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Nikon SU-800 Problem?

output555

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output555 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2008
Mon 04-Mar-13 12:31 AM

So, based on the recommendation of several Nikonians, I invested in a SU-800 Commander. I had high hopes for the unit controlling my remote SB-900 and SB-700. Instead, it has been a crushing disappointment.

Using it in a studio with fresh batteries in the Speedlights and the SU-800 I missed 75% of my shots due to the sluggish recycling of the set-up. Never had this problem using a Pixel TR-301 remote or the built-in Commander Mode of my D700. I literally had to wait a minimum of 2-3 seconds between each shot or else the Speedlights didn't fire. It made shooting models rapidly impossible. 5 shutter activations in 5 seconds = 1 good shot. 4 unlit, unusable shots.

Then, today after only the second time of use (or approximately 600 total flash activations) the SU-800's brand new battery died. And I just bought it yesterday for $12. If the battery wasn't defective this means I will be buying at least 7 or 8 batteries a month. No way.

Can anyone tell me if their SU-800 performs better? If so, maybe I have a bum unit or the battery was bad to begin with.

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