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SB 800 Swivel Feature

rbsandor

Denver, US
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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007
Tue 27-Nov-12 06:22 PM

The SB800 will swivel 180 degrees to the left, but only 90 degrees to the right. Is it possible to have the 800 modified to have it swivel 180 to the right as well? Any info appreciated. Richard

Chris Platt

Newburg, US
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#1. "RE: SB 800 Swivel Feature" | In response to Reply # 0

Chris Platt Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012
Tue 27-Nov-12 07:20 PM

Some people do it by holding in the swivel button and simply forcing the flash further to the right - presumably breaking off a little plastic tab that is designed to prevent it from turning farther than 90 degrees. That apparently will "allow" it to swivel to 135 degrees - and probably put an unacceptable strain on delicate internal wires - which I presume is why Nikon limited the swivel in the first place.

The question is why? You can always mount the flash on a bracket or stand with a swivel mount that will give you 360 degrees of rotation without risking damaging a pretty expensive and difficult to replace flash.

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gkaiseril

Chicago, US
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#2. "RE: SB 800 Swivel Feature" | In response to Reply # 0

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Tue 27-Nov-12 07:47 PM

Attach the flash to an SC-28 and you can swivel 360 degrees up/down, left/right or any where in between. You can even mount the unit on a ball swivel.

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rbsandor

Denver, US
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#3. "RE: SB 800 Swivel Feature" | In response to Reply # 0

rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007
Tue 27-Nov-12 09:54 PM

Chris and George: thanks for the replies. The reason for wanting the ability to swivel equally in both directions is that I prefer to keep the flash on camera in most situations. In this manner, I can control the direction of the light while not having to use light stands, cords etc and can move around freely.
Nikon's latest speedlight models allow the ability to swivel 180 in either direction which is marketed as an improvement. I did buy a 900, but it is so prone to overheating even with the thermal cutoff feature turned off that I no longer use it.
The question remains is can the 800 be modified (not forced) to rotate farther? Very likely the answer is no, but perhaps there is a solution. Thanks again, Richard

gkaiseril

Chicago, US
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#4. "RE: SB 800 Swivel Feature" | In response to Reply # 3

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Tue 27-Nov-12 10:06 PM

No, that is why some force it.

George
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rbsandor

Denver, US
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#5. "RE: SB 800 Swivel Feature" | In response to Reply # 1

rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007
Wed 28-Nov-12 12:28 AM

Bummer Richard

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