Nikon Speedlight SB-700 Review

For the opportunity Nikon Speedlight SB-700 Flash Review many thanks Sergey Svirida.

Type of flash Nikon Speedlight SB-700

Type of flash Nikon Speedlight SB-700

Nikon SB-700 is an advanced amateur flash. A great alternative between professional S, S, S and unpretentious S. And the Nikon SB-700 is much better S.

The flash has a fairly compact size and a number of good properties, such as:

  1. Flash zoom from 24 to 120mm. This is a good indicator. Often, amateurs use lenses of the type 18-55mm, 18-105mm, 18-135mm, for such lenses the Nikon SB-700 flash will be completely enough for backlighting.
  2. The flash may work in command mode Master and control other flashes that support the creative lighting system Nikon CLS. The flash can control two groups of flashes A and B. More advanced S, S can control three groups of flashes simultaneously.
  3. The flash works perfectly in slave mode with Nikon CLS. I set fire to the SB-700 without any problems using the built-in flash on my Nikon D700.
  4. Unlike SThe SB-700 has the ability to work in SU-4 mode and set fire to any flash, even the flash from a mobile phone.
  5. Nikon SB-700 has a built-in reflector card and built-in diffuser, which are hidden in the flash head. A diffuser is a very useful thing that helps out in difficult conditions when working with a flash.
  6. Comes with a flash two filters and a large diffuser. And in the kit there is a foot stand for the flash and a square case. It’s convenient to mount the flash on the foot and place it on a tripod to create creative lighting. But S has a cover that can be comfortably worn on a belt, unlike a cover Sb 910, SB-700. The Nikon SB-700 kit is pretty decent.
  7. The flash works on 4 batteries or rechargeable batteries. Recharging is fast, recharging is very dependent on the flash mode and the quality of the batteries or batteries.
  8. Of course, the SB-700 supports FP fast sync mode, which will allow you to shoot at any shutter speed up to 1 \ 8000s, which is very important for daylight.
  9. The SB-700 has a huge display on which all the settings are accessible shown. The SB-700 has a very nice flash switch.
  10. SB-700 has overheat protection. Bringing the SB-700 to overheat is very difficult, much more difficult than S, S. The overheat function is not disabled.
  11. The flash head rotates all 360 degrees, it is very convenient when working with lighting from the ceiling and walls. Also, the head rotates 97 degrees up / down.

Personal experience:

Nikon SB-700 is a great flash in terms of price / quality ratio. It is lightweight, reasonably cheap and very functional. Nikon SB-700 works great in i-TTL auto modes. Prior to the Nikon SB-700, to be able to remotely control Nikon flashes on cameras without support Nikon CLShad to buy expensive S, S. Nikon SB-700 was able to collect pleasant controls S, S and ease of use by amateur photographers with the ability to work with Nikon CLS. I am often asked what kind of flash to purchase, I always recommend to fans and advanced users of the Nikon SB-700. Professionals themselves all know what they need. I personally use S, S due to slightly more power and uptime in all conditions.

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And here are the prices for the Nikon SB-700:

All Nikon Speedlight SB-700 Prices

Conclusions:

Nikon SB-700 - great flash. The best price / quality option from Nikon. The flash works in slave and master mode, has good power, fast reloading and compact size. I recommend.

Help to the project. Thanks for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 369, on the topic: Review of Nikon Speedlight SB-700

  • anonym

    Tell me! I do not know what happened in the settings, but when shooting, the flash blinks three times. How to do what to remove? ((

    • Arkady Shapoval

      On the camera, turn off red-eye reduction

      • Olya

        Tortured with the menu D5100. There is Red-eye Reduction in the processing menu, but this is work with ready-made images, as I understand it. I can not find where you can remove (((

      • Olya

        foundaaaaa, thanks!

  • Max Vikhrov

    A bit about zoomErr (zoom error).
    For many, this error pops up after a fall, impact, or simply during operation.
    In the flash head, the mechanism, which includes the flash position sensor at the top point, is responsible for the positioning (zooming) of the lamp. This is the “weakest link”. The flash falls, and a maaaaalenky plastic mask (4x4mm) breaks off, on which the position sensor is oriented. for clarity, it is made in the form of a letter P, in the middle of which in the upper position this plastic mask enters. If the flash turns on, flashes, the motor buzzes, but the lamp in the head is frozen in the upper position - you are guaranteed to have a problem with its position sensor. In principle, it is treated either with superglue or by fusing a new plastic, I don’t recommend fixing it myself, although if your hands grow out of the right place and are not afraid that you will be shocked with electricity a couple of times - you can climb)
    On YouTube, there is an instruction on how to reset the voltage in capacitors, though not for the sb-700, but in essence the principle is the same for all flashes.
    SB-700, in principle, is quite reliable, I personally have a claim to plastic and a swivel mechanism, but regarding microchips and assembly inside everything is on par.

  • anonym

    Tell me, the problem has appeared! Over the past couple of weeks, I had to photograph events a lot. Especially after one event, the flash began to overheat. Accumulators or batteries become so hot that they cannot be picked up ((at the same time, it started to happen when I start taking pictures every time, although not much in time, after half an hour, an hour, the flash overheats and turns off ((It’s fast It’s possible to be connected, for example, with batteries ?! Perhaps you need to use batteries no higher than how much mAh is there? Or does it still have no effect? ​​Although they were previously used in this flash. Or, perhaps with a new charger device ?! Help once brother! It is terrible to lose a flash, and with such prices.

  • Sergei

    Hello everyone! This is how it happened. I took off the sb600 on the nikon d5000 and I didn’t know grief for half a year. I became the owner of the second-hand d700 camera and I was horrified to notice that the flash doesn’t work randomly with different frequency and power. I put a Kenon flash on the d700 friend. with this all the norm. there’s no place to get a nikon flash to check if the shoe sins. sold hearts sb 600 in the hope that the new will not be naughty. there are 2 questions !!!! 1) who knows what the problem is most likely? 2) I look at the sb700 and sb900 on the alder, the difference is not big in price. But only 900 type pros and 700 advanced amateur. To d700 and not super pro shooting what to take? shooting dusty banquets and private photosets

  • Sergei

    I continue to write that I sent a camera from Odessa to the capital. Through the Paparacia store. I will unsubscribe as the diagnosis is voiced. And while on the forums I read that there are problems with the shoes in the D200 and d700.

  • Sergei

    and so friends. replacement of a shoe !!! 1600 UAH

    • lech

      Congratulations. Good luck to you pictures.

  • Olga

    Good day! Tell me, please, is it worth taking the sb700 flash to nikon5200? Thank you in advance for your response!

    • Sergei

      I just had such a kit D5200 and SB-700, works fine in such a bundle. If the money is normal, then take it.

  • Igor

    After repairing the SB-700 in the company’s service center (the batteries were leaking), the flash was restored, but a strange thing happens: when working with the Nikon D5100 in iTTL mode, the flash occurs, but the subject is lit only when shooting from a short (up to 1 m) distance, at a greater distance, despite the flash, the effect is the same as when shooting without a flash (only the color balance is slightly shifted towards red) - both in the automatic mode of the camera, and in manual mode. In this case, the indication on the flash corresponds to the correct TTL-BL mode, the lens zoom (18-55 standard) is being worked out. In manual flash mode (M), everything works flawlessly, in GN mode, the distance to the subject is perfectly taken into account - in general, a mystery. It does not depend on the exposure time, at 60 the flash occurs, and it is rather bright, but in the iTTL mode the impression is that someone closes the flash with his hand. There are no any lead or lag of the flash, the contacts are clean, the batteries are charged. Should I be dragged again for repairs to check the TTL system, or maybe there’s a secret in setting up the camera? I reset the flash to the factory settings several times, it does not help.

    • Dmitry

      yes, carry in ss

  • Denis

    Hello, Arkady. I have a Nikon 3100, tell me, to use the SB 700 remotely, will I need to use the built-in flash to light an external one? I don’t understand anything about this ... At what distance will it fire at the minimum power of the built-in flash 1/32, and will such a tandem even work?

  • andrey.ali

    Who met the error: the large letter “M” and the exclamation mark are lit on the screen. Type need to go into manual mode. And during this, the shutter fires and the flash does not flare. It took 10 minutes, everything began to work perfectly. Vdoma decided to repeat. He made 300 frames at different focal lengths with different impulses, there was nothing like that ... in general, he failed 700 at the most important moment.

    • NE

      I also came across this when the flash was installed on the radio synchronizer (receiver), and the transmitter was turned off. Turned on the transmitter - the flash turned into TTL

    • NE

      So it turns out that if the flash is installed in the camera’s shoe, then for some reason the flash most likely does not see the camera, therefore, it says that it can only work in manual mode, which is logical. Those. classic: either there is contact where it should not be, or it is not there where it should be

  • Nicholas

    I have not bought a flash yet, but it’s interesting to know whether it is possible to use flash bracketing from a distance of 3-5 meters on a sunny day, in high-speed flash mode? And will the photograph taken blink before or during the second frame, the shooting speed is 6k / s? Tell me how to set the flash correction, if the sun illuminates the photograph at an angle of about 45 degrees and the flash shines on the forehead?

  • Maria

    Hello. Recently, more and more often invite to rent at home, but as a rule in the rooms there is a big problem with lighting. Here I choose a flash. I just can’t decide between 700 and 900. Under what conditions can 700 not be enough? I rent children and families on Nikon d700 ... I am really looking forward to your reply. Thanks a lot in advance!

    • Alexey

      For home, i.e. small rooms - SB-700 is enough for the eyes. I recently purchased it, I’m not overjoyed)

  • Anatoly

    It is felt that Arkady rested on this review ...
    There is not even a leading flash number and descriptions of basic functions.
    And the flash is very good, not very different from the top in capabilities
    and much - for the price. I also have sb-800, so I know what I'm talking about.

    • Valentine

      And it is quite different from the top ones (sb-800, although professional, but not at all the same as the top sb-910), and the leading number of different manufacturers manipulate how convenient it is. However, the leading number of flashes is indicated by Arkady in the comparative table from the article “Which flash is better for Nikon”. Perhaps yes, the sb-700 can compete with the sb-800 in something, but it is decently weaker, which, in fact, is felt well in a number of situations. For the amateur, a very good option (and quite compact, and suitable for a large number of tasks, and CLS, which is actually very good), as indicated (and not only on this page). She worked on other systems for me, and not only in M, but, for example, in an interesting GN mode.

  • Alexander

    Hello! I am the owner of this model. Once I was interested in the opportunity to set fire to this flash in su mode from the flash of a smartphone, but this attempt was unsuccessful. The built-in flash of the camera fires without problems. What could be the problem?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The flash of the smartphone, most likely a diode, does not create too sharp an impulse. The smartphone should have a xenon flash. But even so, the SU-4 operates on the first pulse, and the camera works with trial pre-pulses.

  • Hius.

    Hello everyone! From film times, the Fil-107 flash (without a camera trap) has remained. Hiring a Nikon D5000. Please advise how to cross a hedgehog and a snake? Through r / s (Yang Nou) with connection via sync cable does not work. Perhaps you need high voltage ignition? And what design? Sorry to throw away the old woman.

  • Vladimir

    I want to buy Nikon F4 and I'm interested in the question of its compatibility with the SB-700 which I own, is it compatible? If so, how much? In the article, this issue was bypassed. On the Nikon website and in the flash manual, I did not find clear information. I would also like to know its compatibility with old, manual Nikon film cameras, as well as autofocus amateur film SLRs of the latest generations

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There is no full compatibility, as the SB-700 belongs to the new I-TTL flashes, which we learned to work with only from Nikon D70, D2x. But it will work in manual mode.

  • Alexander

    I have 2 flashes of sb-600 and sd-700. set them in manual mode at full power. And I can say for sure that the 700th is a little brighter (about a third of the step). And according to the leading number, it turns out the 600th. How can this be explained. The flashes are both serviceable and the lamps are in excellent condition.

  • Makunochimaster

    Will the SB-700 or SB-600 work with the Nikon F-301 film? (aka N2000)

  • Uncle Fedor

    An important minus point is the lack of a battery indicator - how without it? This already leads to the cancellation of the purchase. Why didn’t you write? I thought you were an honest dude, but it turns out that you, too, like everyone else, need to be filtered. Basically, the whole class, all the articles are good, but I didn’t expect to filter it ... well, nothing — all people are the same - someone has more, someone has less than that ...

    • Vitaly N

      Honest dude, find at least one Nikon flash with this indicator. Yes, and others, too, not everyone has. Yes, and to make such an indicator honest does not work, given the variety of power supplies that you can put there. At least 4 different types.

      • Uncle Fedor

        with an INDICATOR, NOT AN Honest Dude, THERE IS, EVEN MY YUNG 685 WITH AN INDICATOR WHICH I WANT TO SELL FOR A REASON - it gets very hot - the scam is next, so I'm trying to choose. How to shoot a wedding without an indicator, or something else? No answer. There are moments that need to be covered in the description, because of their great importance and, for him, I noticed the manifestation of trickery at different points - it does not cover completely, only it cannot avoid obvious negative sides - you have to say - well, he doesn’t like it, he even tries an explicit guno doesn’t like to veil the type. Noticeable - very noticeable, so I put him in sight and I think he’ll get better. He doesn’t want to offend the manufacturer too much, but even if he is lied to the good side, then who will go after that, so he maneuvers. I would write honestly, but I doubt that he forgot about it, that this is so - well, there is no indicator and how to be - yes, hell knows. Ah, you better be quiet - don't annoy me - dude

        • Vitaly N

          Nervous man, I repeat - Nikon does not have a charge indicator. Buy another Chinese and Uzbek.

        • Michael

          That's just your Chinese with an indicator and there is. All native Nikon-Canon flashes do NOT have a charge indicator. You don’t even have to light it, it’s like having a diaphragm in the lens.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Please be more polite in communication. You can express your thoughts and opinions about the technique and the review calmly, but without going over to insults. The following abusive comments have been removed.
          Of course, here is not all the information on the flash, but only an overview. All details, only in the manual on many pages.

      • BB

        By the way, yes, most likely because of different chemistry (and, accordingly, different voltages and discharge characteristics), this indicator is not set. Although it was possible to make a pre-critical indicator that would warn that the battery was about to sit down. Or, as in bat.blokov - choose the type of batteries through the menu.
        And so, the garbage comes out of the user's side: you learn about the dead battery when the flash turned off. When shooting in series (2-3 frames of Ch), you can still understand that the flash is on the verge of missing the second or third puff. When shooting frame by frame you will not know about it.

  • Vladislav

    Hello Arkady. I need your advice in such a situation. Recently got a Nikon D300S, which advise flash sb-700, or sb-900, both offer in the same condition at the same price, I am an advanced amateur photographer, which will be more suitable?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      For professional d300s it is better to take professional sb900

      • Vladislav

        Thanks a lot Arkady! My inner pros and cons (I was still thinking about sb-700) coincided with your advice, so now it’s good that I was not mistaken!

  • Olesya

    Good evening, Arkady! Tell me, please, what could be the problem? I recently acquired a SB-700 flash, bought a control unit. I use it on the Nikon d 90. In general, the flash fires every other time, or even less. After one operation, the overheat indicator appears and you have to wait until it disappears, and this is half a minute or more. And then again, one or two operations. Am I doing something wrong or is it a flash malfunction? Is it possible to do something about this ?! Tell me please. In despair, just .... ((

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Most likely this is a flash problem, the path to service.

      • Olesya

        Thanks for the answer!)

  • Mila

    Tell me, please, which sb 700 or SB-910 flash will work with the D3100? I need a flash to work in food photography, namely to freeze motion. I read many articles, I realized that my camera does not synchronize via TTL without the help of an additional synchronizer, but in this case there will be problems with the pulse? I'm already confused, please help me figure it out!

    • Neustrdm

      The D3100 cannot control external flash units using the built-in flash.
      This feature is available on the D70, D80, D90 and D7000 and above.

      The options are:
      1. Use the SB-700 or SB-910 on the camera in master mode (or an external SU-800 unit) to control other flash units (if you have several). Then you will need at least 3 bulbs: 1 on the camera as a master gives a control pulse to the other two (for example, on the right and left). The difference between 700 and 910: how many groups of other flashes she can control as a master: (SB-910: 3 groups, SB-700: 2 groups). Each group can have an unlimited number of flashes. A group is 1 or more flashes that receive their special power settings from the master. (e.g. exposure compensation -1)

      2. Use the internal flash + external SB-700 or SB-910 as a normal light trap (set the SU-4 mode on the external flash / ah and the manual mode on the internal flash and the minimum power: 1 \ 128).
      It will work only as an ignition, the power of the impusus on external flashes must be manually adjusted.

      3. Use a radio synchronizer. One part is placed on the camera shoe, the second on the flash shoe. There are both with and without iTTL support - just like igniting a flash. In this option, you will have to use the flash in manual mode and set its power manually (determining it experimentally from test shots). If you are lucky with the iTTL synchronizer, then the flash will work normally in auto mode.

      4. Drive on CLS and just rent for an hour or two a studio with professional flash lighting and manually adjust the power of each device. The synchronizer will be given there.

      By the difference between the SB-700 and SB-910: the maximum pulse power + the number of flash groups that it can control in master mode if you use CLS. SB-700 (or a couple of these) for a home studio, I am sure, will be quite enough.

      • Michael

        Still forgot about the sync cable)
        5. Buy a cable. Insert it into the shoe of the camera and flash. Everything will work as if the flash is on the camera. The only inconvenience in the wire

      • Arkady Shapoval

        This is a very good comment, but a person writes about TTL (not about CLS) and it is unlikely that he immediately realizes all these things.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Both flashes fit. The d3100 does not have high-speed synchronization, but you can freeze without it. Take sb-700 and train.

  • Igor

    Tell me. When operating as a slave flash in SU 4 mode, if the flash mode selector is in the TTL position, Auto mode is displayed on the flash monitor. No corrections can be made in this mode. How the parameters are measured, because, as I understand it, in the full TTL mode, the flash working in SU 4 does not work.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      SB-700 with SU-4 mode on must be switched to “M” mode and only manually controlled power

      • Igor

        See page 81 for instructions that the flash can also be used in Auto mode. Judging by the text, does the flash work with power equal to the control power? Do I understand correctly?

        • Igor

          Here

          • Igor

            See page 81 for instructions that the flash can also be used in Auto mode. Judging by the text, does the flash work with power equal to the control power? Do I understand correctly?

            !!!!! Experimentally figured it out myself. And I can state the following.

            Apparatus D 5100.

            In SU-4 mode, the Sb-700 slave flash switches the Auto mode when the switch is set to TTL. In this mode, the SB 700 operates at a power adequate to the control flash output, incl. built-in both in manual mode and in TTL. Those. when set in manual mode, the power of the built-in flash 1/32 SB 700 also gives 1/32. When installing the built-in-TTL - the corresponding power selected by the camera.
            I covered the built-in with my hand - the result has not changed.

            Thus (probably) it can be argued that in the SU 4 mode, the SB 700 slave flash can be controlled in TTL mode with the built-in flash even by the younger Nikon models. ???

            • Arkady Shapoval

              Unfortunately, this is not so, although it may seem so. I answered what's the matter below

            • Igor

              See page 81 for instructions that the flash can also be used in Auto mode.

              !!!!! Experimentally figured it out myself. And I can state the following.

              Apparatus D 5100.

              In SU-4 mode, the Sb-700 slave flash switches the Auto mode when the switch is set to TTL. In this mode, the SB 700 operates at a power adequate to the control flash output, incl. built-in both in manual mode and in TTL. Those. when set in manual mode, the power of the built-in flash 1 / 32- SB 700 also gives 1/32; 1/1 - respectively 1/1. When the built-in flash is in TTL control mode, the SB 700 flashes with the appropriate power selected by the camera.
              I covered the built-in with my hand - the result has not changed.

              Thus (probably) it can be argued that in the SU 4 mode, the SB 700 slave flash can be controlled in TTL mode with the built-in flash even by the younger Nikon models in both manual and automatic modes. ???

              Maybe I was wrong. Check, please.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            This is an automatic mode for older Nikon cameras. With new cameras (with all digital cameras except the D100) this mode will not work. In this mode, the SB-700 turns on when the control flash fires (for example, on-camera) and immediately turns off when the control flash turns off. Old cameras were able to dose the amount of light with a pulse duration, this is how the AUTO mode in SU-4 mode could be implemented. Now this is not relevant and it remains only the M mode for SU-4 or to switch to CLS already.

            • Igor

              Arkady, sorry. While you answered, I edited the message. Experiment and comment please.

              • Igor

                The fact is that I have a bunch of D 5100 and SB 700 working. And the flash power (slave SB 700) I can adjust remotely from the camera. Theoretically, it turns out that if you put an IR filter on a built-in flash (a piece of illuminated film), then without the built-in flash affecting the exposure, the command mode for one group will practically work.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                This is great, but it still works within the margin of error due to the principle described above)

              • Igor

                The fact is that this “error”, when using the proprietary nozzle SG-3IR, can make life easier for owners of SB 700 and Nikon junior models that do not support the full-fledged CLS command mode.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                It would be necessary to do a separate note about this, it was always believed that this was only on paper “auto” for old cameras

              • Igor

                Maybe you’ll conduct an experiment, because maybe it’s really an error and only for me? In order not to mislead people.

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