Hands-On Review for the Nikon SB-910 Flash

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Nikon’s newly released flagship flash unit, the SB-910 AF Speedlight, is the successor to the SB-900 and features a wealth of new updates for additional convenience and control over your lighting setup.

The SB-910 has an improved graphic user interface and dedicated menu button for clear and efficient modification of settings as well as backlit buttons for use in low light. Its guide number of 111.5’ / 43m at ISO 100 provides sufficient illumination and supports Nikon’s iTTL metering for on camera or wireless flash control. Additionally, this flash unit can serve as a wireless commander for up to three separate groups of flashes, with an unlimited number of flashes per group. An improved thermal protection system keeps the flash working more consistently, utilizing thermal cut-out to slow recycle times instead of completely turning the flash off. The SC-29 TTL Off-Camera Shoe Cord provides full TTL convenience while allowing you to hand-hold the flash. The flash cord also incorporates an AF illuminator to greater facilitate low-light focusing.  The SB-910 is powered by four AA batteries or for shortened recycle times you can utilize the SD-9 Battery Pack, which uses between four and eight AA batteries.

Guide Number 111.5’ / 34m at ISO 100 (35mm zoom head position, FX format, standard illumination pattern, 68°F / 20°C)
Commander Function Yes
Remote Function Yes
Electronic Construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash Exposure Control Distance-priority manual flash
i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras
Manual Flash
Lens Coverage 8-11mm (DX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel)
12-17mm (FX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel)
12-200mm (DX-format, Automatic mode)
17-200mm (FX-format, Automatic mode)
Illumination Pattern Standard
Even
Center-weighted
Other Available Functions Test Firing
Monitor Pre-flashes
AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF
Modeling illuminator
Bounce Function Tilt: -7°-90° (click stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°)
Rotate: +/-180° (click stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°)
Minimum Recycle Time Approx. 2.3 sec. with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries
Approx. 3.0 sec. with Oxyride (1.5V) batteries
Approx. 4.0 sec. with alkaline-manganese (1.5V) batteries
Approx. 4.5 sec. with lithium (1.5V) batteries
Flash Duration 1/880 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
1/1100 sec. at M 1/2 output
1/2550 sec. at M 1/4 output
1/5000 sec. at M 1/8 output
1/10000 sec. at M 1/16 output
1/20000 sec. at M 1/32 output
1/35700 sec. at M 1/64 output
1/38500 sec. at M 1/128 output
Required Power Source 4x AA 1.2V Ni-MH batteries
4x AA 1.5V alkaline-manganese batteries
4x AA 1.5V lithium batteries
Optional Power Supply SK-6 Power Bracket Unit
SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
SD-8A High-Performance Battery Pack
Flash-Ready Indicator Rear and front lights blink: Insufficient light for correct exposure (in i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL Auto flash, or Distance-priority manual flash operations)
Rear lights up and front blinks: recycled and ready to fire
Ready Light Front
Flash Compensation +/- 3EV in 1/3 steps
Custom Setting AF-Assist Illumination
Modeling Illuminator
Monitor pre-flashes
Test firing
Minimum No. of Flashes/Recycling Time 110/4.0 – 30 sec. (1.5V alkaline-manganese)
165/2.3–30 sec. (Ni-MH (eneloop))
190/2.3–30 sec. (2600mAh Ni-MH)
230/4.5–120 sec. (1.5V lithium)
Wireless Flash Modes Master
Master (RPT)
Off
Remote
SU-4
Wireless Communication Channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 channels
Wireless Groups A, B, and C
Other Functions Firmware update
ISO sensitivity setting
Key lock
Recalling the underexposure value in the TTL auto flash mode
Resetting the settings
Improved Thermal Cut-out
Weight 14.8 oz / 420 g
Dimensions 3.1 x 5.7 x 4.4" / 78.5 x 145 x 113mm