SB-800 vs SB-600


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krazewerks

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guys i've been contemplating to buy either one of the above :dunno: so what is it that stands out between the 800 to the 600? basically, i would like to know EVERYTHING what the 800 can do but the 600 can't! thanx a mill guys, hope to see some good concrete pointers.... SO LET THE FIGHT BEGINS!!! :D
 

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guys i've been contemplating to buy either one of the above :dunno: so what is it that stands out between the 800 to the 600? basically, i would like to know EVERYTHING what the 800 can do but the 600 can't! thanx a mill guys, hope to see some good concrete pointers.... SO LET THE FIGHT BEGINS!!! :D
a) it has been debated to death here in CS. search.
b) there are plenty of online materials on the net. u can start with www.nikon.com.sg and download the spec sheets. go.
c) if u are just interested in starting another senseless flamewar (Let the fight begins? shesshh...), can someone close this thread?
 

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Do a search, this topic has been discussed before.

To me, it boils down to:

1) do I require the functions of SB-800 or is SB-600 sufficient?
2) am I willing to part with the extra cash?

Cheers...
 

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how serious are you about photography?
how much $ you got to spare?
if you can ans these 2 questions, then you know the ans yourself
 

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a) it has been debated to death here in CS. search.
b) there are plenty of online materials on the net. u can start with www.nikon.com.sg and download the spec sheets. go.
c) if u are just interested in starting another senseless flamewar (Let the fight begins? shesshh...), can someone close this thread?
hey bro, i just meant it to make a nice punch to start the thread! no punt intended :) anyways, maybe can anyone tell me what is the one most significant edge that the 800 has over the 600? bout the budget i should say i can afford both. lastly what has the GN no. have anything to do with flash photog or the flash output? forgive my ignorance, but i want to make sure that i don't make the mistake of BBB then found that i dun use it :embrass:
 

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hey bro, i just meant it to make a nice punch to start the thread! no punt intended :) anyways, maybe can anyone tell me what is the one most significant edge that the 800 has over the 600? bout the budget i should say i can afford both. lastly what has the GN no. have anything to do with flash photog or the flash output? forgive my ignorance, but i want to make sure that i don't make the mistake of BBB then found that i dun use it :embrass:
Higher GN = longer distance it can cover.
SB-800 can be used as a CLS commander. SB-600 cannot.
SB-800 has a higher GN.
SB-800 can use AA mode
SB-800 can use SD-8A battery pack.

The rest is here.
http://www.nikon.com.sg/compareproductitems.php?c[]=34-366dbf8124&c[]=59-40cf8d7a23
 

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hey bro, i just meant it to make a nice punch to start the thread! no punt intended :) anyways, maybe can anyone tell me what is the one most significant edge that the 800 has over the 600? bout the budget i should say i can afford both. lastly what has the GN no. have anything to do with flash photog or the flash output? forgive my ignorance, but i want to make sure that i don't make the mistake of BBB then found that i dun use it :embrass:
Guide Number is the Output Power of your Flashlight. The higher the GN, the more power it has.
SB-800's GN is 38/125 (ISO100, m/ft).
SB-600's GN is 30/98 (ISO100, m/ft).

Flash to Subject Distance = GN/Aperture

Check out this link.

Added this link from KRW. He did this comparison some time back
 

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Higher GN = longer distance it can cover.
SB-800 can be used as a CLS commander. SB-600 cannot.
SB-800 has a higher GN.
SB-800 can use AA mode
SB-800 can use SD-8A battery pack.

The rest is here.
http://www.nikon.com.sg/compareproductitems.php?c[]=34-366dbf8124&c[]=59-40cf8d7a23
To add some more:
- SB-800 have SU4 slave mode.
- SB-800 can use 5 batteries instead of 4 batteries for faster recycle time.
- The price of SB-800 is about double SB-600.

Regards,
Arto.
 

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To add some more:
- SB-800 have SU4 slave mode.
- SB-800 can use 5 batteries instead of 4 batteries for faster recycle time.
- The price of SB-800 is about double SB-600.

Regards,
Arto.
Correct me if I am wrong.
- SB-800 box comes with diffuser dome, not for SB-600
 

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Correct me if I am wrong.
- SB-800 box comes with diffuser dome, not for SB-600
Correct ;) .

Now, somebody correct me if I am wrong: SB-800 have built-in White Card, SB-600 doesn't.

Regards,
Arto.
 

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IMHO, the SB-800 is only slightly better than SB-600, in a sense that SB-600 does the job most of the time. So, if you are on budget get SB-600.

So, if you are serious with flash, you shouldn't even get the SB-800, it's still not good enuff, get a more expensive bigger, perhaps a hammer flash?
 

krazewerks

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Any above flash will do the work. :)

Download the manual from the nikon website and read it you will know what is require for you.

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hi all thanx for all the superb feedback... now am actually sliding towards the sb-800. btw i've read somewhere that the manual given are not that helpful for certain applications e.g CLS, is this true. is there an alternate resource where i can find tutorials on it? :)
 

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hi all thanx for all the superb feedback... now am actually sliding towards the sb-800. btw i've read somewhere that the manual given are not that helpful for certain applications e.g CLS, is this true. is there an alternate resource where i can find tutorials on it? :)
Hmmm..., maybe this one:
http://nikonimaging.com/global/technology/speedlight/index.htm

Regards,
Arto.
 

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Correct ;) .

Now, somebody correct me if I am wrong: SB-800 have built-in White Card, SB-600 doesn't.

Regards,
Arto.
Yeah interested in getting a flash too. Does SB-800 comes with a retractable White Card?
Cheers. :)
 

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...Does SB-800 comes with a retractable White Card?...
Yeap, SB-800 comes with a retractable white card
 

krazewerks

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guys thnx for all the links :) , but it seems dat flash photog is not as easy as it seems. e.g. on one of the tutorials it seems dat we have to set the aperture correctly to get good exposure (by means of a formula), so my thought is, is it dat important? and, the sb-800 for e.g. being the latest tech can't produce good lighting from the info given from the lens?
i'm very perplexed due to all this gn nos., aperture etc etc.... to sum up, is there a somewhat a 'golden' rule to flash photog? :think:
 

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seriously, if u got the extra cash and can afford it, just get the Sb800...If cannot afford, then get Sb600..

the functions, how to use etc. are not really important. Just get the one that u can afford and then figure it out how to use it later.
In any sense, sb800 is better.
 

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