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Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight

sb800
Review Date: Jul 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: I am not a pro, but I have some experience that may be of interest to our group. I have tested the durability of this flash by dropping it from five to six feet onto thinly covered linoleum over concrete. I did it twice in the span of a few minutes. The first time I got lucky and there was no damage at all except that the batteries spilled out of the flash when it impacts on a hard surface. The flash fell because I was using a generic mount on a light stand with umbrella. You should only use the supplied stand as that hole and post are really needed to secure the flash - how do I know this.....because the flash fell from the same generic mount again when I thought I had secured it to the stand (a thumb screw on a metal mount and it worked loose on this). The second fall busted the battery door by shearing off all the thin plastic tracks off the door panel. Surprisingly.....none of the tracks inside the main unit were damaged at all. I simply used the fifth battery door assembly and was ready to go again. There was no loss of function at all after these falls - so I guess that is a real vote of confidence as far as durability goes. On very close inspection, I found a 2mm crack on the flash head that was on a non-stressed part of the unit and has not opened up since and you can only see the crack when the light hits it right. A trip to Nikon Canada gave me a replacement door for five dollars and an extra stand for ten dollars! My flash is now as good as new.....
Cons:
Cost, I guess you get what you pay for - but cost was the biggest problem with this flash. The manual could be improved.....