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Powerful, compact and portable i-TTL Speedlight unit optimized for use with Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS).

Operates a stand-alone Speedlight, wireless Speedlight Commander or wireless remote unit .

Control as many as 3 remote groups (A, B and C) with the SB-800's wireless Commander mode without leaving the camera position.

Flash Value Lock provides a fixed flash output for more consistent flash output.

Flash color information is provided for more accurate flash control.

Built-in flash compensation: plus or minus 3EV in 1/3rd step increments.

Nikon's most advanced Speedlight with a guide number of 184 feet (at ISO 100 at 105mm zoom-head position).

Advanced wireless control provides fully automatic and independent control of an unlimited number of SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 and SB-R200 Speedlights.

Four channel options for wireless operation prevents triggering of other Nikon CLS compatible Speedlights when working in competitive environments.

Built-in Wide-area AF (autofocus) illuminator, compatible with every AF NIKKOR lens and all CLS compatible Nikon cameras.

Auto FP High-speed sync for working with higher shutter speeds offering greater depth of field control.

Bounce and swivel flash head control for more creative flash techniques and lighting effects.

SB-800 AF Speedlight 4.6 5 15 15
Almost perfect I have used this flash very heavily for the last 7 years and it does not miss a beat. Battery life is good and the flash is totally reliable and accurate. I prefer it to the SB900. The flash is compatible with all mycameras and lenses and rarely fails to give the correct TTL exposure. The 5th battery attachment has pros and cons. I almost always use it but it is not meant for rough handling. The attachment can come loose and fall off dumping batteries on the ground. Otherwise this flash is a dependable workhorse. August 15, 2011
I have two of these and they are extremely inconsistent. Even with new batteries, they do not recycle as fast as they should June 3, 2011
small, powerful The SB800 is a very good performer for the sort of flash applications that I have. It is small, flexible and powerful. It is not easy to learn ( the manual is terrible!) and the controls are not intuitive, but once mastered, it is great. I plan to keep mine for a loong time. April 15, 2011
Wonder Flash After purchasing my first SB 800, I quickly decided I would add one a year and stopped at four units.These flashes are great and I wish they were still available.They were miles ahead on this one. April 15, 2011
Great flash This is a great flash and it does all, but I really like the compact size! In addition to this flash I have two old SB-26 flash set on slave and use the SB-800 as my main. Now if I have SB-600, 800, or 900, I could use the commander setting and control them too. 900 is a better flash but it's bigger too. April 14, 2011
Excellent portable portrait or area light I have 4 of these and use them on location with pocket wizards in place of carrying my larger studio lights. I find myself using these and hardly taking my studio lights out of their cases anymore. I also use them shooting nightime sports such as football where you are allowed ot use speedlights on the sidelines. Work very well with all current models of Nikon DSLRs on camera, but I use them most of the time off camera with wireless flash triggers. April 14, 2011
Great idea, so-so execution I'm a wedding photographer who uses creative lighting on location in high-pressure situations. This flash has let me down. The idea is great. When it works it is fabulous. It just gives out some times. I replace my batteries every hour, so it's not a power issue. My second shooter has had the same issue. At some point, it just starts humming and doesn't work any more. I depend on it to fire three other flashes, so when it gives out, the whole operation shuts down. I'm open season for lawsuits. Of course, I carry back up, but that doesn't excuse the poor performance of the flash. I have had no similar issues with SB 600s, nor has my second shooter. The wireless communication with my camera, it's ability to command, the high range of communication, the power, the settings -- all great. I have no complaints when it works. It's the fact that it can stop at any time that ruins it. To be fair, it doesn't give out often, but it did within the first year of use. That's unacceptable. Also, the cheap plastic parts have fallen off - the red see-through plate fell off, the button cover on the side where you press to rotate the flash head, all cheap. It's embarrassing to have pieces fall off of your equipment on a job. April 14, 2011
Absolutely Perfect I own two of the SB 800 flash units. Never had a problem, don't expect I ever will. They are solid, reliable, and built to last. I shoot a lot of portraits and weddings, and these are all the lights I need. I wish Nikon had not quit making them. Bummer! Highly recommend them. April 14, 2011
Better than the SB-900 Nikon discontinued the SB-800 for the SB-900. The 900 overheats and stops working. I have never had that issue with the SB-800. The settings are a little harder to figure out on the SB-800, but it will keep working if you are shooting fairly fast. This is a good solid workhorse that I wish was still available. Be wary of the SB-900 before buying. You pay more and get less. The SB-800 is a much better unit. November 18, 2010
User friendly and easy to access. My first camera is Nikon FM 2, from Nikon family after that i have not thinking about other brands, this happen in the year of 1994. Before I was using lot other brands because of the affordability and now I am using Nikon D40X with SD 800. Since then no looking back. Nagarajan. September 1, 2010
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I can't get my SB-800 to work with my new Nikon D700... Is there a special setting I need to use?
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I've been using my SB-800 with my D-700 for several years now with no problems.
Are you saying that you have never had it work with your camera? Strange???
When you put it on your camera it should fire without you doing anything special.
oh, don't forget to put batteries in it.
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SB 800 is not compatible with your D700
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Is the SB-800 speedlight compatble with the D90?

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Yes, the D90 is compatible with the SB-800.
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Is a sb800 flash compatible with a D3000 body?

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Yes. The SB800 and D3000 both support the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System).
Please review the manuals for both to determine all the functions supported as CLS covers a lot of ground.
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Per the Nikon D3000 brochure on page 9 the SB-800 is compatible. See below:

http://www.nikonusa.com/en_INC/IMG/Assets/Digital-SLR/2010/25462-Nikon-D3000/PDF/25462_D3000_brochure.pdf

• TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available
with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrix
or center-weighted metering is selected)
• Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
• Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S
• Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800

The SB-800 was discontinued around late 2008 and the Nikon D300o was introduced July 30, 2009. That could be the reason some of the D3000 documentation does not show the SB-800 as being compatible. Instead Nikon recommended the speed lights that were in production.

Good luck and enjoy the SB-800.
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UNDEREXPOSED IN VERTICAL POSITION

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Remember the flash is reacting to what your camera is reading,
therefore, if reading an image or scene, and the flash is pointing straight up, it will
not reach your subject as if it were pointing at the subject , either on camera or off camera.
You will need to compensate for the fact it is not directly pointing at your subject or yes it will be underexposed, even if using as "bounce" flash you will need a little compensation.
I am no pro when using flash as to compensating the flash or exposure with the camera.
Just remember the flash doesn’t know it is not pointing directly at your subject.
I hope this helps and I’m sure there are others who can give you better tips on compensating for vertical flash.
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IS THE SB-900 COMPATIBLE WITH THE D300

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Yes, fully functional.
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what speedlight will the d80 except,, d80 sync at only 60 sec

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i am want to get a speedlight that will do a great job, but with the d80 and a sync of 60 what speedlight will stop really fact action, or at the sync speed that cannot be done
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This camera is compatible with the SB-400, SB-600, SB-800, SB-900 and SB-700.
 
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SB-800 "Old Version"

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I keep seeing references to an "old version" of the SB-800 flash, but can't find any information about what distinguishes it from a newer version or when the old was sold versus the new.
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The only service modification performed on an SB-800 Speedlight was to allow the newer plug fitting for the SD-9 High Perfomance Battery Pack. That may be what they are referring to.
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is the sb-800 speedlight compatible with new nikon d7000

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Yes, you can use the SB-800 with the D7000.
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Yes, the SB-800 is compatible with the D5100.
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Does this flash have a sensor for it to go off when not attached to my D80?

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Yes, you can use the SB-800 remotely you just have to set the built-in flash of the D80 as a commander mode in order to trigger the speedlight.
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