I have just taken delivery of the Debao SU800 remote speedlight control unit. All the way from China...
I claimed it does exactly what the Nikon SU800 does for a fraction of the price. I paid £65 for mine.
I was delivered in less than 5 days so that bit was good. The box contained the unit plus an instruction manual in Chinese! However, control is pretty intuitive so it took no time to work out what to do.
How does it perform? Well brilliantly actually. It controls three groups of speedlights over 4 channels. It is fully iTTL and CLS compatible. Each group can be set to iTTL, AA, Manual with FEC selectable also.
Works like a charm. Apart from the price it also runs on recyclable AA batteries - I carry plenty of those so very convenient.
I've not handled a Nikon SU800 so not sure how it compares build-wise, but it is OK.. buttons are positive (no clicks though) and the plastic body is decent enough...
I wanted to control my units from the top of my D2Xs and this unit does it perfectly...
If you are looking for alternatives... this works... well mine does...
does this work without hickups when you have your speedlights attached to softboxes? When I used my popup flash, the SB800s sometimes had a hardtime being triggered even under a white ceiling. Have to say I had the popup on --- to have it not contributing to exposure. But the softboxes easily shielded off the signal.
Maybe the infrared is less prone to this. Can you share your experience on this?
do you use a flashmeter or do you own one? If so I would like to ask if you would do me a favor and test this for me?
With the SU800 on camera and set to trigger a manual channel, do you get a reading on the meter. The meter in cordless incident mode. The flash in remote manual.Do you meter a preflash or the real exposure flash? And even with no actual remote flash switched on, just the SU800 triggering?
The thing is I would like to know if the Infrared from the SU800 registers on the meter. If not that would be great as I could use the SU800 then to change power on my SB800s,when they are perched high up, without taking them down or the use of a stepladder. But it has to be remote manual to be able to use a meter.
Sat 23-Nov-13 03:08 AM | edited Sat 23-Nov-13 03:39 AM by HAN47
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These are just words from a guy playing with cameras to a photographer.