By brian c. jackson

from rochester, ny

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Quick recycle time

 
4.0

PROS

  • Fast Recycling
  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • Bulky
  • Prefer better form factor
  • Flash will still overheat
  • Not Interchangeable

BEST USES

  • Sports Photography
  • General Use
  • Photojournalism

Comments:

I wish the flash would use this without internal batteries, because this might let the flash stay cooler. I use Lithium batteries, which I need to rethink, because of heat issues. It is not uncommon for me to take 600 pictures in a 45 minute stretch,and the flash will overheat with that many flashes.


By Gary

from Jacksonville, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified

Reliable external battery pack

 
5.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • Power cord fixed
  • Changing batteries
  • Not Interchangeable

BEST USES

  • Fill Flash
  • Portraits
  • Photojournalism

Comments:

I use this to power additional off camera flashes for events and portraits


By Robert Price

from Knoxville, Tn

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified

Great product - Too Expensive

 
4.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Powerful Output
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling

CONS

  • Pricey poor value

BEST USES

  • General Use
  • Fill Flash
  • Portraits

Comments:

Great Nikon product, but WAY overpriced.


By Wink

from Spring Valley, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified

Won't miss a shot because of the flash.

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Fast Recycling

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoor sports
  • Weddings

Comments:

I used the SB-9 twice so far; once at a party and once at a kids indoor basketball game. I purchased the SD-9 for my SB-900 because I usually get one photo where the flash just doesn't have enough power or recycle time between photos and would have been "the" shot only if I had more power. Well, with the SD-9 I didn't miss a shot and that was with even using alkaline batteries, which has the slowest recycle time. I attached the power pack to the bottom of the camera at the tripod mount hole and with it pushed forward a bit on the right side made it comfortable to hold the camera and see through the view finder without it hitting my chin. You can always attach it to your belt choose to. No regrets on the purchase, I'm glad I now have it!


By William

from San Diego

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified

This One Works

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Pricey

BEST USES

  • Extended Use

Comments:

I have read mixed reviews of the Chinese copies. Their price is attractive but there is some question whether they improve recycle times, function only every other shot, etc. The genuine Nikon product actually works, no question. The price is a little tough to swallow.


By titleistball

from falls church, va

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified

sd-9 + nimh = a perfect combination

 
5.0

PROS

  • Powerful
  • Long Lasting
  • Reliable Performance

CONS

  • Pricey

BEST USES

  • High-End Equipment
  • External flash power

Comments:

used the sd-9 out of the box for a wedding. in combination with 2700mah nimh batteries, the sd-9 delivered full power on over 1000 shots. not sure what i would have done without it. a definite in your camera bag if you shoot heavy on flash.


By Gary

from Jacksonville, Florida

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified

More power to You

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Reliable Performance

CONS

  • NONE

BEST USES

  • High-End Equipment

Comments:

This is a must have product for wedding photography. Not having to worry about changing batteries is important. I actually attached this to my flash bracket as it is light enough, and did not have to worry about hanging it off my belt and many cords all over. My only concern is the power cable from the power pack to the flash is hard wired into the unit, and should this fail or get damaged, repair/replacement is an issue. I would like to see a modular configuration where I could have additional spare power cords.


By firefly

from new york, ny

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified

(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Great product

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy To Pack
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Easy to Use

CONS

BEST USES

  • Nighttime

Comments:

Solid performance at a great price


By Modified

from Overland Park, KS

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

Great add-on for SB-900

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Pack

CONS

BEST USES

  • Fast Action
  • Travel
  • Tote Along

Comments:

Get 2x to 3x the number of flash fires with less than half the recycle time. Works best with Sanyo Eneloop AA rechargeable batteries. (Slightly slower recycle and fewer shots from Alkaline cells.) Please note, you can use either 4 AA OR 8 AA in the SD-9 but you MUST have 4 AA in the SB-900 still. Either way you still get ~1 second recycle times. Only the number of fires differs depending on the number of AA installed. The pouch allows for a belt to be looped through it or it can also be attached around the leg of a light stand.



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