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Nikon Flashes Compared
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April 2015     Nikon Reviews   Nikon Flash   Nikon Lenses   All Reviews

See also the Comparison sections of each flash's review.

 
Anni
2013-
2014-
2006-2014
2004-2012
2010-
2003-2008
2008-2012
2012-
GN @ 35mm, rated, m/ft
18/59
24/79
21/69
30/98
28/92
38/125
40/131
34/112
Power
2 AAA
2 AA
4 AA
4 AA
4 AA
4 AA
4 AA
Weight, w/bttys
120g
279g
180g
390g
450g
440g
529g
522g
Recycle Alk/NiMH
6/4s
3/4s
3.6/2.5s
3.5/?
2.5/2.5s
6/4s
4/2.3s
4/2.3s
Full-power pops, Alk/eneloop
70/110
100/140
140/?
200/?
160/230
130/?
110/145
110/165
Works with TTL film?*
no
no
no
Yes
no
Yes
no
no
LCD
None needed
None needed
None needed
sharp, dedicated LCD with real icons and numbers
ugly, fuzzy generic dot-matrix
ugly, fuzzy generic dot-matrix
ugly, fuzzy generic dot-matrix
ugly, fuzzy generic dot-matrix
Power Switch
Rotary switch: fast
Rotary switch with lock: fast
Slide switch: fast
Hold button: slow
Flip switch: fast
Hold button: slow
Flip switch: fast
Flip switch: fast
Price, 2/2012
n/a
n/a

$220 used

(was $200 new)

$400 used

(was $460 new)

Price, 9/2013
n/a

$220 used

(was $200 new)

$250 used

(was $460 new)

Price, 5/2015

$275 new

$150 used

$150 used

(was $200 new)

$275 used

(was $460 new)

* They all work with today's F6, which also uses the same i-TTL system a the DSLRs; this line refers to the traditional TTL mode of all other Nikon TTL flash cameras.

 

Recommendations         top

As of 2015, the SB-500 is Nikon's best all around flash if your built-in isn't cutting it.

I use the discontinued SB-400 for fill-flash all the time in all of my DSLRs, from my D40 to D7200 to D4s. I don't need or want to carry anything bigger.

I use my discontinued SB-600 in the very, very few occasions I need more power, or if I'm shooting a 35mm camera or any vintage. As of 2015, the SB-700 is its replacement.

When I need more than one flash for serious lighting, I don't bother with these battery-powered things and use real studio strobes, which cost less and work so much better.

If I was a full-time news or event pro, I'd have two SB-910, because they can belt out the most power and recycle the fastest for heavy use.

 

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