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NikonSB-300 AF Speedlight
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Compact (15)
  • Durable (12)
  • Consistent output (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (14)
    • Fill flash (8)
    • General purpose (7)
    • Travel (7)
    • Weddings (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    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.

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    5.0

    Very compact flash!

    By GolfCoastie

    from Highlands Ranch, CO

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    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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      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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        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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        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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          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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            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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              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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                5.0

                It's great

                By Wild Hare

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                    Love it. It's exactly what I needed at a great price.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Portrait Lighting

                    By Rising Son

                    from Bowling Green, KY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                      I purchased this speedlight as an inexpensive addition to my Nikon 85mm 1.8 lens to help me with portrait work. I am rather inexperienced still, but have found this light source to be a great addition to getting better pictures. I would recommend a diffuser as well to help soften the light with portraits.

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                      • Yes

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                      2.0

                      Pity the SB-400 was discontinued

                      By Ron in NYC

                      from NYC

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                            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.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Very Happy

                            By rteest

                            from South Florida

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos

                              Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                              The flash is just the right size and easy to attach. Wanted something universal and lightweight. B&H site is easy to navigate and descriptions make it easy to compare products.

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                              5.0

                              Simplicity and top quality

                              By jayfroggy

                              from Asheville, NC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                I bought this for a Nikon top quality point-and-shoot, the P7100, and it is if it were custom made for the camera. A bit pricy, but the quality of the build and design makes it worth it. I love how it is light weight, and a perfect balance for a smaller, but serious, camera

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                                4.0

                                Tiny but Mighty

                                By General

                                from Nebraska

                                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:

                                  I own a couple of SB-800 and an SB-900 but they are rather bulky when you just want to wander around taking photographs. The SB-300 AF Speedlight provides an answer. For casual work, it is ideal. The only drawback is it doesn't work with Nikon's CLS system for when you want to set up something a little more involved. But that isn't why I bought it, was it?

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice product

                                  By joevargas2014

                                  from Brasília, Brazil

                                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                  It worked very well in night pictures, the buit-in flash did not deliver good images in night time, so I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

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                                  5.0

                                  A Game Changer!

                                  By Flash Novice

                                  from Vienna, Austria

                                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                  Really good! I am new to flash photography so opted for a smaller speed light. Results to date are extremely positive. A game changer in terms of photographic quality and I am still learning. Already know that I'll upgrade in a year or so when I have more experience under my belt.

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                                  5.0

                                  A big light in a small package

                                  By Curtis

                                  from Virginia

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                    I was looking for a small flash to use with my Nikon Df that would fit in my pocket and be easy to carry. The SB-300 is a good compromise. I have an SB-800 and SB-600 so I knew what I was trading off to get such a small flash. I have been pleased with the result and find I carry it more often when I am doing spontaneous work.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good first step

                                    By CP

                                    from CT

                                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                    A step up from flash on DSLR. Portable and useful without a big financial investment.

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                                    5.0

                                    big things in small packages

                                    By photogrl41

                                    from Wichita Falls Texas

                                    Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                    This little guy puts out as much power as any full size flash. I love the fact that it is so light.

                                    The only con is that it only shoots in I - ttl mode..

                                    It's a great buy.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very light and compact

                                    By Billy

                                    from Union City

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                      This flash is very light and compact and serves as substitute for the built-in flash of your camera. Tested it and the result is not as efficient as the pro grade SB910. If you are looking for a top-grade, heavy, bulky, or pro-level strobe, then go for the SB910. The two-AAA batt source are not an issue but make sure you have enough back up. The flash is perfect to use on sunny pictorial day to reduce shadow formations of objects.

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                                      5.0

                                      Does as advertised

                                      By Andy8400

                                      from Near Chicago

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                                        Since the Nikon Df has no flash, this addition was a no-brainer. I already owned an SB-800 but it is heavy and cumbersome and is used only when its advantages are required. - Andy

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