Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight

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Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight
Key Features
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 92' at ISO 100 and 35mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-120mm (12mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7° to 90°
With a rated guide number of 92' at ISO 100 and 35mm, the SB-700 AF Speedlight from Nikon is a moderately compact flash unit packed with features for high-performance on-camera lighting capabilities. The flash is compatible with the i-TTL system for automatic metering with both FX- and DX-format cameras and is optimized for use with Nikon's Creative Lighting System for complete control over your lighting setup. Additionally, the auto zoom head has a coverage range of 24-120mm with FX-format cameras which can be extended down to 12mm with the use of the built-in wide-angle diffusion panel.
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Nikon SB-700 Overview

With a rated guide number of 92' at ISO 100 and 35mm, the SB-700 AF Speedlight from Nikon is a moderately compact flash unit packed with features for high-performance on-camera lighting capabilities. The flash is compatible with the i-TTL system for automatic metering with both FX- and DX-format cameras and is optimized for use with Nikon's Creative Lighting System for complete control over your lighting setup. Additionally, the auto zoom head has a coverage range of 24-120mm with FX-format cameras which can be extended down to 12mm with the use of the built-in wide-angle diffusion panel.

Complete bounce and swivel functionality is available for working in a variety of shooting situations. This allows users to tilt down to -7° and up to 90° as well as rotate left or right 180° for complete 360° coverage. Also, the SB-700 has three different illumination patterns, standard, even, and center-weighted, which help shape the light output for your specific needs. For wireless master TTL functionality, the speedlight utilizes a Commander Mode. In this mode users can access Advanced Wireless Lighting settings for controlling multiple off-camera flashes that can be set up in two groups (A, B) and one of four channels. The SB-700 also has a quick wireless control A:B ratio setting for quickly setting up and controlling multiple remote flashes.

Many other abilities are packed into this unit, including a stroboscopic repeating flash mode that can be set from 1-100 Hz. The SB-700 also has slow, Auto FP high-speed, first, and second curtain sync modes for achieving the desired creative look in your image. There are even red-eye reduction and red-eye reduction slow sync settings available. The flash itself is mounted to the camera or stand via a locking hot shoe and is powered by four AA batteries. And, depending on the type of battery used and the power setting, users can expect a recycle time of 2.5-3.5 seconds.

Included with the SB-700 AF Speedlight are a variety of useful tools and accessories. First, built into the flash alongside the wide-angle diffusion panel is a white slide-out bounce card for bouncing some light directly to the subject and creating catch lights. Also, there is a diffusion dome for softening the output of the flash and fluorescent and incandescent color correction filters for balancing the flash to ambient light. All of this, along with a stand, is packaged in the SS-700 Soft Case, designed specifically for the flash and accessories.

Guide number at the 35mm zoom position measures 92' at ISO 100 and 128' at ISO 200
Manual power output from 1/1 full power to 1/128 power
Light distribution angle is automatically adjustable to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats
Auto zoom head reaches from 24-120mm with FX format and 14-120mm with DX format
Coverage of 12-17mm in FX and 8-11mm in DX when using built-in wide-angle diffusion panel
Thermal cut-out protection shuts off the flash to prevent damage from overheating
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°
Distance range of 2-66'
Flash exposure compensation from -3 to +3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Backlit LCD panel with nine selectable contrast levels and a rotating dial assist in viewing flash status and changing settings
Eleven custom settings
Flash duration of 1/1,042 to 1/40,000 second depending on output setting
Flash-ready indicator lights
AF-assist light, modeling illuminator, monitor pre-flashes, and test firing settings
AF-assist light, modeling illuminator, monitor pre-flashes, and test firing settings
Automatic color filter detection for adjusting the camera's color temperature settings and an optional color filter pack is available
Firmware can be updated through camera
UPC: 018208048083

Nikon SB-700 Specs

Flash Head
Guide Number92' / 28.04 m at ISO 100 (35 mm Position)
CoverageFull-Frame
24 to 120 mm
12 mm (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Angle of Coverage18 to 60° Vertical
25 to 78° Horizontal
100 to 120° Vertical (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
110 to 130° Horizontal (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Auto Zoom HeadYes
Bounce Head-7 to +90°
Swivel Head360°
Flash Duration1/1042 to 1/40000 Second
Recycle TimeApprox. 2.5 to 3.5 Seconds
Secondary IlluminationNone
Exposure Control
Exposure ControlManual, Nikon i-TTL
Flash ModesHi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Power Range1/1 to 1/128
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless OperationOptical Pulse (TTL/Manual)
Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Wireless Channels4
Wireless Groups2
Power
Internal Power4 x AA (Alkaline, Lithium, NiMH)
External Power Pack CompatibleNo
General
MountShoe
Off-Camera TerminalProprietary
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.8 x 5 x 4.1" / 71 x 126 x 104.5 mm
Weight12.7 oz / 360 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.85 x 6 x 4.55"
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Answered by: David L.
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if I put this on a d500 with the 85mm/1.4D lens ...one will it work 100% ..and two it has a zoom to 120mm, the d500/85mm/1.4 would yield bout 127mm..what are the ramifications? thank you
Asked by: William H.
1: The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight is fully compatible for use with the Nikon D500 DSLR camera.2: If the Power Zoom Function is set, once you place your lens on the camera and press the shutter button down halfway to focus, the zoom head in the flash should automatically set to the lens' focal length. The electronics in the lens and flash would communicate through the camera to set the flash's coverage to cover the angle of view used by your 85mm lens.
Answered by: Manzell L.
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Hi. Just got a Nikon D5100 as a gift (lucky me :)This flash, the SB-700 seems to be perfect for what I would like in one. It says it supports DX and FX format cameras. Mine says D 5100, but it has DX on the basic lens it came with. Silly question perhaps, but is my camera a DX format camera? and will the flash work with it the way it is described, with all those great features?Thanks in advance for answer.What is so special about the DX and FX that makes this flash best suited to it, anyway? if you have time to comment :)
Asked by: Anonymous
FX format cameras are those whose sensor are full-framed or the same size as 35mm film negative frames were. DX format cameras are the APS-C format cameras with the smaller sized sensor and have the 1.5x magnification factor to them. Your D5100 camera is a DX format camer. This flash as with all current Nikon series flashes are compatible with both formats (DX and FX).
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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I have had my SB700 for a couple of years and it has worked great. I just bought a Vello FreeWave remote trigger and find that when the Speedlight sits on the trigger for a while the speedlight becomes unresponsive and I cannot even turn it off. I need to remove and replace batteries to get it to work again. Any solutions to this?
Asked by: Benjamin
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Asked by: Galal
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Yes, it is fully compatible.
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Yes, the SB-700 is compatible with the Nikon D7100.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2021-02-26
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