Welcome to the first installment of my 2008 Gift Guide. This year I am looking at items that can be purchased on a budget since everybody I know is on a tight, real tight budget.

First up is my favorite Flash.

The Nikon SB800

While the SB900 is Nikons Latest and Greatest external flash and it is a doozy and well worth having especially if you use the newer Nikon cameras with the full frame sensor (FX), but it does have some negatives including the price, size and overly sensitive temperature monitor cutoff.

I recommend getting the SB800 instead before it disappears forever.  At $200 less than the SB900, the SB800 is more afforable and will do just about everything the SB900 will especially on the DX sensor cameras. The SB800 can be used as a Master in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS). The SB800 can be used as a stand-alone Speedlight, wireless Speedlight Commander or wireless remote unit.  The advanced wireless control provides fully automatic and independent control of an unlimited number of SB900, SB800, SB600 and SBR200 Speedlights.
The SB800 is also a great flash that can be used off camera attached to a radio trigger or in it’s built in slave mode.

$319.95 at B&H Photo and Video