Firstly I wanted to say how helpful and enjoyable it is to have such a great resource available to Nikon users. Thanks to the entire Nikonian Team!!!
O.K. now that I have buttered everyone up here is my question: Has anyone used the SD-8A Battery Pack? I was planning to buy a SB-28 and this battery pack to use with the flash. Now that I have read about the SB-80DX I may buy that instead of the SB-28 but I still want to buy a battery pack. I shoot a lot of portraits and always have a problem with recycling times.
Has anyone ever used the SD-8A or any other battery pack? In Canada this pack sells for $175 and I am sure that I can buy an off brand for less. Thanks in advance for all of your help!!
#1. "RE: SD-8A Battery Pack" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSat 23-Feb-02 05:56 PM
The SD-8A battery pack shortens the recycling time by 60 to 75% and effectively doubles the flash capacity. It works on 6 AA batteries.
I don't have it but I've seen it in action with some PJ's and wedding photographers. I have also seen the heavier SD-7 that operates on six C batteries giving you far more capacity.
The only worthy competitor I've seen is the Quantum Turbo reloadable battery pack.
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#2. "RE: SD-8A Battery Pack" | In response to Reply # 0bgelfand Registered since 09th Feb 2002Sat 23-Feb-02 07:53 PM
If you need shorter recycling times, have you tried using Ni-MH batteries? You can purchase a pack of 4 Ni-MH 1600 batteries with charger for about $15(US).
According to the SB-28 manual, Ni-MH batteries will drop the minimum recycling time from 6.5 seconds to 4 seconds, comparable to using the SB-8 with Alkaline batteries which has a minimum recharge time of 3.5 seconds. The best you could do with the SB-8 is 2 seconds using Ni-Cd. (See Page 93 of the SB-28 manual)