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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.
Flash Design and Output
  • 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
  • Powered by four AA batteries, typical recycle times are 2.5-3.5 seconds at full 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 and can be widened to 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 exposure compensation from -3 to +3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • Stroboscopic, slow sync, Auto FP high-speed sync, and first- and second-curtain sync modes are available for creative control.
  • Backlit LCD panel with nine selectable contrast levels and a rotating dial assist in viewing flash status and changing settings
  • Flash duration of 1/1,042 to 1/40,000 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 and an optional color filter pack is available
  • Firmware can be updated through camera

Nikon SB-700 Specs

Key Specs
Guide Number
92' / 28.04 m at ISO 100 (35 mm Position)
Auto Zoom Head
Yes
Bounce Head
-7 to +90°
Swivel Head
360°
Exposure Control
Manual, Nikon i-TTL
Wireless Operation
Optical Pulse (TTL/Manual)
Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Internal Power
4x AA (Alkaline, Lithium, NiMH)
Off-Camera Terminal
Proprietary
Flash Head
Guide Number
92' / 28.04 m at ISO 100 (35 mm Position)
Coverage
Full-Frame
24 to 120 mm
12 mm (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Angle of Coverage
18 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 Head
Yes
Bounce Head
-7 to +90°
Swivel Head
360°
Flash Duration
1/1042 to 1/40000 Second
Recycle Time
Approx. 2.5 to 3.5 Seconds
Secondary Illumination
No
Exposure Control
Exposure Control
Manual, Nikon i-TTL
Flash Modes
Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Power Range
1/1 to 1/128
Flash Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless Operation
Optical Pulse (TTL/Manual)
Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Wireless Channels
4
Wireless Groups
2
Power
Internal Power
4x AA (Alkaline, Lithium, NiMH)
External Power Pack Compatible
No
General
Mount
Shoe
Off-Camera Terminal
Proprietary
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.8 x 5 x 4.1" / 71 x 126 x 104.5 mm
Weight
12.7 oz / 360 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.85 x 6 x 4.55"

Nikon SB-700 Reviews

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question

How does a speed light compare to a strobe in terms of w/s? Strobes are listed as 250 w/s, 400 w/s, 500 w/s, etc. How many w/s are these speed lights?
Asked by: Tracy
My studio power pack says it has a guide number of 455 for 1200 watt/seconds. ISO 100, measured at 10', using 11 reflector.
Answered by: David L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

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.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

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

I have had my SB700 for a couple of years and it ...

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
If one does not use the Vello remote trigger, one would have no problem using that Nikon SB700.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2019-08-06

What is the wattage for this flash?

What is the wattage for this flash?
Asked by: Larry
The formula for calculating wattage is: W (joules per second) = V (joules per coulomb) x A (coulombs per second) where W is watts, V is volts, and A is amperes of current. In practical terms, wattage is the power produced or used per second.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2021-11-05

I just received this brand new unit and I noticed ...

I just received this brand new unit and I noticed few scuffs on the top of the flash head, I’m almost positive that’s not normal but wanted to check if people saw the same issue
Asked by: Galal
No scuff marks on my new unit.
Answered by: Leland
Date published: 2020-10-16

Is this flash compatible with Nikon Z5, 6, and 7?

Is this flash compatible with Nikon Z5, 6, and 7?
Asked by: Alto
Yes Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight is compatible with the Nikon Z5, Z6, and Z7.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2023-02-15

Id\s this com;parable with z9/

Id\s this com;parable with z9/
Asked by: Christine
Yes the SB 700 AF is fully compatible with the Z9.
Answered by: Jessica G
Date published: 2022-12-08
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