I have an R1 kit incoming from a fellow Nikonian. I plan on using it for micro photos and food shots.
I'm sure that more experienced Nikonians have found creative uses for the R1 and I would like to learn from you. Please share how you use your R1 and any tips you can give. TIA, Bill P.
#1. "RE: Nikon R1 kit usage" | In response to Reply # 0
mathjak107 Registered since 31st Dec 2006Sun 08-Sep-13 10:50 AM | edited Sun 08-Sep-13 10:51 AM by mathjak107
not sure how old it is but the ones from 2012 have a problem using rechargable batteries in the flashes.
we bought two units month apart from different vendors and both shut off after a few shots with rechargables. the commander does work fine with them.
even letting the rechargables sit for a week so voltage comes down does not help.
nikon does not support the idea of using rechargables in them.
#3. "RE: Nikon R1 kit usage" | In response to Reply # 0
I use a Sigma EM-140 ring light - roughly similar to an R1 kit in its basic form - for most work with models (as in small representations of large things, not glamour or fashion models). Usually this is far better than a single flash unit, although for complex situations I've found that multiple flashes are better. The R1 kit would be much simpler in those cases since the SU-800 is easier to program for CLS than the silly Sigma LCD thingie.
I pretty much always use it for chasing butterflies. My long macro (200/f4) has no VR, and even in full daylight shutter speeds can be daunting if stopped down to f/16 or f/22 for DOF reasons.
I don't own an R1, but one of my friends has one, and I've used his SB-R200s for some real estate shots. I lit the living spaces with regular SB-600 remotes and umbrellas, but it turned out to be useful to hide the R200's in some of the lamps. That provided both light as well as eliminating the oddball color balance problems since they were set up with uncompensated compact fluorescent bulbs.
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#5. "RE: Nikon R1 kit usage" | In response to Reply # 4
davepmyoung Nikonian since 10th Dec 2008Fri 13-Sep-13 09:45 PM
With the commander SU800 interfaces with the SB900, the SBR200's make great high light and fill flases as they all have their own stands. I always use Ultra 123 3Volt cells, rechargables in that size are next to useless.
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#6. "RE: Nikon R1 kit usage" | In response to Reply # 5
Sat 14-Sep-13 11:27 AM
Yes, the battery is a down side to the flash units. I think the little flash units will be a good stand-alone addition to my main flash. I'm eager to give them a try.
I'm also eager to give my Nikkor 105mm micro a go with this kit. Cheers, Bill P.
#7. "RE: Nikon R1 kit usage" | In response to Reply # 6
Sun 15-Sep-13 11:09 AM
I just got Mike Hagen's book, The Nikon Creative Lighting System, 2nd ed., Nikonian Press.
Wow! Mike's book is going to be a great resource for all of my flash units. Cheers, Bill P.