

          Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

          Sb-800 is swell.Beautiful everything! I use with cool pix and slr.Wish it was still in product line.More filters more everything.Starting to use new features.Each camera a phenom with this strobe.Ahem, true camera love.

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          5.0

          Good product

          By cmbasse

          from Towanda PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

              Does what you want it to and it stays in position

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              5.0

              better color

              By patrickpdk

              from Washington, dc

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Firm Mount

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                  A simple product, works as expected. Now my photos don't have flash and tungsten white balance mixed.

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                  5.0

                  A must have product

                  By Mangesh Dhere

                  from Pune, Maharashtra, India

                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Color Correction

                    Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                    I used only red coloured filter, but it is very nice. Perfect size. They have provided 2 filters for every colour which is the best, but sad thing is they get wrinkeled after 5-6 flashes. It is very simple to use. Easily gets inserted into flash head. A little high price, though. Overall good product.

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                    2.0

                    I wish

                    By Yumyumphoto

                    from new jersey

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                          that when I first used the filter that my flash did not melt the filter....it needs a holder to hold it away from the flash head

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Tools!

                          By Shutter Bros Photography

                          from Longview, WA

                          About Me Photography Student

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction
                            • Creative Lighting
                            • Image Manipulation

                            Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                            I took these out last night for a shoot I did under a bridge. The flash was putting of too cold of a color, so I put on the ambers and they warmed the scene quite nicely.

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                            1.0

                            Shame on you Nikon!

                            By Fish Man

                            from Chicago

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Loose Mount
                              • Weak Construction

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                this filter set is terrible...at the first shots the filters warp and start to melt but Nikon says in it's manual that these should be "looked at as a disposable item"surely Nikon customers would pay a few dollars more for something that was not so thin and destructible as these.

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                                4.0

                                Handy

                                By [@]

                                from Ottawa, ON

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                                      Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                      This set is definitely very easy to use, and the pouch keeps the gels very compact and safe. As long as you bend in the cover as much as possible before inserting into the flash head, it will stay flush with the glass. Otherwise it will likely stick out and let some light spill.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Little Problem Solvers

                                      By LilleG

                                      from Opelika, AL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Optics
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Firm Mount

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Color Correction

                                        Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                        The filters are easy to use. Simply bend at the divider and they slip under the Wide-Flash Adapter and cover the face of the flash securely. The little carry case is handy as well. There are enough colors to cover the most common situations but I would like to see the addition (maybe as an optional purchase) of even more colors for specific situations.

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                                        5.0

                                        Must have. Awesomely Creative

                                        By patrickreza

                                        from los angeles, ca

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Awesome Colours
                                        • Durable but Thin
                                        • Easy to carry
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Firm Mount

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Backgrounds
                                          • Color Correction
                                          • Image Manipulation

                                          Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                          Comes with so many colors and combo's. You can even put two filters on top of each other! (e.g. blue+red=purple) It works flawlessly with my Nikon SB-600. They are thin, but durable and very easy to connect. I even sometimes hold them in front of the on camera flash. I use these wirelessly and they dont interfere with the Nikon Wireless Strobe system either. A must buy for any studio, portraiture photographer.

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                                          4.0

                                          Great for Color Correction

                                          By J Barber

                                          from Boston, MA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                          • Limited opacity of colors

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Color Correction

                                          Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                          These filters are great for color correction, but I find that the pure blue, amber, red filters to be too restrictive for effect lighting. Maybe im spoiled from having over 50 different gel colors to use on fill lights, but these are insufficient for my needs.

                                          The ability to place the gels into the flash head is great and this alone adds value to this set. But any use other than light correction seems ambitious.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great product

                                          By Chris

                                          from Long Island, NY

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Optics
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                          • Weak Construction

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Color Correction

                                          Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                          Very easy to use, simply set the white balance to whatever lighting your under. Say goodbye to backrounds differing in color than the subject. I use it on my SB-600 and they're great. Could be constructed a little stronger though. Overall, they're extremely useful and easy to use.

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                                          4.0

                                          Convenient to carry and use.

                                          By David

                                          from Vancouver, Canada

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Precut for Nikon Flash
                                          • WB matches Nikon System

                                          Cons

                                          • Color may fade after use
                                          • Filters are very thin

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Color Correction

                                          Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                          I bought the filters mainly for color balance of tungsten and fluorescent light. Both produce decent results. Other color filters are bonus for me to try other effects. Although people suggest other gel filters and custom cut for saving money, I believe the SJ-1 matches and works better for Nikon's color balance system. It comes in a small folder, makes it organized and easy to carry. The filters are very thin, so should be handle with care. I fold and insert it between the flash and wide adapter. The wide adapter keeps it in place and no adhesive tape is needed. No leaking of light 'cause it is custom made for Nikon SB-600... Little instructions for WB setting and compensation are printed on some (not all) filters that remind me. On manual, it says it's color will fade after frequent and heavy uses. I don't know how fast but for casual use like me, this is not a problem. Also thanks to a 2 filters for each color as a spare. I have the set always in my camera bag now, and I have more confident in taking better color balance pics in most enviroments.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great set of filters.

                                          By Rick

                                          from Michigan

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Color Correction

                                              Comments about Nikon SJ-1 Color Filter Set:

                                              Comes with a small but effective case to store them and organize them. Increases my ability to match flash color with back ground light color. Great and cheap!

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