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In the navigation bar you find now the Flash for Canon overview with info on 30+ ETTL (II) enabled speedlites.
The Flash for Nikon speedlight guide lists 26 i-TTL flashes to choose from, both new and used models.
And a ‘strobist’ list is in the works – expect more info on Yongnuo, LumoPro, the old Nikon speedlights and some other models, e.g. the 285HV.
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.
The new model replaces the old SB-600 from 2004. Priced at $329 it’s an expensive flash but it comes with a rich feature set.
The SB-700 flash even changes the rules of the game as it introduces the top-grade feature of a wireless master mode to the middle class. Yes, you can control other speedlights with this new flash, that’s something the precursor was not capable of.
The new Nikon SB-700 arrived today with overnight express! The in-depth review will take some time, but here’s an unboxing video of Nikon’s new external flash and successor to the speedlight SB-600.
It shows the unpacking, installing of batteries, powering on, flash head adjustment, and finally size comparison with Nikon’s SB-900 and the predecessor SB-600 flash.
Nikon SB-700 – First Impressions
Some first impressions from the unpacking – there was no chance yet to test the SB-700 flash really:
- the SB-700 feels like an SB-900 in SB-600 size
SB-700 available now in US!
Prices are around $350 to $370, which is higher than the official introduction price of $329. But they will still move fast, and it might take some time for the next batch to arrive? My local Best Buy expects the flash for January …
The SB600 was released in 2004, one year after the professional SB-800. The SB-600 features the same essential flash modes as the SB-800 but leaves out some gimmicks like the Multi (stroboscopic) mode.
At almost half the cost you don’t give up a lot that would be needed for everyday photography. It’s lacking some professional features such as a PC sync port, a socket for external power supply, and its guide number is somewhat reduced (but still more than sufficient for all but the most demanding situations).
The instruction manual of the SB-700 is available for download now from Nikon, and I could finally have a look at the guide number table. Before, all that was known was the GN at 35mm FX, and sadly that GN of 28 (m) is lower than the one of the SB-600 (GN30) it replaces.
But in contrast to the 600 there is sensor size detection available on the SB700 now, which means that it does not zoom to the 50mm reflector position when a 50mm lens is used with a DX camera like the D7000 or D90, but it zooms to around 70-75.
What are the new features of the SB-700 over the SB-600 that it replaces and how does it hold up against its big brother SB-900? Together with the specs (combined from various countries’ Nikon websites and now verified through hands-on testing) you’ll find here a side by side comparison post.
Nikon SB-700 versus SB-600
The SB-700 (shipping since December 2010) is the new mid-range offering from Nikon. It replaces the SB-600 which was introduced back in 2004 and itself replaced the SB-50DX from 2001. It features the same i-TTL technology as the SB-600 but drops all support for previous TTL generations.
I was asked to post more pictures taken in i-TTL mode with the YN465 so I used it more often than I’d normally do in the hot shoe of my Nikon D90 and not off camera. What I have here now is images with direct flash, fill flash and bounced flash. This post is an extension of the i-TTL review of the Yongnuo 465.
For some reason the SB-25 from Nikon is much less known as a strobist flash than its precursor SB-24 or the later SB-28 model. Compared to the SB-24, the Nikon SB-25 has 2 clear advantages: first, its manual mode goes down to 1/64, which means it has 2 stops more than its precursor with a minimum power setting of 1/16. Second, the SB-25 has a built in wide angle diffuser that allows 20mm coverage. SB-24 is missing this feature, its coverage starts at 24mm. The later SB-28 has only a 0.5 sec recycle time advantage at full power (6.5 vs. 7 sec), 18mm coverage and a somewhat more compact design to offer. The Nikon SB-25 is an excellent strobist flash, and therefore prices on eBay reflect that point today.