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NikonSB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash
 
4.7

(based on 662 reviews)

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    (501)

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    (153)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (2)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (365)
  • Attach securely (247)
  • Easy to use (230)
  • Durable (219)
  • Fast recycling (143)

Cons

  • Heavy (42)
  • Heavy / bulky (14)
  • Uses power quickly (7)
  • Runs hot (5)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (305)
  • Outdoor events / games (208)
  • Portraits (182)
  • 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 (557), Yes (32)

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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4.0

Still new but having fun

By Jmarc

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Reliable
  • Versitile

Cons

  • Complicated

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Experimenting
  • Portraits
  • Traveling

Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

I'm still new to using an external flash, so there is a lot to learn. It is a great flash for the cost. I kind of wish it had radio trigger but, as I learn its limits and capabilities I will be able to use it with greater ease. Requires a trigger when not on hot shoe meaning that if I use to remote then I need either have my pop-up flash activated or I need to purchase a SU-800.

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5.0

awesome speedlight

By Ed

from Canoga Park

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

    If money is no object go for the SB-910. but if you are on a budget the SB-700 can also get the job done.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Good Intro. Flash

    By S & R

    from AZ

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

      If you are looking for an intro. flash, this is it. Does what it is supposed to. No sync port, so you'll need to get some additional equipment to use off camera.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Would buy again

      By Shan

      from Louisiana

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

      Very pleased with this item. I would definitely buy it again

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      4.0

      Great, except no PC sync port

      By Elaine

      from Cambridge, MA

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • No Pc Sync Port

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Studio

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

      I was using this flash to photograph water droplet splashes. I used no other light sources besides the flashes and was aiming to freeze the motion of the splash through the flash. The flash was successful at that-- the flash duration is short enough that it freezes the motion without blur. Overall, the flash is easy to use and does its job well. It's great that it comes with a stand, super useful. Also the large range of rotation is nice. However, one negative is that it doesn't have a PC sync port built into the flash, unlike Nikon's more high-end flashes. I needed a PC sync port to connect the flash to a timebox and therefore needed to get a separate hotshoe with a PC sync port to attach to the flash.

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      5.0

      Versitile tool

      By Whiskey

      from Missouri

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

        Have used independently and as a remote in portraits and macro photography. Refreshes quickly with plenty of power.

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        3.0

        Speedlight flash

        By bbct91

        from Albany, OR

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

        Seems to do the job.

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        5.0

        Awesome Flash!

        By SRTgirl

        from Northern NJ

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

          I've been a novice 'photographer' for a while. I love that i've added this to my camera and can finally take some 'professional' pictures. What a difference this flash has made! We also bought one for my dad, who is a photographer and has had his 1970 flash (which he still uses). He is so happy with his new speed light flash. He swore he only needed his old one. Now with the new one, he is a very happy man!! I also love that it powers down on its own so if I forget to turn it off, the battery is safe.

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          4.0

          Compact speed light with iTTL metering.

          By Carl from The Bronx

          from Bronx, NY

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

            I have used SB600s and SB900s. I find this speed light comparable in power and usefulness to my older SB600s. It is compact, yet powerful and works well with both my Nikon D610 and D90.

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            3.0

            Good for close work

            By Dawg

            from Inman, SC

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

            Not a very powerful flash, but far better than the built-in popup. Nice for a medium sized room full of people, or for close work (macro photos). Ineffectual for a large or open space. Good metering coordination with the camera (aperture vs. shutter).

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            5.0

            Great addition

            By xocallyleighox

            from Federalsburg, MD

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Weddings

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

              Easy to use, light looks very natural

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              • No

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              5.0

              SB-700..night and day

              By flyingphoto

              from NH

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

              Have been using the SP-700 on our Nikon's and it is far superior to other flash units we have tried.
              Sync's up with the Nikon D7000 and greatly imporves indoor and outdoor results.
              Filters for indoor lighting are included and do away with the blue haze and other indoor lighting issues.
              Great buy and for all but the 24/7 Pro, all the flash anyone would require

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              5.0

              Great flash

              By Mark E

              from Knoxville, TN

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                I cannot add more about this flash then has already been said in previous view. The short time I have had it I have had no problems and it does a great job for my needs.

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                5.0

                Good All Around Speedlight

                By Chris

                from Cleveland, OH

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Recharge

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                As an entry into speedlights after refusing to use any sort of flash for a long time. I was surprised by how well the unit brightened the subject and balanced the light to look good. Its automatic settings work well with not many buttons to push to get going so it is definitely plug-in and go.One thing I would say against it is the recharge time between shots is a bit long and something I am not used to after using no flash for many years. Using better batteries should help resolve this downside.The best feature I like for it better than the SB-400 is the ability to bounce sideways so even when the camera is vertical, you can still bounce it off the ceiling to get the desired effect.

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                5.0

                Nikon SB-700

                By Iris Expressions

                from Forest, VA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                  Purchased for use with Nikon D610 DSLR camera.
                  Unit allows for creative and flexible lighting.

                  Plug-n-play capability is straight forward.
                  Mastery will require hands-on trial-n-error.
                  No opportunity to use as flash Master to date.

                  Package included tungsten and fluorescent filters.
                  Built-in diffuser and re-direct panel work well.
                  Purchased Watson NiMH rechargeable battery pack.

                  Very satisfied with results after 2 weeks.
                  Would recommend for serious amateur or pro use.

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                  5.0

                  Flashy And Worth It!

                  By Pac

                  from Ft. Worth, Texas.

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                  I do a lot of portfolio photography and this speedlight is a addition to have. Very easy to use and has so many options to give you the best light needed in any situation indoors and outdoors.

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                  4.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Mike

                  from Pfafftown

                  Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                  First time using a speedlight and very pleased. Right out of the box, batteries installed, connect to hotshoe, shoot shot in TTL and amazed at the color and skin tones. Bouncing off the ceiling is the way to go. Will experiment more off camera soon.

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                  5.0

                  Quality Nikon product

                  By TC4Real

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                      Easy to use, even for a flash novice like myself. Just beginning to explore the available settings, but for now the auto settings seem to make it pretty fool proof. Battery usage seems pretty good--probably took 100 flash photographs over the course of a couple of days and still cycled up quickly without having to change the batteries. I was expecting the tilt function of the flash head, but didn't realize it swivels also, which is a great feature. Looking forward to working with this flash for the next few years!

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                      5.0

                      Competent semi pro

                      By Jarko

                      from Charlotte NC

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                      Excellent semi-pro flash. Can do almost all the 910 can for a far better price point. Excellent choice for the serious enthusiast.

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again

                      By Buck

                      from North CArolina

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                        Easy to set up and use
                        lightweight
                        Quick recovery

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                        • No

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