Flash for Nikon – Speedlights with i-TTL

A flash for Nikon must be compatible with i-TTL for automatic exposure with digital camera bodies. Apart from Nikon’s own speedlights you can buy from third party manufacturers such as Nissin, Yongnuo, Metz, Sunpak or Vivitar.

Flashes for Nikon compatible with i-TTL

The two tables below list brands and models with approximate cost, power (guide number), wireless features and links to specs and reviews, split up between current and discontinued speedlights.
 
   Contents

   Flash for Nikon – Current iTTL Models
   Discontinued i-TTL Speedlights (buy used)
   Recommended Flash For Nikon List

Flash for Nikon – Current iTTL Models

When deciding which flash for Nikon to buy there is the choice between 3 speedlights from Nikon or third party brands which have some cheap but really good alternatives. The first table lists all relevant offers in alphabetical order (brand and model name). Click on the ‘specs’ link for detail information, or on ‘review’ for test results and evaluation.
 

Brand Model name Cost (USD)
Mar 2011
GN (spec / test)
m, 35mm, ISO 100
Wireless TTL More info
Nikon SB-400 130 (e, a) 21 / 22 no specs, e, a) 28 / 29 slave + master specs, e, a) 34 / 35.5 slave + master specs, e, a) 34 / ? slave + master specs, e, a) 22 / ? no specs
Nissin Di622 130 (e, a) 32 / ? no specs
Nissin Di622 Mark II 170 (e, a) 32 / 37 slave specs, review
Nissin Di866 280 (e, a) 40 / 41 slave + master specs, review
Nissin Di866 Mark II 350 (e, a) 40 / ? slave + master specs
Sigma EF-530 DG ST 120 (e, a) 31 / ? no specs
Sigma EF-530 DG Super 170 (e, a) 31 / ? slave + master specs
Sigma EF-610 DG ST 160 (e, a) 36 / ? no specs
Sigma EF-610 DG Super 250 (e, a) 36 / ? slave + master specs
Sunpak PZ42X 150 (e, a) 28 / 35.5 no specs
Sunpak RD-2000 60 (e, a) 20 / ? no specs
Vivitar DF-383 130 (e, a) ? / 35.5 no specs
Yongnuo YN465 65 (e, a) 33 / 27 no specs, review
Yongnuo YN467 80 (e, a) 33 / 20 no specs, review

 

Discontinued i-TTL Speedlights

Buying a used flash is an alternative since speedlights don’t wear out in moderate use. When shopping for a used flash, there’s additional choice among the speedlights in the table below. All these models also support i-TTL which qualifies them for full automatic flash photography together with your Nikon camera body (2005 or newer).
 

Brand Model name Cost (USD)
Mar 2011
GN (spec / test)
m, 35mm, ISO 100
Wireless TTL More info
Nikon SB-600 200 (e, a) 30 / 31 slave specs, e) 38 / 41 slave + master specs, e, a) 35 / ? no specs
Sigma EF-500 DG Super 180 (e, a) 35 / ? slave + master specs

 

Recommended Flash For Nikon List

There are some cheap alternatives on the market and there’s no necessity to buy your speedlight from Nikon. The recommendations below are based on value within a defined price range. In addition, speedlites are only recommended if also practically usable for off-camera flash with low-cost radio triggers such as the Yongnuo RF-602 or similar models.

   Speedlight < $100
   Yongnuo 465

   $100-$200 range
   Nissin Di622 Mark II, Nikon SB-600 (used)

   $200-$300
   Nissin Di866, Metz 50 AF-1

   $300-$400
   Nikon SB-700, Nissin Di866-II, Nikon SB-800

   Above $400
   Nikon SB-900, Metz 58 AF-2
 
The above tables don’t claim to be 100% complete, but they list the main alternatives to consider when buying a speedlight for Nikon in August 2011. Pricing information is approximate.

Pls understand there can’t be any warranty for the accuracy of information provided here. Leave a comment or send an email to fransener (at) speedlights.net if you find any mistakes.


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