Nikon SB-910 review

Nikon SB-910 Professional Flash. Nikon SB-910 is suitable for all modern Nikon digital SLR cameras. If you find your camera in genealogy plate of Nikon cameras, then your camera can work perfectly together with the Nikon SB-910.

Nikon SB-910 Flash Review

Nikon SB-910 Flash Review


In order to fully understand all the features and subtleties of the Nikon SB-910 flash, you need to read the instructions, or remove it for several days. It so happened that I did not have instructions in the kit, which is a definite minus of the configuration. But since I shot for a long time on S, then sorting out the SB-910 settings was easier than ever since the SB-910 was almost a complete copy of the older flagship (in the past) professional flash S. My comparisons of SB-910 and S You will find a little lower, but for now the main points when using the SB-910 flash.


1. The flash can automatically recognize DX and FX format cameras, but if it was not recognized, then in the camera menu, you can set the type of camera on which the flash is used - DX or FX. Depending on this setting, a minimum focal length will be available when using the built-in diffuser card. For DX it will be 10mm, for FX it will be 14mm. Considering that 10mm for DX and 14mm for FX is a kind of wide-angle chapel for Nikon lenses, you shouldn't want more. The flash will be able to provide scene lighting for both the DX wide-angle Nikon 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor and the FX full-frame Nikon 14-24mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor.

2. The flash is very large 17-200mm zoom... In fact, when used on DX cameras, the zoom is available from 10 to 200mm, which is 20X. Considering that the most common focal length range for ordinary photographers working at full frame is 14-200mm (14-24, 24-70, 70-200), the flash can work with the most common optics.

3. The Nikon SB-910 has a very large guide number 34. The guide number, roughly speaking, is responsible for the flash output. This means that the flash is powerful enough, more powerful S, S and as powerful as Nikon S.

4. Good delivery: comes with a square case, two color filter, dispersion dome and foot stand.

5. Nikon SB-910 has all the little thingsthat are so indispensable when shooting: card diffuser, button illumination, quick reload, auto focus infrared light, color filter support, smart overheating program, quick latch on the shoe (there are other types, for example in Metz-48 instead of a latch - a nut).

6. The SB-910 flash is heavy - 410 grams, such a flash will be rather inconvenient to use on a younger line of cameras, such as Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D50, D3000, D3100, D5000, D5100 etc., since the flash introduces serious weight imbalance in the camera-flash kit.

7. Angle of rotation of the head - full 360 degrees. The swivel head is fixed with a button. You have to press the button quite hard to unlock the current position of the head.

8. One of the most important features in the SB-910 is possibility of command mode for controlling other flashes (Master), as well as operation in slave mode (Slave). Slave mode supports 3 groups and 4 channels. IN command mode SB-910 can control two groups of flashes via protocol Nikon CLS. This is a very important function for me, as the creative lighting system Nikon CLS will allow you to take interesting pictures with light sources located in different directions from the camera itself. Well and SB-910 has SU-4 mode, which allows you to control the flash on cameras without the flash command mode.

9. SB-910 supports fast FP synchronization with exposures up to 1/8000, this is an indispensable thing, when shooting in the afternoon with flash... The flash has special connectors for external power supply and control via a cable - for studio and serious professional photography - these are very important details. The connectors are covered with rubber bands, an ordinary user is unaware of their existence.

10. Nikon SB-910 has three different light fill modes - standard, flat, center-weighted. The type of illumination of the front and back objects, as well as their intensity, depends on the choice of the template. All other characteristics and features of the flash can be easily found on the manufacturer's official website, for example here.

Nikon Sb-910 illuminated with an umbrella on the clearance from the top left

Nikon Sb-910 illuminated with an umbrella on the clearance from the top left


Disadvantages of Nikon SB-910:

1. The kit does not include instructions. The case that comes with the kit is not designed to carry the flash on your belt or photo bag. For example, in Nikon S In the kit came a cover that is comfortable to wear on the belt, and when the flash is not used on the camera, quickly put the flash in the holster case. For me personally, it’s important to have such a cowboy flash holster.

2 IN Nikon SB-910 no battery indicator.

3. The overheating indicator turns on after 20 shots of the Nikon SB-910 at full power 1/1 - not enough for a professional flash. Also, the overheating indicator cannot be turned off.


Personal impressions:

The flash is very similar to Nikon S... Perfectly assembled, you really feel professionalism. The Made in Japan lettering is pleasing to the eye. The menu is really, very convenient, button illumination is not particularly needed. As always, recharge rates are highly dependent on batteries - don't believe in all these races of recharge rates of 2.3 seconds, better stock up on a good set of rechargeable batteries. The Nikon SB-910 is a photographer's tool that you want to use all the time.


Nikon SB-910 and Nikon SB-900 Flash Comparison

Comparison of SB-910 and SB-900

Comparison of SB-910 and SB-900

The most important difference in the SB-910 and Nikon S is the implementation of thermal protection control. When working with Nikon SB-900 with the overheating mode on, the flash after a series of firing simply goes into cooling mode, the overheating image appears on the display. At the same time, neither switching on, nor off, or any other dances with a tambourine will bring the SB-900 to life. It's a disaster for dynamic shooting. Try to explain to the young at the weddingthat you need to wait a couple of minutes for the flash to cool down ... It's even worse that the SB-900 starts beeping terribly when it overheats, this is also not acceptable, especially when shooting in the temple, weddings etc. When using the SB-910, the flash overheats at the same rate as the SB-900, but does not turn off, but simply blocks the flash. This is also very bad, especially when shooting important - imagine - the flash works, but does not give a light pulse. Overheating greatly affects the nerves of the photographer and the subjects - in my opinion, this the biggest flaw SB-910. Of course, the SB-910 seems to be better than the SB-900, but very serious advantage of the SB-900 above the SB-910 is the fact that the SB-900 can turn off thermal protection and sound. I have been shooting for two years on the SB-900 with the thermal protection turned off, sometimes I shoot very intensely, and there is nothing for the flash, it gives impulses even when the temperature goes off scale - after all, for a real professional, a successful shot is much more important than saving on equipment (I managed to melt to smithereens Metz-48) The thermal protection on SB-910, alas, cannot be disabled.


Also, in the SB-910, the sound control function in the slave mode is more conveniently implemented - you no longer need to go into the menu and turn the sound on or off (as is done in the SB-900), but just press one sound control button. An audible alert in slave mode tells you when the flash has recharged - an indispensable thing for creative lighting, strobe lovers will understand me.

Button changes - one button on the SB-910 was reprogrammed, and it now launches the flash menu, in the SB-900 it was necessary to press and hold the OK button for this. Also, the very control of the buttons has been slightly changed, but on the SB-900 and on the SB-910 the control is very, very intuitive. Everything incomprehensible must be looked for in the instructions.

The zoom (zoom) of the SB-910 is noticeably quieter than that of the SB-900. The 900-tka is generally very noisy when it is turned on and initialized.

Another positive aspect of the SB-910 is color plastic filterswhich are very easy to install on the SB-900 were gelatin filterswhich are rather inconvenient to install on a plastic diffuser. True, it’s easier to buy other filters for the SB-900 than for the SB-910.

Nikon Sb-910 illuminated with an umbrella to the clearance from the top right

Nikon Sb-910 illuminated with an umbrella to the clearance from the top right

Here are the prices for the Nikon SB-910:

All Nikon SB-910 Prices


Conclusion

The Nikon Speedlight SB-910 is an excellent professional flash, a slightly improved version of the SB-900. To all lovers, I highly recommend S, and for professionals I do not particularly recommend getting an SB-910 if you have an SB-900.

Thank you for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 199, on the topic: Review of the Nikon SB-910

  • Vladimir

    What lens advise for night shooting of the city. No flash on Nikon d7000.

    • PhotoInterSeller.olx.ua

      I recommend the Sigma AF 30mm f / 1.4D EX “medium format” lens for good reasons, or, as a matter of fact, I recommend you the Nikkor AF 35 f / 1.8G lens. An offense against the DX format (crop factor).

    • Michael

      Tripod

  • Elizabeth

    Tell me which batteries are better to use for sb-910?

  • Nicholas

    Please tell the lover, there is Nikon d5200 and Nikkor 16-85 vr2. What focal lengths in terms of my DX matrix support 700 and 910? And are both flashes compatible with my camera in terms of focus, or maybe some other parameters? Thank you in advance )

    • lech

      sb-700 in DX supports up to 120mm, sb-910 up to 200mm. all other parameters (whatever they are) are also compatible.

  • anonym

    Hello, I have a Nikon D5200, a lens 50mm1.4 g I want to purchase an external flash. I plan to take pictures of children, and in the future to change kakmera. I still take myself 35mm 1.8, which should I take? considering Sat 910, this will be my first. and how will it work on the d5200?

    • Alexander Malyaev

      Answered in the topic about the D5200.

  • Vsevolod

    Gentlemen! Who has the 910th ... When the “center-weighted” mode is selected, the flash does not see a focus longer than 85mm. Who faced?

    • Madness scif

      I have not noticed yet. in full frame and crop modes in center-weighted - all the rules .... the only thing I have in three years the lamp has died

  • Madness scif

    the idea of ​​a complete set - sb910, bought in 2012 from the Emirates came with a vertical cover that perfectly hung on a belt ... but sb910 bought in 2015 in Kazakhstan (official delivery from Moscow with a 1 + 1 year guarantee) - already comes with a stupid "case" ... and by the way, the plastic from which the case is assembled is also different ... in the “old” sb910 it does not creak or dangle better. Another plus of the 910 sb2015 rings when charging, like the old sb800, though not so noisy. in general, everything described above does not in any way affect daily work

  • Vladimir

    please tell me in S mode the maximum shutter speed without flash 2000 and when connecting 200 how to fix

  • lech

    if the carcass allows, then set the carcass to fast sync mode.

    • Vladimir

      thank you

  • Mikola

    Bought 910 in Israel. Fotofilm store in Tel Aviv. The seller laid out without instructions. He brought it upon request. So there is a flash instruction. Only something muddied. Demand! The customer is always right! Our mentality is shovel.

  • Bah

    Good afternoon! I use sb700 older than 3 rockies, an obtective of 17-55 f2.8, I’m happy to know, I’m pleased with the tip, a shy little conic, in front of 700 sv400 boules, it’s also convenient. But eating in another, having bought my own TV set of 70-300 bp2, I think the 700k TV is weak, will you really have to buy me a serial 900x, can a 700k deal with a TV set? Crazy.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In the range of 120-200 mm it can’t cope, SB-700 is simply not designed to work with these focal lengths.

      • Bah

        Dyakuyu, I’m not really in my heading, but I’m less tormented by a short supply. I want to remember the lens 17-55 f2.8 for a new 16-80vr f2.8-4 nanocrystal. Do you need to be careful, if you don’t succumb, ??? Crazy.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          For shooting people - I don't see the point at all.

  • anonym

    Hello, do I have a Nikon D-200? Will the Sb-910 flash fit it? Thank you in advance.

    • Pastor

      Perfect fit. Yesterday I just bought myself such a carcass :) It works with all modern Nikon puffs and glasses, so the SB-910 will work perfectly.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it does.

  • Tanya

    thank you)

  • Tanya

    I bought an adapter M-42 to the TAIR -11-A lens and it does not fit what to do?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      To sell. Buy KP-A / N, install instead of what is now on the lens, most likely there is KP-A / 42. Specify an e-mail to receive replies to e-mail.

  • Tanya

    thanks OK)

  • Oleg

    Hello! Is it possible to turn off the flash pulses of the SB-910, and use only the backlight?

    • NE

      There is

  • anonym

    How many joules does the SB-900 \ 910 accumulate and give, and for comparison, the SB-800 / And then there are a lot of videos where, in full puff at the same angle of 910, the SB-800 overexposes - that is, it gives more light. What do you think the capacitor is more or less capacious than 800?

  • anonym

    Good day! Has anyone compared the performance of the SB-910 to the SB-5000? Interested in how 5000 with real protection against overheating ... .. or the cooling system in 5000 is neither one nor the other and 910 is in no way inferior ... I choose myself from these two puffs. I need a flash to withstand about 500-600 puffs in an hour. Please advise with the choice. (puff for pairing with D700, 24-70 / 2,8).
    Thanks in advance….

    • anonym

      Interested in the case of 5000 with real protection against overheating ... - the question is if the heating sensors were removed so as not to turn off at the wrong time? Do not understand your request in another way

    • Yuroin

      About what

  • anonym

    You asked a mane and without meaning vlpros. It is of interest to you if this declared cooling of the lamp for 5000 is effective compared to 910. I’ve rummaged myself .. Maybe you found a sensible explanation with the autopsy that, for example, 5000 invented a run of hot air from a puff tank?

  • Olga

    Good day! I gave a model, but I don’t get it. Do you need to know, can you know the instruction?

  • Jury

    Hello! Please tell me, is there a shutdown mode for thermal protection in the SB-800? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    • Michael

      Hello! There is no shutdown of thermal protection in it, as well as thermal protection itself

      • Vitaly N

        Mikhail, you are so intrigued that you could not resist and climbed to watch. However, it is - in the inverter circuit. Another question is, could anyone make it work ... And yes, it is not disabled.

        • Michael

          In the instructions about her, not a word even worked for me once) Schemes, I honestly did not see

        • Jury

          Thank you. I choose which flash to buy. In the description of Arkady Shapoval it is said that thermal protection is disabled in the sb-900. And in this mode you can take off for a long time. If you know, then answer how the overheating affects the sb-800, if the protection does not turn off, then what is the intensity of use? That is, when overheating, the flash can burn, or is all work blocked? Thanks in advance.

          • Jury

            Thanks everyone! I see from the answers that it is difficult to make the sb-800 flash turn off. Can someone else tell me? I would like more feedback on the experience of using sb-800 and sb-700, I choose between them. I thank everyone who participated in my request.

          • Michael

            No effect. A lot of flashes bu with melted glass and broken zoom (for the same reason). She puffs until she dies.

          • Vitaly N

            How are you going to use it? If you are afraid of overheating, then choose anyway from a professional 800, 900, 910. 700 amateur flash. Or maybe it’s easier to raise the ISO and not push the ceiling where it does not help?

  • Alexander

    Hello. I am a professional photographer with 37 years of experience, a passionate amateur photographer. He started, who remembers, with a camera "Kiev" and since then the hobby has grown into a profession. I still shoot on film for myself, for the client - medium format from Hasselblad, I work and use several systems at once (Canon and Nikon). Until recently, he headed a department on one of the central channels, often he himself was engaged in reportage photography and video shooting (with assistants). Previously, I had to shoot events. I am happy to read your site Radozhiv, write interesting reviews, I am convinced that almost everything you write about is true. Recently I bought a new flash SB-5000, and so, after 900 and 910 - this is heaven and earth. Finally, they heard us, I have never experienced problems with overheating, I will not say anything for the reliability, but it is assembled very tightly, nothing backlash, in general, I advise you to try and take it for a test. Trust me, it's worth it. Sincerely, Alexander

    • Olga

      Thank you very much for your comment!

  • Olga

    Good afternoon, Arkady! What can you say about the SB 5000? Too bad there is no review.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      All in all a good flash, but it has a built-in cooler which I don't like and is also difficult to repair. In principle, I would take it whenever possible, but I have sb-900 and sb-910, I see no point in changing them to sb-5000. I think that a new interesting and necessary feature is a radio receiver / transmitter for synchronization built into the sb-500.

      • Olga

        I don't see 910 and 900 on the Ukrainian market, there were 600, but alas, either repair or new. I shoot a lot. What does built-in cooler mean? You need to quickly decide to buy.

        • Novel

          So the fan was stuck into the flash so that it wouldn't get warm.

        • Ivan

          If you had a 600, then a logical replacement for it is the 700. Why do you need a professional flash? Those who choose it don't ask questions about its functionality.

          • Olga

            Because I shoot a lot in a dark room.

            • Ivan

              Do you think the 700 cannot handle a dark room? A professional flash differs from the usual one, not by increased brightness of illumination, but by other qualities that are necessary specifically for professional use.

            • Novel

              Then some Godox AD360 or something from Prophoto with an open lamp. This is if the task is to illuminate the banquet hall during filming, some kind of huge puff into the ceiling.

              • Olga

                Godox AD360 will not work. I am an animal photographer. I have my own nuances. The question is already closed. Thanks for the advice.

  • Joseph

    what is the price of the flash NIKON SB 910

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