Pictures Comparing SB-800 vs SB-900 Flashes

There have been many people coming to this website looking for information and details comparing the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight to the newer SB-900 Flashgun, and the internet and photography websites as a whole have been hotly posting up and buzzing about the differences between the once king of the castle flash and its new predecessor. One of the most foremost areas of discussion has been the size difference of the two, with the newer unit being considerably more large and rugged at and approximately 24% harder to fit in your travel bag level.

comparing sb-800 & sb-900 speedlight

History has shown that as technology advances it generally seems to get more compact and fit in ever smaller casing (think cell phones for a second) however that is simply not the case with Nikon’s new mothership flash, with the Nikon Speedlight SB-900 being quite a larger and more cumbersome unit than the one it is putting out of business. Dimension specifications peg the SB800 vs SB900 at 2.8 x 5 x 3.5 inches versus 3.0 × 5.7 × 4.7 inches and weight at 12.3oz // 350g compared to 14.6oz // 415g although to hold and see the units side by one gets a much more dramatic feel then the seemingly not so different dimensional and weight numbers would suggest. To illustrate the difference that everyone seems to be talking about, I found some pictures from around the web to compare the SB 900 vs. SB-800 side by side and give you a better idea of the actual size increases:

You can read the full technical comparison here – and to see the difference between SB900 & SB800 when mounted on a camera, check out this compare animation from nikongraphy


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