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SB-900: will you upgrade?

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by AFS, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Well, the SB-900 has been announced...the question is...are you upgrading?

    I'm placing my order at the local dealer in the morning...hopefully NPS allocation will get it to me before I head out for the new semester in Mid-August...I'd like to have it for the first assignments of the year.

    It seems to be offering some things that will be useful to me, and the so-far- ignored accessory weather seals that you can get to protect the mounting on certain bodies will be very nice in the rainy season here.

    Meanwhile my SB-800 isn't in the best shape, so I figure I should retire it to backup.
  2. I've just retired from this discussion in another thread.

    It just seems that the 800s are quite sufficient - as folks have been getting amazing shots from them for years. As for the other bells and whistles, I'll leave them to my imagination. But hopefully the price of used 800s will drop. Then I can fill up my lighting bag with the refuse of others...:biggrin:
  3. If you want I can let you know when my 900 arrives, if I don't decide to hold on to it my 800 will be pretty inexpensive :tongue:
  4. Dibs!!
  5. the 900 seems underpowered...

    ...at WA FL settings, which is where so many pros (& non-pros) have been clamoring for more power for years.:frown:

    At those WA settings, it is even slightly less :eek: powerful than the SB800, correct?
  6. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I will be ordering one - but definitely not retiring any of my SB800s.
  7. madone


    Jan 9, 2006
    Nope, not for $500.

    If it had Radio CLS...maybe.
    If it was more powerful the SB-800, maybe
    If it has a super fast recycle (with more power), maybe

    But for that price, my SB-800's are all I need
  8. $800.00 with the battery pack
    for 1 flash

    i think not
    though, it IS enticing
  9. Cheap strobe

    At $500 it is quite a bargain. Have you priced Quantum gear? They kill you with all the cables, modules, battery connectors, etc.

    Nevertheless, having just bought a Hensel studio kit, I won't be dropping another $500 on a Nikon flash. The D700 is next in line for my dollars.

    I have four SB800s and they just keep flashing wedding after wedding. Can't say enough good about them. But CLS stinks in most venues and I generally use PWs. The radio signal is much more reliable in real life venues, like reception halls, outdoors and churches. I see CLS as a novelty, not a serious, reliable professional tool. If it were radio, it would fantastic, but it would also increase the strobe cost by 50 percent or more and create all kinds of licensing issues with the the FCC.

  10. Greg--you disappoint me--what happened to the love of ultimate quality? :biggrin::eek: :rolleyes:  LOL
  11. I will not upgrade but will buy a SB900 when one of my SB800's die.
  12. MSTphoto

    MSTphoto Guest

    well...my SB-800 is pretty dead right now...so I'll probably pick up a couple 800s since the price is dropping and when the 900 comes out, I'll get one and see if it's worth replacing all the 800s.
  13. Has anyone seen a side-by-side comparison chart between the 800 and 900? What are you getting with the 900's vs the 800's?
  14. Just wondered if you have read the specs on the SB900, it pretty well spells out the differences. Probably the most significant one is that it costs $180 more. That and it has more power.
  15. I will probably upgrade at some point in time. I like the range of the 900 (18-200) versus the 800 (24-105). I have two lens that go below the 18' range but with the built in diffuser, the 900 will go to 14'. That, and the longer reach is very attractive.
  16. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    Im doing more fill flash with my 8oo 5.6 ED-IF AIS these days, so more power is good thing. Not that I will always need it but its nice toi have when you do. Plus the battery pack is a nice touch. So Ill get one for sure. Im still waiting for Nikon to come out with the side handle mega flash like my old Metz 60.
  17. leahp26


    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Out of curiosity I called the local Ritz Camera in Burlington (specifically listed on the Nikon Site as authorized to carry the SB900)

    Me: Hi, I'm calling to find out about availability of the new SB900

    Ritz guy - Huh? You want what? An SD900? What is that

    Me: It's an SB, B 900. It's the new Nikon flash that was just launched today

    RG - Huh, let me go look into that [5 minutes pass] I don't have any information on that.

    Me: How long does it usually take for you to get new Nikon stuff into your store? You're listed as a specific location for the SB900

    RG - We are? I don't know about that. We get Nikon stuff when Nikon decide to send it to us
  18. My SB-800 / 2 X SB-600 and SU-800 will continue to do the job just fine.
  19. drjiveturkey

    drjiveturkey Guest

    Maybe when the price come down to $400. Not at $500!
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