Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash

Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash

Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash

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  • For Nikon SLRs with Built-in Flash
  • Prevents Flash from Influencing Exposure

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Nikon 4905 overview

  • 1Description

The Nikon SG-3IR IR Panel attaches to the camera's flash shoe, and covers and prevents the camera's built-in flash from influencing the exposure, while still permitting its use as a Commander for off-camera Speedlights.

UPC: 018208049059
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Nikon 4905 specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.0 x 2.5 x 2.3"

Nikon 4905 reviews

SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-In Flash is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 134.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing just works! I never cease to be amazed by Nikon's remote flash triggering. This worked with my D300 and SB800 even outdoors, with the camera facing the side of the flash opposite what appears to be an IR window. (I'm not sure if it uses that, but I wanted to conduct the most rigorous test I could imagine). After reading about others' trouble with the pin, I used a flat metal surface (head of a key) to work the spring up and down a few times before using. It now engages and disengages easily, but is secure in the hot shoe. And I was pleased to see that although it swings up and down to allow the pop-up flash to be released, it stays in position when I rotate the camera to take a vertical shot.
Date published: 2008-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required addition to the CLS system. I was excited to know that my D300 would control remote flashes with the built in CLS. This was until I started to use it for protraits. Some subjects will react to the control flashes and blink. This REALLY improves the situation. My wife was the first to show this. This little item blocks the direct flash and she no longer blinks. I have even used it outdoors in the sun without too much problems. It is nice I don't have to purchase a SB-800 or 900 JUST to control remote flashes. The only bad things are that I had to buy it in the first place and that sometimes I forget to put it on in candid moments!
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable little product This product essentially serves as a low tech though equally capable replacement for the SU-800 infrared TTL transmitter, which costs around $250. The bang for the buck on this little piece is very high. I setup test flashes all around the main level of my house and the on-camera pop-up flash with this SG-3IR in front of of it was able to trigger them with remarkable reliability. Truly, I was very impressed with this.I'm sure it's range would be considerably less than the SU-800 outdoors. But the reason I bought it was to prevent annoying TTL pre-flashes from the pop-up flash causing my subjects to blink.
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sg-3IR tips and tricks (works with D700) What it does: It hides most (not all) the visible light generated by your pop-up flash. Why? When using the pop-up flash to trigger other flashes, it still has to flash (at a very low power) to generate the light needed to trigger the other flashes. Sometimes this adds unwanted light, can be seen in shinny objects, adds a second catch light in the eyes, and your subjects will see an annoying pre-flash that can make some people blink. This simple device filters the light and makes all that go away. I use it with my D700, and it works perfectly. Tips: To remove it, pull straight back - firmly. You don't need to pull the tiny metal pin up. If you grip the base with your finger and press your thumb against the camera body, it comes off pretty easy. You can tape it over the front of a SB-800 flash to block it's light. Doing so turns it into a SU800-like controller, and you get the autofocus assist light. This is a great trick for low light use. Be sure to dial down the SB-800 to it's lowest power setting, so you don't melt the SG-3IR (not sure that it will, but no need to change it). Yes, it is handy to have two. I modified one to velcro to my SB-800. Last tip - to trigger strobes around corners, use those small convex mirrors they make to stick onto truck mirrors. Put velcro on them so you can stick them to clamps as a trigger relay.
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wireless Off-Camera TTL Flash I use this with a D200 and the built-in flash in Command mode. My SB-800 is on a Stroboframe Flip bracket and set to receive IR info from the camera via the built-in flash. This seems to be the best way to shoot vertical images without throwing a shadow to the side of subjets in low light people photos. This is also good for showing texture for CSI type photos when holding SB-800 off to the side (tire tracks etc). I had previously used a SB-17 cord but this setup is a lot cleaner. By blocking the visual light from the built-in flash, the SB-800 becomes the sole source of light. The built-in flash is still able to signal IR information to the SB-800 for true TTL metering wirelessly.
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, one drawback.... This product works great on my D80. It essentially blocks the annoying preflash showing up in the image when you are lighting the subject with remote flashes only. The first thing you should take care of when you get this item is remove the metal retaining pin with a nose-plier. This pin is sharp and it will I think damage camera hotshoe mount eventually. Many users have complained that it catches once mounted making it difficult to dis-mount....just remove the pin with nose-pliers and its a problem no more. The insert and remove of this product to camera body will then be a breeze. Have fun!
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SG-3IR IR Panel works as advertised. I am beginning to use my Speedlight SB-700 as a remote flash from different angles instead of a straight ahead flash attached to my camera. To make this work without using my built-in flash, the SG-3IR IR Panel is attached to the hot shoe on my camera. It works as advertised and I am pleased with it. I'm curious though...with all the technology there is in the photographic industry, you would think that there would be a way of eliminating the on camera flash so that you could use a Speedlight type flash remotely without the SG-3IR panel involved??? Food for thought.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dirt Simple, Works The higher-end Nikon DSLR cameras can control speed-lights compatible with the creative Lighting System using the on-camera flash. Problem is, that flash can affect your subject even though it isn't part of the final exposure, Enter the SG-3IR Panel. This simple device slips onto the flash shoe on top of the camera and covers the flip-up flash from your subject. It is transparent to IR, but blocks the visible light. Folded, it takes very little room in the bag. A dirt-simple solution that works fine. It is plastic, so I can't speak to its longevity but you're not likely to be using it in a situation where it would be broken off the camera. My son recommended it and I ordered one right away it was such a good idea.
Date published: 2015-03-16
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