Nikon Speedlight SB-700


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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.


Electronic construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number
(23 °C/73.4 °F)
24/78.7 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Angle of illumination Covers angle of view of 24mm lens (FX format) or 16mm lens (DX format)
Effective flash output distance range in i-TTL flash control 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 65.6 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity and lens aperture
Flash control modes
  • i-TTL flash control
  • Manual flash control
Other available functions Test firing, monitor pre-flashes, modeling flash
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) A number of flash operations are available with compatible cameras: i-TTL flash control, Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling flash, FV lock, Flash (LED Light) Colour Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync
Compatible cameras
  • Nikon digital SLR (Nikon FX/DX format) cameras (except D1 series and D100)
  • Nikon film SLR camera F6
  • COOLPIX cameras compatible with CLS (A, P7800, P7700, P7100, P7000, P6000)
  • COOLPIX cameras compatible with i-TTL flash control
Multiple flash-unit photography operation Advanced Wireless Lighting (commander mode/remote mode)
Bounce capability
  • Flash head tilts up to 90° from 0° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75° and 90°
  • Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Flash duration (approx.) 1/1100 sec. at full power
LED light maximum output level Approx. 100 lx at 1 m (3.2 ft), high power
LED light angle of illumination Covers angle of view of 24mm lens (FX format) or 16mm lens (DX format)
Power ON/OFF Power switch
Power source Use 2 AA-size batteries of the same brand from any of the following types:

  • 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries
  • 1.2 V HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries

For minimum number of flashes, recycling time and duration of continuous LED light emission for each battery type, see the user’s manual

Flash-ready indicator Fully recycled: lights up
Warning indication: flashes slowly
Mounting foot lock lever Provides secure attachment of the SB-500 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment
Other functions Thermal cut-out, firmware update
Cameras compatible with firmware updates
  • Nikon digital SLR (Nikon FX/DX format) cameras compatible with CLS (except D2 series, D200, D80, D70 series, D60, D50, D40 series)
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 67 × 114.5 × 70.8 mm (2.7 × 4.6 × 2.8 in.)
Weight Approx. 273 g (9.7 oz), including 2 AA-size alkaline batteries
Approx. 226 g (8 oz), body only
Accessories supplied Speedlight Stand AS-23, Soft Case SS-DC2


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