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NikonSB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash
 
4.8

(based on 320 reviews)

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    (275)

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    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (165)
  • Good power output (129)
  • Durable (69)
  • Attach securely (52)
  • Even light source (47)

Cons

  • Heavy (20)
  • Heavy / bulky (12)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Price (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (143)
  • Low light (102)
  • Family photos (100)
  • General purpose (66)
  • Outdoor events / games (65)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (96), Semi-pro photographer (73), Photo enthusiast (64), Tech savvy (26), Film professional (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (285), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Buy Two.

Two of these and a couple Octoboxes and you're in business. I have an SB 800 and now this second flash, the SB 910. The SB 800 has proven to be a reliable...Read complete review

Two of these and a couple Octoboxes and you're in business. I have an SB 800 and now this second flash, the SB 910. The SB 800 has proven to be a reliable flash for me for years - The SB 910 is even better and only requires four AA's for maximum performance instead of five like the older model SB 800. I use the SU 800 Commander to remotely fire them. In large buildings or outside you will need an RF setup - but in the studio the SB 910 like the SB 800 responds instantly to the SU 800's infrared signals.

I shoot direct and with softboxes like the Octobox at 1/16th power and still rarely need to raise the camera ISO above 200 unless I really need the depth of field. Or I could switch to full power or anything in-between on the SB 910. At 1/16th power, the recycle time is virtually instantaneous and the batteries last a long long time. Only a pro shooting thousands of shots at full power in a day might need an auxiliary battery pack.

Incidentally, and it may be a bit counter intuitive, but inside a 40" Octobox you should select 105mm on the head zoom - but do your own tests.

You can spend weeks familiarizing yourself with all the features of the SB 910 - I'll let you do that - I'm too busy using it just in manual mode. Remember, one of the advantages of digital photography is the ability to check your exposures in real time and fine tune your camera/flash settings. But if you have critical shooting to do, out of the studio, then every imagined auto setting and override is available. I suggest you start by selecting those sections of the instruction manual that address what you want to do rather than trying to figure it out from the LCD menus :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as expected

One of my SB-800s went bad, so I figured it was time to upgrade anyway. Bought 2 SB-910s. I was disappointed with the performance on the first couple outings.
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One of my SB-800s went bad, so I figured it was time to upgrade anyway. Bought 2 SB-910s. I was disappointed with the performance on the first couple outings.

The first was a quick formal session inside a church. I was using one on-camera, one off-camera to light. I was surprised how slow the recycle time was. I only had them at 1/16 and 1/8.

The second session was an indoor portrait (fun) session with a girl. Single bounce light from camera. Now, it was pretty dark in this particular building, but again, the recycle time was slow. Not only slow to recycle, but I unknowingly ended up with some dark frames.

If the review was based only on performance, I would give it just 1 star. I gave it 3 just because the ease of use factor. The remote set up is so much easier than previous models. With that said, I want something that will consistently flash on demend, and I'm unhappy with this product. I'd feel more confident with my 800s.

By the way, I'm a full time professional with two busy studios, and I'm very hard on my flash units. I'm disappointed that I can't get some thing more like the SB-800. I loved that 5th battery add on. That completely changed the was that unit worked for us. Why not offer that on the 900 and 910?

BH was great as usual. Shipped that day. Got it two days later.

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5.0

Buy nikon! It works.

By Cricket

from Scottsboro AL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    Love the sb-910 flash. I used it at a wedding 3 days after i got it. Fast recycling time. i LOve the remote part of it, i use an older flash i had and triggered it using the flash. Worked well with other nikon flash that i had.

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    5.0

    My SB-910

    By Jeff

    from Springfield, Il

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Audio Quality
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

      Im glad it goes to 910 instead of just 900 for power

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      • No

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      5.0

      Reliable and powerful

      By Alex

      from STL, MO

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

      I use several of these on and off camera for indoor and outdoor shoots. They're powerful enough to shoot in noon sun. I've never had one run out of juice on me during even the most rigorous shoots. If you need a strong reliable flash that can shoot for great lengths, look no further.

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      5.0

      Easy to use and easy to set up.

      By Les

      from Greensboro, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

        Right out of the box, I was able to get the right amount of light on my subjects. I enjoy hiking in Blue Ridge mountains but was often frustrated with my photography as I couldn't seem to get the right amount of light on my subjects - often my grandkids. With this light and Nikon's iTTL system, my frustrations are over. In remote mode, I can position the flash where it is needed and let the camera do the hard work. This is a great product for an amateur enthusiast.

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        5.0

        Easy to use and powerful

        By M Wright - TX

        from Midland, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

          I bought this speedlight after an accident damaged my SB-900. For me, this speedlight is a little more intuitive and easy to use. It throws a lot of light for its size; it is easy to use more indirect light and still get perfectly exposed pictures. I use it on a D300s.

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          4.0

          Great Improvements over SB-800

          By Safford Productions

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Range Of Settings

          Cons

          • Two Handed Operation

          Best Uses

          • WeddingsEvents

          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

          I would have given it 5 stars , but it takes two hands to actuate certain settings. This makes it difficult for "Run and Gun" photographers. I read Ken Rockwell's evaluation of the SB-910 and it was apparent that he hadn't field tested it. I have 3 SB-800's and am very familiar with the features on this level of Nikon flash. Apparently Rockwell simply read the manual and wrote his review based on the specs. Be careful of reviews that don't reflect actual field tests. I would not recommend buying the Watson products that were purchased along with this flash. They are junk.

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          5.0

          Powerful Flash

          By DHFernandez

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

          Super powerful flash, upgraded from the SB-700. Now use both for reception lighting (SB-910 on camera and SB-700 on a stand).

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          5.0

          best flash I have owned

          By Milton

          from Dallas, Texas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

            great for when you need a flash, nikon delivers

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            5.0

            I would but this product again and again

            By charles

            from Birmingham, Al.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

              I am a professional photographer and this is what I needed. The best thing about this produce is it has a aux. connection that I can use a battery pack to help prolong the use of this flash. I am a wedding photographer and I need it to shoot 600 to 8oo shot for each wedding. And with it TTL compasity it;s great.

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              5.0

              Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight

              By Rey

              from San Antonio, TX

              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

              This Speedlight worked better than expected. Right out of the box it was ready to go with a fresh set of batteries. It allowed me to illuminate my subjects while firing both on and off my camera. I would recommend this Speedlight to anyone looking for a reliable flash.

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              4.0

              Improvement changes are minor, me thinks

              By Deano

              from Pensacola

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                I have the 800, 900 and now the 910, which are mostly used for event photography with D300 and D300s cameras. I still love my 800 but was never happy with the 900; it seemed to overheat and shut down much sooner than my 800 ever did. I bought the 910 in hopes that the overheating problem was corrected. It does seem to be improved but that is not a scientific conclusion. What I like most about the 910 (and 900) are the controls. The 910 controls are, for me at least, much easier to use than those on the 800.

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                5.0

                Great flash

                By Jess

                from Asheville, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                  I use for portraits, weddings, newborns, etc. It's easy to use right out of the box.

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                  5.0

                  Great Light

                  By Hard Hat

                  from Texas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                    Great light

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great

                    By fahrrad

                    from Brooklyn

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                          Great speedlight, leaves nothing to be desired.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works well

                          By Brother Pen

                          from Arizona

                          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                          Works and works no matter what I ask out of it

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                          5.0

                          excellent quality of this flash

                          By DePepeStudio

                          from Calexico, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                            we use this flash at weddings

                            This flash is better than the 900 model because there is heated

                            that's your best feature

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                            5.0

                            Wonderful Speedlight

                            By Abena

                            from Chicago

                            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                            Received speedlight about a week ago along with some other items. Everything was in good order and came on time. I have tested the speedlight and I love it. So far there are no cons.

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                            5.0

                            Take Pictures without worrying about the

                            By Waz1967

                            from California, MD

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                              So, I'm not a Pro or even a semi Pro photographer, just a keen amateur, I hesitated mainly due to the cost as to whether I should by this product. So I decided to by a Flash by another manufacture for less than half what the Nikon costs, thinking that a Flash is a Flash right? Well, even as an amateur, I found that the Third party flash I bought was generally fine; however, occasionally it would get 'out of sync' with my camera and refuse to work requiring a power recycle. Also the recharge time was slow which would have me telling my friends to " just wait for the Flash" Annoying!
                              So, I bit the bullet and bought this Nikon Flash and haven't looked back. Taking multiple shots without having a long wait for the flash to recharge is great. So even as a non-pro, this is a great product even if you intend to use a Flash infrequently. Yes it cost almost as half as much as my camera, but ultimately it has helped me take better pictures and given me piece of mind for when I need to use a Flash.

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                              5.0

                              Most Natural Looking Light Yet

                              By Bob R

                              from Houston

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Balanced Fill
                                • Fill flash
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                I have owned almost every speedlight Nikon has put out for the last 20 years and I can say without reservation that this unit takes flash photography to a new level. Out of the box, it gave me the most natural look flash photos ever. I tested it on tricky subjects: backlit, silhouetted, and with large differentials between foreground and background light. The camera and the flash nailed the exposures every time. I experimented with the compensation wheel to see what would happen and in every case, the compensated exposures looked worse than the camera/flash-defined exposures. This makes flash photography easy.

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                                5.0

                                Flawless for my purposes

                                By Denny

                                from Southern Arizona

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                I am, at this time, a very basic speedlight user -- have not even scratched the surface of Nikon's CLS.

                                But for basic i-TTL, i-TTL with flash compensation and/or exposure compensation, and manual exposure with Auto FP (high shutter sync flash that I use frequently to overcome ambient light), the Nikon SB-910 has been flawless.

                                Because of an unusual opportunity, I've used the SB-910 daily for the past couple of weeks with a Harbor Digital Design XT Flash Extender attached -- they work beautifully together.

                                I have a (manual) Lumopro LP180 flash that I sometimes use in addition to the SB-910, but its lack of any "TTL" relegates it to the 2nd unit (or a back-up in the bag).

                                I used a Yongnuo YN568EX for a few months immediately prior to getting the SB-910. The Yongnuo performed surprisingly well. It seemed to have its i-TTL act together but its output was not as high as that of the SB-910 and its output became zero immediately after hitting a concrete patio from about six feet up.

                                Except when using a flash extender (mentioned above), I use the SB-910 exclusively hand-held and operated thru radio triggers. And, I use a light modifier (diffuser or reflector) with the Speedlight at least 95% of the time.

                                I thought about buying another (one, or two, or even, three) Yongnuo(s) instead of the SB-910 but I am completely satisfied with this purchase and am certain that I made the right decision in stepping up to the flagship in the Nikon flash line-up.

                                I also considered getting into the smaller studio strobes, but I need to stay as small and as mobile as possible for the time being. Additionally, the SB-910 is capable of some very pleasing things when used off-camera and with modifiers.

                                Quick recycle with Ni-MH batteries. Have not tried it with disposables,

                                Great flash and, as always, great service from B&H.

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