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NikonSB-700 AF Speedlight
 
4.7

(based on 805 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (617)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (175)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (365)
  • Easy to use (320)
  • Durable (272)
  • Attach securely (247)
  • Lightweight (178)

Cons

  • Heavy (44)
  • Heavy / bulky (23)
  • Uses power quickly (7)
  • Runs hot (5)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (305)
  • Portraits (247)
  • Outdoor events / games (210)
  • Fill flash (156)
  • Indoors (135)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (190), Semi-pro photographer (127), Enthusiast (64), Tech savvy (64), Pro photographer (48)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (658), Yes (37)

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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3.0

Overpriced

By Chris

from Eugene, OR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

The quality is not consistent enough to warrant the premium price.

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3.0

Great Flash..Just Dont Buy It USed

By Gusto

from Las Vegas

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I own two. The brand new one works great. The refurbished old one is not a good fit. Misfires and constantly have to change settings.

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5.0

Great Update over SB-600

By EHC91

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Upgraded from a SB-600 to this two weeks ago after reading how much better the recycling times and ergonomics are. Very glad I did - used it at a wedding last weekend and was very impressed by how much better this flash was able to keep up compared to the 600. Also much easier to change controls on the fly. I was also very grateful for the switch style on/off control rather than the press and hold button of the 600.

Definitely recommended if you don't need the power of the 900.

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5.0

Pretty Awesome

By lastation4

from Austin, TX

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

This was a great purchase. Having a proper flash really helps for photo shoots and at conventions, where lighting is an issue.

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5.0

Excellent Flash

By Nick

from Cleveland, OH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

The SB-700 is absolutely fantastic, especially for the money. Compared to the more expensive new SB-5000 flagship flash, you could almost buy two of these for the price of one SB-5000. Definitely an excellent investment for any Nikon user!

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5.0

Nikon Flash SB-700

By ac

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Love this flash. Even better than the 800. Works great and doesn't heat up and lasts forever. Just finished a wedding with over 1000 photos and never changed the batteries. Gotta love that!

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5.0

…works like a charm!

By KettlePotBlack

from Philadelphia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

It's a battery miser, the menus aren't impossible to navigate, and it controls other flashes: win.

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4.0

Nikon Flash SB-700

By National Park Lover

from Fairfield, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I'm a landscape photographer and I don't use it a lot but I do occasional people events, night photography, and infrequent fill for landscapes. Overall the quality is very good. My previous flash system were Vivitar 283s, yes, a long time ago but they were excellent and well designed. The Nikon quality is good but I'm surprised the shots at 6 feet or less are a bit hot even with TTL. I generally shoot the flash at -0.7 EC. I'm very pleased so far but its still very new.

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5.0

A superb upgrade

By Gotcha

from Stockton, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I was needing another flash to use as a filler or a back up to my SB-600. Easy to use and set up. The gels were a welcome addition as was the diffuser. Had my eye on this one for quite awhile, within my budget.

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5.0

Marvelous Speedlight!

By TKay

from Twin Cities area,

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Highly versatile. Very easy to use. Great lighting! I'm a hobbyist and didn't see the need for the new SB-5000, and this flash fit the bill perfectly. Very happy! I have two of them now and a couple of inexpensive modifiers on light stands. Love the results!

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  • No

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5.0

Great flash

By Narcy

from Las Vegas, NV

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

    I love this flash, I have use it already for a couple of events and it is very easy to use. I will recommend it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome product

    By Willie

    from NY

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

    A little bit pricey but totally worth it

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    5.0

    Very good relatively compact flash

    By Nightography

    from Bucks County, PA

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

      I needed a relatively light, small, pro-grade flash. I chose the SB700 because it's in the same family as the SB910s that I use, but it is more convenient in a lot of situations. I'm very pleased with the unit and recommend it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Works perfectly

      By CameraLover

      from USA

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

      I love this! It's simple and works! It does the job!

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      5.0

      Portable, Light Weight!

      By Saturn

      from Panama

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

        I mainly bought it as a partner for my SB-910 wish is great but sometimes is to heavy and bulky.
        This speedlight is lighter an portable, without mention that his menu is more user friendly.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Product!

        By rbawalanphotography

        from New York City

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

          Easy to use, durable, and great quality. This is the first on camera flash I bought for my Nikon and I love it. I use it for taking pictures of events at dim lit locations specifically beauty salons/spas and such. Worked great.

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          5.0

          wonderful

          By krh

          from chicago

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Event

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

            great flash for all situations. easy to use.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love it!!!

            By Mike

            from Rockwell, Nc

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

            I'm a hobbyist photographer and this speed light is great for taking pictures of my children among other things. The light is more capable than I am. I've got a lot to learn before I use it to its full potential but it's great for portraits and fast action shots.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            My First Speedlight

            By Florida BIll

            from Fort Myers, FL

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Not Functional

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

            I will use mostly for family photos and to compliment plants and flowers. It is soldily built and feels very comfortable to handle. Manual is intuitive and easy to use. My only complaint so far is that you cannot see battery strength. You only receive low battery when it is time to change them. So far so good.

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            • No

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            1.0

            Design Flaw

            By Manfish

            from Florida

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Functional

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                The flash could easily be a 5 star product if it weren't for the fact that it doesn't do what the manual claims. Specifically, when the flash is used in "Remote SU-4" mode, the power levels of 1/4, 1/2 and 1/1 fire but are so out of sync that the camera (Nikon D-600) never sees any of the light. I have been talking to Nikon about this problem for about a week and, while acknowledging the problem, they don't seem to have anything to offer as a solution. I'll be a little more patient but, failing a satisfactory solution, I'll be returning this product while I can.

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                • No

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