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NikonSB-700 AF Speedlight
 
4.7

(based on 832 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (640)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (178)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (365)
  • Easy to use (320)
  • Durable (272)
  • Attach securely (247)
  • Lightweight (178)

Cons

  • Heavy (44)
  • Heavy / bulky (23)
  • Uses power quickly (7)
  • Runs hot (5)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (305)
  • Portraits (247)
  • Outdoor events / games (210)
  • Fill flash (156)
  • Indoors (135)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (190), Semi-pro photographer (127), Enthusiast (64), Tech savvy (64), Pro photographer (48)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (658), Yes (37)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great bang for the buck

I chose to go the SB-700 route (as opposed to it's more expensive big brother the SB-910) for one primary reason, it's a better value for me in my particular circumstance.As...Read complete review

I chose to go the SB-700 route (as opposed to it's more expensive big brother the SB-910) for one primary reason, it's a better value for me in my particular circumstance.As a working photographer I've been hauling around studio lights for 20+ years but have lately been turned on to creating a more compact kit that mantains quality and versatility and perhaps even gives an advantage or two (for instance it's a whole lot easier to get these speedlights into tiny places than full size studio monolights)My solution has been to create a "kit inside a kit" I actually have a relatively small pelican case that fits inside a larger pelican case that holds studio lights. When I only need the speedlights I just grab the smaller case and a bag of stands/modifiers.So why the SB-700? Like I said, bang for the buck. The GN of 92 (ISO 100/ft) is about 2/3 of a stop lower than that of the SB-910 but I can buy 3 of them for less than the cost of 2 of the 910's. It's a good choice for me. If I need more power, will be shooting for an extended period of time, will be shooting a large quantity of frames, or want more versatility in my modifiers then I can go the monolight route anyway (to take advantage of fan-cooling, power, etc)Careful selection of modifiers will really help turn these speedlights into an exceptionally portable/fast studio facsimile with but a few limitations.As for the Nikon CLS system. Well I am pretty old school and probably haven't taken full advantage of it just yet, preffering to shoot in manual and get incident readings when possible,but in the few times I've played with it I've been pleasantly surprised at the results.I do however rely on pocket wizards (Flex TT5 and Mini TT1) for remote triggering as I find it the most dependable solution on the planet. I tend to keep things as simple as possible so I don't generally use a lot of lights but the fact that my monolights and my SB's are both triggered by my pocket wizards allows me to use both at the same time. This means that I basically have expanded my studio kit at a fraction of the cost. In order to make up for slight difference in color temp between mono's and sB's I light the most significant areas of the image with the same system relegating the other to secondary positions. By doing this the need to actually balance the different sources with gels is significantly reduced.Overall the accuracy and consistency of the Nikon SB-700 makes it a very valuable tool for me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nikon SB 700

As a previous owner of the SB 600 I cannot agree that this flash is much superior. It is useless with older film cameras. The SB 600 was fully compatible with older equipment and...Read complete review

As a previous owner of the SB 600 I cannot agree that this flash is much superior. It is useless with older film cameras. The SB 600 was fully compatible with older equipment and a bit more powerfull also. With digital cameras this flash is limited to spot metering in the iTTL mode while the SB 600 could be used in matrix and center weighted metering modes. Nikon charges much more for this flash yet offers us fewer metering options. Yes it can be used as a commander if multi flash setups is your thing and comes with useful accessories. although the flash shoe has a plastic tripod connection.

Build quality is OK, nothing to brag about though. The rotating flash head is a bit wobblier than on the SB 600. The matrix LCD panel is not as easy to see either.

Overall the flash does what is expected but backward compatability is pretty much abandoned. For the $100 premium Nikon is asking for this unit over the SB 600 I feel they could have offered more.

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5.0

Great Flash

By Ray

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

This is a great flash to go along with westcott rapid box.

 
5.0

Perfect

By Scott

from Richmond, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I've been needing a Speedlight for a long time, finally made it happen. This has changed how I shoot inside and even outside. This is everything I was hoping it would be.

 
5.0

Great Flash

By LizM

from Tallahassee, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Works great every time. Great for a busy artist.

 
2.0

Stopped working After a few weeks

By pierre

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

So I was younger and new at photography when I bought this flash. 
I used it for a few weeks and then it just stopped powering on, I to this day have no idea what happened. There is no physical damage, no rust, no corrosions.

I wish that I had contact B&H back when the problem had happened but I was young and worried about the cost. I did not have the money to pay for repairs. 

Now that I can I am looking to get it fixed but I found my old purchase record and thought I would leave a review.

For the few shots I had the flash it worked great, but it died shortly after that and I cannot reccomend it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product!

By Eugene

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I purchased this as a second, off camera Speedlight, using Nikon commander mode. This Speedlight is easy to use, and works flawlessly. I highly recommend it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great resources for good pictures at controlled environments

By Rafael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I am still learning to use but this piece shows a lot of possibilities to help your photos to look really better.

 
4.0

Good Flash

By Dan

from NewYork, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Although I just recently purchased it, so far, it's great. Pics come out great. I am still learning on using all the features it has. I like the fact that you can tilt it and move it from left to right, to get different lighting results on the pictures.

 
5.0

Great speed light

By Bob

from Undisclosed

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

My third Nikon speed light. Easy to use. Commander mode is a dream to use

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By LFHF

from virginia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Got his flash to replace my SB-600 which still works except for the power head. The SB700 is a nice upgrade at a reasonable price. The built in bounce card is really handy, and the diffusion bounce dome and two filters are a nice bonus.

 
5.0

Simple yet perfect.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

With some pocket wizards or the pop up on my D810 I can shoot portraits all day long. A very simple flash that will do everything you need it to.

 
5.0

It just works now have 3 of the in my set up.

By Ken

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Great consistentcy !!!

 
4.0

I would buy flash again

By Phyllis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Instruction book is good, detailed and clear, only used it on sample shots, plan to use it in Paris for night painting photos

 
5.0

Recommended!!

By Barak

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Great product. Just like all reviews described.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Super fast lens, takes great portraits, no problems so far with this lens

 
4.0

Useless user manual

By Philippe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

You have to do a lot of research online to find the right settings. Nikon user manual is useless

 
5.0

Great!

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I'm glad I could use my existing off-camera cord.

 
5.0

Great little device

By Lroar

from Undisclosed

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I had an SB800 before. It went bad and decided to purchase the SB700. I was surprized with the performance. It blew the SB800 out the water.

 
5.0

Yes, Master!

By Price

from Thurmont, MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Having purchased two SB-700 Speedlights to use as remote or slave units, I am highly satisfied with the build quality and performance in multi-flash setups. Newer units, for a price, allow for external power which the SB-700s do not. However, that has proven to not be an issue for in-studio or field shooting. I'm totally satisfied with my choice and would make the same choice again.

 
5.0

Great speed light

By Paul

from Undisclosed

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

I bought this for my D750 and it works great. Lots of built in features like the bounce card. Good build quality and a lot of bang for the buck.

 
5.0

LoveThis Item

By Russ

from Chula Vista

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight:

Have used a SB-700 AF Speedlight for years and my son is getting into photography and I've given him some of my equipment and the Speedlight is one of the items. I know he would have no problem with this item as his first flash unit, so I gave him my "öld" flash unit and I purchased a new one. I love using this Speedlight for individual and group pictures.

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