A really really nice looking flash ... a built-in wide flash adapter for 14mm wideangle lens coverage, GN 38/125 (ISO 100, m/ft. at 35mm), flash coverage up to 105mm in 5mm zoom steps and an AF-Assist Illuminator. In addition, the SB-80DX enables modeling flash and wireless slave flash, and a new dedicated soft dome has been provided to create soft lighting. (from the Nikon site)
This is really unfair. I was very happy with my stuff until they announced this thing
A flash that can zoom all the way to 105, oh my! I saw a vivid example of the usefulness of flash zoom this past week. Shooting some portraits in a friends living room. Has a large mirror on one wall. My flash didn't hit the mirror because it was zoomed into 50mm. His did and created a distracting light pattern in the picture as a result of light bouncing off the mirror...
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I've been in desperate need for another shoe mounted gun for a long time and have waited for the SB-28 replacement to come out. A must get for me. Wife gave in without a fight. She's use to it by now I guess I wonder if I should try for the 70-200???
I would expect the price to be around the SB-28DX range. I don't think there will be any major surprises here.
>I've been in desperate need for another shoe mounted gun for >a long time and have waited for the SB-28 replacement to >come out. A must get for me. Wife gave in without a fight. >She's use to it by now I guess I wonder if I should try >for the 70-200???
70-200??? Which 70-200? I though there is one 70-300.
I just purchased an SB-28 this Holiday Season to go with an F-100; so my first reaction when I saw this announcement was, "Oh, shucks!!" (to be truthful "shucks" wasn't exactly the word I though of, but it comes close enough <grin>).
Then I took a second look at the specifications. If I read correctly:
The SB-80 has increased the guide number approximately 6%; nice but not earth shaking.
The SB-80 can zoom from 14mm (vs 18mm for the SB-28) to 105mm (vs 85mm for the SB-28. I do not have, and am not likely to purchase, either a 14mm or 18mm lens. I do have a 105mm lens, but I have not yet had a chance to do any meaningful test with that lens and the SB-28. I'll probably lose something, but not much.
The SB-80 has a diffusion dome. That's usefull; does anyone know if one is available for the SB-28?
The SB-80 has built in wireless flash capability. As a second flash, that is very helpful, but if the SB-80 is your only or primary flash, it is useless.
The SB-80 has a Modeling Flash. If you do studio work, that may prove very helpful. On the other hand, for a well setup studio, it may be redundant.
The SB-80 has changed the controls and lock - nice but no new functions.
The only features that might be useful to me (the operative word here is ME; your requirements may differ from mine) are the ability to zoom to 105mm, the diffuser, and, at the extreme, the increased guide number. The higher guide number can be a detriment at closer ranges.
After rebate, the SB-28 final cost to me was $285 with full Nikon USA warranty. Assuming (and this is a big assumption) that the SB-80 will cost approximately the same as the current SB-28DX, sans rebate, it will be about $100 more than the SB-28 cost me.
"Shucks" was probably a good choice of words after all.
Well I will just have to wait another 20 years. I just replaced my 20 year old Vivitar 283 with a SB-28, and see no need for me to rush out and get this one. Oh yeah it really wasn't a replacement more like an addition.
I'll get killed if I go get another $300 flash right now.
It would depend how the built in remote is triggered. If it fires when it "sees" another flash and quenches when the other flash quenches, it should work. If it uses some other trigger method, say to avoid premature firing due the the pre flash sequence, then it may not work.
I have not seen enough data yet on the function of the new unit. A call to Nikon would be in order for anyone contemplating a purchase.
I presume you are talking about the wireless slave function. If it's anything like the SB-50DX (which it likely is) it goes off as soon as the light from another flash hits the meter. My SB-50DX has never had a problem with premature firing so I doubt the SB80 will either. The flash can also be triggered by a burst of infared light, such as the SB-50DX with infared filter, so that only the light from the slave flash is recorded on the film.
Hope this helps
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