My partner Bo and I have tested quite a few third party accessories for various cameras and our experience has never been too happy when it comes to power packs and triggers. One of them fried one of his digital bodies. The D700 is too dear a body to experiment again. So I bought an SU-800 quite some time ago and I love it. While you can use the built-in flash from the D700 to fire your remote speedlights, the SU-800 allows you to set up to three groups in four channels. I find this feature very useful for creative lighting, product photography and especially when there are other cameras present that may trigger your own remote speedlights, like at family affairs and social events.
You know it seems like a lot of people dis the SU-800. I personally love the critter. I am on my second unit and I love how simple and flexible it is. Sure, it's bigger than a PW AC-3, but it's smaller than my speedlights.
I've had good luck with my SU-800 as well. I think many of the complaints about its performance outdoors come from not positing the remote flashes so their CLS sensors have direct line of sight to the SU-800.
I am considering buying the SU-800, I have two SB-910 and one SB-900 flashes and I think the SU-800 is a cheaper way to control my off camera flashes. I was not able to find a proper review of the SU-800 on google. Can anybody direct me to a proper review so that I can make a decision on buying or not buying the SU-800 ?
I heard it uses some weird battery, which sucks because I just spend $300 on rechargeable AA and AAA batteries for all my electronic gear.
>I am considering buying the SU-800, I have two SB-910 and one >SB-900 flashes and I think the SU-800 is a cheaper way to >control my off camera flashes. >I was not able to find a proper review of the SU-800 on >google. >Can anybody direct me to a proper review so that I can make a >decision on buying or not buying the SU-800 ? > >I heard it uses some weird battery, which sucks because I just >spend $300 on rechargeable AA and AAA batteries for all my >electronic gear.
It uses the CR123 3 volt lithium. Cost me 10 bucks! Probably cheaper online or at Wal Mart. Hopefully it lasts a long time.
Get one! So easy to work with a small studio setting. I have 3 speedlights, an SB600, 700, and a 900. I am able to adjust the output of each flash to get the effects I want. You can shut off a flash or its group to see how it affects your overall lighting. You can adjust EV levels with ease. I love mine and I plan to keep it a long time.
I think having a small speedlight studio with softboxes, and umbrellas with associated light stands is really a great idea, even if you have studio strobes. You can't beat the portability and ease of use.
I have no experience with this type of wireless, but it seems to me that it would be more reliable since it does not rely on infrared. Infrared can be fooled by bright lights and generally won't trigger a flash that has its IR port covered or is in another room. Also a large open area with no reflective walls can hinder it.