SD-800 Batery pack

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Alan, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Alan

    Alan

    385
    May 9, 2008
    Georgia
    Has anyone used the SD-800 battery pack? This is the one that adds an extra battery to your sb-800 . For only $18 I wonder if it really helps any. Any opinions on this item? I don't have the sb-800 but have considered ordering one.
     
  2. DJVCuda

    DJVCuda

    869
    Jun 13, 2008
    Atco, NJ
    It came with my SB-800 and had a list of recycling times in the manual.
    For what I use it for I needed it and noticed a difference ( action )
     
  3. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Alan, that 5th battery is a very useful addition to the SB-800, it sure helps minimize recycle times and it also extends the life of the batteries. Another fine adjunct is the SD-8a battery pack. This item holds eight AA batteries and plugs into the SB-800. With eleven batteries at your disposal, you can shoot an aweful long time.

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  4. Alan

    Alan

    385
    May 9, 2008
    Georgia
    Thanks Dave and Frank. Frank I've seen your setup, it's pretty awesome. As many flash units as the sd-8a works on, I wonder why the sb-600 is not one of them? It would be nice to be able to buy and use it now, and it still work when I move up to the sb-800.
     
  5. "This item holds eight AA batteries and plugs into the SB-800. With eleven batteries at your disposal, you can shoot an aweful long time."

    Frank - have always admired your photography; your math on the other hand.....:biggrin:

    8 in the SD-8a plus either 4 or 5 in the SB800 = 11?
     
  6. Cougar8045

    Cougar8045

    184
    May 25, 2007
    Earth
    I use a black box battery for my SB-800 set up.
    Flash_Setup.

    It has a rechargeable sealed lead acid battery in side. One full charge can shoot about 1,000 flash. If and when the battery died, I can replace the battery inside the black box for about $25.

    I don't pay much attention about recycling time so the fifth battery is no use for me.
     
  7. Alan

    Alan

    385
    May 9, 2008
    Georgia
    Does the Black box work on a sb-600? Do you have a link for the company?
     
  8. Cougar8045

    Cougar8045

    184
    May 25, 2007
    Earth
    Yes. Black box can work with SB-600. I use a standard Quantum MKZ3 cable for my SB-800. He can custom make a cable for your SB-600. I am thinking to send him my cable and change to a DIN plug instead of the RCA plug right now.

    I had my black box for almost 2 years. It works great. No more AA batteries purchase. The box is a little heavy but I put it in a small Lowpro P&S camera pouch then strap it on my camera belt. Don't even know it's there. He even offer a slimmer version call Tuxedo compact. It's a little cheaper but the capacity is a little less.

    This is the guy I bought it from. He does great custom work for all photography gears. http://www.aljacobs.com His site has all the information you need.
     
  9. Errrr........ My SD-8A only holds six AA batteries. Either Frank or I can't count. :) 

    Though Frank's total of eleven implies he meant six batteries. :) 

    Ronnie
     
  10. Whew - I thought I was losing it! :biggrin:
     
  11. I did have to count them twice to make sure. :eek: :biggrin:

    Ronnie
     
  12. Cope

    Cope

    Apr 5, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Alan, the SB-800 comes with one already, along with a set of three color correction gels and a Stofen style diffuser.
     
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