November 30, 2008
The Nikon SU-800 is Nikon's solution to wireless flash control. This unit can be bought separately or with Nikon's macro setup R1C1. A major benefit with the SU-800 compared to using a flash as the commander is the size and weight of the unit. The Nikon SU-800 has one more bank compared to the built in commander units in Nikon's Dslr's. Setup is also far quicker with this unit then the built in commander functions in Nikon's Dslr's and the SB-800.
Power Source: 123A 3v Lithium battery
Included accessories: Soft case SS-SU800
Size: 2.7 x 3.8 x 2.3" (68 x 96 x 58mm) [W x H x D]
Weight: 5.6 oz (160 g)
Price: 254.95 USD
The Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit is an awesome tool, and is far easier to use then a SB-800 or a Dslr as a commander unit. The downside to this unit is the range and that it has to be in more or less direct line of sight to the flashes(as does all Nikon's wireless CLS equipment). That said the unit works like a charm and is really easy to work with. Another benefit of the SU-800 is that it does not contribute to the overall lighting of the shot. The built in flashes and the Nikon Dslr's or the SB-800/900 is not supposed to do this either, but if used in close proximity it will contribute somewhat to the overall lighting in the shot. This can be a pain especially when working with highly reflective surfaces. Build quality could definitely be better, don't drop this unit!
Nikon SB-800 Price: Discontinued
*Prices are subject to change. Listed price is from July 31, 2009