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Old 09-12-2006, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, just got a new flash, the Nikon SB-800, and I'd like to hear from anybody out there who has used one. Any strengths, andy drawbacks, any other thing I should know about it? Thanks in advanced for your help.

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Re: Request info on a Nikon Flash
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I have the SB 800 and 4 sb 600's. I use the 800 as a controller for the 600s as wireless flashes. I use the 800 on a D-70. It works awesome, and I am realy happy with the Nikon Wireless system.
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Thanks for the info. I really haven't looked into the wireless system yet, mainly due to finances. I got this one as a gift, and the last flash I purchased was about 10 years ago, and that was a used one. But hey, that Vivtar flash lasted quite a long time, and did a pretty good job, I'm defnenately looking forward to the testing this sunday. I figure that I'd test it out before I shoot a wedding in about a week, lol. But thanks again.

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I've used one quite a bit recently both at weddings and for outdoor portraits.
I have found that you can get about 150 or so flashes using AA batteries before you need to replace all 5. I also use a Turbo to shorten recycle times. When using the Turbo, the AAs get hot. Something to think about as you shoot.
I have noticed that when the AA batteries need replacement, the flash does not fire and that can get annoying if you are under pressure. So I just make sure I replace the batteries every 150 flashes or so.
Outdoors for engagement portraits or family groups, I sometimes set my D100 on a tripod with the SB800 on a bracket above the lens. I use a Nikon SC29 to read the subject for correct flash exposure, even in deep shade. I like the results.
Sometimes I will use the flash in manual mode and dial down the intensity to 1/8 or 1/16 to give just a little pop to the eyes or colors of clothes.
I use it a lot during weddings, once again with the SC29 on a bracket. I generally bounce it with head at about a 60 degree tilt. That seems to give me some good lighting when I use either the Nikon dome or a third party dome.
The more you work with it, the better the results will be.
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