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NikonSB-700 AF Speedlight
 
4.7

(based on 741 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (365)
  • Easy to use (282)
  • Durable (249)
  • Attach securely (247)
  • Lightweight (153)

Cons

  • Heavy (44)
  • Heavy / bulky (20)
  • Uses power quickly (7)
  • Runs hot (5)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (305)
  • Portraits (224)
  • 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 (614), 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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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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5.0

Dependable

By LR

from Virginia

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

    I use this for portraits and indoor still life

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Value

    By Erasto

    from San Juan

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

    Outstanding performance!!

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    5.0

    Great flash

    By Ziel

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Slightly Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

    Bought this to play around and study photography and it has many features to experiment. Very sturdy and well built and the pictures look great with this.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Wish It Had a PC Sync Port...

    By pijpij11

    from Washington DC

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

      It's important to me that my speedlight is light and reliable since I mostly use flash for wedding reception dance photos. The SB-910 seemed too heavy for me and I don't really need all that firepower when I can crank up the ISO and modify in post. This flash was right up my alley. The only thing it lacks is a sync port.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very nice speedlight!

      By 1elementin7groups

      from Arnold, Ca

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

          I wanted something lighter than the SB-910 and the SB-700 fits the bill. When I received it, I set it remotely and used the commander and flash on the D810 body to trigger it. Every exposure was right on. No guessing, no fiddling.

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          4.0

          Nikon SB700 Speedlight

          By jce

          from Greensboro NC

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

              I've been a Canon user ever since the EOS1 came out and only recently switched to Nikon Digital. I used this SB700 for practically the first time at my daughter's wedding and got excellent results. I use flash mostly for family photos - I prefer available light whenever posibble - and am very happy with it.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Amazing and easy to use

              By Debra

              from Ocean County, NJ

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • A little heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

              I have been using an older Canon flash for years. I recently switched to Nikon and needed to buy a flash capable of being a commander for remote flashes as my D5300 does not have this ability. The SB-700 is amazing and so easy to use. I cannot believe the control I have and how simple it was to set up and start using right out of the box.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great onboard flash

              By Digidude

              from Central Jersey

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Set Of Accessories
              • Lots Of Options

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoor Mood Photography
              • Outdoor Fill
              • Portraits

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

              Bought this for my Df and I am happy so far. Be ready to read the manual, there are so many options to use. Experimented with master/slave mode and was impressed by the results. The unit is a bit on the heavy side, but not so much that it would be a hindrance. Nice - the out of the box accessories, filters, stand, diffuser and reflector card on the unit. I did not experience the cycle times issues mentioned in some of the reviews, but I also did not stress the SB 700 in that respect.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good flash for price

              By Heather

              from Michigan

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

              I went from the SB-800 to SB-700 so I expected a little bit of a downgrade. Some of the feature were not as easy to use as I had hoped but overall I'm pleased with this flash.

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              5.0

              Nice Speedlight

              By Marvin

              from Porto Alegre, RS Brazil

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Portraits

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

                Nice speedlight from Nikon.

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                • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                        • No

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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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