Nikon - SB-500 AF Speedlight External Flash

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Control the light around you to create professional shots with this Nikon Speedlight SB-500 AF 4814 external flash that features a high-intensity LED light to provide steady, uniform and balanced illumination at your choice of 3 output levels.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Nikon Speedlight SB-500 AF External Flash
  • Soft case
  • Speedlight stand
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (83 out of 83)

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Features


Compatible with select Nikon cameras

Including D750 and D810 models, to optimize the lighting in each shot.

Provides extra illumination

For high-definition video shooting and still photography.

Simple controls

Include only a few buttons for ease of use.

Wireless connection

To your camera using commander or remote mode.

i-TTL technology

Tailors the characteristics of the flash to each individual shot.

3 output levels

Include quarter-, half- or full-power for customizing the brightness of your lighting.

Adjustable head

Tilts 90° upward and rotates 180° left and right.

Battery operated

For a reliable power source (2 AA batteries required, not included).


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 83 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well-made Flash

    Posted
    DoubleR
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    The Nikon SB-500 works so well with my Nikon D750 DSLR that I bought a second one for two-flash photo shoots. It is compact, well-made, and works flawlessly on the Nikon DSLR's hot shoe or off of the camera using Nikon's Commander mode. Battery life is much better than it was with a flash I had used in the past. The flash is full of features at a good price. I use it primarily as a fill flash with Nikon's 200-500mm lens for bird photography, and it seems to provide plenty of power for this use. Included are a well-made soft case and a tiny flash stand. The stand holds the flash upright while off the camera and I have successfully used it for product photography and for macro photography of mushrooms. Unless you need a more powerful flash, I highly recommend the SB-500. It is a high-quality flash that is easy to use and meets my flash photography needs well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Learning to love flash photography

    Posted
    outoffocus
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this flash to use with my Nikon P7000. I never like the flash effects from the built in direct-on flash and always wanted a Speedlight for the camera - which I love. Very much a novice photographer but it didn't take me long to see the results of different approaches to using the flash. Small and light enough for use with the P7000 which is not a large camera. I would recommend this flash to anyone who finds they can't always shoot in natural light. I also considered the new, smaller SB-300 but read a number of reviews that convinced me the extra $ were worth it for the features of the SB-500. Based on my experiences so far, I would agree with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have!!

    Posted
    Navi

    While buying a flash for my Nikon D7000, i was deciding between SB500 and SB700, and eventually bought this one. The flash fires non stop, and is very powerful. Opposite to many reviewers who say that the video light is useless, it is VERY useful and effective. I will be buying an sb910 in the future but will still keep this one because of its simplicity, weight and size for everyday use. Sb910 will be used rarely. I highly recommend it. Best buy was prompt in store pickup option, my order was ready to pickup at 9.30, the store infact opens at 10. Very impressive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash

    Posted
    Knight86
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    I was going to go with the SB-300 at first but decided to go with the 500 after reading reviews and I must say I am glad I did. The LED lighting is great and the flash on this is more than enough for almost any setting. I've used in total blackout conditions as a test and it lights up the room like a 75 Watt lightbulb. More than enough flash for the average user and in some cases I would say even the pro user.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    buy this instead!!

    Posted
    RoguePincushion
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    just bought this flash to replace my SB-400 flash, and i am one happy customer!! the head rotates to several different positions like a more professional flash would, without putting a huge dent in the wallet. definitely an improvement for a novice shooter with little funding!! buy this over the entry-level flash, and you'll be set for a LOT longer before needing new gear!! also as an added feature this flash can be used quite easily off-camera with the included stand!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Flash works good. LED light has some problems.

    Posted
    AC228
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    No distance range gauge diffusor or bounce card built in . Flash has to be adjusted in camera settings. The flash does work well, however the LED light turns skin tones blue still have not fully determined if adjusting white balance will correct this issue. The LED light is bright. If wanting to use flash only I would buy the SB700. The compact design does make it light and easy to carry. I have used the flash both indoors and outside.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    another excellent deal

    Posted
    wisdom
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I also reviewed various sites and especially the Nikon Website finding this flash to be exactly what I needed. The flash head can be tilted up and down and also turned left and right accommodating various shooting angles. It was a perfect combo with my D5500. Sometimes the contacts need to be rubbed gently with fingers to clear up any lost connections with the camera. Locks in place with no issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid speedlight (flash)

    Posted
    BestBuyReviewer
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was trying to decide between the SB-500 and the larger versions of speedlights that Nikon offers. In the end I opted for this speedlight since it has LEDs on the front that I thought might help when I'm recording video. I've been very pleased with the flash. It turns on quickly, the head tilts up and down and swivels right and left. There is no diffuser included, but it's still a great little speedlight.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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