SB-700 quality problems? The new Nikon SB-700 speedlight is a nice flash with a great user interface. I also wrote before that the new battery chamber is an improvement over previous Nikon flashguns.
Maybe I was wrong. See what happened last night when I was changing batteries during a recycle time test video – switching from alkaline to eneloop:
As can be seen at around second 5, the upper part of the battery chamber door separates from the base further than normal and then gets stuck. When trying to close it at second 30, it’s the same problem; the upper part does not slip back properly.
It seems to be a problem with the spring mechanism of the cover lock release, or that piece is at least involved in the problem. As can be seen in second 48 of the above video, that button does not come back out properly and remains stuck half way. In the photo below the button can be seen in correct position.
I got it fixed, but this is not what I expect from a $330 speedlight (check prices and availability on amazon).
Is this only my unit, or does anyone else have a problem?
Please respond here with your experience, although I think now that it’s not a broader issue.
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