Nikon Speedlight SB-400

Nikon Speedlight SB-400

Product Summary


At around $120, the Speedlight SB-400 (Amazon | Adorama | B&H) is an affordable system when you need something more powerful than the pop-up flash of your DSLR. The Speedlight SB-400 offers more power and more coverage than your built-in flash does. The guide number of the Speedlight at ISO 100, 18mm zoom-head position, is 21 m/69’. At ISO 200, 18mm zoom-head position it is 30 m/98.4’.

The Speedlight offers i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) flash coverage with compatibility for Creative Lighting System (CLS) for all cameras which come with it. on a DX format the lens coverage is 18mm. on a Nikon F6 the lens coverage is 27mm. the flash head tilt up to 90 ˚ with clicks indicating stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°. Several flash exposure control options have been provided which includes manual, manual flash, red-eye correction, rear curtain sync, FV lock flash, slow-sync, red-eye reduction in slow-sync etc.

Using Ni-MH batteries the Speedlight SB-400 has a recycling time of 2.5 seconds. Again when using Oxyride™ batteries it is 3.5 seconds for the recycling time. Standard Alkaline batteries give a recycling time of 3.9 seconds ad Lithium batteries offers 4.2 seconds.

The Speedlight SB-400 also comes with a flash-ready indicator. It indicts if the power source is drained out, or if the camera system that it is mounted on is incompatible or even if there is insufficient light or the flash itself is overheated. The dimensions of the Speedlight SB-400 are 2.6 x 2.2 x 3.1” and its overall weight is only 128 grams.

Sample Images by Speedlight SB-400 on Flickr

Speedlight SB-400 Specifications

ConstructionAutomatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
GN (20°C/68°F)30/98.4 (ISO 200, m/ft), 21/69 (ISO 100, m/ft)
CoverageLight distribution covers an 18mm lens when mounted on a Nikon DX format camera and a 27mm lens when mounted on an F6
Modei-TTL, M*(manual)

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    Possible with D700, D300 series, D7000, D90, D5100, D5000, D3100, D3000, D60 and D40 series
Recycling timeApprox. 3.9 sec. with alkaline-manganese batteries
Number of flashesApprox. 140 times with alkaline-manganese batteries
CompatibilityAll cameras compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System
Flash exposure control set on the cameraSlow-sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction in slow sync, Rear-curtain sync flash, FV Lock flash, manual flash*

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    Possible with D700, D300 series, D7000, D90, D5100, D5000, D3100, D3000, D60 and D40 series
BounceFlash head tilts up to 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°
ON/OFF switchThe ON/OFF switch turns the SB-400 on and off
PowerTwo AA-size alkaline-manganese (1.5V), lithium (1.5V), Oxyride (1.5V) or Ni-MH (2600 mAh) (rechargeable) (1.2V) batteries
Ready light
  • Lights up when the SB-400 is recharged and ready to fire
  • Blinks to indicate: insufficient light/insufficient battery power/incompatibility of camera with SB-400/overheating
Flash durationApprox. 1/1300 sec. at full output
Foot lever lockProvides secure attachment of SB-400 to the camera accessory shoe with a mount pin to prevent accidental detachment
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 66 x 56.5 x 80mm (2.6 x 2.2 x 3.1 in.)
Weight (without batteries)Approx. 127g (4.5 oz.)
Comes withSS-400 Soft Case


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Purchase options

Speedlight SB-400 available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H