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NikonSB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash
 
4.7

(based on 696 reviews)

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    (527)

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    (159)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (2)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (365)
  • Easy to use (253)
  • Attach securely (247)
  • Durable (233)
  • Fast recycling (143)

Cons

  • Heavy (43)
  • Heavy / bulky (17)
  • Uses power quickly (7)
  • Runs hot (5)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (305)
  • Outdoor events / games (209)
  • Portraits (198)
  • 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 (580), Yes (35)

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

Works well with D750

By Just for Fun

from Charlotte NC

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Portraits

Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

Works well with Nikon D750. There is no LED for movie mode, but otherwise it is great.

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5.0

Great Flash

By Juliet

from CA

Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

So far, I haven't had any problems with it. Very easy set up.

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5.0

Sb-700

By Kevin

from Antioch,Ca

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Landscape Photography

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

    The mobility factor of this speed light is great. Such a flexible tool especially for off camera use.

    Kevin

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    5.0

    Off camera

    By Fkatim

    from NY

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

    Got this to use off camera and it works great!!

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    5.0

    Best compromise

    By RafiB

    from NJ

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Not Durable

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

    Indoor and outdoor (fill in) flash. Great results and easy to use. The unit is reasonably priced relative to the other Nikon flashes but still has great features. The construction is solid other than the battery door which is difficult to open an feels flimsy.

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    4.0

    Versatile sidekick to working equipment

    By Mag

    from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

      I use it for supplemental lighting and special effects; it's easy to learn and has quick recovery. Lots of demonstrations on the internet to get the most from a working flash. A little hard to set the remote selection button.

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      5.0

      Best one yet.

      By CDeLeon

      from Taylor, TX

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

        Best light from external flash to date. Have used the SB900 and SB600. This is by far the best. Excellent lighting all around.

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        • No

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        4.0

        great flash

        By Rutilio Gonzalez

        from Rahway NJ

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

          I use it for the first time on a swet sixteen as a back up for my sb900 and due to the heat of the 900 I use this one and absolutly love it light and esay to set

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          4.0

          Great speedlight

          By PhotogDoug

          from Plymouth, MI

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

            I'd give it 5 stars but I've only had it a couple weeks.Wide panel is pretty effective reducing specular glare on subjects.Also like the built-in bounce card.Easy to set up commander/remote operation.Although it works out of the box, you'll be time ahead by reading the manual.

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            5.0

            Perfect for macro

            By Cebula

            from Indiana

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

              I already had two of these and added a third. I now use all three for technical macro photography, to get glare-free photos of reflective items. Much better for me than the Nikon R1C1 kit, which I no longer use, and sold.

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              5.0

              Better then expected

              By Tom

              from Fairgrove, Michigan

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                Very happy with this product. Has a lot more flexablithy and uses.

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                • No

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                5.0

                I love it

                By Ashley

                from State College, Pa

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                My first off of the camera flash and I am in love :) Still getting used to it but its great!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Super quality

                By bimkur

                from Framingham

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                This is the best flasher that you can get in this price range.

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                5.0

                Free shipping is a bonus to lowest price

                By Leesha-11

                from MN

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful Lighting
                • Reliable
                • Strong

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                I use this very often with my photography business. It gives me plenty of light in low light areas.

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                3.0

                Battery door broke into little pieces

                By bosjt

                from boston, ma

                About Me Casual user

                Pros

                • Excellent Light
                • Many Features

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Not Durable

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                I bought this based on reviews for my new Nikon D7000 a few years ago. I use the camera infrequently now that my iPhone camera has improved. But having a dedicated flash unit improves pictures of the D7000 tremendously. You don't realize it until you have one and compare to the integrated flash on the D7000. This unit h as many features better described by others. There are two cons from my perspective as a casual enthusiast. First, it's hard to learn the special features like fill flash when shooting outdoors in overcast conditions. With more reading I can probably figure it out. Second, last night on Halloween the battery door just broke into pieces while I was trying to replace the batteries. The door is not well designed in my opinion and it was always a bit tricky to push in on the button and slide to unlock the plastic door. Last night the thing fell into 5 pieces and one I still can't find. Maybe it fell out somewhere else along the way. Have a look at this issue and be careful. I suspect this is a design issue so I'm posting in hopes others will notice this who had the same issue and report it.

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                5.0

                three shoots in the first week - great!

                By ezyernie

                from new jersey

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Inadequate Manuals

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                  I pair this with a nikon D7100 and the combo takes near-perfect pics for me. this is a very good, flexible and smart flash with a number of capabilities and features that will surprise you if you are a novice enthusiast like I am. I have not tested any remote capability and have only used the flash mounted on the camera.I have used the iTTL mode primarily and it works with the camera to identify the focal length and apparently set itself. It works without slowing down the camera's shooting behavior. while shooting, you can select flash dispersion and adjust flash compensation by .3eV steps up or down. That was especially useful with close-up portrait shots. The SB-700 has a white foil sheet that extends out with the diffuser panel and that panel is useful for softening the light even further without beaming.Shots where i failed to use the diffuser properly when the subject was too close did not saturate and were 'fixable' within ViewNX2 or Irfanview via contrast adjustment, gamma adjustment, color curve or exposure compensation. More pictures were salvageable using this flash, as far as I have seen as compared to shots with other flashes I have had. (Yes, I have some awful pictures saved to evaluate new software, though I prefer to take pictures that need no work at all. I am certainly not alone i that for certain.)I am giving this flash five stars because it starts off performing excellently and provides such power and flexibility to enhance the use of my D7100. And I'm just getting started with it.

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                  5.0

                  Great

                  By Phillip

                  from Houston, TX

                  Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                  I love this flash. It works easily out of the box.

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                  5.0

                  sweet little thing

                  By hibob

                  from maryland

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                    Easy to start to use. still figuring out the details. liked the extras included. I also like that it is compact. quick recharge

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Nice light

                    By Christian

                    from Two Harbors Mn

                    Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                    Works great. I have the sb910 also and this keeps up.

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By Javier

                    from Hazlet township New Jersey

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash:

                      very good flash

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                      • No

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