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Nikon - SB-500 AF Speedlight External Flash-Angle_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well-made Flash

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    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

    I love it

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    Alimoh
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    Bought this for my D750 camera and it changed my indoor pics 10x. I used to have horrible pics when my subjects stand in front of the window. Their face and everything thing indoors goes dark while everything outside is bright. Using this speed light to bounce the light off the ceiling or walls brings out details inside while maintaining proper exposure for outside. I rarely use the flash directly on my subjects and found "light bouncing" to be my favorite way of taking pictures. It also comes with a dedicated LED light for movie taking. Wonderful light for the price. I like mine and have nothing negative to say.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Learning to love flash photography

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    outoffocus
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    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

    buy this instead!!

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Flash for the price

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    TAACMA
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    This is my first time using an external flash on a dslr. It is very easy to use and comes with a very informative manual. I find it greatly enhances my photos vs using the camera's attached flash. It does not add too much weight and is not cumbersome to store in my camera bag. In addition to the manual, you get a storage bag and flash stand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash

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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Flash works good. LED light has some problems.

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    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

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    wisdom
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    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)

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    BestBuyReviewer
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast response and bright video LEDs

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    Drakenwolf
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    This is a great flash for "3D" imaging. I use it for taking pictures of still objects to draw. It's also great for portrates with the ability to swivel the flash head and ability to move the flash up and down, it's all around flexibility is great for several picture taking senerios. The Ultra Bright LEDs for video making is very useful. You can use it with 3 light levels for any kind of lighting needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great bounce flash but doesn’t keep up

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    Logan
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    This flash is great. However it doesn’t keep up with speed photography. After about 8-10 consecutive shots the flash gives up and has to recharge itself. I had to think quick on my feet at a wedding I was shooting so all the shots weren’t ruined. But for slow paced photography this flash is fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great flash but you have to spend a bit more.

    Posted
    Jay963
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    I just invested in a new set up a Nikon d7500 and read a lot about lighting in how it will take your pictures up a notch. Believe the hype my first impression was why hadn't I invested sooner. Great lamp and easy to use. I give it a an A for all around use for photography.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding, Full Featured Flash

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    TechNet101
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    Bought this to improve the quality of my pictures on my D 3000. With in just a few minutes I was already taking high quality photos with a variety a flash angles and settings. If you need a versatile, easy to use, high quality flash, you simply cannot go wrong with this unit!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash. Remote Flash didn't work for us.

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    NikonRT
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    Great flash. Lightweight, love the angles and rotation. Nice and lightweight. We did have to upgrade to a SB-700, not a fault of this SB-500, but due to our needs of more remote flash capabilities. Our Nikon D5000 does not have a flash commander built in, so we needed the SB700 to have full remote flash capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT VERSATILE SPEEDLIGHT

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    JAKESFRIEND
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    THIS SPEEDLITE HAS DUAL CAPABILITIES...A LED VIDEO LIGHT AND DSLR FLASH ALL IN ONE..PLUS YOU CAN USE IT IN COMMANDER MODE, OR MANUAL FLASH...HEAD CAN SWIVEL 180 DEGREES.FOR BETTER BOUNCE FLASH THAN PREVIOUS MODEL SB400...SO FAR I LIKE IT...NOT TOO HEAVY EITHER

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This flash unit is everything I need

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    Scribo
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    I tried others, but sticking with a Nikon product has proven to be the best option. As easy to use as the buit-in pop-up unit on my camera, but much more versatile and produces much better portraits and light-fill outdoor shots. Small enough to fit in my camera bag. A bit pricey, but worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My First Speedlight Flash - Nice!

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    Carldoo
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    I am a newbie when it comes to photography, but this is a very nice flash to use with my Nikon 3100 camera. I can already see a remarkable difference in the light balance for my internal pictures. Although I've only tried a couple of its different settings, I cannot wait to see how this helps me for future photo sessions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It is a flash

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    Teamlevine
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    I am using this flash on a Nikon P7700 and honestly not sure this flash does what it should all the time.... at times seems to not recycle and other times gets warm and then other times is almost perfect. I think some offbrand flashes might have been better however for now it works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed.

    Posted
    aonmohib
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    I bought this as a replacement to my SB 700 that got stolen . I regret that decision. This flash is a very basic one . Doesn't come close to either the SB 600 or SB 700 in functionality. However, it is half the price. Be sure of what you want out of your flash before buying this.

    I would recommend this to a friend