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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 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.