Posts Tagged ‘photo’

Pictures Comparing SB-800 vs SB-900 Flashes

November 12, 2008

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

Nikon SB900 Review & thoughts vs. SB800

October 15, 2008

Thoughts and Review of Nikon Speedlight SB900 vs SB800
Gerry Haliday (Oct. 2008)

SB900's improved interface is great I had previously owned the Nikon SB800 and after getting into heavy photography and art classes with work, I heard about the SB900 and that it was about to get released, and started to compare the SB900 vs. SB800 with the information available at the time and caught a glimpse of some first hand Nikon SB900 previews to decided that perhaps it was time to upgrade my old and really worn SB-800 flash in favor of the bigger and supposedly more feature rich SB-900 speed light flash.

My initial research and reading of rumors and reviews of the soon to be announced SB900 unveiled to me some new features, features which I could really take advantage of, and ultimately why I preordered the item to replace its younger sibling. After having used it now, I would say some of the most notable differences when comparing the Nikon SB900 versus the SB800 are:

Better & easier to use menus / interface:

They have put some attention in this department and rightfully so; it seems like they listened to customer Nikon sb800 reviews and corrected some of the most common pains and weaknesses, helping us more quickly utilize and navigate the flashes interface. It’s much easier now to control, and as a result much quicker to fully adjust and use your SB 900 Speedlight for various scenarios than the SB 800 ever was.

Bigger but more sturdy feel

This is not something everyone will like, but I actually like the size and dimension increase in some ways… it adds to the feel of ruggedness and product quality, perhaps it’s just an emotional thing and I’m thinking bigger is better inside.

Faster Recycling:

Using the SD-9 you can get 1 second recycling, and even with the underperforming normal NIMH batteries its better and faster compared vs the SB800 flash as well. A great feature I fully appreciate because of the nature of my work and one many others will love as well

Flash heads rotation now both same in both directions

Something users of the older SB-800 will definitely like if they used the old one in quite a bit and got annoyed with rotation of the head

Further zoom & flexibility of light

Better flexibility in the light settings, with the ability to fully adjust the shaping of your lighting to be direct and focused or more evenly placed, love it!

Tons of other adjustments in the positive and a few things I’d like back

There are tons of little unmentionables that make me really happy with my move from the Nikon SB800 to the SB900. There are things I miss and wished right now weren’t changed, but honestly I’m sure it’s just a personal thing right now, and as I further adjust to the differences I will let go of these attachments.

Comprehensive SB900 Review coming soon…

I have only had this thing for a bit now, and although I use my flashes extensively, I am in a slow season right now so I haven’t really pushed the Nikon SB900 fully yet, just figured I’d leave a short Speedlight SB900 Flash review online for now, with a further and more in-depth report on my personal blog once I have used this beast a little more. Best wishes, and if you are considering the change, I’d recommend it, if you’re a complete novice maybe stick with the cheaper SB 600 or SB 800 for now and save some cash, as I’m sure this will drop 10-20% in prices of the next couple of months, and winter’s a slower season for most of you anyways!

Video Review of Nikon Nikkor 18-200mm Lens

September 30, 2008

Thanks to QQQQcon of YouTube whom has done a great 5minute video review of the Nikon Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The review is accurate, precise and cuts through all the fluff common in video reviews of photography equipment to make the points that need to be in favour and against the Nikon 18-200 MM, while also doing a great job of explaining the meanings and effects of many of the various features to help amateurs understand just exactly what he’s talking about and what makes this a great all around lens.

The reviewer, although not a professional speaker by any means, presents the facts in a great way, making comparisons through his 18-200 review to the 18-55mm & 55-200mm which gives a great contrast to its features and what makes it different / unique… He does not go into a whole lot of technical detail, so if you’re a professional you will want to perhaps look for a more techy review from CameraLabs on YouTube or something similar, but for the average person, QQQQcons is simple yet rich with information and provides a solid unbiased review of Nikon’s Nikkor 18-200mm with his hands on review video above!

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Nikon’s Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 Lens Review

September 5, 2008

Here is a great little youtube video review of Nikon’s Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5 – 5.6 VR Lens for DSLR cameras. The video reviewer is smooth, detailed and accurate (with the exception that he intros the wrong name – corrected in subtitles) in his review, and there is alot of good information for both complete newbies and experts alike.

He starts off going over the VR vibration reduction technology and why it is significant and gives us an idea of how it looks and feels; large, massive zoom, sturdy and weather proof. He moves onto explaining the other features and breaks down what makes it so versatile and powerful in strong detail in a very clear manner.

Nikon's Ultra Versatile 18-200mm lens

Nikon's Ultra Versatile 18-200mm lens

The Nikon 18-200 MM is easily one of the most popular and in demand lenses ever in the Nikon Nikkor lens lineup (and you might have a hard time finding one in stock seeing as how they are so popular and get bought up fast hehe) It covers almost all the focal lengths one could ever expect to encounter in a day-to-day fashion in a single lens and does them all quite well for your average day to day type of photography.

If you have a Nikon DSLR and are looking for an all-in-one type of walkaround lens, look no farther you have found it, as the Nikon 18-200mm is versatile enough that it could replace a whole set of lenses before it… now if only it were easier to find a store where they weren’t all sold out of this master-lens!