Nikon R1C1 Speedlight for Macro
Posted 26 April 2012 - 15:26
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 15:56
- Those who have used previous models
- Those who are new to them
First impressions are favourable - when you open the large carying case, you find a huge range of addons and acessories that can be used with the two flashguns provided. The system is available in two configurations:
- A cheaper version with 2x SB-200 guns plus accessories
- The full price version, which also contains the SU-800 controller
In general the system works, and someone has obviously spent a lot of time making it as flexible and configurable as possible. So why would I be dissapointed with my purchase? Well I wanted one of these for several years and whilst saving up, I bought a used earlier Nikon macro flash. This had two guns held in a ring that fitted onto the front of the lens, with a cable running to a unit that sat on your hot shoe. It looked unwieldy, but was surprising robust. I used to go on walks round the fields with this, trackiing insects etc. I could have the camera and flash hanging off my shoulder and never had any problems with parts becoming loose whilst walking around, or things getting dislodged when reaching in through branches.
By comparison, the more recent R1 kit feels more flimsy to me. With the ability to pivot flashes in many directions and choose their position around the lens, I feel they now wobble much more. If I don't take time to rigourously check the SB-200 guns have locked in place, they have fallen loose more than once (my fault of course).
There are other small things. The older models let you attach and remove the ring easily from the lens. The newer R1 requires a bigger ring to be screwed into the lens filter thread - if this is left on, you can't remove or switch round the lens hood on the 105mm VR lens.
None of these are showstoppers, but for me the extra versatility offered by this kit comes with a few drawbacks. Of course, the ability to use the CLS system, have large numbers of SB-200's firing at once etc are welcome additions, so I guess this is horses for courses.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 17:57
I later added a third SB-200 which made it more adaptable (if a little heavier).
On the 105 f2.8 VR Micro it has few rivals but it is a heavy combination with the D700.
The other issue is batteries. Rechargeable are available and I have six batteries and 3 chargers. Maplins can supply these in the UK.
The Kit comes with diffusers for the SB-200 units - if you buy a stand-alone SB-200 you don't get a diffuser.
It won't replace a Ring Flash and care needs to be taken to prevent shadows.
All-in-all a reliable and versatile piece of kit!
NX2 User; D700; 16-35 f4 VR; 20 f2.8D; 50 f1.4 AF-S; 105 f2.8 VR; 70-300 VR. SB-800 and R1.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:57
The kit is very versatile and compact. Shadows I see as no problem with a three unit setup as you can adjust all the flashes independently. Controlled shadow also adds 3D to the end result. I use the SU-800 also for studio setup with three SB-800's.
As the R1C1 kit works in pure CLS fashion you can use it with a manual type setup (like shooting thru a PB-6 bellows attached to a el-Nikkor lens) and get perfectly exposed pictures every time.
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