Nikon Flash Lighting Solutions

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Nikon Speedlight Flash

With over 70 flashes available for Nikon users, which includes their own and those manufactured by independent companies, Nikon users enjoy one of the largest selections and and most pro-oriented array of compatible flashes. The most favored is the Nikon SB700 flash, an i-TTL Speedlight that, similar to the power house SB-910 and most basic SB-500, utilizes the Nikon Creative Lighting System and can be as operated as stand-alone wireless flash or in multi-flash groups. Nikon-compatible flashes from independent flash manufactures include the budget Flashpoint ZoomLioN ($179.95) featuring a 150-foot wireless range and 112 Guide number, the Strobist-receptive Phottix Scott Kelby Mitros + TTL flash kit featuring high-speed sync with a bag full of accessories, r, and the low-cost, TTL-compatible Bower SFD35N ($52.95).

Nikon R1 wireless close-up speedlight
enables superb, close-up lighting control with exceptional flexibility and innovative options.
Nikon SB-R200 i-TTL Wireless Remote Speedlight
Nikon SB-R200 i-TTL Wireless Remote Speedlight
Flash Head (Guide No. 33'/10 m at 24mm)
Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight

Guide Number: 59' at ISO 100
Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight

Approximate guide number of 98.4 feet at ISO 200 (at 18mm zoom head setting)
Nikon SB 500 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB 500 AF Speedlight

Guide Number: 79' at ISO 100
Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB 600 AF Speedlight

Guide Number of 30/98 [ISO100,m/ft], 42/138 [ISO200,m/ft] (at 35mm
Replaced by SB 700

Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB 900 AF Speedlight

Guide number: 34 meters/111.5 feet (ISO 100)
Nikon SB-910 Professional Speedlight
Nikon SB-910 Professional Speedlight

Guide No. 111.5' (34 m) at 35mm

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

Radio Control  Wireless Lighting System for 100 Consecutive Shots Compatible with Nikon i-TTL

Nikon Flash Commander

Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit

Here's the side-by-side comparison for the current Nikon Speedlights

  SB-400 SB-600 SB-800 SB-900
GN ( ISO 100, 35FF) 69 ft, 21m @ 27mm 98 ft, 30m @ 35mm 105 ft, 32m @ 28mm 111 ft, 34m @ 35mm
Weight 4.5 ounces (127g) 9.6 ounces (300g) 12.3 ounces (350g) 14.6 ounces (415g)
Power 2 AA batteries 4 AA batteries 4 or 5 AA batteries, external 4 AA batteries, external
Recycle Time
3.9 seconds 3.5 seconds 6 seconds (4 with extra battery) 2.3 seconds (NiMH)
Flash Duration (max) 1/1300 NA 1/1050 1/880
Coverage 27mm (18mm DX) 14, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85mm 14, 17, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm 14, 17, 18, 20, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105, 120, 135, 180, 200mm
35mm TTL No Yes Yes No
DSLR D-TTL No Yes Yes No
I-TTL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Aperture No No Yes Yes
Automatic Flash mode No No Yes Yes
Manual Flash mode Yes (7 levels) Yes (7 levels) Yes (8 levels) Yes (8 levels)
Head Tilt Yes Yes Yes Yes
Head Rotate No Yes Yes Yes
AF Assist Yes Yes Yes Yes
High Speed Sync No Yes, Auto Yes, Auto Yes, Auto
Repeating Flash No No Yes Yes
Modeling Light No No Yes Yes
Sync Socket No No Yes Yes
LCD No Yes Yes Yes
Foot Style Flip lock Flip lock Flip lock Flip lock
Flash Value lock Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Color Info (requires CLS-capable body) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless (requires CLS-capable body) No Yes (I-TTL preflash) Yes (no preflash or I-TTL preflash) Yes (I-TTL preflash)
Street price  $117.00  $219.00  $549.00  $463.99
Other includes SS-400 soft case includes stand, supports filter set includes stand, filter set, diffusion dome includes stand, filter set, diffusion dome

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Nikon Flash Lighting Solutions Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5