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The extremely compact and portable SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander offers highly flexible control over the SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-500 and SB-R200 Speedlight units. It functions as a wireless commander for compatible Nikon DSLRs without a built-in Commander mode and meets the demands of all of your remote lighting needs.
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Complete lighting control center

The brains to your Speedlight brain

The SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander provides wireless control of up to 66 feet for an unlimited number of Speedlights for up to three groups. It is compatible with the SB-R200, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 and SB-500 Speedlight units and completely supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and compatible CLS cameras. The lighting system you design is only limited by your creativity.
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Control in any environment

Ideal flash control from granular to grand

To ensure precise control of your specific lighting system, the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander offers 4 independent channels for competitive shooting environments to prevent any potential signal confusion. It’s built-in AF assist illuminator helps you attain critical focus in low-light situations. So whether you’re shooting bugs in your backyard or supermodels in the studio, the SU-800 provides reliable, consistent, remarkable lighting for any subject you desire.
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Goes where Pocket Wizards can't... UNDERWATER (protected of course) I've had the SU-800 unit for many years and have used it under a variety of conditions. Due to its requirement to have line of sight with my SB-900 and SB-910 speedlights, it was somewhat limited. Works inside better than outside, though I have had great and consistent success on the beach and so on, as long as the little speedlight sensor was facing the SU-800. I could not place the speedlights behind partitions, under cars, inside cars (while shooting from the exterior), so I had to figure out other ways to trigger my flash units some other way under these conditions. I do a fair amount of underwater photography... There are a couple of ways to trigger a speedlight underwater... One, Use a SB-910 on camera and set it up as a master/commander for the other speedlights. Problem with that is, there is a light source ON the camera, even if it's just to trigger other flashes. Placing the SU-800 on camera, allows me to trigger other flashes, without emitting light and, allows me to control exposure values from a distance. Pocket wizards do NOT communicate through water, the SU-800, being a light spectrum communicator, does! As I have already mentioned, I have used this unit for many years and can share that it is well made, does what it is supposed to do and holds up under frequent, nearly daily, use. Get a battery tester, as the SU-800 does not indicate battery level... before I purchased a battery tester, I threw away many, probably still useable, batteries... just so I would not have one quit at an inopportune moment. You can't change batteries underwater! I hope you benefit from this review, I would definitely endorse this unit for all of the Nikon CLS units. January 20, 2015
Another great Nikon product. I have the SU 800 about six months now. As with all Nikon products, it does exactly what it is supposed to do. Not one complaint. I have learned that if you use original Nikon products, you will never experience any problems. After market products are what they are. Cheep imitations are the worst way to go. They sell at lower price for a reason. They cannot compare to original manufactured Nikon products. December 8, 2014
Awesome Commander I own and use a D2X, it does not have transmitter for wireless flash, I purchased the the R1 C1 entire kit that included this unit, SU-800, I have to say I rarely have my SB800 mounted on my camera anymore. I have owned this for 5 years now and use it anytime I need flash. I have used it controlling my SB800 and both SB-R200 flashes and it has worked flawlessly. I love the versatility it brings, the creativity you can have with off camera flash and a controller that works, every time. As with all my Nikon products, it is reliable, dependable and a solid unit, working flawlessly with the Nikon systems. You can not go wrong purchasing this unit. June 8, 2012
Excellent Speedlight commander I had a chance to really use this Speedlight Commander recently. It is an excellent unit and the true plus for this unit is that is easy to operate and understand. It can command 3 flash groups independently of each other and exposure can be set differently for each of the 3 groups. If I have 2 flashes to be used for a shoot I don't have to have one of the flashes on the camera with the SU-800. I love the 33ft reach of the auto focus assist lamp, far superior than using the camera's built in Speedlight. The SU-800 requires a Lithium 123 battery, however overall it is a great unit, I would highly recommend it. March 26, 2012
Easy Control Over Your Speed light Farm! If you use multiple CLS speedlights, this SU-800 commander makes the choir of setting the remote speedlights output quickly, not to mention by wireless. I use mine mostly in the field and appreciate the easy to use buttons which control all my speedlights groups. This commander can operate on any one of the 3 channels, and can control 3 groups of speedlights and each group can be set unique; meaning, a group of speedlights can be set independent of the other groups with any number of speedlights per group. I can set one group as main flash, the other group as 1:2 side lighting, and the third group as 1:4 back lighting. I can do this all from the commander, all I need to do is simply place the speedlights where I like and dial in the settings from the commander, and when the camera is triggered the speedlights fire. If I need to change the output of one of the speedlights, I do it from the commander. The commander takes one 3v "2019" non-rechargeable battery, commonly called "123". The unit powers down when the camera sleeps making for long battery life. The backlighted display is easy to read even in daylight. The unit can control speedlights up to approx 60 feet, the speedlights need to be in line of sight so they can be triggered. It also supports TTL using a cable. The unit itself is compact, less than half the size of a normal Nikon Speedlight. Not much more to say about the unit except it works well and does exactly what it was designed to do - control your speedlights. October 10, 2010
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I have a D200 with a SB 800. Will the SU 800 work on this set up?

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of course
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Will a Li-Ion 16340 3.7V rechargeable battery fit in the SU-800?

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One 3V CR123A lithium battery is the correct battery for the SU-800. Do not use any other voltage or type.
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You are suppose to use only a 3V CR123A Or DL123A lithium battery in the SU-800.
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why is the LED stuck blinking on my SU800

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I have an SU800 and all of a sudden the LED on the back is stuck blinking and I can't figure out how to get it to stop. I've done a master reset, taking out the batteries and nothing has worked. I can't find anything online to explain why it is doing this or how to fix it. Can anybody help me out here.

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May or may not work, replace battery with the SU-800 turned on. If that doesn't work call service and support at 800-NIKON-US
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Please contact Nikon Technical Support for help with this question. For information on how to contact Nikon please visit http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans....
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Will this work for me?

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I have the Nikon D3000 with an SB-600. Will this work with my camera to trigger the SB-600 remotely seeing that my camera cant trigger it by itself. Any input would be great. Thank you.
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Yes it will work, it is good although using it outdoors can sometimes be a bit hit and miss unless you have direct line of sight to the sensor. It is also ideal if you have the R1 close up kit but it is included in the R1-C1 kit.
Having said that you may also want to look at getting a used SB-800 or SB-700, or if funds allow, a SB-900, to use as a commander, this will also give you and extra flash unit.
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Can the SU-800 be triggered off-camera with a remote PC sync cord?

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I can't find any visual images of the SU-800 that show what's included on the side of the unit, where the sync cord would likely be plugged in, hence the question.
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A sync cord can be attached to either sides of the SU-800.
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Is the all feautures of su800 availavle for D50?

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can adjust balances of right and left
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All the features should be available as the SU-800 is a seperate commander to anything that is in the camera.
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SU-800 auto focus assist illuminator

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How do I enable auto focus assist illuminator feature on my SU-800? I tried pressing MODE + < button but its not activating the feature and I dont see the AF-ILL sign in the commander's screen. I have the D3S with the 24mm 1.4G AFS.
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From the manual "You can set the AF-Assist Illuminator to activate or cancel by pressing the [MODE] + [left arrow] buttons simultaneously for
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Will the SU-800 will work with my nikon d3100 to trigger my SB700 strobe unit remotely?

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I know i can trigger my strobe SB700 when I set it to SU-4 and shoot the onboard camera Nikon D3100 flash.
What I need to know is if I can use the SU-800 instead the onboard flash to use my SB700 as fill flash remotely.
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Yes it will work.
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Will the SU 800 work with the F5 and F6 film cameras.

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I have a Nikon F5 camera and just want to know if it was possible to use the SU 800 with the SB 800 flash for wireless use or not. I know it can be use with digital cameras like the D3 or D300 series.
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Yes, it will work with the F6 but with the F5 you will need to use the SC-30 TTL CORD.
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What is the best flash to use on a D3100 for inside weddings.

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I'm using a D3100 and I was asked to take pictures at a friends wedding. I've seen many blogs for what to use when, but I'm not sure which would better suit me.
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If you want to stick with Nikon you can get a sb700, the su800 is not a flash it is a commander module, it is like a wireless remote for flashes. If you would like a comparable flask Metz makes very good flashes.
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