Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Old Version

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Old Version – Product Description:

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR CamerasD3) Nikon SB-800 speed light (4801)

Product Features :

  • Autofocus speedlight compatible with both digital and film SLR cameras
  • Intelligent i-TTL system supports automatic balanced fill-flash
  • Can automatically control light output according to distance and aperture
  • Dot matrix LCD with easy to read graphics
  • Ergonomic control with conveniently placed buttons and switches

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Old Version – Review:


I just recently bought this flash for my D100.

My wife wanted me to take a bunch of photos of her grandmother’s small antique objects – pieces of jade, little carvings on ivory, some vases, etc. I have never been happy with the D100’s built-in flash, and my local camera shop suggested the SB-800 over several other Nikon models (after I told them I would also use it for photographing pets and some indoor photography while sightseeing).

This flash is great. First of all, the color is natural… The photos I have been taking of jade, ivory, small glass objects, and even my pets (and my wife as a test subject) come out evenly exposed with no hot spots, especially when using the diffusion dome and pointing the flash up at the ceiling (when mounted on the camera, the flash can be turned, and tilted 90 degrees in about 10 degree increments).

Second of all, it is FAST. It contains 4 AA batteries, with the option of adding a 5th in a small addition (so you can trade off between weight and recharge time). With all 5 batteries installed and fresh, it can keep pace with my camera’s rate of 3 pictures a second for 5-6 flashes. After that, it needs less than a second to be ready to go again.

Third of all, it makes using a flash brain-dead simple, At least attached to my D100 (and presumably the D70). It automatically adjusts itself based on the characteristics of my lens, the zoom, the distance to subject, backlighting, etc. I can still manually futz with settings if I want, but I don’t have to to get a great shot.

One accessory I would consider a ‘must’ for the flash is the 4 foot cable that lets you use it off-camera. Especially since my main purpose is to take photos of small objects, having side-lighting is crucial to bringing out the relief on things like carved jade. It doesn’t come with the flash.



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