Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash

Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash

Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBNSB900 MFR # 4807B
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  • FX/DX Format Identification
  • Guide No. 111.5' (34 m) at 35mm
  • 3 Light Distribution Patterns
  • 17-200mm Auto Zoom Range
  • Wireless Controller
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Nikon 4807B overview

  • 1Description

The Nikon SB-900 Speedlight is Nikon's flagship flash unit, and the most advanced in the Speedlight range. As a replacement to the SB-800, the SB-900 shares many of the same functions, but also has some innovative additions and improvements. Its automated zoom head has been expanded to cover 17mm to 200mm lenses (in 35mm/FX format), and can cover this range in just 1.2 seconds. This flash now lets you select from three light distribution patterns: Standard, Center-weighted, and Even. It will also automatically detect if it is connected to a DX or FX format camera, and adjust itself accordingly.

The SB-900 can work as a stand-alone flash, or as part of a wireless group, either in Commander mode or as a slave (remote). The i-TTL system in this flash supports Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions for up to four groups of Speedlights, with 3 remote i-TTL Speedlight groups controlled through the master SB-900. i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash flash control employs Nikon's Advanced Data Communication system. This system provides an improved method for the monitor pre-flash and wireless operation that marks an evolution in higher precision over Nikon's acclaimed D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash control system, and forms the core of the Creative Lighting System.

Note: Please note that the SB-900 is only fully compatible with DSLR cameras that support i-TTL operation. With older cameras that use the D-TTL mode, only [A] Auto mode (non-TTL) is available.

Multiple Flash Exposure Modes
  • i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with Nikon cameras that support i-TTL (e.g. D3, D700, D200, etc.)
  • [AA] Auto Aperture Flash
  • [A] Auto Aperture Flash with many film SLRs, including the Nikon N55 (F55) and FM10
  • [M] Manual Flash
Bounce Capability
Flash head tilts down to -7° or up to 90°
Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right.
Intelligent i-TTL system supports Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions for up to 3 remote i-TTL Speedlight groups controlled through a master SB-900 or with the "Commander" function of compatible cameras.
3 Light Distribution Patterns
Allows you to improve the light quality by selecting Standard for general illumination, Center-weighted for portraits, or Even for groups and interiors.
Stroboscopic Effect
Repeating flash for creating stroboscopic multiple-exposure effect.
Mixed Exposure Modes
Individual flash mode settings ([TTL], [AA], [A] and [M]) are available for each of the four groups (including master controller) for easy total lighting control based on the brightness of the subject and not simply on general output ratios for each group.
FV Lock
Flash Value Lock allows photographers to change the composition or zoom for the shot while maintaining desired lighting of the subject.
Distance Priority Manual Flash Mode
User can set the distance and aperture, and the SB-900 automatically sets the power output, a great feature for manual flash [M] shooting at weddings and for product shots.
Colored Gels
Allows modification of flash output to match background scene, especially useful for digital cameras where "white balance" can be controlled. Included are Tungsten and Fluorescent adjustment filters.
Color Gel Filter Identification
Flash automatically identifies mounted color gel filters and adjusts the camera's auto white-balance setting with select Nikon digital SLR cameras.
Flash Tube Overheat Protection
Includes a built-in thermal sensor that protects the flash-tube from overheating during sustained high-speed bursts.
AF-Assist Illuminator
The SB-900 provides improved AF assisting accuracy by being able to cover all 51 AF points with the D3, D700, and D300 (as of 7/2008), and with wider coverage from 20-105mm.
Firmware Updating
Allows uploading of performance enhancement developments to the SB-900 with select Nikon digital SLR cameras.
Large easily read illuminated LCD panel.
In the Box
Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash
  • SS-900 Soft Case
  • SW-13H Diffusion Dome
  • SJ-900 Color Filter Set
  • SZ-2 Color Filter Holder
  • AS-21 Speedlight Stand
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    Nikon 4807B specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 111.5'  / 33.99 m ISO 100 at 35 mm Position
    Angle of Coverage 104° - 12°
    Wide-Angle Adapter: 122° - 104°
    Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
    Bounce Head Yes
    Swivel Head Yes
    Coverage 17 - 200 mm (Full Frame)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 17 - 200 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal Proprietary
    Recycle Time Approximately 2.3 - 4.5 Seconds
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.0 x 5.7 x 4.7" / 7.6 x 14.5 x 11.9 cm
    Weight 14.6 oz / 413.9 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.4 x 5.3 x 4.6"

    Nikon 4807B reviews

    SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 909.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you liked the SB800.... If you liked the SB-800, then you will love the SB-900. Although appreciably larger, it more than makes up for it with it's features and even more likeable is the new jog dial and menus. So much easier to use, you'll find yourself familiar with it in no time at all. You can read the specs so I won't go over recycle times, etc.. Nice to see you can still use Quantum power supplies as well as the Nikon SD-8A. So far my only gripe is that the High Voltage port cover still hasn't been permanently attached to the body of the flash, making it as easy to misplace as the old PC caps. No matter, this flash is a joy to use.
    Date published: 2008-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A whole lot of flash This is not your father's flash! The SB-900 is a sophisticated device with a tremendous amount of options that can be tailored to your needs. You get all the controls we've come to expect with Nikon's higher-end speedlights plus the option to use the through-the-lens mode for extreme ease of use. The flash itself is big and powerful but has a surprisingly flash cycle time so you can get follow up shots quickly. In all this is one impressive device. The SB-900 does burn though batteries rather quickly but that is to be expected with amount of light this thing puts out. It is also on the heavy side but again, that is to be expected with a professional quality flash.
    Date published: 2009-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thermal Cut-off is OPTIONAL! Just a quick note. I met a fellow photographer at an assignment who had an SB-900...I own two of them. She complained about the flash shutting down due to overheating and preferred the SB-800 since it does not Cut-off. Several reviewers have the same issue. What she and others did not know is that you can actually turn this feature OFF. Warnings will continue to sound but it will not Cut-off unless the flash burns out. Check user's manual (C-24 and F-6) Personally, I keep this feature ON. I have had an SB-600 flash burn out at a Wedding due to high power and continuous shooting...I'd hate for it to happen with an SB-900, they are expensive!
    Date published: 2010-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from JUST SLIDE IT ON TO YOUR HOT SHOE I ordered this flash unit from B&H at the same time as my Nikon D300S. I was in a hurry to get a quick shot of our little dog outside in the evening. I took the flash out of the box, popped in 4 AA batteries, and slid the SB-900 on the hot shoe of my D300s. Without touching anything on the flash or the camera, I just started shooting. It was amazing. Every shot was perfectly exposed! I couldn't believe it. Somehow this flash talks to the camera and vice-versa. There was no way I could take an under or over-exposed picture. There's really something to be said for buying the manufacture's accessories, especially the flash unit. ...
    Date published: 2010-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the best of the best I give the SB-900 5 Stars Plus. Coming from the SB800 this new generation speedlight is an major upgrade. The most important features to note: 200mm zoom, swivel head equal both directions, light control & the new dial/menu system. The new reach of 200mm was a needed addition and opens up more lighting options in the field. The new swivel head now makes bounce flash, and even CLS, much easier - a super useful upgrade. Finally, the new menu interface system - Fantastic. So much simpler to change from master to remote or vice versa. Also the menu system itself has been improved / re-sorted. Works very well. You Can't go wrong with the SB-900!
    Date published: 2009-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product The new Nikon SB900 is a big improve on previous models all the controls are clearly visible. The best new feature is the moving of the Wireless Master & Remote to a switch on the back, so much better that previous models, the slight increase in out put is welcome. It would be better if the written word could be made clearer on the multi use of the Wireless & SU-4 systems. I noted that the diffuser is included with this model as opposed to previous models. The improved zoom functions are very good. In Summery I find that SB900 is a very good model. I have had the SB28, SB800 all of these have very reliably, having never failed. Well done NIKON
    Date published: 2010-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big improvement over SB-800 Most often used to provide fill light, sometimes with a Better Beamer. When used to provide main light, it is usually part of a multiple-light setup. It is much easier than the SB-800 to change between command and remote functions, and to set the fill ratio. Pretty much replaces an SU-800 in the command mode. The ability to hold filter gels is a big plus, much better than taping them down in a breeze, but I tend to use generic gels rather than the dedicated Nikon gels primarily because I don't want the gel (sometimes) changing the WB on the camera body. The ability to work with existing older external battery packs is a big plus.
    Date published: 2009-07-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected for the $$ I'm a Pro Wedding Photographer. I like to use off camera lighting but need a good bounce flash for the reception photos. I've used the SB600 for years and am fairly happy with it. I recently bought the SB900 because of its expanded 200mm range. While powerful the SB900 is not a workhorse by any means. I tried it out at two weddings. During the reception, there are moments when you need to fire several times in a row. The SB900 couldn't keep up. It kept overheating. Then I had to put it away for 10 minutes to cool. I think this would make a good studio or outdoor portrait flash, but it's just not something I will ever take to a wedding again.
    Date published: 2009-05-03
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