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Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash

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Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash

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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
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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
Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash
  • AS-22 Speedlight Stand for SB-700
  • SW-14H Diffusion Dome for SB-700 Flash
  • SZ-3TN Incandescent Filter for SB-700 Speedlight
  • SZ-3FL Fluorescent Filter for SB-700 Speedlight
  • SS-700 Soft Case for SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    NikonSB-700 AF Speedlight
     
    4.7

    (based on 731 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (560)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (161)

    • 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 (274)
    • Attach securely (247)
    • Durable (245)
    • Lightweight (150)

    Cons

    • Heavy (43)
    • Heavy / bulky (19)
    • Uses power quickly (7)
    • Runs hot (5)
    • Weak (5)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (305)
    • Portraits (219)
    • 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 (606), 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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    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

    Powerful flash!

    By Steph

    from 62401

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

    I have two of these that I purchased from BH. I use them on my Nikon D7100 and Nikon D610. I love syncing the two flashes! Handles low light situations with ease.
    I have had no issues with over heating and highly recommend this flash.

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    5.0

    Nikon External Flash

    By Anstar

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable
    • Versatility

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

      A very nice complement to a Nikon camera. Great settings and the remote operation is nice, less consistent with a camera that doesn't have comander setting like the Nikon 5200 but still effective.

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      5.0

      Super Easy Professional On-Camera Flash!

      By Mike the Cowboy

      from Western Kentucky

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

      I use this flash with my D750 at outdoor horseshows at night. I've gotta be on the rail, but the flash gets the job done at the distances I'm shooting at.
      You can also manipulate the flash head easily to reflect the light off of walls and ceilings indoors.
      It's also great with other Speedlights using the remote settings to acquire multiple lighting angles.
      Overall, very easy to use and professional quality.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nikon SB-700 Review

      By Malcolm

      from Emerald Isle NC

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

      Purchase was quick, delivery was fast, flash works great and I would diffidently use B and H Photo again.
      Malcolm

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      5.0

      SB-700: It works for me

      By Jblack

      from Fullerton, CA

      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:

        I'm not new at using on camera flash, but I use it mstly for fill or when my subject is backlit. Right now I shoot with a D90 and the ttl is a really good tool to have. The flash works every time and I've never missed a shot because of very quick recycle time. I give this unit a high 5!

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        5.0

        Great addition to the box

        By Rpg

        from Rome

        Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

        Great flash. Simple setup and use for the novice and advanced settings for the well advanced.

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        5.0

        speedlight for d3200

        By bob

        from michigan

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

          Only one photoshoot thus far with this speedlight. Much improved images when compared to the on-camera flash.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Flash

          By Charlie

          from NJ

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

            I had many flashes in the past, this is my first Nikon flash and I am very impressed. I have been using it for portraits and am impressed by the small amount of flash that gets generated, with skin colors spot on. Also, it reduces red eye, w the photographs have beautiful eyes. Before purchasing, I read some review about the battery door having problems. It has a push button that needs to be engaged before opening and that is not a problem.

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            5.0

            Great Flash

            By GaryXH

            from California

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

            My old SB-600 finally died and I went for the SB-700. The 700 has a lot more built in features that I sm still experimenting with. It is a worth replacement.

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            5.0

            Great flash

            By Rio

            from Colorado

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

            The is great flash and easy to use right out of the box. Very satisfied

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            5.0

            First use of my SB 700

            By Papa John

            from Vienna Va

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Portraits

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

              My first use involved volunteer photography work relating to a fifth grade activity. The students were required to research some aspect of China. They had to prepare a backboard detailing the results of their research an provide a two minute presentation. Since the activity was in the classroom space was limited. I had to take photos of each research project together with the students. Therefor I was only a couple of feet away from each subject, I used the flash with the deflector up. Each photo came out fine with no shadows and perfectly exposed faces.(Can't add images of children)

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              4.0

              Great flash

              By The Photographer

              from Washington State

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                  I have used my Nikon SB-700 flash both indoor and outdoor, and both on the camera hot shoe as well as remotely. Most of the flash functions are easy to use and the performance is overall really good.
                  Using the flash remotely through its infrared port delivers great results when it works, although it is inconsistent and it doesn't always work because the system requires line of sight in between the master flash and the remote one. At any time there isn't line of sight it will just not work. This causes limitations in the shots that you can take with this system.

                  The good:
                  -Great flash performance
                  -Can be used with Ni-MH rechargeable AA batteries
                  -Includes a case where to keep it

                  The bad:
                  -Remote ability requires line of sight in order to work

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  First of many in my collection...

                  By Julie & Kyle Wilson

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Short Recycle Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                    For an off-camera flash, it doesn't get much better than this. For newer Nikon cameras, you can use this thing out of the box on the hot-shoe or off camera wirelessly without the need for a triggering system or anything... Simply brilliant!

                    The TTL metering is pretty great, though you'll quickly realize that manual gives you more control and likelihood of getting the shot that you want--but this should be shocking to no one.

                    The recycle time is awesome! Around 2.5 seconds at full power with NiMH batteries which puts it in league with the best out there.

                    My one "complaint" would be that the included filters are a bit strong. The fluorescent and incandescent filters are included, but they are full power filters and seem to be too strong for most of the lighting situations I encounter. It's nice for them to be included, though I do not find myself using them.

                    Controls are easy to use, the light is great and very powerful... Aside from the filters, this flash is perfect. It does everything you would want an external flash to do and it does it well. This is just the first of many SB700's to find their home in my camera bag.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome flash

                    By Awsmsker

                    from Colorado

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                      Photography is a hobby. However, I am challenged regularly to cover formal or organized events. This flash makes me look and act like a pro. Easy to use, with little to know reading of the book

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                      5.0

                      upgrade from SB600

                      By beqk

                      from san jose, ca

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                        Higher performance & continuous ability at indoor events. Affordable price. Limited to new cameras

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect for me.

                        By Jeff H

                        from Vienna, VA

                        Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                        Has the power I need. Easy to operate. Flexible. Perfect for me!

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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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                            • No

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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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                              • No

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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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