SB-800 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Nikon
Model: 4801
Average User RatingAverage User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 12

Reviewed by: alx888 from CA on Jan 5, 2005

Experience: 15 Days

Strengths: Quality, easy to use and result.

Weaknesses: Does not come with rechargeable battery nor Alkaline battery

Summary: (Edited January 05th by alx888) 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).

Reviewed by: NA9D from IL on Sep 20, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

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

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

Summary: 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!

Reviewed by: duckyl30y from CA on Nov 3, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Great flash. Strong output.

Weaknesses: Slow recycle times.

Summary: 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!

Reviewed by: arizonaphil from AZ on Dec 25, 2003

Experience: 14 Days

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

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

Summary: 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'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.

Reviewed by: mnsrx from MI on Jun 1, 2004

Experience: 14 Days

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

Weaknesses: higher price ; flimsy white card

Summary: 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.

Reviewed by: hfpharm from FL on Dec 21, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: bounce lighting

Weaknesses: none

Summary: (Edited December 22nd by hfpharm) 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

Reviewed by: lck74 from IL on Jan 24, 2005

Experience: 4 Days

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

Weaknesses: Doesn't come with a rechargeable battery.

Summary: 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.

Reviewed by: rhino30349 on Nov 11, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

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

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

Summary: 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

Reviewed by: jlarryhsr from PA on Dec 20, 2004

Experience: 20 Days

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

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

Summary: 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.

Reviewed by: quanzi from NJ on Apr 3, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

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

Weaknesses: None.

Summary: 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.

Reviewed by: jplee3 from CA on Mar 30, 2005

Experience: 20 Days

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

Weaknesses: 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

Summary: 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...

Reviewed by: specialkeepsakes from TN on Feb 19, 2005

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: This flash has power.

Weaknesses: None that I have found.

Summary: 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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