Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight

i-TTL, Manual, Automatic - MPN: SB800
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Description
Nikon's powerful Speedlight unit provides incredible lighting flexibility both as a stand-alone Speedlight, wireless commander or remote unit.
Quick Glance
Compatible Camera Model(s) Nikon F5, F6, F100, N80, N75, N65, FM3A, N55 and FM10 Film Cameras Nikon D2H, D2X, ,D2Hs, D200, D70, D70s, D50, D1, D2 series and D100 Digital SLR Cameras
Flash Mode TTL, i-TTL, D-TTL, Manual, Automatic
Expert Reviews
Nikon Speedlite SB-800
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

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User Reviews
Incredible Flash
5 Star Review   By member lklees - Mar 31, 2008   

Strengths: Very powerful, versatile, compact. There is no easier way to get slave flashes off of the camera.

Weakness: Manual could be better.

Being able to get a fully controllable flash off the camera is a wonderful thing. The versatility, power, and compactness of this unit are amazing. I'm on my way to buy my second SB-800. Yes it's pricy, but it does the work of units costing twice as much. Yes it uses batteries, but an extra set of AA 2500 mAh Nickel metal hydrides and a quick charger which can charge them in 15 minutes are pretty good compared to other options (price, bulk, & speed). The SB-800s ability to control the light per the focal length of the lens actually conserves battery life; and in the under several thousand dollar price range there arent many strobes that recycle any faster. Yes the manual is very complicated and somewhat poorly written. After 10-15 minutes of frustration I put the manual in the closet, put the flash on the D-200, set everything on auto, and started taking great pictures using bounce flash and the dome. A lot if trial and error later I discovered that you have to press some of the buttons for 1 or 2 seconds to get the thing into slave mode and off the camera. Stick with it. This flash is worth the effort. Later today (with my second SB-800) Ill be able to take pictures in the field with studio quality lighting; individually controlling the strength of two off camera strobes from the menu on my camera.

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Great flash
5 Star Review     

This is a fantastic flash; however, if you have a D200 camera like me, just get the SB600. The SB800 really does not add anything to make it worth the extra cash.

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Too expensive
2 Star Review   By member luisvalc - Apr 27, 2006   

Strengths: Guide number

Weakness: Very expensive, too complicate to use.

It isn't best buy, save your money and buy a Metz, mecablitz 54 AF-1 digital, is little less powerful, but is more cheaper. And I can't activate mode FP with my Nikon N-90. Also I have some problems with Nikon Coolpix 8800, some times I turn on and off the camera and the flash several times because they don't comunicate properly.

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5 Star Review   By member vsbhat - Jul 4, 2005   

Strengths: Powerful and versatile, the best so far in the market for Nikon cameras.

Weakness: lack of rechargeable battery pack.

Nikon D70 digital SLR and this SB-800 spped light the Best combination for the best pictures you can take. Difference between photos taken using built in flash and SB-800 is very vivid. In short, though slightly expensive for my budget I just love it.

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5 Star Review   By member Quanzi - Apr 3, 2005   

Strengths: Dead on accurate with i-TTL, lightweight, great battery life.

Weakness: None.

Nikon did their homework with this one. Everything on this flash from the LCD's layout and icon driven menus to the simplified backlight controls are designed to help you get the job done. There is absolutely no reason why anybody with a Nikon should buy any other flash. The build quality it top notch. The new hotshoe "switch" lock the flash on firmly and eliminates that annoying wobble that SLR shooters have hated for so long. And as if it couldn't get any better Nikon gives you the option to snap on a 5th 'AA' battery. It doesn't help extend battery life (which is fantastic to begin with) but instead improves recycle time. This is especially useful when the flash is firing full power in dark situation or when using it as an off camera unit to eliminate the lag between shots. For D70 users there's a special treat. If you put your flash in "commander" mode you can fire any number of SB-800s off camera. For more advanced lighting you can use one SB-800 on camera as a master and slave any number in 3 groups. This flash currently sells for about $300. It's worth every penny.

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5 Star Review   By member jplee3 - Mar 30, 2005   

Strengths: Really Powerful. Fully featured. Comes with diffusion dome, filters, stand, battery pack & carry-case. Wireless/remote/slave mode works well.

Weakness: You'll need to carry those spare AA's! This bad boy eats up 4 at a time + 1 extra if you use the battery pack for faster recycling times

I'm glad I picked this up. I probably would have been satisfied with the SB600 but I already got this and am not planning on returning it. Maybe I'll pickup the sb600 later on when I need multiple flash (or a backup flash). The strobe flash isn't something I plan on using very much but I'm sure I'll have fun playing with it when I want to do something creative. I'm really having lots of fun learning the SB800 and playing around with it. SB800 or SB600 are NECESSARY for D70 owners who do lots of indoors shots. The onboard flash is just too weak...

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5 Star Review   By member specialkeepsakes - Feb 19, 2005   

Strengths: This flash has power.

Weakness: None that I have found.

I have always purchased the Nikon flashes with my cameras. They give off just the right amount of light automatically for the pictures that I make. They also can be manually set for other lighting possibilities.

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5 Star Review   By member lck74 - Jan 24, 2005   

Strengths: User friendly, powerful, bounce flash, and diffusion dome.

Weakness: Doesn't come with a rechargeable battery.

I have a D70 and the built flash wasn't powerful enough, so I got the SB-800, I was really surprise at the difference in the pictures. It bring out more color and lighting for the pictures, it also eliminated some of the shadows by using the diffusion dome and bounce flash at the same time. It really is a great product from Nikon. A MUST FOR D70 OWNER.

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5 Star Review   By member alx888 - Jan 5, 2005   

Strengths: Quality, easy to use and result.

Weakness: Does not come with rechargeable battery nor Alkaline battery

Recomend this Nikon SB 800 flash for novice and advance Nikon user, you will get proffesional quality lighting (lots better than original build in flash). Comes with 2 gel and Nikon diffuser (free of charge).

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5 Star Review   By member hfpharm - Dec 21, 2004   

Strengths: bounce lighting

I had research all flashes on the internet for my Nikon D-70. I found out that I had only two choices the SB -600 or SB-800. Nikon was giving a $50 rebate on the SB -800 so that sealed the deal. I can do more with this flash and I can take better photos now. Nikon makes great products

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Product Details
Description
Nikon's powerful Speedlight unit provides incredible lighting flexibility both as a stand-alone Speedlight, wireless commander or remote unit.
Quick Glance
Compatible Camera Model(s) Nikon F5, F6, F100, N80, N75, N65, FM3A, N55 and FM10 Film Cameras Nikon D2H, D2X, ,D2Hs, D200, D70, D70s, D50, D1, D2 series and D100 Digital SLR Cameras
Flash Mode TTL, i-TTL, D-TTL, Manual, Automatic
Summary
Product Title Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight
Manufacturer Nikon
Lowest Price $828.87 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.4 | 17 Reviews
Performance
Guide Number: 38 m/125 ft at ISO 100 (35 mm Zoom-head Setting), 56 m/184 ft at ISO 100 (105 mm Zoom-head Setting)
Flash Coverage: 24 mm to 105 mm Automatic, 14 mm to 17 mm with Wide Angle Lens Built-in Flash Adapter, 14 mm Diffusion Dome SW-10H
Battery Life: 150 Flash Approximate - (Alkaline, Ni-MH)
Flash Recycle Time: 2.7 Second Approximate - (manual with R6 (AA) - size Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries, with Quick Recycle Battery Pack SD-800), 6 Second Approximate - (manual with FR6 (AA) - size Lithium batteries)
General
Warranty Information: 1 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
Dimensions: 5" Height x 2.80" Width x 3.60" Depth - Approximate
Weight: 12.35 oz Approximate
Additional Specifications
Product Series: SB
Mount Type: Shoe Mount
Autofocus Assist: AF Assist Beam
SKU: D4801
Description: SB-800 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash
Number of Batteries Support: 16
Battery Model Supported: SD-7
Product Model: SB-800
Brand Name: Nikon
Frequency Band: Film speed range in TTL auto flash mode: ISO 25 to 1,000Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode delivers needed fill flash in bright lightElectronic Construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitryWide-area AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator, covers D2H, D2X and F6's 11 AF sensors; compatible with every AF Nikkor lensFV Lock (Flash Value Lock) allows photographers to change the composition or zoom for the shot while maintaining desired lighting of the subjectBounce capability: Flash head tilts down to -7 degrees or up to 90 degrees; flash head rotates horizontally 180 degrees to the left or 90 degrees to the right
Maximum Flash Recycle Time: 6 Second
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Expert Reviews
Nikon Speedlite SB-800
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 3 expert reviews for Nikon Speedlite SB-800 and the average expert rating is 80 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Incredible Flash
5 Star Review   By member lklees - Mar 31, 2008   

Strengths: Very powerful, versatile, compact. There is no easier way to get slave flashes off of the camera.

Weakness: Manual could be better.

Being able to get a fully controllable flash off the camera is a wonderful thing. The versatility, power, and compactness of this unit are amazing. I'm on my way to buy my second SB-800. Yes it's pricy, but it does the work of units costing twice as much. Yes it uses batteries, but an extra set of AA 2500 mAh Nickel metal hydrides and a quick charger which can charge them in 15 minutes are pretty good compared to other options (price, bulk, & speed). The SB-800s ability to control the light per the focal length of the lens actually conserves battery life; and in the under several thousand dollar price range there arent many strobes that recycle any faster. Yes the manual is very complicated and somewhat poorly written. After 10-15 minutes of frustration I put the manual in the closet, put the flash on the D-200, set everything on auto, and started taking great pictures using bounce flash and the dome. A lot if trial and error later I discovered that you have to press some of the buttons for 1 or 2 seconds to get the thing into slave mode and off the camera. Stick with it. This flash is worth the effort. Later today (with my second SB-800) Ill be able to take pictures in the field with studio quality lighting; individually controlling the strength of two off camera strobes from the menu on my camera.

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Great flash
5 Star Review     

This is a fantastic flash; however, if you have a D200 camera like me, just get the SB600. The SB800 really does not add anything to make it worth the extra cash.

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Too expensive
2 Star Review   By member luisvalc - Apr 27, 2006   

Strengths: Guide number

Weakness: Very expensive, too complicate to use.

It isn't best buy, save your money and buy a Metz, mecablitz 54 AF-1 digital, is little less powerful, but is more cheaper. And I can't activate mode FP with my Nikon N-90. Also I have some problems with Nikon Coolpix 8800, some times I turn on and off the camera and the flash several times because they don't comunicate properly.

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5 Star Review   By member vsbhat - Jul 4, 2005   

Strengths: Powerful and versatile, the best so far in the market for Nikon cameras.

Weakness: lack of rechargeable battery pack.

Nikon D70 digital SLR and this SB-800 spped light the Best combination for the best pictures you can take. Difference between photos taken using built in flash and SB-800 is very vivid. In short, though slightly expensive for my budget I just love it.

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member Quanzi - Apr 3, 2005   

Strengths: Dead on accurate with i-TTL, lightweight, great battery life.

Weakness: None.

Nikon did their homework with this one. Everything on this flash from the LCD's layout and icon driven menus to the simplified backlight controls are designed to help you get the job done. There is absolutely no reason why anybody with a Nikon should buy any other flash. The build quality it top notch. The new hotshoe "switch" lock the flash on firmly and eliminates that annoying wobble that SLR shooters have hated for so long. And as if it couldn't get any better Nikon gives you the option to snap on a 5th 'AA' battery. It doesn't help extend battery life (which is fantastic to begin with) but instead improves recycle time. This is especially useful when the flash is firing full power in dark situation or when using it as an off camera unit to eliminate the lag between shots. For D70 users there's a special treat. If you put your flash in "commander" mode you can fire any number of SB-800s off camera. For more advanced lighting you can use one SB-800 on camera as a master and slave any number in 3 groups. This flash currently sells for about $300. It's worth every penny.

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5 Star Review   By member jplee3 - Mar 30, 2005   

Strengths: Really Powerful. Fully featured. Comes with diffusion dome, filters, stand, battery pack & carry-case. Wireless/remote/slave mode works well.

Weakness: You'll need to carry those spare AA's! This bad boy eats up 4 at a time + 1 extra if you use the battery pack for faster recycling times

I'm glad I picked this up. I probably would have been satisfied with the SB600 but I already got this and am not planning on returning it. Maybe I'll pickup the sb600 later on when I need multiple flash (or a backup flash). The strobe flash isn't something I plan on using very much but I'm sure I'll have fun playing with it when I want to do something creative. I'm really having lots of fun learning the SB800 and playing around with it. SB800 or SB600 are NECESSARY for D70 owners who do lots of indoors shots. The onboard flash is just too weak...

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5 Star Review   By member specialkeepsakes - Feb 19, 2005   

Strengths: This flash has power.

Weakness: None that I have found.

I have always purchased the Nikon flashes with my cameras. They give off just the right amount of light automatically for the pictures that I make. They also can be manually set for other lighting possibilities.

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5 Star Review   By member lck74 - Jan 24, 2005   

Strengths: User friendly, powerful, bounce flash, and diffusion dome.

Weakness: Doesn't come with a rechargeable battery.

I have a D70 and the built flash wasn't powerful enough, so I got the SB-800, I was really surprise at the difference in the pictures. It bring out more color and lighting for the pictures, it also eliminated some of the shadows by using the diffusion dome and bounce flash at the same time. It really is a great product from Nikon. A MUST FOR D70 OWNER.

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5 Star Review   By member alx888 - Jan 5, 2005   

Strengths: Quality, easy to use and result.

Weakness: Does not come with rechargeable battery nor Alkaline battery

Recomend this Nikon SB 800 flash for novice and advance Nikon user, you will get proffesional quality lighting (lots better than original build in flash). Comes with 2 gel and Nikon diffuser (free of charge).

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5 Star Review   By member hfpharm - Dec 21, 2004   

Strengths: bounce lighting

I had research all flashes on the internet for my Nikon D-70. I found out that I had only two choices the SB -600 or SB-800. Nikon was giving a $50 rebate on the SB -800 so that sealed the deal. I can do more with this flash and I can take better photos now. Nikon makes great products

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4 Star Review   By member jlarryhsr - Dec 20, 2004   

Strengths: Ease of use in AUTO mode with CP8700 camera. Extends use of camera to auditorium-size area.

Weakness: SB-800 has many features which have not been found easy to use from the large instruction manual.

I purchased the SB800 to use with the Nikon CP8700 digital camera. There is little reference in the SB instruction manual to the CP camera line, and it is difficult to determine how many of the features of the SB800 can be used with the CP camera. However, the AUTO mode works very well and makes the combination useful in the period it will take to gain familiarity with the instruction manual.

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3 Star Review   By member rhino30349 - Nov 11, 2004   

Strengths: has nikon creative lighting system, automatic and manual settings, can be used remotely

Weakness: complicated to operate, expensive, must be on camera(or 3' cord) to be master flash unit, eats batteries

my nikon d70 has really impressed me, however the nikon creative lighting system has a few flaws. The flashes can be complicated to operate and you must read and understand the manual. I was disappointed that the sb800 can not operate as a master flash unit unless it is on the camera, or connected by a cord (you will spend $60-85 for a 3' cord). You will want to get rechargable batteries as flashes tend to eat up disposables when you use the flash a lot. Overall, this is still a good product, I just tend to expect more from a name like nikon

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5 Star Review   By member duckyl30y - Nov 3, 2004   

Strengths: Great flash. Strong output.

Weakness: Slow recycle times.

The sb800 is a great addition to the D70. It allows me to take very nice portraits of people and being able to use a fill flash for daylight is great. The drawback is that flash's recylce time is too long sometimes and i lose some shots that i otherwise would have gotten to work. OTher than that, great flash and great value!

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5 Star Review   By member NA9D - Sep 20, 2004   

Strengths: Powerful, flexible, easy to use. Helps improve lighting in photographs tremendously.

Weakness: Lack of a Li-Ion rechargeable battery pack.

This flash is the probably the best flash I have ever used. WELL worth the money. I recently purchased a Nikon D70 and found that the built in flash was just not powerful enough to provide the lighting I wanted. The SB-800 fills that job and then some! It's built in focus assist LEDs help the camera focus easier in dim light. The flash head actually zooms and focuses the flash beam depending on the zoom settting of your lens. The head can be angled or rotated to nearly any position you could need. For even further creativity, the flash works awesome in wireless remote mode. You can set up a camera like the D70 to remotely trigger the SB-800. So you can place the SB-800 anywhere and use it and the built in flash on the D70 (or other Nikon cameras that use the Creative Lighting System). Multiple SB-800s can be used at the same time this way. I am extemely pleased with this flash and it has just in a matter of days helped improve my pictures. The only drawback is that this flash runs off AA batteries. You can put in NiMH rechargeables, but it would have been nice had Nikon designed the flash to use a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (like the D70 has). Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints about the flahs. Very easy to use and set up. I highly recommend it!

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5 Star Review   By member mnsrx - Jun 1, 2004   

Strengths: great flash accuracy/range;5-battery option speeds up recycle time; build quality;user-friendly controls

Weakness: higher price ; flimsy white card

Optimal mate for D70 offering outstanding flash range/accuracy, great bounceflash result, excellent build quality/design, user-friendly controls and fast recycle times especially with 5-battery configuration.

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5 Star Review   By member arizonaphil - Dec 25, 2003   

Strengths: Versatile and powerful. This is the best Nikon has ever offered. Nothing better in the marketplace today.

Weakness: Versatility means some complexity in choosing features and modes to utilize -- no way out of this. Same for all.

I've used Nikon dedicated flashes for years beginning with SB-25, then SB-26, then SB28. From SB-25 on, Nikon has lead the industry in dedicated-flash performance but the SB-800 is the best they've ever made. If you have a D100, get one of these...it'll change your life. Also will allow camera's own battery to save itself for pictures instead draining itself to power the pop-up flash.

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