Nikon SB-800 Speedl ight

It’s a pow­er­ful, pro­fes­sional-grade flash­gun with a bit on the side

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A break­through prod­uct when it was orig­i­nally re­leased, the SB-800 flash­gun ush­ered in Nikon’s cur­rent ‘Cre­ative Light­ing Sys­tem’. With ‘in­tel­li­gent’ i-TTL rather than the older D-TTL sys­tem, it’s able to work out flash ex­po­sure set­tings au­to­mat­i­cally when used in multi-flash­gun set-ups. In­deed, it has full wire­less mas­ter and slave fa­cil­i­ties that make it com­pat­i­ble with all sub­se­quent Nikon and third-party flash­guns that sup­port the CLS for­mat.

The SB-800 also in­tro­duced the ‘flash colour in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion’ sys­tem to im­prove colour ac­cu­racy when us­ing flash in con­junc­tion with the cam­era’s auto white bal­ance mode. An­other in­no­va­tion was the FV (Flash Value) lock for cap­tur­ing and lock­ing flash ex­po­sure set­tings.

The usual re­fine­ments of top-flight flash­guns in­clude a mo­torised zoom head with bounce and swivel, an LCD info dis­play and on-board con­trols, plus an even greater max­i­mum power than Nikon’s sub­se­quent flash­guns (see page 118 for an in-depth round-up of cur­rent mod­els). Stan­dard ac­ces­sories sup­plied with the SB-800 in­cluded colour fil­ters, a dif­fu­sion dome, stand, car­ry­ing pouch and an ex­tra AA bat­tery holder that you can clip onto the side, to en­able faster re­cy­cling.

Ja­son’s view… The con­trol panel and menu sys­tem are clear and in­tu­itive, and I love the way the re­cy­cle speed af­ter a full-power flash ac­cel­er­ates from four sec­onds to just over 2.5 sec­onds when you fit the ex­tra bat­tery holder. The push-but­ton mod­el­ling func­tion is also nice to have

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