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Difference between Nikon SB-700 and SB-800 2 years 8 months ago #206253

Who has both of these? I have located a seller who has a couple of these for sale. I don't have the budget to buy all that he has, so on the fence which to pick up. I know the SB-700 is the newer of the two. Performance wise, which is superior? :cheers:
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Re: Difference between Nikon SB-700 and SB-800 2 years 8 months ago #206266

SB-800:
Professional grade speedlight, discontinued but widely available used.
It has 270 degree side-to side coverage, and 100 degree vertical coverage. It can tilt down 10 degrees from line-of-sight for close-up work on the hot shoe.
Not as powerful as the SB-900, but significantly more powerful than the 600.
Slower recycle than the SB-900, but it's usable for rapid fire bursts, and I've never been slowed by it. Way faster recycle than the SB-600, especially when using the 5th battery add-on.
Can be used as a slave flash, and it can be triggered by flash light itself... so you can use it in a studio setup, or in conjunction with other non-Nikkor flashes.
Has a slow-to-navigate "push-and-hold" menu interface that may slow down your shooting, depending on your situation.

SB-900:
Nikon's current flagship/professional flash unit
It's HUGE. The flash head casts a nice, even light as a result.
It has 360 degree side-to side coverage, and 100 degree vertical coverage. It can tilt down 10 degrees from line-of-sight for close-up work on the hot shoe.
Way faster recycle than the SB-600 and 800, and only with 4 AA batteries.
Can be used as a slave flash, and it can be triggered by flash light itself... so you can use it in a studio setup, or in conjunction with other non-Nikkor flashes.
Can be used as a master flash to control groups of other speedlights at ranges greater a SB-800.
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Re: Difference between Nikon SB-700 and SB-800 2 years 8 months ago #206277

SB-700

Guide number: 28/92 (ISO 100, m/ft.).
Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90°.
Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right.
Effective flash output distance range 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft. to 66 ft.).
Zoom to 120mm.
??? second recycle time.
Master mode with up to 2 groups of slaves.
51 (all) AF assist points at 35mm on FX.
Approx. 360 g.

SB-800

Guide number: 38/125 (ISO 100, m/ft.).
Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90°.
Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and 90° to the right.
Effective flash output distance range 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft. to 66 ft.).
Zoom to 105mm.
2.9 second recycle time with 5th battery.
Master mode with up to 3 groups of slaves.
17 AF assist points at 35mm on FX.
TTL multi flash terminal.
Sinc terminal.
External power source terminal.
Approx. 350g

On paper the SB-800 looks like a clear winner, but that is before you try to navigate the menus.
Why so serious?
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Re: Difference between Nikon SB-700 and SB-800 2 years 8 months ago #206280

oops !! I compared the wrong 2 speedlights :beerbang:
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