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Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

BH #NISB5000 • MFR #4815
Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
Key Features
  • Radio Control Advanced Wireless Lighting
  • Cooling System for 100 Consecutive Shots
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm
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.
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Nikon SB-5000 Overview

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 camera 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.
Flash Design and Output
  • Flash head tilts with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45 °, 60°, 75°, and 90° and rotates left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, and 180°
  • A first for shoe-mounted flashes, a built-in cooling system enables over 100 consecutive bursts at full output without overheating
  • Running on four AA batteries, a quick recycle time of 1.8-2.6 seconds is possible. SB-5000 can also be powered via the optional SK-6 Power Bracket Unit and SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack to further reduce recycle times and increase the number of flashes per charge
  • Guide number of 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm or 180' at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • Manual power output from 1/1 to 1/256
  • Flash exposure compensation from -3 to +3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • Flash duration of 1/980 to 1/30,820 second depending on output setting
  • Full sync mode support is available with slow, high-speed, 1st and 2nd curtain options.
  • Coverage of 14-24mm in FX when using built-in wide-angle diffusion panel
  • 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
  • Updated flash design includes a backlit rear LCD panel, a dedicated Info button for fast access to commonly adjusted settings, and an auxiliary PC terminal for additional wired triggering options
  • Customize settings with Unified Flash Control using Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 software from a computer. Also, flash firmware can be updated through the camera
Wireless Flash Control
  • 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
  • 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

Nikon SB-5000 Specs

Key Specs
Guide Number
113.19' / 34.5 m at ISO 100 (35 mm Position)
180.45' / 55 m at ISO 100 (200 mm Position)
Auto Zoom Head
Yes
Bounce Head
-7 to +90°
Swivel Head
360°
Exposure Control
Nikon i-TTL, Manual
Wireless Operation
Radio (TTL/Manual)
Up to 98.43' / 30 m (Commander, Slave)
Optical Pulse (TTL/Manual)
Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Internal Power
4x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)
Off-Camera Terminal
PC
Flash Head
Guide Number
113.19' / 34.5 m at ISO 100 (35 mm Position)
180.45' / 55 m at ISO 100 (200 mm Position)
Coverage
Full-Frame
24 to 200 mm
14 mm (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Angle of Coverage
12 to 84°
84 to 114° (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Auto Zoom Head
Yes
Bounce Head
-7 to +90°
Swivel Head
360°
Flash Duration
1/980 to 1/30820 Second
Recycle Time
Approx. 1.8 to 2.6 Seconds
Secondary Illumination
No
Exposure Control
Exposure Control
Nikon i-TTL, Manual
Flash Modes
Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Power Range
1/1 to 1/256
Flash Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless Operation
Radio (TTL/Manual)
Up to 98.43' / 30 m (Commander, Slave)
Optical Pulse (TTL/Manual)
Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Wireless Channels
4
Wireless Groups
6
Remote Timing Modes
Instant Sync
Skip Preflash
Power
Internal Power
4x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)
External Power Pack Compatible
Yes
General
Mount
Shoe
Off-Camera Terminal
PC
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.9 x 5.4 x 4.1" / 73 x 137 x 103.5 mm
Weight
14.81 oz / 420 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.45 x 4.6 x 4.55"

Nikon SB-5000 Reviews

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Compatible with d7500??? How many flashes in a ...

Compatible with d7500??? How many flashes in a row?
Asked by: Robert
Yes, the Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight will work on the Nikon D7500. You will be able to fire up to 100 consecutive full-power flashes.
Answered by: Davidb
Date published: 2024-01-11

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Weight?
Asked by: John H.
Does the SB-5000 AF Speedlight work with a Quantum Turbo SC battery pack
Answered by: Tad B.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Is The Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight Compatible ...

Is The Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight Compatible With The Z8 Digital Camera?
Asked by: peter cologgi
Yes, Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight is compatible with Nikon Z8 Mirrorless Camera.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2023-05-31

Can I use SB-5000 out of camera, controlled by ...

Can I use SB-5000 out of camera, controlled by WR-R11a on a D810?
Asked by: Clywton José de
Yes the WR-R11a will trigger select radio-enabled flash units such as the SB-5000. And the WR-R11a is compatible with the Nikon D810 camera.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-04-15

Would this flash be compatible with my Nikon z6 ...

Would this flash be compatible with my Nikon z6 ii camera?
Asked by: Hannah
Yes
Answered by: Jerry
Date published: 2021-05-26

What's the difference between a "normal" Nikon ...

What's the difference between a "normal" Nikon product and its "imported" counterpart?
Asked by: Zewei
On by the normal because it has US warranties, don't know anything more about the imports if they have warranty coverage or not.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2022-02-20

question

I have a D4S and an SB5000. How do I control the flashlight from the camera? I don't know how to set it up to where when I snap a picture the flash will go off as well. Can someone give me a step by step instruction of how? I have already gone through the manual, and it only made me more confused.
Asked by: Anonymous
Nikon would be best suited to provide step by step instructions and technical support via 1(800)645-6687. We could not cover everything in just one Q&A and they would be able to easily go over it on the phone with you.
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Focal Range - what zoom range will this work on ...

Focal Range - what zoom range will this work on D850?
Asked by: Philip
I have found that the SB-5000 has an effective range of about 70 feet. Beyond that, the light level begins to drop off fairly significantly. If you are shooting in an urban setting with ambient lighting you might be able to push the range a bit further.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-12-14
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