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. An excellent alternative between professional SB-800, SB-900, SB-910 and unpretentious SB-600. And the Nikon SB-700 is much better SB-400.

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 like 18-55mm, 18-105mm, 18-135mm, for such lenses the Nikon SB-700 flash will be enough for head-on illumination.
  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 SB-900, SB-910 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 SB-600The SB-700 has the ability to work in SU-4 mode and set on fire by any pulse flash.
  5. The 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 flash conditions.
  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 SB-900 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 SB-900, SB-910. 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:

The Nikon SB-700 is a great value for money flash. It is lightweight, fairly cheap, and very functional. Nikon SB-700 works great in i-TTL auto modes. Prior to Nikon SB-700, to be able to remotely control Nikon flash units on unsupported cameras Nikon CLShad to buy expensive SB-800, SB-900. Nikon SB-700 was able to collect pleasant controls SB-900, SB-910 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 SB-900, SB-910 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 is a great flash. Best price / quality option from Nikon. The flash works in slave and master modes, has good power, quick recharge and compact size. Recommend.

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

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Comments: 378, on the topic: Review of Nikon Speedlight SB-700

  • alenfeeling

    there are sat-600 and sat-700 - happy with both, but sat-700 is best)

  • Konstantin

    Thanks for the review. I use it in TTL mode. The instruction is written very incomprehensibly therefore only in the machine. Thanks to you, I learned about the flash mode of the SU-4. Where can I read, the principles of the SB-700? Thanks in advance for your reply.

  • Alexander

    Arkady, thank you very much for the review and for the site as a whole - very interesting and informative written! And this question torments me: I have a Nikon D5100 camera and an SB-700 flash. If you select Advanced mode in the flash settings (in the Remote menu), then it does not want to be ignited by the built-in camera in the Slave mode. Starts working only when SU-4 mode is selected. I tried to set TTL and manual modes on the camera - the result is the same. I did not find anything intelligible in the instructions. Is this by design, or am I doing something wrong? Thank you in advance!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Your Nikon D5100 camera does not support remote flash control. In more detail, which cameras can control flashes can be found in the Nikon CLS section.

  • Sergei

    I had a chance to somehow twist SB 600 and 700. Of course, 700ka is newer and something has been improved and added in it, BUT (!!!) a small, but very common moment - in 600ke the thread on the base is metal, and in 700 ke it is plastic. If you just use the stand, then no problem, but if you install it on a tripod, it seems to me that the thread will not last long. Perhaps it was just me that came across such a stand on the 700ke.

  • Sergei

    There is a D5100. I faced the choice of flash. Your opinion this will be a normal choice? Thanks !
    Loved the review!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, for the D5100 I think the sb-700 is the best choice. SB-900 and SB-910 are too heavy for the small D5100, while SB-600 and SB-800 are obsolete, and SB-400 has very limited functionality.

  • Yurko

    Arkadiy has a problem with me: a little bit of trouble in the I-TTL mode, ale exposition in the photo ma

  • Yurko

    Arkadiy has a problem: it’s a bit slower for the I-TTL mode, but the exposition in the photo may be correct right now. Whom can the booties on the right have? Crazy.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      They can not always be seen.

      • Yurko

        Well, I’ve just taken a special look. I in the dark and on the result and the result. Vzagalі

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Well, since TTL works, then everything is OK.

  • Yurko

    Crazy. Mabut everything is OK)

  • J-fx

    Arkady, please explain one thing - if the zoom of the sb-700 is up to 135mm, does this mean that I will not be able to fully use this flash in conjunction with the 80-200 2.8 lens, especially taking into account the D200 crop?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If you try, you can.

  • J-fx

    and what does it mean to try, is it possible in more detail? after all, 120mm and 300mm taking into account the crop - these are the values ​​that differ more than twice

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Put the SB-700 on a tripod, move away taking into account 300mm, remotely set fire to the SB700. More details in the Nikon CLS section. To shoot with 300mm with a flash is necessary and advisable very rarely.

  • Photonub

    Arkadiy on mom D90 in the past with a diaphragm and a showcase with a showcase maximum 1 / 60s. And short zrobiti I can’t be independent of the winter diaphragm. Who can have a problem?

  • Photonub

    Dyakuyu for such operative and tsikavu vidpovid! Far frame!

  • Catherine

    Arkady, good afternoon. I have a Nikon D7000 camera, now I am facing a choice of flash. I'm not a pro yet, nor am I working in this direction. What will you advice me?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I advise you to shoot more, choose less. SB-700 will be a good flash for professional tasks.

  • Catherine

    Wrong :) I’m not a pro yet, but I work in this direction, I shoot a lot, mainly portraits and events. I also tend to the 700th, but I think whether she will cope with the tasks if she is professionally engaged in photography?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Cope, why can't she cope?

      • Catherine

        ;) the store is advised to take the 910th. And I doubt it ... So I decided to ask the opinion of the pros.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Well, of course, they advise taking 910, it’s also more expensive, they make profit, and, probably, the consultant is a retired professional photographer. If the case, yes 910 is better, but 700tki is enough for the main tasks.

  • Alexander

    Hello Arkady, thanks for your articles, I learn a lot of new things! I want to ask me the Nikon D5100 and SB 700, what do you think is better to buy in the future, another SB 700 or SU 800?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If I were you, I would take another flash.

  • BACH

    Privit all! Say whether you’re affectionate like this one. Having bought 700 months, in SU-4 mode I’ll respond to Nikonom and I don’t respond to Sony, while the Nissin 626 mark 2 in slive mode will respond to all cameras, go through the phone. if it’s not so much about SU-4, does it seem like the same function is in the same SLIVE mode ??? Crazy.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      SU-4 works like a normal light trap, it should be ignited by almost any flash.

  • BACH

    Thanks, then the problem with puff: - ((

  • Sergei

    Good day, Arkady. I could only find Chinese-made products on sale. Tell me, please, are they of another production, or is everything just China? How are Chinese in quality? Thank you in advance.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I have not seen another production, I can’t give a strict answer. Given that the flash from this review is also from China, the quality is not bad.

  • BACH

    Sorry again, I'm still talking about the SU-4 on the 700. It is set on fire by all cameras except the phone in manual mode, and in TTL it only reacts from Nikona. I don’t know how it should be? Or am I something wrong …………

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The phone most likely has a diode flash, so the flash does not ignite. In TTL only from flashes on Nikon cameras. More details in the Nikon CLS section.

  • BACH

    Thank you again, sorry for the stupidity, since this is my first multifunctional puff from Nikon, before that was the simple Nikon SB-400. By the way, I recommend it, without a failure and very mobile, it’s enough for the family. ALREADY FAYA SPALAHUIKA: - )).

  • Serhio

    I tried to light the SB 910 using the D90 and D7000 cameras. Only works with the internal flash.

    Settings:
    1) C
    2) ”-”
    3) Group A
    4) Channel - 1

    On flash:

    1) Remote
    2) Group A
    3) Channel - 1
    Do not tell me how to do this (if this is possible at all)?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      That's right, because the internal flash gives command impulses. More details in the Nikon CLS section.

  • Vladimir

    Hello.
    I have a Nikon d5100 and am going to purchase an SB-700. Can you tell me if such a bundle will have the ability to "fast synchronization (FP)"?
    Thank you.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No. Will not.

  • man

    Hello Arkady!
    My question is, do you advise buying 700, and how much is it inferior in rate of fire from 910? I just have to shoot a lot of reports

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Not inferior. Yields in power.

  • Mahal Makhalych

    I am getting acquainted with your resource. Very interesting!
    I liked the review recommendation. To some extent, I decided on the choice of light for the first time (or whatever it will be)
    Thank you for the good stuff.

  • Aliks

    Does it work only in TTL-BL mode? or just TTL too?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It works both in that and that separately.

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