Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

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  • Radio Control Advanced Wireless Lighting
  • Cooling System for 100 Consecutive Shots
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-200mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7° to 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Info Button for Quick Access to Settings
  • Recycle Time: 1.8-2.6 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
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Nikon SB-5000 AF overview

  • 1Description

Nikon has reimagined both on- and off-camera lighting with the SB-5000 AF Speedlight, which brings revolutionary radio control to the Creative Lighting System with Advanced Wireless Lighting and comes equipped with a world's first shoe-mounted flash cooling system that enables up to 100 consecutive full-power flashes. These features alone are enough to put it at the top of the speedlight heap, but the SB-5000 doesn't rest and provides a powerful guide number of 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm while also shrinking in overall size compared to its predecessors.

Of course, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight is fully compatible with Nikon's i-TTL automatic exposure system found in a majority of their cameras for fast, accurate operation. The radio control implemented in the SB-5000 requires a compatible DSLR using the WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller in order to fully realize the power of the system. This enables the camera and flash to wirelessly control up to six groups of flashes from up to 98' away, without requiring any line of sight. Also, the SB-5000 and the radio system are fully compatible with the existing optical triggering method of older units and can even be mixed and matched for maximum versatility.

Designed for reliability as well as versatility, the innovative built-in cooling system of the SB-5000 is a first for shoe-mounted flashes. It vents heat quickly and efficiently, allowing you to fire up to 100 consecutive full power flashes without issue. It also means that the flash can be made smaller without compromising performance. This new design also ensures speedy and intuitive operation, implementing an Info button for fast access to some of your most commonly used settings.

As a standard flash the SB-5000 will not disappoint, providing a wide ranging zoom head of 24-200mm which can be extended down to 14mm with use of the built-in diffusion panel. The head will also tilt from -7 to +90° and rotate left and right 180° for complete bounce capabilities. Full sync mode support is available with slow, high-speed, 1st and 2nd curtain options.

The flash has a quick recycle time of 1.8-2.6 seconds and runs on four AA batteries. It can be powered by select external battery packs. A PC terminal can be found on the SB-5000 for further triggering options and it comes with a stand, diffusion dome, fluorescent and incandescent filters, and a soft case.

Radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting when used with a D5 or D500 DSLR equipped with WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller and WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter
Radio triggering range of 98' with no line-of-sight requirement and with control over 6 groups of flashes
Shoe-mount flash cooling system with a heat-shedding design enables over 100 bursts at full output without overheating
Guide number of 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm or 180' at ISO 100 and 200mm
Coverage of 14-24mm in FX when using built-in wide-angle diffusion panel
Manual power output from 1/1 to 1/256
Light distribution angle is automatically adjustable to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats with standard, even, and center-weighted options
Wireless Commander TTL capabilities with both optical and radio trigger options
Commander Mode to set up optical wireless flashes in 3 groups and in one of 4 channels
Control and mix optical and radio flashes
Backlit rear LCD panel
Customize settings with Unified Flash Control and a personal computer with version 2.23 or later of Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 software installed
Flash head tilts with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45 °, 60°, 75°, and 90°
Flash head rotates left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, and 180°
Flash exposure compensation from -3 to +3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Info button for fast access to commonly adjusted settings
Works with SK-6 Power Bracket Unit and SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
Flash-ready indicator lights
Flash duration of 1/980 to 1/30,820 second depending on output setting
AF-assist light, modeling illuminator, monitor pre-flashes, and test firing settings
Automatic color filter detection for adjusting the camera's color temperature settings
Firmware can be updated through camera
UPC: 018208048151

Nikon SB-5000 AF specs

Mount Shoe
Guide No. 113.19'  / 34.5 m ISO 100 at 35 mm Position
180.45'  / 55 m ISO 100 at 200 mm Position
Exposure Control Manual, i-TTL
Angle of Coverage 84° - 12°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 114° - 84°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/256
Bounce Head -7 to +90°
Swivel Head 360°
Coverage 14 - 200 mm (Full Frame)
Zoom Head Full Frame: 24 - 200 mm
Off-Camera Terminal PC
Recycle Time Approximately 1.8 - 2.6 Seconds
Flash Duration 1/980 - 1/30820 sec
Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Wireless Operation Method: RF
Distance: Up to 98.43' / 30 m
Mode: Commander, Slave
Method: Optical Pulse
Distance: Up to 32.81' / 10 m
Mode: Commander, Slave
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 6 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.9 x 5.4 x 4.1" / 73.0 x 137.0 x 103.5 mm
Weight 14.81 oz / 420 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 4.6 x 4.6"

Nikon SB-5000 AF reviews

SB-5000 AF Speedlight is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 81.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good flash, over-priced and crippled radio control It's a good flash, but only when used in certainly circumstances. It's good on camera. It's fine off camera if you use a separate radio control system (i.e. PocketWizards). However, the built in radio control is a joke. The flash ONLY receives signals, even when used in master mode on camera. It cannot, under any circumstance, transmit to other flashes. To do that, you have to purchase a separate and very pricey remote transmitter. Setup is then a huge headache. So in short, Nikon chose to design only half of a useful system and then slapped a huge price tag on it. I'll stick with my SB-800's and Pocket Wizards until they come out with something better (if that will ever happen).
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing flash I needed a new flash for a wedding. I started reading the reviews of the SB5000 and was discouraged because of negative YouTube reviews and some negative reviews about the flash right after it came out. I decided to look for and SB 910 but there were none available. I decided to buy this flash anyway and could not be happier with that decision. Just finished using it on a wedding and it was flawless the recycle time is instantaneous in the quality of the light is amazing. I used it with a D800 and a D810. If you shoot with a flash on a regular basis this is, in my opinion, inexpensive for what it provides in quality of images. Yeah it's expensive but you get what you pay for.
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast flash - plenty of output! I have used Nikon gear for the past 26 years. My favorite flash for a long time was the SB 26. When I recently purchased a Nikon D500 I was in need of a flash. I paired it with the SB-5000 and also the SD-9 battery pack. I did my normal tests just throwing the flash on the camera and shooting hallways, etc to see flash fall off and recycle times. Flash performs well. When I paired it to the battery pack, it popped off about 5 good exposures in rapid succession and the 6th shot dropped about a third...nothing you can't fix in Raw. I have yet to try out the wireless capabilities of the flash but so far it has met or exceeded my expectations. Another good Nikon product!
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Has several design flaws The newest flagship speedlight from Nikon has several issues. At the time of this writing it will not operate on the top of a pocketWizard TT1/TT5 in commander mode. In fact there is no longer a quick switch to commander mode. If you are using the low light focus assist with your centre point single servo (the strongest focus point) the AF beam does not line up making is unreliable in low light. It is no longer produced in Japan as with the previous SB line's for quality. You are better off with a used SB910 and don't be fooled by the billing of better recycle times and get a quantum pack.
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great workhorse flash... so far. I've used this flash for 3 gigs now. One of which was a full 10 hour wedding day. I've been using my sb-800's for a decade and was reluctant to change. The poor performance of the 900 series made me weary. With my flashes aging and Nikon no longer providing parts for the 800 it was time to take the leap. So far, I find this flash to be the worthy successor to my 800's. It's just as fast on the recycle time, doesn't overheat and it's small. Smaller than my 800's are. I also find that the 5000 seems to balance flash a little better when in TTL BL mode.
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product and Customer Service I originally bought this product with the WR-10 and Wr-A-10 wireless system to run the strobe off camera. I paired my D5 camera and the SB-5000 without problem, but the camera would not fire the strobe. I upgraded camera firmware and WR10 firmware was already v 3.0. I called Nikon support and after awhile we figured out the camera flash control was not set correctly. Under Photo shooting menu >Flash Control>wireless flash options>Radio AWL. Also select under flash control>remote flash control>GRP. Lastly, under group flash options select your group. Mode must be set to MANUAL according to my service rep. Hope this helps. Documention that came with strobe and WR10 was not that helpful.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Flash Unit Have now had the opportunity to use the Speedlight in several settings under a variety of conditions. Used it in an outdoor wedding in the woods at dusk and it worked great at distances up to 25'. Great fill and using the included diffuser provided a soft light that wasn't harsh. Inside using the bounce feature provides just the right amount of fill to backlight as well as front focus on the subject. The only negative is battery consumption. Used both alkaline and lithium batteries and when rapid shooting (10-12 shots per minute) the batteries will overheat and the unit will shut down within 5 minutes. Swapping batteries gets you back up for another five minutes. Overall very good performance.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition, much more intuitive Really glad to have this speedlight to add to my kit. I moved to this from the SB-800 which, while a solid flash, was not intuitive at all to use as a slave or for many other settings that seemed to be lost in a mass of menus that you had to sort through with limited buttons. The SB-5000 adds back a mechanical switch making moving between commonly used/needed settings quick and intuitive without the menus dance. The versatility of using as a radio slave or flash slave is outstanding.
Date published: 2016-04-13
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