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NikonSU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit
 
4.7

(based on 177 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (127)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (136)
  • Lightweight (121)
  • Reliable (64)
  • Durable (55)
  • Consistent output (44)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portraits (110)
  • General purpose (48)
  • Studio (44)
  • Fill flash (40)
  • Macro photography (35)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (85)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-professional (31), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (27), 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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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

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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

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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

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    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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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            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

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            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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              4.0

              Nice Flash Commander Unit

              By Crinosil

              from Phillipsburg NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Doesn't Use Aa Batteries

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

              It lets me use my flashes without worrying about direct line of sight. Works well and seems well built. My only issue with it is that it doesn't use regular AA batteries... so in addition to batteries for the Flashes I have to carry separate size...

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              5.0

              Foolproof

              By mcumbie

              from Colorado Springs, CO

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                I appreciate the fact that I was able to easily understand how to set up and use this unit with my flash set-up.

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                5.0

                Professional grade and amateur easy

                By spug

                from Missoula, MT

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                    Easy to navigate flash setting for one or more off camera speedlights.

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By Slckplt

                    from İstanbul

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                      Great for of camera flash usage

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                      5.0

                      SU-800 is a Winner!

                      By ArtM

                      from Tampa, Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy to Setup
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Can't Go Wrong

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Off camera flash
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                      I ordered the SU-800 Speedlight Commander on advice from a pro. It is a winner right out of the box! I set it up in less than 10 minutes to command my SB-800, SB-900, and SB-910 Speedlights in three separate groups (A, B, C) and everything worked great. The SU-800 is an absolute must if you own more than one speedlight and want to get the flash off your camera (which was the original advice of Pro Photographer Tom Bol). You will not regret getting the SU-800...GO FOR IT!

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                      3.0

                      Cheaper than another flash

                      By Pat

                      from Northern Virginia

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Can't Be Aimed

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                        Used to control Nikon speedlights when on-camera flash can't do the job. Light and compact.
                        Requires a remote cable and way to mount and aim it at the flash you want to control, or pretty direct strong reflection, since it doesn't tilt or rotate.
                        Requires yet another (non-rechargeable) battery to keep on hand on a shoot.

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                        5.0

                        Powerful and unassuming

                        By SeattleK

                        from Seattle

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Flash Trigger
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                          Very nice. This triggers around corners, switches between TTL and Manual with a single click and has a few nifty tricks for quickly setting ratio between groups. Really great little device and while it might seem large in the product picture, is actually very unassuming and light on the camera. You won't really know it's even there. My main goal here was to avoid the pre flash and it's been great.

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                          5.0

                          Serves it purpose well..........

                          By Tall Man Inc...

                          from Oakland, Calif

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                                There are certainly cons with this product, specifically reliability in bright sunlight and some line of sight issues. I knew that when I purchased it. However, when I couple this with my radio poppers I get full CLS reliability in any situation. I absolutely love the creative freedom it allows me and the speed to control my lights with a couple button pushes. As for indoor use, I've had great success with the Su-800. I gave it five stars, because it does exactly what I want it to do.

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                                5.0

                                Great addition

                                By Photoguyinmo

                                from Independence, MO

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

                                  This was a great addition to the R1 flash kit along with the SB800 and SB600 units. Works great

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