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NikonSB-910 AF Speedlight
 
4.8

(based on 376 reviews)

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    (327)

  • 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 (91)
  • Consistent output (69)
  • Attach securely (52)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (172)
  • Low light (123)
  • Family photos (109)
  • General purpose (68)
  • Outdoor events / games (65)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (110), Semi-pro photographer (87), Photo enthusiast (75), Tech savvy (26), Film professional (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (326), 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

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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    • No

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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

      Verified Buyer

      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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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great flash

                            By bigblock

                            from washington, dc

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                  Easy to use, powerful

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Top of the line

                                  By Rossi

                                  from Texas

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                    Very dependable and easy to use. Works well and keeps me portable.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    It is swell.

                                    By Dan

                                    from Cleveland, OH

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                          The closest thing I have to a complaint is that Nikon doesn't sell snap-on color filters, but B&H offers several nice enough alternatives, I suppose.

                                          Otherwise, it's my second one, and so far just like the first, it doesn't everything it's supposed to, and it does it well.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Top of Nikon Line

                                          By Les Tension

                                          from Frozen Tundra, WI

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                            Mostly for group shots and as fill; used often off camera in conjunction with Pocket Wizards

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Nikon SB-910 AF

                                            By Marcia Ribeiro

                                            from Brasil

                                            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                            The best one Flash. Ready to use.

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                                            5.0

                                            A must have for portrait..

                                            By DK

                                            from Irvine, CA

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Durable
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                            • Heavy

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight:

                                            I will be your everyday use flashlight! Powerful and recycle time is fast enough for most of the situation. Great accessories included as well.

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                                            • No

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