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Nikon Speedlight SB-300

Release Date : 6 August 2013
Price : $ 146.95

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Key features

The right lighting can transform an everyday shot into an extraordinary memory. Even if your camera has a pop-up flash, an external Speedlight provides capabilities and control that every shooter can appreciate—so much more than simply illuminating a dimly lit scene. The compact, lightweight SB-300 AF Speedlight makes it easier than ever to harness the power of a Nikon Speedlight. With its simple operation, excellent performance and approachable price tag, the SB-300 AF Speedlight belongs in the camera bag of every D-SLR or accessory-shoe equipped COOLPIX owner. Take control of the lighting around you.

With the SB-300 AF Speedlight, you’ll enjoy a flash that’s soft and balanced for excellent color, skin tones and lighting throughout your entire composition—not just on your main subject. Use it in bright situations to fill in unwanted shadows (fill-flash), or use its 120° tilt capability to bounce your flash off the ceiling or a nearby wall for even softer, less direct lighting on your subject (bounce technique).

Nikon’s i-TTL (intelligent Through-The-Lens) flash coverage technology tailors the characteristic of the flash to the shot. An imperceptible pre-flash fires milliseconds before the main flash to gather information about the scene—shadow areas, subject distance and reflectance. Your i-TTL capable camera and the SB-300 AF Speedlight then work together to achieve the best exposure and white balance setting possible, all in a fraction of a second.

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Specifications

Electronic construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number (20°C/68°F) 18/59 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Angle of illumination Covers angle of view of 27 mm lens (FX format) or 18 mm lens (DX format)
Effective flash range (i-TTL) 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 66 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity, bounce angle, and aperture
Options available using camera controls Flash control mode: i-TTL, manual; Flash mode: Fill flash (front-curtain sync), front-curtain with slow sync, rear curtain sync, and rear-curtain with slow sync
Bounce angle Flash rotates vertically up to 120° with stops where the flash is pointing directly ahead and at 60°, 75°, 90°, and 120°
Device on/off Power switch used to turn SB-300 on and off
Power source Two AAA alkaline or NiMH batteries
Flash-ready light Charging complete: Lights; Warning: Blinks
Flash duration Lights for about 1/1650 s when fired at full power
Battery endurance and flash recycling time1 Alkaline : Approx. 4.0 s (minimum recycling time 2), 70 or more uses / 4.0 – 30 s (endurance 3 / recycling time 2); NiMH : Approx. 3.5 s (minimum recycling time 2), 110 or more uses / 3.5 – 30 s (endurance 3 / recycling time 2)
Mounting foot lock lever Locking pin prevents accidental detachment
Other options Thermal cut-out, firmware update 4
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 57.4 x 65.4 x 62.3 mm (2.3 x 2.6 x 2.5 in.)
Weight Approx. 120 g (4.2 oz), including two AAA alkaline batteries; Approx. 97 g (3.4 oz), body only
Supplied accessories Soft Case SS-DC1