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NikonSB-300 AF Speedlight
 
4.5

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Compact (18)
  • Durable (12)
  • Consistent output (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family photos (20)
  • Travel (10)
  • Fill flash (8)
  • Weddings (8)
  • General purpose (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for the Nikon Df

I was looking for a small strobe to sit atop the Df and internet searches suggested an SB400. Well, that one has been discontinued and the remaining few have taken off in price. ...Read complete review

I was looking for a small strobe to sit atop the Df and internet searches suggested an SB400. Well, that one has been discontinued and the remaining few have taken off in price. So, I tried its successor with the AAA batteries rather than AAs. Frankly, with the Df, I don't need a flash that often, so the AAA batteries equal less weight and a more compact size. It easily fits the front pouch of a Billingham L2 bag. For environmental snaps in a "normal" home, I tilt the head all the way back, bouncing the light from the ceiling and behind me - nice smooth coverage. Since it does NOT rotate, I modify my shooting style for portrait orientation and bounce it off a wall. The small size is perfect for the Df. If it rotated, it would gain a fifth star. Overall, VERY pleased with performance, including relatively quick recycle times.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would not buy this product again.

I bought this speed light strictly for family/friend snapshots, like dinner a few nights ago, where it was intended to just be a fill flash for shots where the subjects were being shot...Read complete review

I bought this speed light strictly for family/friend snapshots, like dinner a few nights ago, where it was intended to just be a fill flash for shots where the subjects were being shot at sunset from fairly close range. Less than 10 feet. The flash is generally inadequate for the purpose. It doesn't have enough power. And yes, I did wait long enough for it to recycle. I was able to get a few useable shots. I guess I'll keep it because of its small size which puts it into the better than nothing category, but it is not much better.

Reviewed by 55 customers

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

NOT WORTH EVEN THE LOW PRICE!

By Mike

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

Bought as a mini travel flash and the battery door snapped and fell off during first use.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this idem again

By Bird

from Richmond, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

I took picture inside a gym and they came out great with the flash.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice surprise.

By Edward

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

This is my first flash for my D5300. I wanted something simple and easy to use. It has lived up to both desires so far. Quick and easy to use and did a nice job providing enough light. Now there are bells or whistles, but for now it working great. I was able to several pictures in a row with no problems. Small which makes it easy store. I am enjoying using it.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nikon Speedlights are the Best

By DiscretePete

from Las Vegas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

I bought this with a new D3400 package for my wife for Christmas and she loves it. Easy to use and a nice addition rather than just using the onboard D3400 flash.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

yes

By Dennis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

Great little flash

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I would not buy this product again.

By Me

from Hawaii

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

I bought this speed light strictly for family/friend snapshots, like dinner a few nights ago, where it was intended to just be a fill flash for shots where the subjects were being shot at sunset from fairly close range. Less than 10 feet. The flash is generally inadequate for the purpose. It doesn't have enough power. And yes, I did wait long enough for it to recycle. I was able to get a few useable shots. I guess I'll keep it because of its small size which puts it into the better than nothing category, but it is not much better.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Speedlight Lite

By kibbo

from Melbourne, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

This is a fabulous small flash that meets my needs for lighting a close up subject.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this again

By Tony the Tiger

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

Wanted something simple for my d50 and this fits the bill.

 
5.0

Nice Little Flash

By Captain Hook

from Idaho

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

A real nice little flash; it take the place of the pop up and has more power. Great for fill or when needed in a darkened room. Very small, fits in a shirt pocket and is easy to use on/off that's it.

 
5.0

Compact and lightweight

By Birdman

from Hamilton,New Jersey

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Great For

      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

      Great for everyday use and it fits great in my
      camera bag.
      I use it mainly for fill flash on my D7100 and it
      performs perfectly.
      I give this product a thumbs up for its ease of use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Lightweight and efficient

      By Elaine722

      from CT

      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

      If you don't want to carry around the heavy full pro flash, this is the perfect solution for the casual shot requiring a flash. I have the Nikon 910, which adds so much weight to my already heavy gear, so I rarely use it for casual work. This little flash currently sits on my D810 and will soon go on my soon to own D-500.

       
      5.0

      Perfect gift

      By Lladnarrn

      from Portland, Oregon

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

        Gave to family member for Christmas, he is now better able to take photos in low light

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Little Gem

        By John

        from Melbourne Australia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

          Super compact size sits nicely on my DF. I love the iTTL communication between the camera and flash which give spot on exposure. Also, after only ever using built in flashes (on my Nikon D50) I love the bounce ability of this unit; the results are amazing.

          Incredibly simple to use, easy to carry around and yet packing quite a good punch in medium sized rooms.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice

          By AW

          from Tillamook, OR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

            I bought this with the intention of getting photos of grandchildren over the holidays. Have yet to actually us it but am impressed with how it works and how small it is. If it is as good as my other Nikon products, I have no worries.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            More than built in

            By Jim

            from Indiana

            Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

            Gives a bit more punch than pop-up flash in camera. Nothing fancy and that's fine.

             
            4.0

            Great things come in small packages

            By ghadel

            from Lake Forest, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

              It is a great backup for in case my strobe triggers decide to die. Also packs a good punch of light for such a small flash. Easy to bring along and know it is always available.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              small, but mighty

              By Diick

              from Sewickley, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                  handy, just the right size, simple controls

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Does What It Promises

                  By Fred

                  from Houston

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                      Nice small speedlight that does good job of bounce flash in moderate size rooms. Fits easily in the bag. It is a big improvement over the built in flash of the Nikon cameras for indoor family shoots.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      compact, good travel flash, makes on camera bounce capable

                      By JPaul

                      from TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                        Works awesome on hot shoe, and tilts adequately to get bounce and avoid harsh direct flash. Get a small cable, and you can use this off-camera very simply as well.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        perfect size.

                        By chief

                        from nyc

                        Comments about Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight:

                        I used sb-400 in the past, but find this flash more affective.

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