Batteries for the Nikon SB800 Flash

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Randy W. Sims, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. I love my SB800 flash. It's made as much difference in my photos as...
    well almost as much as the difference between a lower end camera and
    dSLR. But I'm wondering about powering it. I've been using Energizer
    Lithium, but I've been thinking about a battery pack like the Quantum
    Turbo. Any advise or experience?

    Thanks,
    Randy.
     
    Randy W. Sims, Oct 16, 2005
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    Deedee Tee Guest

    That depends on how many flashes you need in one session. I use five
    Panasonic 2600 mAh Ni-MH (AA size) in the SB-800, and carry another
    set of five as a spare if I know I will use the flash a lot. I do not
    know exactly how many shots this gives me, but I have done up to about
    one hundred shots in iTTL or up to 300 fill-flash shots in one day,
    and so far never needed the spare set of batteries.
     
    Deedee Tee, Oct 16, 2005
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    Robert Brace Guest

    I use 4 of 2300 NiMh in the flash and 6 of the same in an SD8A on occasion.
    This combination will recycle in less than 2 secs at full manual power and,
    according to Nikon will provide over 300 flashes.
    In normal usage (i-TTL) it will track at 8 fps with all exposures fine for
    at least 15 exposures (I haven't needed to go higher as yet).
    Bob
     
    Robert Brace, Oct 16, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    Why do you ask:? Are you running into issues? Too short recycle?
    Batteries exhausted during an important shoot? If so, then by all
    means. If not, save yourself some bucks and stick with what you have.
    Or become a hardware wh*** and buy it. Went to a wedding a couple of
    weeks ago. The offical photog had an trunk full of Canon gear, but
    each time she took a shot, she looked at the preview, went to the
    trunck for more equipment ... and missed the next minute or two of the
    cermony and action.

    In otherwords, learn your equipment so you can use it instinctively.
    If it is not performning and doing what you want it to, then seek
    additional equipment to solve the problem. You didn't state an issue.
    So, if your current batteries are performning, then keep them. One
    should only buy or add equipment to solve a problem. Ortherwise, save
    the bukcs.
     
    Jim, Oct 17, 2005
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    Skuby Guest


    Bob,

    I was doing some searching around and found your note from Oct 2005.

    I am glad that I found your post cause I won't have to ask the question.

    One quick question: With 4 2700mah NiMh and the SD8A I should be able to
    hold down the shutter release during "you may kiss the bride" an not miss
    anything???

    Thanks and good shooting.

    Brian



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    Skuby, Feb 3, 2006
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    Robert Brace Guest

    Bob,
    Brian:
    With the 2700 NiMh batteries in the SB800 and the SD8A (that's 10 in
    total) depending on the frame rate of your camera, you should not miss a
    thing.
    My experience with multiple firing has been at distances of up to 10 ft.
    and as I can recall f5.6 and 1/60 to 1/125 sec. (ISO200).
    I'd try it first though, before betting the farm as YMMV.
    Bob
     
    Robert Brace, Feb 3, 2006
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    Skuby Guest

    Thanks Bob. Local camera store wants to sell me a Quantum (can't remember
    the model) that sits under the camera. That won't work for me cause I use a
    Stroboframe camera flip. I guess I will seriously look at the SD8A.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    B.S. Comm/I/SEL Pilot | MSgt, USAF (Ret.) 49199 | NREMT-P
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    Skuby, Feb 4, 2006
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