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NikonSB-300 AF Speedlight
 
4.6

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Compact (18)
  • Durable (12)
  • Consistent output (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family photos (20)
  • Travel (10)
  • Fill flash (8)
  • Weddings (8)
  • General purpose (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tiny flash with juice

This is a real jewel - you can keep it in your shirt pocket and forget about it. It is simple, works fine when you need it. In terms of size/power ratio...Read complete review

This is a real jewel - you can keep it in your shirt pocket and forget about it. It is simple, works fine when you need it. In terms of size/power ratio it is a winner.I bounced it against white seiling with FX DSLR in average size room and got perfect exposure for entire space at 200 ISO. Runs on two AAA.And it looks and works fine on my compact P7700. This combo is an eye candy!Reviewing SB-300 trying to compare it to Nikon Big pro flashes would be silly - they are as far apart as cats and dogs. Most likely this flash was created to be a part of Nikon's P-series PS family.This item is for people who know when to employ big pro gear and when to enjoy time-off, caring unobtrusive neat things that work. If you like to drag your huge bagwith black heavy blobs to the cocktail party to impress (annoy) your friends, than this flash is not for you.Forget about ugly SB-400 - hot shoe connector sticking out and is perfect for making holes in your pockets.If you want workable cuteness with juice, go for it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pity the SB-400 was discontinued

Not as good as the SB-400 by a long shot. See, e.g., Ken Rockwell's review. But had no choice, I could not find an SB-400 at a reasonable price. ...Read complete review

Not as good as the SB-400 by a long shot. See, e.g., Ken Rockwell's review. But had no choice, I could not find an SB-400 at a reasonable price. The only good thing one can say about it is that it is smaller than the SB-400.

Reviewed by 46 customers

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5.0

Compact and lightweight

By Birdman

from Hamilton,New Jersey

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Great For

      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

      Great for everyday use and it fits great in my
      camera bag.
      I use it mainly for fill flash on my D7100 and it
      performs perfectly.
      I give this product a thumbs up for its ease of use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Lightweight and efficient

      By Elaine722

      from CT

      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

      If you don't want to carry around the heavy full pro flash, this is the perfect solution for the casual shot requiring a flash. I have the Nikon 910, which adds so much weight to my already heavy gear, so I rarely use it for casual work. This little flash currently sits on my D810 and will soon go on my soon to own D-500.

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      5.0

      Perfect gift

      By Lladnarrn

      from Portland, Oregon

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

        Gave to family member for Christmas, he is now better able to take photos in low light

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Little Gem

        By John

        from Melbourne Australia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

          Super compact size sits nicely on my DF. I love the iTTL communication between the camera and flash which give spot on exposure. Also, after only ever using built in flashes (on my Nikon D50) I love the bounce ability of this unit; the results are amazing.

          Incredibly simple to use, easy to carry around and yet packing quite a good punch in medium sized rooms.

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          • Yes

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice

          By AW

          from Tillamook, OR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

            I bought this with the intention of getting photos of grandchildren over the holidays. Have yet to actually us it but am impressed with how it works and how small it is. If it is as good as my other Nikon products, I have no worries.

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            • No

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            4.0

            More than built in

            By Jim

            from Indiana

            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

            Gives a bit more punch than pop-up flash in camera. Nothing fancy and that's fine.

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            4.0

            Great things come in small packages

            By ghadel

            from Lake Forest, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

              It is a great backup for in case my strobe triggers decide to die. Also packs a good punch of light for such a small flash. Easy to bring along and know it is always available.

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              • No

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              small, but mighty

              By Diick

              from Sewickley, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                  handy, just the right size, simple controls

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Does What It Promises

                  By Fred

                  from Houston

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                      Nice small speedlight that does good job of bounce flash in moderate size rooms. Fits easily in the bag. It is a big improvement over the built in flash of the Nikon cameras for indoor family shoots.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      compact, good travel flash, makes on camera bounce capable

                      By JPaul

                      from TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                        Works awesome on hot shoe, and tilts adequately to get bounce and avoid harsh direct flash. Get a small cable, and you can use this off-camera very simply as well.

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                        • No

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        perfect size.

                        By chief

                        from nyc

                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                        I used sb-400 in the past, but find this flash more affective.

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                        5.0

                        Small yet great

                        By Venkat K

                        from Westwood, NJ

                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                        It is smaller than what I thought. I'm newbie to flash photography, and It is perfect for me. And It got delivered by B&H in less than 24 hrs.

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Lsaborio

                        from Mismi

                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                        Great product. I was looking for a compact external flash.... This is the one!!!!

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very compact flash!

                        By GolfCoastie

                        from Highlands Ranch, CO

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                          Needed a small, compact, but powerful flash for my Nikon Df. The SB-900 Speedlight was just too big for the camera. This flash works great for this camera.

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                          • No

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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome Flash

                          By ProFotog

                          from MD

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                            • easy to use
                            • non invasive
                            • responsive

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Great Entry LLevel Light

                            By Camera Guy

                            from Kansas

                            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                            This is a great entry-level light. It works well in small to mid-sized rooms. I wish it swiveled left to right and was a bit brighter. Nonetheles, it's a great starter light.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Better than a pop-up flash

                            By Mama-razi

                            from Flat Rock, MI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos

                              Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                              Perfect flash to take on the go. You can point it to a white ceiling for a softer light, which is something you can't do with the pop-up. Reliable and comes with it's own case.

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                              • No

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Night & Day difference with the SB-300!

                              By Bender

                              from South Bend, Indiana

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                This light really makes the difference between good photos and great photos! Very lightweight and easy to install and use.

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                                • No

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Excelent for the Nikon D3200.

                                By Anhupi

                                from Mexico city.

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos

                                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                  It´s small powerfull flash. Excelent for the size of the Nikon D3200.

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                                  • No

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  SB-300

                                  By Key West

                                  from Key West, FL

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                    Compact simple flash with plenty of light for most general photography, well worth the money. Great battery life. Only draw backs it doest not rotate left to right or have an IR focus assist.

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                                    • No

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