Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack

Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack

Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack

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The Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack takes six "AA" alkaline, lithium or NiCad batteries. It can be used with the SB-11, SB-22, SB-25, SB-26, SB-27, SB-28, SB-28DX, SB-80DX, & SB-800 Speedlights, as well as the SK-6A Power Bracket. Total flash capacity per round of batteries is doubled, and flash recycling time will be cut by 60-75%. Batteries must be in place in the flash in order to operate.

Dimensions: 2.7 X 6.2 X 1" (WxHxD)
Weight: 4.9 oz (Excluding Batteries)

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Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack
  • Padded Case
  • SC-16 Connecting Cord
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.4 x 2.3"

    Nikon 4729 Reviews

    SD-8A Battery Pack is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 117.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nikon SD 8a Good performance, except that on the SB 800 it is only able to bring down recycle time to 2sec. Considering that the SB and this unit hold 10 cells vs. 5 of the SB alone, recycling time reduces 2.7sec to 2sec is not that much different. Also, after every 15 shots at full power, you are supposed to let the flash cool down for like 5 mins. Uhm, what?I think this is a bit of misinfomation/lying (intentionally?) on the part of the manufacturer. The spec should specify these.I have not seen the SD8a's performance on the new SB900 yet, but I think it's quite decent. So if cost does matter (the new SD9 is $220), I'd recommend buying this to use with the 900.
    Date published: 2008-11-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works GREAT! In the past I used to have Quantum battery packs to run my flash units for extended use. Since I got the Nikon SB-800 I have been using the 5-battery set up pretty good. I decided to get the SD-8A because it is really cheap compared to a Quantum unit and it can take generic AA batteries. I use rechargable NiMH batteries with no problem. Flash recycles immediately using this pack. The unit is pretty small and light. No big complaints. It does have a PC cord attachment which I don't need. Wish there was a way to take it off or pack it away somewhere. Carry case is not bad. Wish it had a vertical belt attachment instead of horizontal.
    Date published: 2008-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, Yes I use this velcro'd to my flash bracket(without the pouch) and can get about 600 images during a wedding reception. That's with ten 1700MAH batteries and my SB-80, flash bounced during the reception. As long as you use (as recommended) the same brand/MAH batteries fully charged in both the SD-8A and the flash this will work as advertised. I hate being tethered to a battery pack and this solved my problem perfectly. Although I am not sorry I purchased it and would definitely recommend it, I did think it was a bit pricey. However, there's NOTHING out there like this product. It has a minimal's as small as it can be but still provides the service you need.
    Date published: 2008-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as advertised I have been looking for a relatively inexpensive battery pack to use with SB-800's while shooting weddings, rather than investing in a Quantum Turbo 2x2. I picked this up and shot an entire day from 8am to 11:30pm on two battery changes. Shooting included outdoors at full power during sunset hours to overpower the sun behind the couple. If you don't mind carrying around a few changes of batteries, you should easily get 4 or more hours of shooting with this. You do need to be careful of melting the strobe, just like with any other battery pack.
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessory Must-Have This device holds 6 additional batteries and allows almost instantaneous recycling and hundreds more flash pops. Essential for rapid firing during news gathering or event shooting. Much lighter than other turbo-type batteries, and according to Nikon, better for the health of the flash. Pros: Supports rapid firing of your Nikon Speedlight, extends shooting time/pops between battery changes, slips right into your pocket without the nylon case, or fits on your belt with the case. May be attached to a camera bracket via built-in mounting hole. Cons: A little pricy, but far cheaper than any other alternative battery solution. Hint: For best results, use high quality NIMH 2900mah batteries for both the flash and the SD-8A. Do not use alkalines.
    Date published: 2008-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Investment Nikon SD8-a Fashion Photographer...I use the SD8a every day with my portable Nikon SB800 portable flashes to get repeatable, fast and reliable flash exposures in just 2 seconds. With just the internal Sb800 batteries the recycle times can get to be 4-7 seconds but with the SD8-a my recycle times are always about 2 seconds...flash...wait 2 seconds...flash. This is a mandatory purchase if you need rapid and reliable flash exposures. A set of 6 AA batteries lasts me unfailingly through hundreds of flashes. I own two of them. Would Highly recommend the sd-8a.
    Date published: 2008-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark photos begone I haven't used this at an event yet, just played around with it. It's lightweight (with batteries), small, portable, & provides noticeably quicker recycle times. Fresh batteries in this & the SB-800 (eleven AA's) would probably last me all day & evening. Some of my best photos are sometimes too dark because the flash had not recycled completely. This should take care of most of that. The belt loop is positioned so that the case rides longways. I would prefer it to ride vertical. And a double velcro attachment instead of being sewn on would be convenient too.
    Date published: 2008-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more recycling woes! After always waiting for my SB-800 to recycle, those days are long gone. I just used mine for taking pictures at my daughter's play, and was able to take lots of full-power flashes (bounce in the theater). It's taken about 300 pictures on one charge so far with no sign of slowing down (spec says 380 on a charge). Most surprising to me was how light-weight it is, given the energy density (life vs weight). Minor nits -- still have yet to see the mythical LED on it, and like everyone else, wish it had other options for attaching it to me or a tripod. I do highly recommend doing some research on batteries to use with this. I did, learned a lot, but if you're in the market for external power, you're probably already doing this. I'm happy with the 2700mAh NiMH batteries I got, but will have to see about their charge retention over time. If you take a lot of flash photos at once, this is a great investment.
    Date published: 2008-10-17
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