The Nikon SB-600 is a budget version of the SB-800, for the reduced price, you loose power, some accessories, and the Master/commander function. Other then that the SB-600 shares allot of features from its big brother the SB-800. One of the most important features is the wireless I-TTL capabilities. Altough at reduced power, the SB-600 is still usable in multiple flash set-ups. If you do allot of small product shots, the SB-600 might be the flash for you.
Type: Shoe mount flash
Guide No: 98' (30 m) at 35mm Position
Angle of Coverage:73° to 23° (24 to 85mm in 35mm format)114° (14mm) with included wide angle adapter
Bounce Head: Yes
Swivel Head: Yes
Recycle Time: 3.5 Seconds with fresh alkaline batteries & full power.
Power Source: Four 1.5-Volt "AA" batteries; alkaline, lithium, NiCad or NiMh.
Included accessories:Soft Case SS-600,Speedlight Stand AS-19.
Dimensions : 2.7 x 4.8 x 3.5" (68 x 123.5 x 90mm)
Weight (without batteries): 10.6 oz (300 g)
Price from: $219.95 USD
Manufacturers web site: www.nikon.com
Multiple Flash Exposure Modes
The SB-600 is a lightweight SB-800, to decide in between the two flashes, it pretty much comes down to your needs.If you need a Master/commander flash, you will need a SB-800, SU-800 or a Dslr with a commander mode on it.. If your work is mostly small product shots, the SB-600 will be sufficient enough for you. I currently have 2 SB-800`s and 1 SB-600 that I use regularly. One thing you realize pretty fast is, that you need more flashes, it seems Nikon have created an addiction here. Only major drawback is figuring out the manual, which has more information than you need. I have written a quick-start guide on how to set up wireless flash, so you don't have to read thru the 90 page long manual. Setting up wirless flash using Nikon CLS equipment
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Nikon SB-800 Price From: Discontinued
*Prices and rebates are subject to change. Listed price is from March 8, 2010