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compare the nikon SB 800 with a sigma 610 super flash

looking for a recommedation

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#1 countdoowop



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Posted 04 May 2012 - 20:10

I have the Nikon D200 and I am trying to decide whether to get the nikon SB 800 or sigma 610 super flash and I am hoping someone would share a bit of insight on the pros and cons.

#2 FXMPhoto


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 22:26

The SB800 is a superb flash which, in my opinion, only had one down side - cost. Reading the specs on the Sigma 610 it seems like a much cheeper yet viable option since it is also compatible with Nikon CLS.

You can check out a pretty good comparison in this review (scroll to the bottom to see the comparison with Nikon flashes).

For me, I would miss the PC connector as I often use with my cybesyncs to trigger my SB800 so if a used SB800 was about the same price as a Sigma 610, I would go with the 800.
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#3 Alan7140


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 23:58

I've had my SB800 since 2006 and it's still going strong and has never once failed me. That's where the difference between a Sigma flash and the SB800 will probably be most noticeable.

#4 JBPhoto


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 00:55

The SB800 is a solid flash, menu operation is clumsy and both the SB700 and SB900 versions have a better UI. But if you are looking to save money and want a iTTL flash check out the Yongnuo 565EX, $100 clams cheaper than the Sigma.

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#5 Glider


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:51

I have 6 SB 800's, so obviously I like them. If I need another, I've heard good things about the Nissin Di866. It's CLS.compatible.
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#6 helioer


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 19:33

The SB800 is a solid performer - never failed on me. I have three of them. Several thousand flashes on everyone of them. UI could be better though.


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#7 TGB


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Posted 23 May 2012 - 22:58

Only got 2 SB-800, but they work flawless and have done so for years; using mostly SB-900 and SB-910 these days

#8 arthurking83


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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:54

I also have an SB800 .. and my only regret with it too is the awkward user interface.

great flash tho.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 20:17

4 SB800 here and a sole SB900, so...
Well the SB900 is fantastic but BIG.
Now SB800 can only be found 2nd hand. If you found one from a reliable seller buy it. Forget the Sigma, Fred said it all.
Nissin is another one that you should look at, but I know them only on paper...


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