At $330 the Speedlight SB-700 is a great choice to go for especially as it encompasses Nikon’s i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) technology that is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS). Additionally the Speedlight SB-700 can be set up on the Wireless Commander Mode that allows it to be used to control up to 2 remote Speedlight groups or unlimited number of individual Speedlights (compatible). A total of four wireless channels are provided to ensure that there are no obstructions in an environment where there are multiple photographers all using remotely controlled flashes.
An interesting feature built-into the Speedlight SB-700 is the Color Filter Identification system. The Speedlight can automatically detect if there are any hard filters being used in the camera at any time and resultantly can automatically adjust the camera white balance. The Speedlight SB-910 offers Standard, Even and Center-weighted illumination patterns. The Speedlight can also detect the format of DSLR that is mounted (DX or FX) and accordingly adjust the light distribution for optimum effect.
The guide number of the lens at ISO 100, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, is 28 m/92’. It is 39 m/128’ on at ISO 200, 35mm zoom head position. Both guide numbers are on FX format. Lens coverage is 14-120mm on a DX format DSLR and 24 to 120mm on a FX format DSLR.
The head can tilt (for bounce function) down to -7° or up to 90°. The overall weight of the Speedlight SB-700 is 360 grams and comes with several accessories.
Sample Images by Speedlight SB-700 on Flickr
Speedlight SB-700 Specifications
|Construction||Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry|
|GN (35 mm zoom head position, FX format, Standard illumination pattern)||28/92 (ISO 100, m/ft.), 39/128 (ISO 200, m/ft.)|
|Illumination type||Three illumination patterns: standard, even and center-weightedThe light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera’s image area in both FX and DX formats|
|Effective flash output distance range (in i-TTL mode)||0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft. to 66 ft.) (varies depending on camera image area setting, illumination pattern, ISO sensitivity, zoom head position and lens aperture in use)|
|Mode||i-TTL, manual flash, distance-priority manual flash|
|Other functions||Test firing, monitor pre-flashes, AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF, and modeling illumination|
|Multiple flash-unit photography operation||Advanced Wireless Lighting, SU-4 type wireless multiple flash-unit photography|
|Compatibility||All cameras compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System (other cameras can be used but functionality is reduced)|
|Flash exposure control set on the camera||Camera sync modes: slow sync, red-eye reduction slow-sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, rear-curtain slow-syncPhotography functions: auto FP high-speed sync, FV lock, red-eye reduction|
|Bounce||Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°|
|Power||Four AA-type alkaline (1.5V), lithium (1.5V) or Ni-MH (1.2V) batteries|
|Flash-ready indicator||Fully recycled: lights upInsufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL or distance-priority manual flash mode): blinks|
|Flash duration||Approx. 1/1042 sec. at full output|
|Mounting foot lock lever||Provides secure attachment of SB-700 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment.|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 71 x 126 x 104.5 mm (2.8 x 5.0 x 4.1 in.)|
|Wt (without batteries)||Approx. 360 g (12.7 oz.)|
|Included accessories||Speedlight Stand AS-22, Nikon Diffusion Dome SW-14H, Incandescent Filter SZ-3TN, Fluorescent Filter SZ-3FL, Soft Case SS-700|