I have an SB800, and I am looking to purchase a second speedlight. I still read comments about overheating concerns with the SB910, so I was thinking of buying a used SB800 from either Nikon or BH photo.
Are refurbished units from Nikon "just as good" as the new units? Any concerns about buying used flash units? Should I just spend the money and get a new 910?
Your thoughts and comments about this issue are welcomed.
I agree 100 percent with Hal (HBB). The SB800 is the best flash Nikon has ever made for people who need to shoot hundreds of flash shots in a short period of time.
I have bought refurbished SB800's from several places, and every one has been like brand new. I have also bought a couple from that big auction site, and they were good as well.
I have only destroyed one SB800 since 2005, and that was when I connected a Quantum high voltage pack to it to make it recycle in under two seconds - don't do that! You can't hurt them, no matter how hard you drive them, when using the standard four internal batteries.
SB800's also have a fifth battery option, which will make them recycle quicker, but they can then overheat if you shoot rapidly for a long time, especially in hot weather. However, they have always recovered when they cooled down.
Nikon Service goes through Refurbished products very well before they sell them so a refurbished SB-800 should perform "like new". If you are happy with your SB-800, you should be happy with a refurbished one as well.
I own both SB800 and SB900. I use the SB900 more often. The SB800 is pretty much only used as a remote when I need the additional light. The reason is not any improved flash capabilities, but the interface. I love that the SB900 has an on/off/remote/master physical switch on it. Navigating the menus on the SB 800 seems awkward to me, causing delay in setting it up for remote or master and returning it to appropriate settings for single on camera use. The size of the SB900 is a bit overwhelming at times, and the SB800 accommodates the Light Sphere I have better, but the included diffuser for the SB900 seems to do a better job than the one for the SB800. I most often use the Light Sphere so that is not a big deal for me. I am yet to overheat any flash, but I do not shoot events that are all that demanding. The big thing is the interface, particularly that physical switch to turn on/off/remote/master... Just my thoughts.
I recently got lucky and picked up 2 used SB800 for $275 a piece. Both in excellent condition with box and books and some additionals. A week later I was able to get another (with the diffuser missing) for $225. This was at Midwest Photography in Columbus OH, where I live. So I now have 4 SB800s (one not working - have to send it in) and a SB600.
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Mon 21-Oct-13 01:23 AM | edited Mon 21-Oct-13 01:37 AM by Giguchan
My turn.... I was going to say the same thing that everyone else has said. I found an SB800 in a pawn shop for $200. It was going strong... until tonight. The flash fires and backlight lights up and everything appears to work- except the screen is dark I mean the LCD is dead.. I tried removing the batteries- changing the batteries but nothing works. depending on what the outcome is here I'll still hunt down another SB800. While I am complaining.... does anyone have an idea on how to fix this? I was hoping that there might be a factory reset or something.... if not, with a headwind I'm 30 min from Nikon In Melville.
>I recently got lucky and picked up 2 used SB800 for $275 a >piece. Both in excellent condition with box and books and some >additionals. A week later I was able to get another (with the >diffuser missing) for $225. This was at Midwest Photography >in Columbus OH, where I live. So I now have 4 SB800s (one not >working - have to send it in) and a SB600.
Must look like the Northern lights in your studio...