Nikon SB-800 Speedlight

Nikon SB-800 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 125'/38 m at 35mm)


Nikon SB-800 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 125'/38 m at 35mm)

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Fully compatible with the latest Nikon digital and film SLR cameras, the SB-800 is currently the most advanced flash in the Speedlight range. As a replacement for the SB-80DX, the SB-800 shares the same specs, but now also features i-TTL control as part of the new Creative Lighting System (CLS), being introduced with the D2H digital SLR camera.

The i-TTL system supports Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions for up to four groups of Speedlights, with 3 remote i-TTL speedlight groups controlled through the master SB-800. i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash flash control employs Nikon's new Advanced Data Communication system to introduce an improved method for the monitor pre-flash and wireless operation that marks an evolution in higher precision over Nikon's acclaimed D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash control system and forms the core of the new Creative Lighting System.

NOTE: Requires SC-28 or SC-29 cables to maintain all i-TTL functions when used off-camera with D2H & D70 (or newer) camera.

Multiple Flash Exposure Modes
  • i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with Nikon Nikon D2H & D70
  • D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with Nikon D1 series or D100
  • TTL Auto Flash with many film SLRs, including the Nikon F5, F100, N80 (F80), N75 (F75), N65 (F65) and FM3A
  • [AA] Auto Aperture Flash
  • [A] Auto Aperture Flash with many film SLRs, including the Nikon N55 (F55) and FM10
  • [M] Manual Flash
Bounce Capability
Flash head tilts down to -7 degree or up to 90 degree
Flash head rotates horizontally 180 degree to the left or 90 degree to the right
Stroboscopic Effect
Repeating flash for creating stroboscopic multiple-exposure effect
Intelligent i-TTL system supports Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions for up to 3 remote i-TTL speedlight groups controlled through a master SB-800 or with the "Commander" function of the D70
Mixed Exposure Modes
Individual flash mode settings ([TTL], [AA], [A] and [M]) are available for each of the four groups (including master controller) for easy total lighting control based on the brightness of the subject and not simply on general output ratios for each group
FV Lock
Flash Value Lock allows photographers to change the composition or zoom for the shot while maintaining desired lighting of the subject
Distance Priority Manual Flash Mode
User can set the distance and aperture, and the SB-800 automatically sets the power output, a great feature for manual flash [M] shooting at weddings and for product shots
Colored Gels
Allows modification of flash output to match background scene, especially useful for digital cameras where "white balance" can be controlled. Included are Tungsten and Fluorescent adjustment filters.
SD-800 Extra Battery Holder
The included SD-800 makes it possible to add a fifth AA battery to the flash, thereby extending the capacity by about %20.
Improved Safety
Safety lock on flash shoe
Large easily read illuminated LCD panel
Standby Mode
Adjustable standby mode can be varied from 40 to 300 seconds for conservation of battery power
In the Box
Nikon SB-800 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 125'/38 m at 35mm)
  • SS-800 Soft Case
  • SW-10H Wide Angle Flash Adapter (Diffusion Dome)
  • SD-800 Extra Battery Holder
  • Colored Filter Set SJ-800
    Includes: TL-A1 Tungsten Filter & FL-G1 Fluorecent Filter
  • AS-19 Speedlight Stand
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Nikon SB-800 Specs

    Type Shoe mount
    Guide No.
  • 125' (38 m) at 35mm Position
  • 184' (56 m) at 105mm Position
  • Angle of Coverage
  • 86° to 23° (24 to 105mm in 35mm format)
  • 114° (14mm) with included wide angle adapter
  • Vari-Power 1/1 to 1/128th
    TTL Dedication Yes (i-TTL; with the D2H, D-TTL, or TTL, depending on camera used)
    Bounce Head Yes
    Swivel Head Yes
    Zoom Head
  • 24-105mm (Auto-zoom; flash senses focal length & adjusts)
  • 14/17mm (with built-in wide flash adapter)
  • 14mm (with Diffusion Dome SW-10H, included)
  • Off Camera Terminal Nikon Type PC Terminal (SC-15 or SC-11), & TTL Terminal (SC-19 or SC-18)
    Recycle Time
  • 2.7 Seconds with SD-800 Battery Pack and Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries
  • 6 Seconds with fresh alkaline batteries & full power
  • Power Source Four 1.5-Volt "AA" batteries; alkaline, lithium, NiCad or NiMh
    One extra AA battery with SD-800
    Dimensions 2.8 x 5.0 x 3.6" (71 x 128 x 92mm) WxHxD
    Weight 12.3 oz (350 g)

    Nikon SB-800 Reviews

    SB-800 Speedlight is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 360.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from review after 4 years of use After 4 years of use, Not heavy use however, this flash stopped functioning. The problem is with circuitry. To fix this unit is very expensive, might as well buy new one. Which leads me to conclusion that Nikon's manufacturing process is not as good as you'd think by looking at the price of their units. Unfortunately so far the only competition out there is Metz and Nissim. Since Sb910 is ridiculously expensive, and now I am sure the reliability of their flashes is just as questionable, I think I'll have to give Nissim a try.
    Date published: 2012-05-02
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from not worth the money I owned one before this one and had to buy a new one so i had to have one to use! it did not hold but about 18 months! then they charged me half the cost of a new one to fix it! trying to find a buyer for my nikon equipment so i can replace it all with cannon equipment!
    Date published: 2009-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best in Class !!! Easy to use, powerfull strobe.
    Date published: 2009-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I said the light and it was perfect I have a perfect flash, which is helping to create a fantastic light on my pictures. The work well together with my D80. It also work well together with the built-in flash.
    Date published: 2009-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I was anticipating a great flash and I was not disappointed. I really like the off camera use, with my D300 commanding the SB800 as a remote. I've been usuing it on a stand with a speedlight adapter inside a small softbox as a travel portrait light. This flash has plenty of output to use the softbox.
    Date published: 2009-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great flash. Works perfect with my D200 Great light. Integrates seamlessly with my Nikon D200. I would buy or recommend this product again.
    Date published: 2009-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ... USED TO MODEL SESSION, IS A GOOD FLASH
    Date published: 2009-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wireless, powerful and reliable I just love this flash, specially for its power, and the wireless function. Make sure that you get NiMH battery, Alkaline battery won't last 15 mns.
    Date published: 2009-01-27
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