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NikonSB-910 AF Speedlight
 
4.9

(based on 382 reviews)

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    (333)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (178)
  • Good power output (132)
  • Durable (95)
  • Consistent output (73)
  • Attach securely (52)

Cons

  • Heavy (23)
  • Heavy / bulky (14)
  • Pricey / poor value (8)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Price (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (177)
  • Low light (128)
  • Family photos (109)
  • General purpose (68)
  • Outdoor events / games (65)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (113), Semi-pro photographer (87), Photo enthusiast (77), Tech savvy (26), Film professional (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (331), Yes (10)

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

Outstanding quality of light

By Bob

from Maine

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

    Love the quality of light from this flash. I own three and use them together as master and remote with the Nikon su-800. Using with D810 Df and D750. Easy sync at 1/8000 with the d810

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    5.0

    Top quality

    By Anon

    from SE Washington State

    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

    What can I say: it's a top-of-the-line Nikon that performs very nicely, as you'd expect.
    If I could change anything it would be the remote communications. I would rather that radio instead of optical was available so that remotes could be placed anywhere and behind things (like inside light boxes).

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    5.0

    THIS IS MY 4TH ONE!

    By Number1dp

    from Central Oregon Coast

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

      This is the 4th Nikon SB-910 flash unit I've purchased! Not because the first 3 failed, but because the first 3 worked flawlessly! I just needed one more unit for studio and location work. All of my SB-910 flashes have they own Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 (also available from B&H) These units have been everything I need for a small one-man photo business. They're the quality you't expect from Nikon and I use them as a single unit on the camera or as multiple units in the studio, outdoors, or on location anywhere. They work great. SHIPPING FROM B&H WAS FAST AND THE UNIT WAS WELL PACKED AND ARRIVED IN PERFECT CONDITION. THE B&H PRICE WAS THE BEST TOO!

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      5.0

      Love this flash!

      By Sunshine

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

        I love this flash! I used the 900 for a long time but upgraded to the 910 because my two 900's were stolen. The 910 doesn't overheat and shut off like the 900's did and so it's a definite upgrade. I love bouncing the light for a nice soft light, or using just a hint of power for just a little fill. I like flash that looks natural and with lesser power and bouncing you really have the capabilities to make flash lighting look soft, natural, flattering, and beautiful. I bounce off the wall or ceiling and can do so in any degree I like. I also like using it on and off camera.
        If you're going to use flash it's really worth it to invest in the best.

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        5.0

        Great Flash

        By Howdy

        from Rio Vista, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

          Easy to use. Still getting into the various flash filters.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Top of the speedlight line

          By stevieb

          from New York City

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

            This is my second SB-910. The functionality is amazing. A really like that the orange and green filters are included. This light is very powerful. In my tests I found I could use it for distances considerably beyond the range appearing in the display on the back. The only drawback is that one needs a course in how to use all the functionality provided.

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            5.0

            Great Reliable Flash

            By Snuffy

            from Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Reliable Triggering

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

              Really had a pleasant surprise with this purchase. I have had numerous ttl flashes before, but never owned a Nikon flash. Their CLS system & HSS really works & makes life much easier. I never really used the ttl on other flashes...used manual almost all the time. The CLS system really seems to work & the remote triggering system is reliable. I had quit using my radio triggers long ago due to being unreliable and went to wired and slave modes. I'm looking at replacing my other flashes with more Nikon flash purchases.

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              5.0

              Best flash from Nikon

              By Anup Kumar Biswas

              from New York

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                It's the best TTL flash I have ever got.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Just what I needed....

                By detroit dave

                from Macomb, MI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                  Great for portraits.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  "Add this to your bag"

                  By Big D

                  from Coventry, CT

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                    Great for portraits whether enthusiast or pro
                    fast recycling. A must with the D810

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I AM NIKON - I love this

                    By Julian Rodriguez Photography

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                      Just amazing, works really good.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Graet Flash

                      By JT

                      from nyc

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                        worked great right out of the box took photo over the holidays, photo came out great

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I've bought this strobe again

                        By Al

                        from Indiana

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                          I already own a 910, two 900 and two800. I bought
                          the 910 first because the 900's kept freezing up.The 910 worked well, it slipped out of my hands falling straight down, looks ok but doesn't work. I've sent it in for a repair, and ordered another one because I didn't want to be without one. All three models worked well except for freezing up.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          a great light

                          By RZ

                          from NJ

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                            Just start to use it's basic features. Pretty good quality. Like it's with two light filers. Will try features soon.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Awesome Flash

                            By Chuck S

                            from Arizona

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                              Easy to use and a huge upgrade. I plan to replace several of my older Nikon strobes over the next few months. Used it for several hours last week and I really like the throw distance and quality of the light.

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              BEAUTIFUL FLASH

                              By Roka

                              from Correa, (SF) Argentina

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                Many functions, great power of light!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Top notch Flash

                                By Trigger Z

                                from Canyon Lake, CA

                                Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                Works great with D810. Got great shots of Humming birds with this flash. Built in diffuser is well balanced.

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                                5.0

                                An excellent upgrade from the SB-900.

                                By Biggest Bum

                                from Adirondacks NY

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                  This flash has quick recycle time and tremendous lighting power

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  No Complaints from a Canon Guy

                                  By Eddiewrei

                                  from Moody, Tx

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy to use

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                    Adding Nikon to my photographic arsenal. 1. The B&H procurement was seamless and outstanding.2. The SB-910 meets all my expectations. Considering I am a Canon user, I am very satisfied with this flash. 3. I read the manual as I waited for delivery. I successfully used the lens on camera and off camera immediately with little reference back to the manual.Very happy with the flash and have no complaints.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent

                                    By Alexandre Martucci

                                    from San Diego, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                      Excellent device, easy to use. I was not able to compare with its smaller brother SB700, but all reviews shows extra power light suggesting this extra is worth paying.

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