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Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit

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The multi-functional Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit forms the nerve center of any i-TTL multiple flash-lighting situation.

Capable of metering and triggering groups of remote Speedlights in the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System), a one-touch switch fully automates accurate exposures of small subjects instantly. Manual adjustment of the balance of each units output is simple to control through the comprehensive LCD panel.

When using i-TTL compatible Nikon digital SLR cameras and Speedlights, user can divide the Speedlight units into three groups and control the flash output independently for each group
Features a Commander function that can trigger wireless remote flash (SB-R200, SB-900, SB-910, SB-800, SB-700 and SB-600) units without a master flash unit
One-touch switching between close-up and Commander modes
Two types of close-up operation:
  • Dual-light close-up flash
  • Triple-light close-up flash
  • Display LCD, ready-light
    Maximum Range Wireless up to 66' (20 m)
    Power Source 123A 3v Lithium battery
    Dimensions 2.7 x 3.8 x 2.3" (68 x 96 x 58mm) [W x H x D]
    Weight (Approx.) 5.6 oz (160 g)
    Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit
  • SS-SU800 Soft Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonSU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit
     
    4.7

    (based on 186 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (133)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (48)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (142)
    • Lightweight (127)
    • Reliable (64)
    • Durable (59)
    • Consistent output (46)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (6)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (115)
    • General purpose (52)
    • Studio (44)
    • Fill flash (41)
    • Macro photography (35)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (94)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (33), Semi-professional (31), Pro photographer (30), Professional (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome

    I didn't think I needed this as my on camera flash, SB 900 or SB600 could be used to control all my flashes, but I was wrong. I had been setting up my...Read complete review

    I didn't think I needed this as my on camera flash, SB 900 or SB600 could be used to control all my flashes, but I was wrong. I had been setting up my flashes using my on camera flash D300s, but what a pain it was to access the menu system and to not forget to hit "ok" when all parameters are set. I then got a SB900 thinking I'd use that as a controller but that really limited what could be done as the flash need to be on camera or wired to the hotshoe with an extension cord. With the above limitations, I shelled out the cash for the SU800 and have been very pleased. Set up is a breeze, and now I have an extra flash unit to use off camera while still maintaining the simplicity of setting up the shot with a dedicated controller. Furthermore, there is no preflash which can confuse/annoy your subjects. I also found that this thing is much more powerful and seems to have better range than a SB unit. Only downside is the 123A batteries! Read my review on the R1 kit for an option for batteries.

    Finally, when used with the R1 close up kit, this setup is great. You can really see the engineering and foresight of the design when used in this application. Oh, if you are looking at the R1C1 kit, it is cheaper to buy the R1 and SU-800 separately rather than as a kit, go figure.

    Hope this helps someone.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great in a super controlled environment

    While I purchased the SU-800 to alleviate the pre-flash from my camera's flash when used to control my speedlights, it doesn't work as well as I'd hoped.

    With the pop-up on...Read complete review

    While I purchased the SU-800 to alleviate the pre-flash from my camera's flash when used to control my speedlights, it doesn't work as well as I'd hoped.

    With the pop-up on commander mode, the pre-flash made subjects blink, this fixes that and offers a only slighly quicker way to adjust flashes. If you're savvy enough to use this, you'll be able to control the flashes through commander mode just fine and just about as quickly. This simply benefits people needing more and 1 or 2 groups that are built in (I'm using a D200, which can do 2 groups, my D70 did 1).

    When using the SU-800, things worked great, unless the flashes were moved slightly behind anything. I wasn't getting any response from any in-room reflections. Something simply like shooting a portrait through a doorway of a room with the flash inside, would lead to no flash! We're talking just out of line of sight, 2-3 feet through the door. I had to put the SU-800 on an SC-28 to control anything, ruining the whole point of on-camera control.

    While I'm sure this works fine in a more controlled studio setting, or for macro work, it's not useful in any improvised settings. Go cordered if the flashes are close, or get something RF if you need to improvise based on location. I returned my and will be going with Pocket Wizards or Radio Poppers in the future.

    But the first fix is Nikons little IR filter for the pop up flash that should somewhat reduce the pre-flash blink issue.

    This would be better if the IR transmitter was aimed all around the unit for better cover. I couldn't even trigger flashs to the sides of the camera, 2 ft away!

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    5.0

    Runs my Nikon wireless speedlights

    By Bob

    from Maine

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast Recycling
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • CLS
      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Location
      • Macro
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism
      • Portrait
      • Portraits
      • Wireless control

      Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

      Simple to use - this little guy runs my Nikon (CLS) wireless speedlight and wireless macro speedlights. Very intuitive, no hunting for what you need. very well thought out.

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      5.0

      Easy to use

      By Bob

      from Maine

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

          Excellent addition to Nikon Wireless flash system. Easy to setup, always dependable - no problems in studio or on location.

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          5.0

          Works great for me

          By jimmyd

          from South Carolina

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

            Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

            I read some say this does not enough range, well maybe in a huge church or other building that may be true but it works just great for me. I did not measure it but it is a good 50-60 feet so the is perfect for me and it is great to use. I love the macro mode.

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            4.0

            Works well in direct line of sight.

            By FJB

            from Chicago

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                Works well in interiors; you must maintain a direcr lign of sigth between the controler and the speedlight.

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                4.0

                if only this system were remote based

                By Karl

                from Denver CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Hard To Set Up
                • How To Set Up
                • Need Direct Line Of Sight

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                I am using my flash handheld or on a stand remotely. I with this unit worked without a direct line of sight though.

                It's great other than that.

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                4.0

                Gotta have it!

                By Shooter Sam

                from Boulder, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                    If you use 3 lights and want to control them individually, then you got to have this guy. Otherwise, the camera's remote controls will do a just as good or better job.

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                    5.0

                    Works great

                    By TrailQuest

                    from Plymouth, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                      I use it with a PW miniTT1 in the hot shoe of a D750 & the SU-800 in the hot shoe of the TT1 firing 2 SB-700 speedlights. Works great. Operation & controls are easy to figure out.

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                      5.0

                      This is so cool

                      By Mike

                      from Canton, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Can't Use My Old Sb-28

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                      I used to have to tether one of my SB910s to my camera, limiting my focal length (because I could only get so far back). Now I can use all three of my Nikon Speed lights near my subject and step back to use my 85mm to make better portraits. Very easy to use.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome!

                      By KW Cel

                      from Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                        Have been wanting to get away from my plug-in beginner studio lights and switch to multiple speedlights instead. The SU-800, although I just threw it on camera without even reading anything beyond the basic "how to use" instructions, is great. Speedlight attached to umbrella/stand, and now I have a portable lighting unit. (Additional speedlight hopefully coming from Santa...) Love the ease of using!

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                        4.0

                        Controll freak

                        By Christian

                        from Two Harbors Mn

                        Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                        Nikon products work great and the US 800 is no exception.

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                        4.0

                        Great in the right circumstances

                        By Eric1010

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Manual Mode Only Allows F

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                        Great for i-TTL flash control with multiple off-camera flashes.

                        Manual mode is a little more difficult as there is only full stop exposure steps. 1/2 steps should really be the minimum, 1/3 steps would be an even better option.

                        IR control is a bit of a pain when moving the flash from side to side - you need to rotate the flash so the IR receiver is still in a position to receive. Rather tough when it is mounted inside a modifier box.

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                        5.0

                        Does what it should

                        By RT

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                          Functions very well as on camera trigger for off camera flash in those camera bodies not equipped with on camera pop-up flash that can be used as a commander. Haven't tried in bright sun as of yet so can't comment on it's utility there.

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                          5.0

                          Simple

                          By Franking

                          from Polk city florida

                          Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                          Simple ,effective ,gives a tremendous flexibility and combination of positioning of multiple flash,with reduced weight and volume.very affordable Practical in studio and outside in the field to illuminate from flowers to any foreground with any angle

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                          5.0

                          SU-800

                          By SS Gill

                          from Fremont, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                            This was my 1st time order from B&H even though I heard of them long time ago. Their prices are very competitive & in fact cheaper than most stores I know of in California.

                            The goods arrived well on time as declared at the time of check out. Condition of goods was great on arrival and the packaging was just superb.

                            I've already decided to use B&H for my future needs.

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                            4.0

                            Works as expected.

                            By Mark S.

                            from Northern New Jersey

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • not cheap

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                            The main reason I got this product was that the signal flashes from the D600's built-in flash was showing up in my photos (particularly in the eyes or eyeglasses) and it didn't look right. With this product, the issue was solved. It's also a lot easier to program the manual power settings than via the camera body's Commander menus. The reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is that at over $[$], it's not cheap. (But it sure beats buying four PocketWizards to handle a 3-light setup in the studio--that would have set me back $800.)Just a warning: the product arrives with the Closeup Mode enabled. You have to switch it off if you're using it in non-closeup situations.

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                            4.0

                            Good, overall.

                            By Bera

                            from São Paulo, Brazil

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Full Ev Increments Only
                            • Unusual Battery Size
                            • Unusual Size Battery

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio Lightning

                            Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                            The SU-800 is light and very easy to use. The only drawbacks so far: 1) uses unusual size batteries (123a); and 2) it doesn´t allow 1/3 steps EV increments, only full steps! So be aware of this before you buy.

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                            5.0

                            great product

                            By DJ

                            from ga

                            Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                            Works perfectly

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                            5.0

                            Easy to Use

                            By kiwichibi

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                                  I'm a beginner and bought this to use with the R1 macro flash system. Works perfectly, and not hard to figure out.

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                                  5.0

                                  the most amazing flash i have ever used

                                  By Fish Face Christopher

                                  from Eastern Seaboard, United States

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful Output
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • none

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                                  i cannot suggest this flash enough. it is superior quality and works exactly how it is meant to. nikon has done it yet again.

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                                  5.0

                                  Reliable and easy to use

                                  By Georgia from Colorado

                                  from Boulder, CO

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful Output
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Photojournalism
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                                    I wish I would have gotten the commander earlier. It freed up a speed light and this menu is even easier to use than the speed light menu. I'm using it with a SB800 and a SB910. Perfect for travel when I can't bring the big guns.

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