- Mar 31, 2005
i want to purchase a flash and not sure what the difference is between these 2 models..othe than price..I am not a pro---yet....can anyone shed some light for me?
jfrancis said:Modified from something I saved from another forum:
* The SB-800 has 2/3rds additional stop of power
* the SB-800 is capable of being a CLS master or slave, the SB-600 can only be a slave. If you only have one flash then this is a moot point. You don't need a master if you don't have another flash to be a slave.
* The SB-800 tilts down 7 degrees in addition to tilting up 90 degrees and 180 degree rotation - both of which are also supported by the SB-600
* The SB-800 has a repeating flash feature.
* The SB-800 includes a 5th-battery recycle accelerator.
* The SB-800 includes color balancing filters and a diffuser. You can purchase the color balancing filters (Nikon Part #SG-1) which fit both the SB-600 and SB-800, and you can add a Sto-Fen diffuser to the SB-600 - if these are important to you
* The SB-800 is slightly more complicated to use (due to the additional features is supports); however, the user interface on the SB-800 is better than that on the SB-600 IMO.
* The SB800 has a modelling light
* The SB-800 supports an Auto Aperature (AA) exposure mode.
* The SB-800 has an optical SU-4 remote flash mode.
Bottom line: If you think you will only ever need one flash, the SB600 will do fine. If you have a D70, it can be triggered from the on-board speedlight and you will have a nifty little CLS system. If you have a D2 series camera and want to do CLS eventually, buy the SB800 first.