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Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight Imported

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Product Highlights
  • i-TTL Flash Exposure Control
  • Guide Number: 59' at ISO 100
  • Covers Zoom Range of 27-200mm
  • Distance Range: 2 to 66'
  • Recycle Time: 3.5-4 Seconds
  • 120° Tilting Head
  • Operates on 2 AAA Batteries

The Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight is a lightweight on-camera flash that is compatible with Nikon cameras featuring i-TTL support. The SB-300 has a guide number of 59' at ISO 100 and covers a zoom range of 27-200mm. Additionally, the flash has a distance range of 2-66'.

The SB-300 ensures proper exposure and color balance with i-TTL metering. When used with cameras featuring Nikon's Creative Lighting System you can access advanced controls like rear-curtain sync and fill flash.

Bouncing light off a ceiling or wall is made possible with a 120° tilting head. This provides soft, even light on your subject. For security during operation, the flash will click into position at 120°, 90°, 75°, 60°, and when facing directly ahead.

Weighing only 3.4 oz, its compact design makes traveling with this flash easy. The SB-300 operates on two AAA batteries and comes packaged with the Nikon SS-DC1 Soft Case for storage.

Creative control methods include fill-flash, front-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, and rear-curtain with slow sync
Zoom flash head provides wide-angle coverage from 18-140mm in DX-format cameras or 27-200mm in FX-format
Recycle Time: Alkaline/4 sec - Ni-MH/3.5 sec
Flash-ready light turns on when flash is ready to fire
Foot lock lever for secure mounting to the camera
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 59' (17.98 m) ISO100 
Exposure Control i-TTL
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +120° to 0°
Coverage 27 mm - 200 mm (Full frame)
Distance Range 2 to 66' (0.61 to 20.12 m)
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 4 seconds
Flash Duration 1/1650 sec @ Full Power
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Power Source 2x AAA Alkaline, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 2.6 x 2.5" / 57.4 x 65.4 x 62.3 mm
Weight 3.42 oz / 97 g

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NikonSB-300 AF Speedlight
 
4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Compact (8)
  • Consistent output (8)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (8)
    • Fill flash (8)
    • General purpose (7)
    • Travel (4)
    • Portraits (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tiny flash with juice

    This is a real jewel - you can keep it in your shirt pocket and forget about it. It is simple, works fine when you need it. In terms of size/power ratio...Read complete review

    This is a real jewel - you can keep it in your shirt pocket and forget about it. It is simple, works fine when you need it. In terms of size/power ratio it is a winner.I bounced it against white seiling with FX DSLR in average size room and got perfect exposure for entire space at 200 ISO. Runs on two AAA.And it looks and works fine on my compact P7700. This combo is an eye candy!Reviewing SB-300 trying to compare it to Nikon Big pro flashes would be silly - they are as far apart as cats and dogs. Most likely this flash was created to be a part of Nikon's P-series PS family.This item is for people who know when to employ big pro gear and when to enjoy time-off, caring unobtrusive neat things that work. If you like to drag your huge bagwith black heavy blobs to the cocktail party to impress (annoy) your friends, than this flash is not for you.Forget about ugly SB-400 - hot shoe connector sticking out and is perfect for making holes in your pockets.If you want workable cuteness with juice, go for it!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pity the SB-400 was discontinued

    Not as good as the SB-400 by a long shot. See, e.g., Ken Rockwell's review. But had no choice, I could not find an SB-400 at a reasonable price. ...Read complete review

    Not as good as the SB-400 by a long shot. See, e.g., Ken Rockwell's review. But had no choice, I could not find an SB-400 at a reasonable price. The only good thing one can say about it is that it is smaller than the SB-400.

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    5.0

    Portrait Lighting

    By Rising Son

    from Bowling Green, KY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

      I purchased this speedlight as an inexpensive addition to my Nikon 85mm 1.8 lens to help me with portrait work. I am rather inexperienced still, but have found this light source to be a great addition to getting better pictures. I would recommend a diffuser as well to help soften the light with portraits.

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      2.0

      Pity the SB-400 was discontinued

      By Ron in NYC

      from NYC

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

            Not as good as the SB-400 by a long shot. See, e.g., Ken Rockwell's review. But had no choice, I could not find an SB-400 at a reasonable price. The only good thing one can say about it is that it is smaller than the SB-400.

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            5.0

            Very Happy

            By rteest

            from South Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

              The flash is just the right size and easy to attach. Wanted something universal and lightweight. B&H site is easy to navigate and descriptions make it easy to compare products.

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              5.0

              Simplicity and top quality

              By jayfroggy

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                I bought this for a Nikon top quality point-and-shoot, the P7100, and it is if it were custom made for the camera. A bit pricy, but the quality of the build and design makes it worth it. I love how it is light weight, and a perfect balance for a smaller, but serious, camera

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                4.0

                Tiny but Mighty

                By General

                from Nebraska

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                  I own a couple of SB-800 and an SB-900 but they are rather bulky when you just want to wander around taking photographs. The SB-300 AF Speedlight provides an answer. For casual work, it is ideal. The only drawback is it doesn't work with Nikon's CLS system for when you want to set up something a little more involved. But that isn't why I bought it, was it?

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                  5.0

                  Nice product

                  By joevargas2014

                  from Brasília, Brazil

                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                  It worked very well in night pictures, the buit-in flash did not deliver good images in night time, so I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

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                  5.0

                  A Game Changer!

                  By Flash Novice

                  from Vienna, Austria

                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                  Really good! I am new to flash photography so opted for a smaller speed light. Results to date are extremely positive. A game changer in terms of photographic quality and I am still learning. Already know that I'll upgrade in a year or so when I have more experience under my belt.

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                  5.0

                  A big light in a small package

                  By Curtis

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                    I was looking for a small flash to use with my Nikon Df that would fit in my pocket and be easy to carry. The SB-300 is a good compromise. I have an SB-800 and SB-600 so I knew what I was trading off to get such a small flash. I have been pleased with the result and find I carry it more often when I am doing spontaneous work.

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                    4.0

                    Good first step

                    By CP

                    from CT

                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                    A step up from flash on DSLR. Portable and useful without a big financial investment.

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                    5.0

                    big things in small packages

                    By photogrl41

                    from Wichita Falls Texas

                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                    This little guy puts out as much power as any full size flash. I love the fact that it is so light.

                    The only con is that it only shoots in I - ttl mode..

                    It's a great buy.

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                    5.0

                    Very light and compact

                    By Billy

                    from Union City

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                      This flash is very light and compact and serves as substitute for the built-in flash of your camera. Tested it and the result is not as efficient as the pro grade SB910. If you are looking for a top-grade, heavy, bulky, or pro-level strobe, then go for the SB910. The two-AAA batt source are not an issue but make sure you have enough back up. The flash is perfect to use on sunny pictorial day to reduce shadow formations of objects.

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                      5.0

                      Does as advertised

                      By Andy8400

                      from Near Chicago

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                        Since the Nikon Df has no flash, this addition was a no-brainer. I already owned an SB-800 but it is heavy and cumbersome and is used only when its advantages are required. - Andy

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                        3.0

                        Not what I expected

                        By Tara B.

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                              I ordered this online without looking it in person first. Smaller and less powerful and wasn't what I was looking for. It might work for others, depending on needs, but it didn't fit my needs. I ended up returning it and B&H made it super easy. For that, at 3 stars, minus two because it wasn't what I wanted. I went to B&H to get the right flash in person.

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                              4.0

                              Perfect for the Nikon Df

                              By Gman

                              from Kansas City, MO

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos

                                Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                I was looking for a small strobe to sit atop the Df and internet searches suggested an SB400. Well, that one has been discontinued and the remaining few have taken off in price. So, I tried its successor with the AAA batteries rather than AAs. Frankly, with the Df, I don't need a flash that often, so the AAA batteries equal less weight and a more compact size. It easily fits the front pouch of a Billingham L2 bag. For environmental snaps in a "normal" home, I tilt the head all the way back, bouncing the light from the ceiling and behind me - nice smooth coverage. Since it does NOT rotate, I modify my shooting style for portrait orientation and bounce it off a wall. The small size is perfect for the Df. If it rotated, it would gain a fifth star. Overall, VERY pleased with performance, including relatively quick recycle times.

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                                4.0

                                Works like it should

                                By zzzz

                                from Clearwater, FL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast Recycling

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                  Used as a basic low profile flash on a Nikon D-60 to replace the SB-400 that stopped working.

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                                  5.0

                                  A Good Choice For Casual Use

                                  By GmanJeff

                                  from Northern Virginia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Vertical bounce only

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                  This simple and basic Speedlight is quite light and compact, taking little room in a gear bag and adding nothing significant to the overall weight of the camera and lens. Controls are simple - just "on" and "off", so no need to memorize complex functions. The flash head adjusts vertically for bounce, but not side-to-side. In the lowest position it fires from a bit higher than the pop-up flash on my D90, helping to reduce red-eye even without bouncing. Power isn't as great as larger units, but it works very well for casual indoor and outdoor use, providing the advantages of diffused light (when bounced) with minimal complexity, weight, or size. Ideal for travel when you don't anticipate needing flash often or for anything too challenging.

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                                  4.0

                                  Really like this flash

                                  By Deb

                                  from Baltimore, MD

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                    I bought this flash to add more light and get some versatility with my photos. I am just the average mom that takes a million photos, but with a good camera, I like my photos to come out great! This flash is small which is great because we travel a lot and doesn't take a lot of room in my camera bag. I like the flexibility of the flash, I can move it up if I want the flash to be a bit indirect and bounce, or I can use it direct on the subject to increase brightness of a room. This is a very nice flash for any general photographer. I plan to experiment with it a little more in the near future!

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                                    4.0

                                    Lightweight Flash Unit

                                    By Louis

                                    from Fort Gratiot, MI

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                      I used the Nikon SB 300 with Eneloop AAA battery this Christmas for taking our family pictures and have taken 520 pictures without any hitch. Each and every shot was provided with the right amount of light to achieve the creative exposure that I was aiming for. Great for bounce lighting. One thing that I wished it has the capability of, is for it to be able to "swivel" from side to side. For its price range, its a very good flash unit for those seeking an upgrade from an on-camera flash and a user- friendly one. Money well spent. The Eneloop batteries provided enough juice to keep up with my fast pace of taking candid shots with yet power to spare . I am well pleased with both products.

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                                      5.0

                                      for the portable SLR kit

                                      By Rob the -uh- guy

                                      from San Francisco

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast Recycling
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash

                                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                        This will not do everything the SB8000 will do; don't expect it to.

                                        If, however, you are like me and prefer to stay as light weight as possible, but occasionally need a little extra light, this is the flash for you. I now use a Nikon DF, but my prior camera was a D300. The pop-up flash on the D300 was okay, if I wanted to have my pics look like they came from a point-and-shoot. The SB-300 gives me the chance to bounce the flash, or rubber band a business card to the flash aimed straight up for some diffuse fill.

                                        It is designed to be simple, and it is. It runs forever on 2 AAA batteries and slips easily in a pocket. I would rather it also swiveled sideways too for bounce off the ceiling in vertical format. If it were possible I'd give it 4.5 stars for that reason. I went back and forth whether to round up to 5 or down to 4, but in the end I decided to round up because it perfectly fills it's niche of small, simple and portable; sideways bounce is one of the sacrifices

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                                        5.0

                                        compact size and easy to use

                                        By Mario

                                        from Maryland

                                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                        I am new in photography and staryed buying my gear and decide to start low expending... I read the reviews of other and agree that the price is affordable, nice compact size and extremely easy to use. Great product!!!

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