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nikonuser1968 Basic MemberSat 23-Feb-02 01:41 PM
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"SD-8A Battery Pack"


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Hi Folks,

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!!
Wayne

Cheers,
Wayne
http://portraitworks.tripod.com/

  

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberSat 23-Feb-02 04:56 PM
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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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bgelfand Registered since 09th Feb 2002Sat 23-Feb-02 06:53 PM
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Sacramento Area, US
          

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)

  

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nikonuser1968 Basic MemberSun 24-Feb-02 12:37 PM
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CA
          

Thanks folks. This gives me some more food for thought!

Keep your stick on the ice...
Wayn

Cheers,
Wayne
http://portraitworks.tripod.com/

  

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