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Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Imported

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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 92' at ISO 100 and 35mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-120mm (12mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7° to 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Commander Mode for Wireless TTL Control
  • Strobe Mode and 3 Illumination Patterns
  • Recycle Time: 2.5-3.5 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries

With a rated guide number of 92' at ISO 100 and 35mm, the SB-700 AF Speedlight from Nikon is a moderately compact flash unit packed with features for high-performance on-camera lighting capabilities. The flash is compatible with the i-TTL system for automatic metering with both FX- and DX-format cameras and is optimized for use with Nikon's Creative Lighting System for complete control over your lighting setup. Additionally, the auto zoom head has a coverage range of 24-120mm with FX-format cameras which can be extended down to 12mm with the use of the built-in wide-angle diffusion panel.

Complete bounce and swivel functionality is available for working in a variety of shooting situations. This allows users to tilt down to -7° and up to 90° as well as rotate left or right 180° for complete 360° coverage. Also, the SB-700 has three different illumination patterns, standard, even, and center-weighted, which help shape the light output for your specific needs. For wireless master TTL functionality, the speedlight utilizes a Commander Mode. In this mode users can access Advanced Wireless Lighting settings for controlling multiple off-camera flashes that can be set up in 2 groups (A, B) and one of 4 channels. The SB-700 also has a quick wireless control A:B ratio setting for quickly setting up and controlling multiple remote flashes.

Many other abilities are packed into this unit, including a stroboscopic repeating flash mode that can be set from 1-100 Hz. The SB-700 also has slow, Auto FP high-speed, first, and second curtain sync modes for achieving the desired creative look in your image. There are even red-eye reduction and red-eye reduction slow sync settings available. The flash itself is mounted to the camera or stand via a locking hot shoe and is powered by 4 AA batteries. And, depending on the type of battery used and the power setting, users can expect a recycle time of 2.5-3.5 seconds.

Included with the SB-700 AF Speedlight are a variety of useful tools and accessories. First, built into the flash alongside the wide-angle diffusion panel is a white slide-out bounce card for bouncing some light directly to the subject and creating catch lights. Also, there is a diffusion dome for softening the output of the flash and fluorescent and incandescent color correction filters for balancing the flash to ambient light. All of this, along with a stand, is packaged in the SS-700 Soft Case, designed specifically for the flash and accessories.

Guide number at the 35mm zoom position measures 92' at ISO 100 and 128' at ISO 200
Manual power output from 1/1 full power to 1/128 power
Light distribution angle is automatically adjustable to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats
Auto zoom head reaches from 24-120mm with FX format and 14-120mm with DX format
Coverage of 12-17mm in FX and 8-11mm in DX when using built-in wide-angle diffusion panel
Thermal cut-out protection shuts off the flash to prevent damage from overheating
Flash head tilts with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45 °, 60°, 75°, and 90°
Flash head rotates left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, and 180°
Distance range of 2-66'
Flash exposure compensation from -3 to +3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Backlit LCD panel with nine selectable contrast levels and a rotating dial assist in viewing flash status and changing settings
Eleven custom settings
Flash duration of 1/1,042 to 1/40,000 second depending on output setting
Flash-ready indicator lights
AF-assist light, modeling illuminator, monitor pre-flashes, and test firing settings
AF-assist light, modeling illuminator, monitor pre-flashes, and test firing settings
Automatic color filter detection for adjusting the camera's color temperature settings and an optional color filter pack is available
Firmware can be updated through camera
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 92' (28.04 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 60° - 18° Vertical
78° - 25° Horizontal
Wide-Angle Adapter: 120° - 100° Vertical
Wide-Angle Adapter: 130° - 110° Horizontal
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, -7° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 360°
Coverage 12 mm - 120 mm (Full frame)
Distance Range 2 to 66' (0.61 to 20.12 m)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 120 mm
Off Camera Terminal Proprietary
Recycle Time Approximately 2.5 - 3.5 seconds
Flash Duration 1/1042 - 1/40000 sec
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Wireless Transmission Method: Optical pulse
Distance: Up to 32.81' / 10 m
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 2 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 5.0 x 4.1" / 71.0 x 126.0 x 104.5 mm
Weight 12.7 oz / 360 g without batteries

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NikonSB-700 AF Speedlight
 
4.7

(based on 715 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (545)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (160)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (365)
  • Easy to use (268)
  • Attach securely (247)
  • Durable (238)
  • Lightweight (145)

Cons

  • Heavy (43)
  • Heavy / bulky (18)
  • Uses power quickly (7)
  • Runs hot (5)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (305)
  • Portraits (210)
  • Outdoor events / games (209)
  • Fill flash (156)
  • Indoors (135)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (190), Semi-pro photographer (127), Tech savvy (64), Pro photographer (48), Casual photographer (47)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (596), Yes (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great bang for the buck

I chose to go the SB-700 route (as opposed to it's more expensive big brother the SB-910) for one primary reason, it's a better value for me in my particular circumstance.As...Read complete review

I chose to go the SB-700 route (as opposed to it's more expensive big brother the SB-910) for one primary reason, it's a better value for me in my particular circumstance.As a working photographer I've been hauling around studio lights for 20+ years but have lately been turned on to creating a more compact kit that mantains quality and versatility and perhaps even gives an advantage or two (for instance it's a whole lot easier to get these speedlights into tiny places than full size studio monolights)My solution has been to create a "kit inside a kit" I actually have a relatively small pelican case that fits inside a larger pelican case that holds studio lights. When I only need the speedlights I just grab the smaller case and a bag of stands/modifiers.So why the SB-700? Like I said, bang for the buck. The GN of 92 (ISO 100/ft) is about 2/3 of a stop lower than that of the SB-910 but I can buy 3 of them for less than the cost of 2 of the 910's. It's a good choice for me. If I need more power, will be shooting for an extended period of time, will be shooting a large quantity of frames, or want more versatility in my modifiers then I can go the monolight route anyway (to take advantage of fan-cooling, power, etc)Careful selection of modifiers will really help turn these speedlights into an exceptionally portable/fast studio facsimile with but a few limitations.As for the Nikon CLS system. Well I am pretty old school and probably haven't taken full advantage of it just yet, preffering to shoot in manual and get incident readings when possible,but in the few times I've played with it I've been pleasantly surprised at the results.I do however rely on pocket wizards (Flex TT5 and Mini TT1) for remote triggering as I find it the most dependable solution on the planet. I tend to keep things as simple as possible so I don't generally use a lot of lights but the fact that my monolights and my SB's are both triggered by my pocket wizards allows me to use both at the same time. This means that I basically have expanded my studio kit at a fraction of the cost. In order to make up for slight difference in color temp between mono's and sB's I light the most significant areas of the image with the same system relegating the other to secondary positions. By doing this the need to actually balance the different sources with gels is significantly reduced.Overall the accuracy and consistency of the Nikon SB-700 makes it a very valuable tool for me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nikon SB 700

As a previous owner of the SB 600 I cannot agree that this flash is much superior. It is useless with older film cameras. The SB 600 was fully compatible with older equipment and...Read complete review

As a previous owner of the SB 600 I cannot agree that this flash is much superior. It is useless with older film cameras. The SB 600 was fully compatible with older equipment and a bit more powerfull also. With digital cameras this flash is limited to spot metering in the iTTL mode while the SB 600 could be used in matrix and center weighted metering modes. Nikon charges much more for this flash yet offers us fewer metering options. Yes it can be used as a commander if multi flash setups is your thing and comes with useful accessories. although the flash shoe has a plastic tripod connection.

Build quality is OK, nothing to brag about though. The rotating flash head is a bit wobblier than on the SB 600. The matrix LCD panel is not as easy to see either.

Overall the flash does what is expected but backward compatability is pretty much abandoned. For the $100 premium Nikon is asking for this unit over the SB 600 I feel they could have offered more.

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5.0

Perfect for my needs

By Brandon

from Louisiana

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

    The SB-700 is perfect for my needs as a hobbyist. It allows me to explore lighting both on and off camera and even functions as a Master unit to control another flash. The only bad part, as with most flashes, is that you need to keep a supply of batteries handy.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Reliable

    By JasontheMeyer

    from Hickory, NC

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

      After using third party flashes I finally bought my first speedlight and couldn't be happier with the performance and ease of use. On top of the controls and versatility of this speedlight I got so many cycles out of one charge using rechargeable AAs.

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      5.0

      More than meets expectations

      By jimray

      from Eugene, OR

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Onoff Switch Is Small

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

        The added reach of the flash compared to the on-camera pop up is exactly what I was looking for and this model more than delivers. The remote capability was a feature I wanted and this model fills that desire. It's easy to use and opens a whole new area of photography for me.

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        5.0

        Good Flash

        By Arson investigator

        from Collinsville IL

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

          Versatile flash. Lots of bells and whistles. Works great at fire investigation scenes

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          • No

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          4.0

          Amazing flash

          By Islandboy

          from Dallas

          Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

          This is an amazing flash. I really like how fast it recycles. Nikon's CLS system is pretty nice too, although radio slaves would be better if you're taking pictures of animals or people that blink a lot. I am disappointed that there is no connector for an external battery pack though. For the price I think Nikon should have given us this option since it costs more than the SB-600. I will probably buy more flashes in the future, but will try the Yongnuo line because they are much cheaper, and come with the option of using an external battery.

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          5.0

          Good upgrade from SB600

          By jli888

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

            Upgraded from SB600 to this SB700. I'm very satisfied with the results it has.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great flash!

            By Alisha

            from Lehi, UT

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

              My first flash - I am in love! I have never really liked the look of flash in a picture, but done the right way it is amazing! I am having lots of fun bouncing light, the look is so natural! I have been using more flash in pictures the past few months than I ever have in the past 7 years. This flash goes everywhere with me. No more stinky or non-existent pictures in bad lighting, yay!

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              5.0

              great for low light

              By HVL

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                as a wedding photographer this light worked great in a low light reception

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                • No

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                5.0

                does the job

                By doc

                from Wilmington, DE

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Slightly Difficlut To Use

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                very good coverage for most needs. I bounce off ceiling as much as I can, great lighting. adjustable angles very helpful in most situations.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice Flash

                By sdch000

                from San Mateo, CA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                Works great! I'm no professional but the flash definitely made my pictures look better. And it has enough options if I need it in the future.

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                • No

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                5.0

                needed a second off camera light

                By wilbers dad

                from Rohnert Park, Ca

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • No cons at this time

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                I use this mostly for portraits

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                • No

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                5.0

                needed a second remote light

                By Wilbers Dad

                from Rohnert Park, Ca

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                  I am using this manly for portraits although I just got it and haven't used it as yet.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  This little light of Mine

                  By Norma the party planner

                  from GA

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                    Great Flashhhh

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    FLASH...This just in!

                    By Flash in the pan

                    from Houston, Texas

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                      I like the compact size and weight of the SB-700.
                      The recycle speed and auto connect with my new D-750 make my shots almost impossible to screw up.
                      Direct flash or bounce, its all calculated in the unit.. I almost hate to use the phrase..but I will "It's like POINT & SHOOT"!

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                      5.0

                      Works like a charm.

                      By Picture Me Blu

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                        It's easy to use and the user manual can quick teach you any thing you might not get right of hand.

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                        5.0

                        Nice - Auto mode that works

                        By Russell

                        from Jacksonville, FL

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                            For work, I use my camera and this flash for inantimate still photographs. It performed excellent, as expected, with my Nikcon D3300. With new batteries it seemed to get faster than published recycle time. I particularly enjoyed the results of the diffusion dome. For home use, the incadescent Filter was a pleasent surprise with excellent results taking family photos during the holidays (pointing the flash straight up worked best). Allowing both the camera lighting/flash and the SB-700 flash to work together in 'auto' mode is really really nice. It allows me to focus on them image and content instead of settings. One less conflict in my life.

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                            5.0

                            Great TTL flash

                            By Eagle Eye

                            from Lakeland, FL

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                              Works with both bodies I own

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great flash

                              By Joaocsg

                              from Portugal

                              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                              Só many functios and options for a perfect photo flash with Nikin camera.

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                              5.0

                              Great always in your bag flash

                              By Jack

                              from Wisconsin

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                                Smaller and lighter than the SB-910, this is a great flash to always carry in you camera bag.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Works well with D750

                                By Just for Fun

                                from Charlotte NC

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                                Works well with Nikon D750. There is no LED for movie mode, but otherwise it is great.

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                                Required item: Batteries are not included, and are required to power your flash.

                                Varta -  High-Energy 1.5V AA LR6 Alkaline Battery (4-Pack)
                                • You Pay: $2.99
                                 
                                Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                • You Pay: $17.95
                                 

                                Flash Diffusers

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                                Vello -  Bounce Dome (Diffuser) for Nikon SB-700 Speedlights
                                • You Pay: $8.99
                                 

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                                Vello -  Ringbox Ringflash Adapter
                                • You Pay: $89.95
                                 

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                                Vello -  Light Bouncer Kit for Portable Flashes
                                • You Pay: $14.95
                                 

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                                Vello -  5" Snoot/Reflector for Portable Flash
                                • You Pay: $22.50
                                 

                                Flash Mounting

                                Vello -  Compact Shoe Stand for Universal Shoe Mount Accessories
                                • You Pay: $7.95
                                 

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                                Nikon -  SC-28 TTL Coiled Remote Cord (9')
                                • You Pay: $54.00
                                 
                                Vello -  Off-Camera TTL Flash Cord for Nikon Cameras (6.5')
                                • You Pay: $32.95
                                 
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