The SB-800DX is compatible with old silver-halide cameras, as well as the latest digital cameras.
The well-conceived control layout gives the impression that the Speedlight is very easy to use.
Please tell us about some of the special characteristics of the SB-80DX ?
The one that stands out from the rest is its multifunctional design.
There are also features such as fast recycle time and high light output capability (max. guide number 56) -- both crucial to the performance of an external flash unit.
The SB-80DX's support of TTL control, external control, manual control and its incorporation of multiple flash functions enables it to be used with a wide variety of cameras. Our FM10, F55 / N55 and COOLPIX 5700 / 5000 are all compatible with the SB-80DX, enabling convenient externally controlled flash photography.
The Speedlight also features 14mm ultra-wideangle lens coverage thanks to the built-in wide flash adapter, and coverage out to 105mm lens.
And wireless slave mode allows its use as an extra flash unit even without the optional accessory cord.
I would also like to mention the supplied bounce adapter, a milky white cap that fits over the flash output. It makes the light emission area broader, and also serves to soften the light emitted.
In news reports, for example, I've often seen press photographers with bounce adaptors mounted on their cameras.
- Bounce adapter. Many press photographers keep bounce adapters mounted on their external Speedlights all the time.
Yes, they're fairly common. If a Speedlight is used for a full-face shot, for example, it can produce a very unnatural photograph that makes it clear artificial illumination was used. With a bounce adapter, though, the output area is larger and the light softer, resulting in a more natural photograph that preserves the atmosphere of the scene.
It's impressive that the mounting of a cap has such a profound effect on the image. Now, are there any other special features you would like to mention ?
Yes, there's the Monitor pre-flash function. The SB-80DX fires a series of low-power flashes prior to shooting. These flashes reflect off the camera shutter's surface and are used to calculate the necessary flash output. We recommend that people take advantage of this feature instead of using a monitoring lamp.
The positions of the buttons are noticeably different from previous Speedlight models. How did you arrive at the current design ?
- The SB-80DX. Its design, which employs an intelligent layout and as few controls as possible, makes the multi-function Speedlight easy to use.
Well, it wasn't easy. We debated the issue repeatedly before finally reaching a consensus. And I think that users may notice the inspiration for the design when they see the Speedlight -- the design of the newest Japanese mobile phones. Our thinking was that by having the design of the Speedlight reflect the times, people would adapt to it more easily.
Our top priority in design was ease of use. And even though the SB-80DX has nine controls with the addition of the modeling flash button, where the SB-28DX only had eight, we are confident that we have achieved an easy-to-understand, easy-to-use layout with the SB-80DX.
Yes, the positioning of buttons and controls is a key aspect of design, isn't it ?
It certainly is. In fact, when you pull the wide panel out from the SB-80DX flash head, you see a quick reference guide for control locations printed on the light reflector plate. This allows users to find all of the controls without having to refer to the user's manual.
And in the event that the user presses the wrong button and loses track of the previous setting, they can reset everything simply by pressing two buttons simultaneously. This technique is widely used with SLR cameras and other related products, and is further proof of our continuing efforts to enhance ease of operation.