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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 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 Specs

Flash Head
Guide Number113.19' / 34.5 m at ISO 100 (35 mm Position)
180.45' / 55 m at ISO 100 (200 mm Position)
CoverageFull-Frame
24 to 200 mm
14 mm (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Angle of Coverage12 to 84°
84 to 114° (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Auto Zoom HeadYes
Bounce Head-7 to +90°
Swivel Head360°
Flash Duration1/980 to 1/30820 Second
Recycle TimeApprox. 1.8 to 2.6 Seconds
Secondary IlluminationNone
Exposure Control
Exposure ControlManual, Nikon i-TTL
Flash ModesHi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Power Range1/1 to 1/256
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless OperationRadio (TTL/Manual)
Up to 98.43' / 30 m (Commander, Slave)
Optical Pulse (TTL/Manual)
Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Wireless Channels4
Wireless Groups6
Power
Internal Power4 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)
External Power Pack CompatibleYes
General
MountShoe
Off-Camera TerminalPC
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.9 x 5.4 x 4.1" / 73 x 137 x 103.5 mm
Weight14.81 oz / 420 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.45 x 4.6 x 4.55"
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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.
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If you have an SB-5000 in the shoe on a D-5 set in Commander Mode to control a mixed-mode off-camera wireless flash setup (some SB-910s set as wireless optical slaves plus one or more other SB-5000's set as wireless radio slaves), do you still need the WR-R10 attached to the camera to have the wireless radio functionality or does the SB-5000 in the shoe give you wireless radio Commander Mode control as well and without the WR-R10?
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