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Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash

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Product Highlights

  • For Nikon SLRs with Built-in Flash
  • Prevents Flash from Influencing Exposure

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The Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel attaches to the camera's flash shoe, and covers and prevents the camera's built-in flash from influencing the exposure, while still permitting its use as a Commander for off-camera Speedlights.

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NikonSG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash
 
4.7

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (92)
  • Easy to use (84)
  • Reliable (55)
  • Packs small / compresses (52)
  • Strong construction (25)

Cons

  • Poor quality (10)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (47)
  • Weddings (35)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
  • Portraits (9)
  • Travel (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (41), Semi-pro photographer (22), Pro photographer (14), Professional (9), Enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (74)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sg-3IR tips and tricks (works with D700)

What it does: It hides most (not all) the visible light generated by your pop-up flash.
Why? When using the pop-up flash to trigger other flashes, it still has to...Read complete review

What it does: It hides most (not all) the visible light generated by your pop-up flash.
Why? When using the pop-up flash to trigger other flashes, it still has to flash (at a very low power) to generate the light needed to trigger the other flashes. Sometimes this adds unwanted light, can be seen in shinny objects, adds a second catch light in the eyes, and your subjects will see an annoying pre-flash that can make some people blink. This simple device filters the light and makes all that go away.

I use it with my D700, and it works perfectly.

Tips: To remove it, pull straight back - firmly. You don't need to pull the tiny metal pin up. If you grip the base with your finger and press your thumb against the camera body, it comes off pretty easy.

You can tape it over the front of a SB-800 flash to block it's light. Doing so turns it into a SU800-like controller, and you get the autofocus assist light. This is a great trick for low light use. Be sure to dial down the SB-800 to it's lowest power setting, so you don't melt the SG-3IR (not sure that it will, but no need to change it).

Yes, it is handy to have two. I modified one to velcro to my SB-800.

Last tip - to trigger strobes around corners, use those small convex mirrors they make to stick onto truck mirrors. Put velcro on them so you can stick them to clamps as a trigger relay.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works as advertised, but hard to remove

As other users have stated, this has a small metal pin that is very difficult to raise to get the SG-3IR off the camera. I had not read the reviews before purchasing,...Read complete review

As other users have stated, this has a small metal pin that is very difficult to raise to get the SG-3IR off the camera. I had not read the reviews before purchasing, and had a very hard time removing it. Once I got it off the camera (no small feat) I got a pair of pliers and completely removed the pin - I was not going to take chances with filing it down or any other alterations.

If you can get past all that, it does what it says it will do - I use it with a D7000 and have found it useful, but wish the design had been better.

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5.0

Dirt Simple, Works

By Sparks79

from San Antonio, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

    The higher-end Nikon DSLR cameras can control speed-lights compatible with the creative Lighting System using the on-camera flash. Problem is, that flash can affect your subject even though it isn't part of the final exposure, Enter the SG-3IR Panel. This simple device slips onto the flash shoe on top of the camera and covers the flip-up flash from your subject. It is transparent to IR, but blocks the visible light. Folded, it takes very little room in the bag. A dirt-simple solution that works fine. It is plastic, so I can't speak to its longevity but you're not likely to be using it in a situation where it would be broken off the camera. My son recommended it and I ordered one right away it was such a good idea.

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    5.0

    A must for built in flash commanders

    By Don C

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

      Prevents the built-in flash from showing up. Doesn't seem to affect the performance of the commander in regards to distance. When removing, to make it easier, I put my thumb on the base the shoe with my pointing finger wrapped around panel's neck.

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      5.0

      Simple, sturdy, does the job

      By emidge

      from Santa Cruz, BO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

        The SG-3IR Panel is a simple accessory that allows you to fire off a slave speedlight with the camera's built-in flash and without said flash affecting the lighting of your subject. It's sturdy and fits well in the camera's flash shoe. I've tried using the homemade work around using the black disk that comes in floppy disks where you wrap it around the flash, but I prefer this panel because, simply put, it does the job. Also, the black material from the floppy disk would get a little burnt from the flash.

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        3.0

        Pre-emptive tampering

        By Determined amateur

        from Virginia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

            By reading what other reviewers had to say, I knew there was a problem with the tiny, spring-loaded pin intended to hold the device in place in the hot shoe. Taking the suggestion of one reviewer, I removed the thing with a small needle-nosed plier. Have only used it indoors where it has worked well, and it stays in the shoe without the pin.

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            4.0

            A bit strange looking but it works

            By PistolPete

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

              A must have if you plan to use the Nikon infrared CLS triggering system controlling off camera flashes. I had though it was possible to turn off the pop-up flash completely and only have it emit the infrared trigger needed to pop the remote flashes but I was mistaken.If you photograph certain subjects with reflective surfaces (such as a car), it will show the light bouncing back from the pop up flash. Quite annoying at times and may throw off your carefully designed lighting setup. This blocker will solve that issue.

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              5.0

              Works well

              By stevieb

              from New York City

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                The purpose of this attachment is to prevent the built-in flash from reflecting back into the lens when using the built-in flash as a commander. It does just that. By and large the use is limited to specific situations where the subject or the background is reflective.

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                5.0

                worth the money

                By llong

                from Michigan

                Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                I use this device on a Nikon D7000 with the on camera flash in commander mode, remotely controlling a SB700 speedlight. Without this device, even with the on camera flash dialed down, I would still have occasional reflection in peoples glasses. You can use other methods to block the flash, but this device works exactly as it's supposed to. Worth the minimal amount of money spent.

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                5.0

                Does the job.

                By Mike C.

                from Elon, NC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Product Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                  Bought the SG-3IR to use on my D600 Nikon, when using off camera flash. I have no problems taking off or attaching to my camera hot shoe. I have used the SG-3IR several times and must say it works great. It keeps the on camera flash from becoming part of the photo. Love it.

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                  4.0

                  Does What it is Suppose to.

                  By Robin

                  from Dallas

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                        Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                        Adequately blocks the built-in flash while still activating the remotes. Need to be a little careful shooting top down. The panel can swing out allowing some light to escape the bottom. Mounts easily but need to be careful not to damage this thing sticking up on the camera body. All plastic but reasonably well constructed. An annoyance but works as advertised and much cheaper than radio triggers.

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                        4.0

                        easy, unexpensive backup for remote

                        By Enrique

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                          This is a great accessory for enabling high-speed synchro in FP mode using an external flash, and also serves as a cheap and simple backup in case your remote flash trigger fails.

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                          5.0

                          Work efficiently

                          By Nicolas

                          from Cambridge, MA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                              This little piece of plastic aims to stop the light of a pop-up flash when you want to use a remote flash. I am using it with a Nikon D700+Nikon SB-700, and it works good

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                              5.0

                              Got to have one

                              By Anthony

                              from Dallas Texas

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                  Simple and effective, Great product, Great price.

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                                  4.0

                                  IR panel

                                  By gdhawk

                                  from Manassas VA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Pack
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                  I use this for other things and its great

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                                  3.0

                                  Good Portable, Low Budget Solution

                                  By Livefish

                                  from Bologna, Italy

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Pack
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portaits
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                    Handy gadget to have in the bag when using the Nikon Creative Lighting System for off-camera flash controlled by DSLRs with the pop-flash (D700, D300s, D90). Looks a bit odd but solves the problem of unwanted light from the on-camera with precise set-ups and distracting the subject when working with a model. Even better (but bigger and more costly) solution is the Nikon SU-800 controller.

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                                    5.0

                                    It's essential

                                    By B

                                    from South Florida

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                        Shooting in the Nikon commander mode it's an essential tool

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                                        5.0

                                        Simple tool, works as advertised

                                        By Fatboy

                                        from Colorado

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Macro Shoots

                                          Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                          Great for eliminating the slight flash glow when shooting macro.

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                                          5.0

                                          Small bat great.

                                          By zooly

                                          from Vt

                                          Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                          l like and recomend for frends.

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                                          5.0

                                          Awesome product :)

                                          By AMoore

                                          from Ohio

                                          Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                          I use my sb700 off camera 99% of the time and purchased this panel to avoid the flash reflection in my clients eyes. Works perfectly!

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                                          5.0

                                          Muy Practico !!!

                                          By JUAN

                                          from COLOMBIA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                              Si quieres manejar tu flash de forma remota, es el mejor accesorio para controlar la luz del flash de la cámara.

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                                              4.0

                                              Silly, but it works

                                              By SA

                                              from NYC

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Pack
                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                              • Weak Construction

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash:

                                              It's a shame that we Nikon users have to get this, but it does work. Triggering my flash wirelessly with my pop works great but the pop up casts an unwanted shadow in the background of portraits. This baby blocks that light and that problem is nonexistent.

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