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NikonSB-910 AF Speedlight
 
4.9

(based on 458 reviews)

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    (401)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (208)
  • Good power output (133)
  • Durable (130)
  • Consistent output (92)
  • Lightweight (72)

Cons

  • Heavy (24)
  • Heavy / bulky (16)
  • Pricey / poor value (8)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Price (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (224)
  • Low light (147)
  • Family photos (135)
  • Sports/action (75)
  • General purpose (68)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (139), Semi-pro photographer (107), Photo enthusiast (91), Tech savvy (26), Casual photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (391), Yes (13)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the best speedlight I have ever owned!

By Dave

from Laurel, Maryland

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

Wow! This is one amazing speedlight! My SB80DX is very good, this is even better! I have not used it a lot, but that is my first impression.

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  • No

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4.0

A powerhouse

By Can You Picture That

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

This flash is a serious powerhouse. A great recycle time with lithium batteries and a battery pack, but even without. As many others have said, it is definitely complex in its menu operations and choices, so read the manual and make sure you know what you are doing with it. However, it is easy right out of the box if you are just wanting to do TTL or Manual work without many adjustments.

Haven't yet used it as a master/slave combo, but hoping to do so soon.

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5.0

SB-910 AF Speedlight - one of the best flashes. Bingo

By JPJ

from Honolulu, Hawaii, HI

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

    Needed a flash I could use for my new 18-300 lens.
    I know the flash only works between 17-200, but it's the quickness, going from 18 and zooming to 200 in a flash of flashes. The flash is right there with you. Never lost a shot or waited for the flash to charge. I love the the feel of the flash, tight and precise.
    It's a big flash and bit heavy, but it makes the combo cam and flash so much more steady.
    Looking into buying my second one.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Powerful

    By Vic

    from Ct

    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

    You don't need any other flash

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    5.0

    TTL leader

    By Tom9192

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

      Great for weddings, portraits and more. I love the off camera and zone capabilities. Can be used by its self or in tandem with multiple other flashes.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Favorite Flagship Speedlight

      By Eric

      from Glendale Heights, Illinois

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Macro
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

        Having owned at least one of each of the Nikon flagship flashes going back 35 years, the SB-910 is great for its power, versatility and longevity. While I have four SB-800 flashes I use as back-ups and in multi-flash TTL set-ups, I recently bought a second SB-910 to compliment one that has performed flawlessly for years of shooting events and everything else. I consider the size and weight of the flash reasonable for the amount of light it puts out.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Grand Slam!!!!

        By RW Real Estate

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

            light weight, compact. great new case. quick/easy filters. easy function buttons/display. fast recycle times. dual swivel/pivot points gets light right where you need it.

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            5.0

            Grand Slam!!!1

            By RW Real Estate

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

              love the display and easy function button features. included case is great, too

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              • No

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              4.0

              Exactly what I expected

              By Jasmin&Matt

              from Playa del Carmen, MX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Cost

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

              Build quality is great, which isn't a surprise. Works perfectly.

              Only downside is cost and of course as soon as I purchased this one Nikon released the SB-5000 with radio control rather than lame optical. *sigh* just my luck.

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              5.0

              Great flash

              By PhotoDave

              from Boerne, TX

              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

              I bought this as a second flash to my other 910. Great power, good recycling time.

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              5.0

              Love it!!!!

              By Chantelle

              from Ruston, La

              Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

              Very efficient!!! Great lighting. Should have purchased this two years ago!!!!!

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              5.0

              What took me so long?

              By Murph the surf

              from New Jersey

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                I've only owned it for a short time and used it for holiday shots with the family. The recycling time is incredibly short and it seems more than a little intuitive. In fact I'd dare say it's smarter than me and that's exactly what i needed.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Bright spot

                By Keith

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                  I am part time professional photographer. I do mostly portraits and weddings. The SB-910 is a fantastic flash and with the SD-9 it is an unbeatable combination. The only reason it received 4 stars and not five stars is the price. Love the flash hate the price.

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                  5.0

                  Impressive

                  By Gigi

                  from Macomb, MI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                    I use this light for added light on backgrounds when doing portrait sessions. Outside portraits to bring a highlight to the eyes. This is a substantial flash unit. I am still reading on all the functionality that it has. I love that it can be used with the other lights through the SU4 functionality. I haven't found anything I don't like about it.

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                    5.0

                    Outstanding Flash

                    By Pat

                    from GA

                    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                    The TTL system is great. It is helping me take better flash photos.

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                    5.0

                    2nd unit

                    By Piper Don

                    from CT

                    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                    Added backup and second remote flash. This is a second 910 in my kit. Nikon makes me rugged.

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                    5.0

                    My 2nd SB-910 and LOVE it!

                    By MJ

                    from Trexlertown, PA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                      I use this for wedding photography as my 2nd flash setup in reception and night shots.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Perfect complement to camera and lens

                      By Neil

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • None That I Can Find

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                      I purchased a Nikon D750 with the 28-300 lens. I wanted the flexibility of this lens for everyday use, but was concerned that it was too dark. The 910 speedlight is the perfect complement to my system; I have not missed a shot yet.

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                      5.0

                      Love my SB-910

                      By PhotoDan

                      from Las Vegas, NV

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                        You this for weddings, events, school, portraits.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very happy with this purchase

                        By Alex

                        from OR

                        Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                        This was my first speed light and after much research I decided to spend the money to go with the name brand and I am so glad I did. Very easy to understand and use, works great on or off camera.

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