Nikon Flash Lighting Solutions

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The Nikon R1 wireless close-up speedlight system

The Nikon R1 wireless close-up speedlight system enables superb, close-up lighting control with exceptional flexibility and innovative options. Designed especially for use with compatible Nikon i-TTL SLRs digital cameras, such as the D90, D80, and D5000, this system offers wireless control convenience. The built-in speedlights on the compatible digital cameras serve as the system's master controller. The combined result of the speedlights and the camera's built-in flash makes it easy to produce desired close-up lighting effects. Buy the Nikon R1 here or get the Nikon R1 here
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Nikon SB-400 AF SpeedlightNikon SB-400 AF Speedlight for Nikon - an intelligent and versatile external flash unit that provides i-TTL flash operation in a super-compact and ultra-lightweight body at an affordable price.

With its powerful guide number of 21, the SB-400 is an ideal flash unit for beginners in digital SLR photography, but it is also useful for hobbyists and professionals looking for a handy i-TTL flash unit offering an effortless bounce flash function.

The SB-400 has been specifically developed to provide photographers with an entry-level external flash unit which is compatible with i-TTL flash operation. When combined with cameras that are compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-400 is controlled in i-TTL and D40's M (manual) mode.

The SB-400's flash head can be tilted in 4 steps--horizontal, as well as 60, 75, and 90 degrees--and has a flash shooting distance range of between 60cm to 20m (depending on the camera's ISO setting). Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction and other flash modes can also be set on the camera body, enabling users to enjoy brighter and more natural lighting for better flash pictures. Street price $117.00. Buy the Nikon SB 400 here or get the Nikon SB 400 here

Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight for Nikon - A compact flash packed with impressive functionality inherited from the renowned SB-800. It serves as a solid base for the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used in combination with Nikon D70 or D2H digital SLRs.

When used in combination with Nikon's latest digital SLRs, the D90 or D5000, the SB-600 supports Advanced Wireless Lighting as a remote Speedlight that can be positioned as one of multiple remote flashes to significantly extend creative possibilities. To assist in such situations, the Speedlight SB-600 also has two Ready Lights located on both the left and right of the front that can be easily seen from a distance. The SB-600 can also emit an audible alert for further assistance.

Auto FP High-Speed Sync enables the use of Fill-Flash even in bright daylight with wide aperture settings for the achievement of outstanding results and new creative possibilities, including the effective blurring for of out-of-focus background elements. An optional color filter set SJ-1 is also available, allowing imaginative shooting to be pushed even further. Street price: $195.00. Buy the Nikon SB 600 here or Get the Nikon SB 600 here

Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight You'll be able to use the strobe directly on your camera via the hot shoe, or wirelessly as a Commander or Remote. Using the flash as a Commander allows you it to take control over other Nikon Speedlights, expanding your creative lighting options. As a Remote, it can be controlled by another Speedlight, or your camera's built-in flash. Its Quick Wireless Mode, with A:B light ratios, allows you to quickly adjust settings on multiple flash units -- giving you the ability to control two remote units in i-TTL mode. Buy the Nikon SB 700 here or Get the the Nikon SB 700 here

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon - A sophisticated flash unit / Special Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlightfunctions with NIKON D2H, D1 and D100 Digital Cameras / Supports up to 3 slave units TTL and Non-TTL Auto Flash (A) with film cameras Intelligent i-TTL system supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, including 3 remote i-TTL Speedlight groups controlled through the master SB-800 D2H and SB-800 wireless lighting system makes operation as simple as an on-camera Speedlight Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode delivers fill flash in bright light as needed FV Lock (Flash Value Lock) allows photographer to change the composition or zoom for the shot, while maintaining desired lighting of the subject Wide-area AF Illuminator covers D2H's 11 AF sensors Compatible with every AF Nikkor lens Power Source - Four 1.5 V (AA-size alkaline), AA (AA-size NiCd) or AA-size lithium batteries, Quick Recycle Battery Pack SD-800 holds a fifth AA - size battery for faster power recycling Dimensions - Width Approximately 2.8 x Height 5.1 x Depth 3.7 inch Weight without batteries - Approximately 12.3 ounces Batteries are not included. Must be purchased separately. Street Price: $445.00.  Buy the Nikon SB 800 here or Get the Nikon SB 800 here

Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight for Nikon - Powerful and versatile SB-900 Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlightworks as a stand-alone flash, featuring wireless operation as a Commander or wireless remote light source. Expanded Auto Power Zoom Coverage - The SB-900 provides zoom coverage from 17-200mm in the FX-format and 12-200mm coverage in the DX-format. Choose from 3 light distribution patterns - Improve light quality by selecting Standard for general illumination, Center-weighted for portraits, or for groups or interiors. User-friendly firmware updating - Allows uploading of performance enhancement developments to the SB-900 with select Nikon digital SLR cameras. Color gel filter identification - The SB-900 automatically identifies mounted color gel filters and adjusts the camera's auto white-balance setting with select Nikon digital SLR cameras. Flash Tube Overheat Protection - An added measure of safety is provided for sustained high-speed bursts. Drip-proof mounting foot cover (Water Guard) - for enhanced moisture protection (optional). Lens Coverage - 17 to 200mm (FX-format, Automatic mode); 12 to 200mm (DX-format, Automatic mode); 12 to 17mm (FX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed); 8 to 11mm (DX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed) Flash head rotates horizontally 180 to the left and right with click-stops at 0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180 Flash head tilts down to -7 or up to 90 with click-stops at -7, 0, 45, 60, 75, 90 Output per set of batteries - 110 Alkaline-manganese (1.5V); 230 Lithium (1.5V); 190 Ni-MH (2600 mAh) Street Price: $439.00. Buy the Nikon SB 900 here or Get the Nikon SB 900 here

Nikon SB-910 Professional Speedlight Nikon's SB-910 Speedlight unit, the most technically advanced Speedlight yet. The SB-910 makes the Nikon lighting mastery easier to operate including a menu navigation system, featuring a fresh, more simplified GUI (graphic user interface). There's a dedicated Menu knob with rapid access to customized settings also makes the flash operation simpler. There's also improved thermal protection which prevents overheating by slowing the recycle time down automatically rather than simply shutting the flash down during rapid firing.

Here's the side-by-side comparison for the current Nikon Speedlights

  SB-400 SB-600 SB-800 SB-900
GN ( ISO 100, 35FF) 69 ft, 21m @ 27mm 98 ft, 30m @ 35mm 105 ft, 32m @ 28mm 111 ft, 34m @ 35mm
Weight 4.5 ounces (127g) 9.6 ounces (300g) 12.3 ounces (350g) 14.6 ounces (415g)
Power 2 AA batteries 4 AA batteries 4 or 5 AA batteries, external 4 AA batteries, external
Recycle Time
3.9 seconds 3.5 seconds 6 seconds (4 with extra battery) 2.3 seconds (NiMH)
Flash Duration (max) 1/1300 NA 1/1050 1/880
Coverage 27mm (18mm DX) 14, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85mm 14, 17, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm 14, 17, 18, 20, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105, 120, 135, 180, 200mm
35mm TTL No Yes Yes No
DSLR D-TTL No Yes Yes No
I-TTL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Aperture No No Yes Yes
Automatic Flash mode No No Yes Yes
Manual Flash mode Yes (7 levels) Yes (7 levels) Yes (8 levels) Yes (8 levels)
Head Tilt Yes Yes Yes Yes
Head Rotate No Yes Yes Yes
AF Assist Yes Yes Yes Yes
High Speed Sync No Yes, Auto Yes, Auto Yes, Auto
Repeating Flash No No Yes Yes
Modeling Light No No Yes Yes
Sync Socket No No Yes Yes
LCD No Yes Yes Yes
Foot Style Flip lock Flip lock Flip lock Flip lock
Flash Value lock Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Color Info (requires CLS-capable body) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless (requires CLS-capable body) No Yes (I-TTL preflash) Yes (no preflash or I-TTL preflash) Yes (I-TTL preflash)
Street price  $117.00  $219.00  $549.00  $463.99
Other includes SS-400 soft case includes stand, supports filter set includes stand, filter set, diffusion dome includes stand, filter set, diffusion dome

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