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NikonSU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit
 
4.7

(based on 192 reviews)

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    (49)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (148)
  • Lightweight (131)
  • Reliable (64)
  • Durable (62)
  • Consistent output (50)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portraits (118)
  • General purpose (55)
  • Fill flash (45)
  • Studio (44)
  • Macro photography (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (31), Semi-professional (31), Professional (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far so good!

Very easy to use with compatible Nikon flash units. Range and line of sight is somewhat limited (though better than I expected after reading some reviews), but most of what I shoot is...Read complete review

Very easy to use with compatible Nikon flash units. Range and line of sight is somewhat limited (though better than I expected after reading some reviews), but most of what I shoot is wide-angle, so I can get close to the particular subject, so range rarely is a problem for how I shoot. Also, most of what I do is small-medium landscapes, where just a punch of fill is needed against an overpowering backlighting. If you want to shoot something from 100ft away in bright sunlight with lots of barriers to line of sight, this may not be what you need. For me and (I imagine) for studio settings, the SU-800 works great. Rarely misfires, and usually due to slow recycle on the flash unit I use (usually SB600s), not because of the SU-800 commander. Though I am fairly new to off-camera flash, so far, I am quite pleased with it.

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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

Flash control made easy!

By Beezodog

from Chicagoland, IL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • Portraits

    Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

    I bought this unit to control flash units used when doing macro photography. But this is great for controlling off-camera flash unit for portraiture as well. The setup works well with my Nikon D5500 and my two SB-500 flash units. The learning curve is not too steep and there are online videos available FREE from Nikon to get you up to speed. The CR123 battery is pricey but lasts a long time. You can purchase a set of Watson rechargeable batteries with charger to cut.the costs.

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    5.0

    makes it easier to work with speedlights

    By Al nyc

    from Bronx,NY

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

        with nikon speedlights

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        5.0

        Nikon quality is impressive

        By NCK

        from Warminster, Pa

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits
        • Still Life Photography

        Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

        I had tried another speedlight commander from Vello which only worked for about 30 shots and failed. Thought I could save some money but was disappointed. Had purchased the Nikon R-1 flash system and used the commander mode in camera which worked great. Wanted something I could adjust without camera menus. The Nikon Su-800 works great and I couldn't be more pleased. I mostly use a pair of SB-600's for fill flash when shooting in a bird blind and the Su-800 is just amazing!This commander allows me to control the R-1 flash units as well as the SB-600's for a more complicated table top system as well. Thanks B&H for your quick rma and refund for the Vello.

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        5.0

        Nice Addition

        By TX Newbie

        from San Antonio, TX

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Flash Commander

          Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

          Although I've only had my SU-800, for a short time, I am completely satisfied with its performance. It has worked flawlessly with both my Nikon SB-700 and Yongnuo YN-568EX. And as usual, B&H delivered on time and at a great price.

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          4.0

          Replacing cord with Su800

          By tony

          from San Diego California

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Weak Output

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

          I just tried the Su800 prior to my coming up trip to make sure it works and it did very well tripping a mixture of 3 sb800 and 2 sb900 while photographing hummingbird. The 14 foot max distance is not enough while using a 600mm lens.

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          5.0

          Flash Photography made easy

          By Perry

          from Boston

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit:

            I have always wanted to learn flash photography for a while now but have found little time to go to classes. With this unit, I was able to experiment with myself and get started immediately. I have several 3 SB units (all different models) and this allowed be to control them in one convenient unit atop my camera.

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            5.0

            Runs my Nikon wireless speedlights

            By Bob

            from Maine

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            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

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              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

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                  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

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                    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

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                        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

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                            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

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                              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

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                              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

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                                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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                                  (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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