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bert1eboddy   UK  Registered since 21st Sep 2010 Sun 25-Nov-12 05:24 PM
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"su-800"



Hi,

I am wanting a wireless commander for my d700 and found the su-800.

However, in the past, someone mentioned a universal on is cheaper.

Can anyone help? I am wanting to use one or two speedlights off camera and would really like to know what my best options are.

Thank you

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Reply message RE: su-800 BR
26th Nov 2012
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Reply message RE: su-800 jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources
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Reply message RE: su-800 gbowen Gold Member
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Reply message RE: su-800 Luke_Miller Silver Member
28th Nov 2012
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Reply message RE: su-800 bert1eboddy
29th Nov 2012
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Reply message RE: su-800 mrpenguin Silver Member
02nd Dec 2012
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BR   Glen Mills, US  Registered since 17th Nov 2006 Mon 26-Nov-12 01:21 AM
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#1. "RE: su-800"
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Are you aware that you can use the built-in flash in the D700 to control remote flash units, as described on gg. 311 of the D700 manual (Commander Mode)?

Barry

  

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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   San Pedro Garza García, MX  Charter Member Wed 28-Nov-12 06:31 AM
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#2. "RE: su-800"
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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.

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gbowen Gold Member  Canton, US  Nikonian since 01st Apr 2011 Wed 28-Nov-12 11:02 AM
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Yikes! Fried electronics is not good.

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.

George

  

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Luke_Miller Silver Member  Rural Virginia, US  Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006 Wed 28-Nov-12 02:48 PM
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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.

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bert1eboddy   UK  Registered since 21st Sep 2010 Thu 29-Nov-12 02:04 PM
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Thank you for all your help.
I think I will go for the su-800,l sounds just what I am lookimg for.

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mrpenguin Silver Member  Windsor, CA  Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012 Sun 02-Dec-12 04:03 PM
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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.

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gbowen Gold Member  Canton, US  Nikonian since 01st Apr 2011 Sun 02-Dec-12 05:08 PM
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>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.

George

  

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gbowen Gold Member  Canton, US  Nikonian since 01st Apr 2011 Sun 02-Dec-12 10:45 PM
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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.

George

  

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mrpenguin Silver Member  Windsor, CA  Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012 Sun 02-Dec-12 11:49 PM
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I dont have a studio but I am thinking about using it for event photography where I set up off camera flash ... is getting the SU-800 a good idea for that or more only for studio ?

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mrpenguin Silver Member  Windsor, CA  Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012 Sun 02-Dec-12 11:52 PM
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Mon 03-Dec-12 12:21 AM by mrpenguin


What do you guys think about this product instead of the SU-800 ?

http://www.phottix.com/en/phottix-odin-ttl-flash-trigger-for-nikon.html

I already own the flash triggers and receivers, would this product work better for even photography because it does not need lign of site ??

I have the None TTL Phottix transmitters.
I want to go TTL thats why i was thinking the SU-800

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gbowen Gold Member  Canton, US  Nikonian since 01st Apr 2011 Mon 03-Dec-12 10:37 AM
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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.

George

  

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