Tag Archives: SB-600
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.