Nikon SB-800 AF

Nikon SB-800 AF is a powerful flash guide number of 38m/125ft. (at ISO 100, 35mm zoom-head position, 20°C/68°F) to 53m/174ft. (at ISO 100 and 105mm zoom-head position, 20°C/68°F). It features i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras, Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°; Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180; Flash Compensation –3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in TTL auto flash, Auto Aperture flash and Distance-priority manual flash modes; Wireless Communication Channels Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4Channels. The Nikon SB-800 AF measures 2.8 x 5.0 x 3.6 in. (70.6 x 127.4 x 91.7mm) and weighs 12.0 oz. (350g).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

User Opinions

Nikon SB-800 AF User Reviews

This flash rocks!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this flash for the express purpose of using it during weddings and I have to say that after three very different weddings, with different lighting conditions, this flash is amazing. I would definitely, and most likely will, order another for a backup very soon.” – By B. Griffin

Great Flash for a Substantial Price, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Also works very nicely with the Nikon SC-29 off camera cable which includes focusing lamps on the hot-shoe connector so that your camera can focus effectively in low light. I use the SC-29 to keep the flash off of the camera 99% of the time and it allows me to hold the SB-800 behind a diffusion screen with one hand while I shoot with the other–amazing effect for a small flash like this. “ – By C. Judd

Love this light, | Rating: ★★★★★
“They have the built-in wireless syncing, which really works pretty well in most situations. You can also use pocket wizards or some other radio signal device to trigger them as well. With pocket wizards you lose the ability to send TTL data. If you want to use radio signals but still use TTL data then you could use those Radio Poppers. But I am fine with using Pocket Wizards and leaving the SB-800 on manual mode. “ – By Jeffery Suddeth

Excellent Choice For the Nikon D200, | Rating: ★★★★★
“it had a rather large piece of shrapnel stuck in the front of the camera body and covered with duct tape. It had been working just fine in that condition for a year, through 110 degree temperatures, 90% plus humidity, daily downpours, and yes shrapnel. I figured if a Nikon could hold up under those conditions it was the camera system for me. For over 40 years that has held true. The SB-800 is just another example of what I expect and demand from Nikon.” – By Blaine E. Moyer

SB-800 Speedlight versus SB-900 Speedlight, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The SB-800 has been replaced by the SB-900. So if you really want the old item, the SB-800, they are in short supply which explains the high price. Why would you want the old item over the new item? Maybe you have several of the old items and want to have a consistent group of flashes with the same menus and features. For me going back and forth on the different menus and settings can be confusing. Both produce great photos.” – By Larry L.

Smaller and faster than an SB900? Why not?, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Considering the price difference, this flash is a steal! If you’re thinking about this or the 900, just check your bank account. Can you afford the 900? Then buy it. If you can’t afford it, but you can afford one of these, get this. There’s not a whole lot of difference, even in recycle times. You can’t go wrong with either. Both will give you the same image quality in the end.” – By Micah

“I bought a Nikon D-90 which is am incredible camera. and since i mostly shoot concerts in low light to medium high light the pop up flash just didn’t have the demand i needed, so i purchased the sb-800 flash and all I have to say is INCREDIBLE !!!! WHAT AN AWESOME PIECE OF EQUIPTMENT.” – By Robert Mandoki

Price Gougers! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Look at the prices some of these places are charging! I got my SB800s for $329 when they were in production. The SB900 has more power, faster recycle, and tighter zoom (200mm as compared to 105mm on the 800). You can get those for $440ish. The SB900 does get hot and the thermal protection can shut the flash down for a cooloff. The SB800 doesn’t suffer from that. That would be the reason to get an SB800 today. I most definitely would not pay over $340-50 for one though. Some of this $499 on up is just robbery! Don’t patronize them! “ – By D. Bayro

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Features & Specifications

Nikon SB-800 AF Features & Specifications

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.

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