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SB600 or SB800????

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Trish5, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Trish5


    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?
  2. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    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.
  3. Trish5


    Mar 31, 2005

    Thank you for this info..very much appreciated!!!!!
  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005

    For the $100-150 difference, I'd go for the 800. :wink:
  5. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I agree. The SB800 can be had for $264 after Nikon's mail-in rebate at buydig.com.
  6. I own the 600, and I'm completely happy with it. That doesn't go to say that I wouldn't recommend the 800, but eventually I will probably purchase the 800, and use the 600 as my wireless flash.
  7. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    In addition to what John listed, the SB-800 can be manually set anywhere from full power to 1/128 in 1/3 stop incremements while I believe the SB-600 only has a couple of settings in manual mode.

    Bottom line, if you just want a TTL hotshoe flash the SB-600 is fine. If you think you might want the flexibility to use the flash in different configurations on/off camera the SB-800 is quite a bit more flexible.
  8. The SB-600 is a fine flash but there are many differences between it and the SB-800 of the top of my head here are some.

    1. No SU-4 on SB-600
    2. No Sync Socket on SB-600
    3. No ttl Socket on SB-600
    4. No GN, A, AA, rpt mode on SB-600
    5. No 1/128 manual power setting on SB-600
    6. No External power socket on SB-600
    7. No pull out small white bounce reflector.
    8. No fifth battery compartment
    9. Not capable of being a Master.
    10. Less power.
    12. Doesn't include diffuser dome and gels.
    13. Doesn't have a modeling light button but the SB-800 can trigger the modeling function.
    14. Doesn't have the angle down 7 degrees for macro.

  9. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    I don't use my SB-600 much. And when I do, it does what I need.

    The SB-800 is certainly "more" flash, and if I needed it's capability I would buy it so I would have a Master and a Slave.

    For now I find that I don't need more than a SB-600 (that's based on having the SB-600 for a year, and knowing what I use it for), but you should consider what you WILL use the flash for, not what it CAN do. Unless the money is no issue, then go for the SB-800.
  10. marc

    marc Guest


    you always get what you pay for

    the sb 800 is all the flash you will need for the future

    sb 600, was originally meant to be used as sb800 slave

    if you can afford the difference, buy the sb 800

    it is well worth the extra dollars.
  11. bhphoto's price of 289 less the 25 rebate is a pretty good deal IMO
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