Any ideas on how to DIY an equivalent to an SB-800?

No?   Me neither.

I wish I did though as this past weekend I lost my SB-800!  I’ve been going around since then cursing my carelessness!  Arggg!!!

Lets just say that when leaping hurriedly into and out of a taxi in the dark while holding a toddler in one hand and a camera bag in the other hand it is wise to make sure that the bag is fully

 and securely


The little carrying case I had the flash in was also stuffed with little DIY items which I’ll have to remake such as the folding grid spot and the sticky IR filter as well as all the gels I’ll have to re-cut.

I’ve got some other lights but I was quite attached to the SB-800 which is a great light despite the expense.  I guess I’ll have to start saving pennies again if I want to replace it, let alone consider the SB-900!

5 Replies to “Any ideas on how to DIY an equivalent to an SB-800?”

  1. Sorry to hear about your SB-800, its a tough one to swallow when its ones own fault.

    Good luck on the SB-900 🙂

    And thank you for posting a link to your Folding Grid, I actually found it back in october. But when I started my own DIY things I couldnt find your page.

    (returning the favor)

  2. Sorry to hear that. I know photographers that would have absentmindedly left the toddler somewhere but would never lose as much as a gel.

    Suspect the consensus here will be great excuse to get the sb900. I already have my excuse and that is I’m still using a sb600.

  3. I guess it is a good motivation for me to try to get more out of what I already have rather than to think only about the gear!

    I think that applies to all of us to some extent or another. I’ve been thinking about precisely that for some time now.

    I have given up buying camera magazines and reading books by celebrity photographers. Now I do my research on the blogs – much better, more original and not trying to sell product.

  4. I also find photograph history to be a good resource; the technology is all different but the *ideas* are still the same. It is fascinating reading discussions of debates that happened in the 19th century to find that they still go on today. Only now they are on flickr instead of in the salons of Paris!

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