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 4 out of 5 by from Versatile and functional This is a highly flexible flash with great potential for a variety of applications. TTL, manual and strobe modes allow adaptation to very specific situations. Adjustable outputs in TTL and manual modes is a boon. Combined in wireless Master/slave mode with a second/third SB800 makes macro lighting clean and simple. This is a sophisicated unit that can be used as simply or as technically as your imagination and experience allow. Reading the manual a few times is recommended to understand the full capability of this unit. The only improvements I would like to see are more power (similar to Metz 45 or 60) and a better, more intuitive menu system.
    Date published: 2008-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Studio In Your Pocket I've got three of these Nikon SB 800s so I guess I like them a lot. I shoot a lot of macro stuff and it's nice to have a dependable light source in your camera bag when the light's not quite right or there's a slight breeze and you need to freeze your subject. Three things I really like about the SB 800: 1.) It can easily be used off camera in manual mode and fired with my D300's built-in flash with no sync cord required 2.) Power can be quickly adjusted from full power down to 1/128 power in 1/3 stop increments. 3.)Beam spread is easily adjustible too, allowing everything from wide coverage to a focused, narrow beam.
    Date published: 2008-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Flash The SB-800 is very similar to my SB-24 on my old Nikon 8008 film camera, therefore it was very easy to use, yet it has much more power & control. Just like any new piece of equipment, I can continue to learn with it, as it has additional features I have not yet used. I was very happy to learn that it will work with my old N-17 attachment to my stroboframe so I can use it off camera. The SB-800 will be a great tool for controlling light indoors & out & the extra power will be beneficial. I am not yet sure I like how the little diffuser, which came with the flash fits on though, but other than that it is great. The extra battery is a plus too.
    Date published: 2008-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The samurai sword of lighting. This is the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight...a really good on-camera flash, but even better as a dedicated monolight substitute when lighting on location and off-camera. It's power output is roughly equivalent to a 60w monolight, except for the fact that you can zoom it, or focus the beam so that the light is concentated tighter over a distance. This, under certain conditions (a tightly focused beam), allows it to throw as much light as 160ws AC powered monolights. It is of course, smaller, lighter, more manueverable than the most compact monolight system. Not to mention being completely self-contained and battery powered.
    Date published: 2008-07-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I had read a lot about using a flash, for both on camera and off camera possibilities, but kept putting off purchasing one. Not sure why I waited so long, because it makes a HUGE difference in your photos and the possibilities you have in capturing images. I chose the SB-800 over the other Nikon flashes due to the extra features it has, and I didn't want to be limited in what I could do with it. I've used it a lot already off camera, as my D-80 will trigger it without the need for wires or radio transmitters. I HIGHLY recommend this product, especially if you've never used a flash before. Take the leap and give it a shot, you won't be sorry.
    Date published: 2008-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic, user-friendly flash. This is a great accessory for my Nikon D300. I am an enthusiastic photographer with a passion for family portraits, landscapes and the odd abstract shot. I prefer to avoid flash and the D300 is fantastic in low-light conditions however there are some circumstances where a flash is required. The SB-800 is great for those times when a flash is preferred. It is easy to use in auto mode and works with the camera for great results. However when you want to get creative, this flash will not hold you back. The manual is expansive and easy to understand and thereby encourages you to have fun and experiment. I am really enjoying the SB-800 and am happy I decided to purchase this product.
    Date published: 2008-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Right Flash for the Right Shot .... Opening up the Nikon Golden Box, you see a solid quality built Flash. I played around with various modes available in SB800 such as Commander Mode (lacking in SB600), Remote and Slave mode etc and it never fail to impress me with its performance. Package comes with Orange and Green gel, and a diffusion cap and has a built-in deflector (SB600 also lack of these items). SB800 locks securely onto my D300 as compared to SB600 (now used as slave) which I find a bit filmsy. SB800 has many wonderful features and easy to read manual to guide. I chose SB800 over SB900 because it has all the features I need and it is not as bulky and heavy as the SB900.
    Date published: 2009-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Needed Light Great Flash...Should have purchased this a long time ago. Other flashes on the market can do the job, but this one does more. The advantages of this speed light should make any photographer choose it over the others. Sure you could save money on the SB-600 but why? The SB-800 is not that much more - and it is a better flash. I think it is easy to use right out of the box! The book is clear (even if your not an engineer)...and with digital you have no excuse not to experiment a little. So buy WILL be happy. Problems Encountered: None Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Promaster and other cheap flashes Items I Recommend: Gary Fong Diffuser
    Date published: 2007-06-01
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