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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    sb-700 great flash, worth its price.

    Posted
    bornagain2510

    had this flash for a few months now, so far I'm pretty happy with it. it is far superior to my sb-400 in every way except how fast the sb-400 sets up and how compact it is. I am very pleased with the flashes capabilities over all. the only negative parts, that I am not a fan of are the turn on switch, and its "wireless" remote mode. I guess I should not expect the flash to trigger totally wireless. It still requires to see the built in flash trigger and cannot totally go out of line of sight. the on switch does not feel that great and I don't like the center lock for the switch to go into remote mode or coming out of it. that one area feels flimsy and like I could break it and it requires two hands to properly do so. I have handled the sb-600/900 both great items as well. the 900 is still the king overall among the group. and the 600 lacks the nice new controls and remote function. over all the 700 is worth the $329 price tag. $499 for the 900 is steep right now. If you are looking for a great back up flash for your 900 this is a great alternative to save some $$. I also suggest the extended "hazzard" damage warranty. their basic warranty won't cover physical breakage at all. I do enough outdoor photography to justify it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent external flash

    Posted
    SlavicGrip

    I bought this for my nikon d7000 dslr. the ease of use at first was a little confusing. after a few minutes of reading the manual, i was very in tune with how to use this accessory and the advantages it brings to my pictures. adjusting the flash is very easy and helps for a more creative picture with "bounce flash". You also have the ability to adjust the exposure of the flash from -3.0 to +3.0. this helps alot with "throwing" the flash further if your subjects are farther away from you. the diffuser cup that comes with it is nice for softening the light and the two optional green and amber filters make for some very interesting color accents. you also have the ability to make this flash a "slave unit" to another sb-700 or sb-900 wirelessly. overall it is a very feature rich flash. It is definitely worth the money. one drawback i have found is that it runs through 4 AA batteries very quickly. If you are at an event and get up to around 300 pictures, you will need to change out your batteries. investing in some rechargables is recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So much better than the built-in flash!!

    Posted
    mjh8154
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    This is my first external flash for use on my first DSLR camera, so that hopefully provides a basis for where I am coming from with this review. The built-in flash on my Nikon D5200 is certainly better than nothing but this flash, the SB-700, literally blows it away. The light that this flash provides is amazing, and having the ability to bounce the flash off of the ceiling makes all the difference. And the fact that the flash articulates both up & down and side-to-side makes it so incredibly useful when shooting with the camera on its side (portrait mode). Another use for the side-to-side articulation that I don't recall reading about anywhere is when I am photographing something that is low to the ground, such as an infant crawling on the floor or an Xmas train setup. If the flash head only articulated up & down it wouldn't allow the flash to bounce off of the ceiling if the camera is pointed pretty much straight down, but because it rotates side-to-side I can rotate it backwards and then articulate it so that when the camera is pointing down the flash is still facing 'up' at the ceiling, pretty cool and very useful! I would not hesitate to recommend this flash to a friend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome SpeedLight

    Posted
    kwatog24

    at first i wasnt thinking of buying the sb-700 because of the experience i had with SB-600. im a big fan of the SB-600's because of their accessibility for mods. I madeexternal power source and pc sync for my sb-600 and works 100% - got the SB-700 and trying to do the same but it has weird screws... tsk! tsk! tsk! i wish they made this flash with external power packs. ok lets get back to the sb-700. 1st the feel and built is pretty impressive. the flash head was a little hard to turn but in couple of use it loosen a little bit. I love the fast that it has SB-900 features on a cheaper price. who needs to reach 200mm? definitely not me... 2nd, i love the fact that its better than the sb-900 when it comes to overheating. sb-700 can shoot more and longer before it overheats. i have compared sb-700 with my 600's and speed cycle is very impressive and also with the burst rate. overall i do recommend this flash and ill probably get 1-2 more for my events.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Living up to my expectations

    Posted
    Geoff
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    I'm using this with a D700 full frame SLR. I did considerable research, much of it on DPReview.com, between this and the SB910. Price was not really a factor. I was tempted by the additional power of the 910 but in the end traded that for a little smaller, lighter, and faster recycle times. This is still a very powerful unit (92 feet GN at ISO 100). I developed what little skills I have many years ago when such power would have required carrying around a huge flash and a car battery! Also, based on others opinions, it appeared that the 700 is slightly more button-oriented—rather than having everything in menus. Obviously there are many menu-driven settings but several of the most common settings are right there on dedicated buttons which suits my preferences. I'm very happy with my purchase so far. I particularly like that the bounce head rotates 180 in both directions (some only go 90 in one and 180 in the other), it makes a difference when bouncing in portrait mode if you want to switch from lefty to righty :) Do your research and make your choice—if it happens to be this one, I doubt you'll be disappointed

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Made an incredible difference in my photos!

    Posted
    mtdc
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    I am the "go to" person among friends and family for photography at family events. I purchased this flash because I volunteered to do the pics at a small wedding. The flash did everything I needed. I would recommend that anyone who uses this flash take the time to familiarize themselves with basic lighting for photography and at least the basic features on the flash...particularly how to "bounce" the light from the flash to achieve your desired effect. I bought the flash the day before the wedding and would have wanted more time to learn, but I was able to get the job done and produce amazing shots. The recycle time is so quick that I didn't notice any lag and didn't ever have to wait. I just don't understand why camera flashes are almost as expensive or even MORE expensive than the cameras! It defies logic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I love this flash - easy to use, great pictures.

    Posted
    Mediaeye
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    I used to be a professional photographer, but moved on to shooting video professionally. When it comes to stills, I am no longer interested in lots of details about f-stops, shutter priority, etc. I just want to pick up my camera, attach the flash, point and shoot and see a good picture. OK, that is overstating the case, but you get the picture (and with this flash you do). This flash does wonders for the pictures - bright, crisp, clean. Of course I have a good Nikon Camera, but it is good to know that I now have a flash that will optimize the capabilities of the camera without much fuss. One day I may again be interested in taking my photography to a higher lever and I know that I have a flash that can meet the demands of such photography - but for now I really live the Through the Lens features of this camera. Great for beginners and professionals alike.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked Great For My Shoot

    Posted
    PhxElite
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    I purchased this unit for a night time shoot. I didn't want to over power the exposures and was able to ramp down the flash to use just enough power to light the subject without killing the background. I'm really familiar with all things Nikon, so it was not hard for me to figure out how to use almost all of the functions without going through the manual. This SB-700 is a winner for me because it can provide a LOT of light or just enough. What I mean is, I don't need to buy a small flash unit and also a big one. So, I am very happy that I don't need to figure out which flash unit to put on the camera when I can just use one for day, night, fill, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for your camera

    Posted
    ipodlin
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    This flash is a must have for shooting indoor as it makes a tremendous difference in photo quality. Powered by 4x heavy AA batteries, this makes your camera very top heavy. The locking switch is fairly cheap and does not give the sense of security I would want. The on screen controls are very well, however the buttons are on the lower end of quality I was expecting out of nikon. Moving the flash up and down requires a side button to be pressed and it can be difficult at times adjusting it. The deflector that slides in the top above the flash is complete garbage and is extremely flimsy. I am afraid to slide it in and out as it might be completely ripped out by accident. I recommend this over any aftermaket flashes that promise the same flash power for a 3rd of the cost as this one actually is designed to work with nikon cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great all around flash

    Posted
    cwills
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    This is the one Nikon flash unit you want to carry around with you. Most of the power of the larger unit with the features that matter. Combined with a proper light modifier like a Gary Fong Lightsphere or Powersnoot this makes for excellent shots in the field with on or off camera auto metering or full manual mode. I'm using this with a D7000 which allows me to get the most out of this unit. It will work fine for small studio work also in place of a strobe but they are too expensive for such work, strobes are cheaper with more professional light modifiers available. This flash can be used in combination with studio stobes with RF poppers to fire everything at once, but at that point, the features of this expensive unit aren't being utilized as a $50 generic flash can do the same work in manual mode. Where this unit excels is on and off camera auto.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Flash System for the Price!

    Posted
    davila58
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    Huge upgrade from my SB-600, and it works well with my D7000 or D800. Shoots very fast when using NiMH batteries. In TTL mode, this Flash automatically recognizes your camera sensor type and any lens in use, and automatically makes the proper adjustments. Of course I have D800 & D7000 Nikon Cameras, but it is good to know that I now have a flash that optimizes the capabilities of my cameras without all that inconvenience of adjustments when ever I switch cameras or lenses. My only suggestion is to have backup batteries at hand. I'm a wedding photographer, and I usually shoot at a very fast pace, and even though I use NiMH batteries, I still carry an extra set. This is an excellent buy and I would recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely AMAZING!

    Posted
    CatsRuleTheUniverse
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    I can't get over how wonderful and professional all my photos look using this flash! AMAZING! Totally worth the price! ---- Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve (for someone like me just starting out in photography), and there is a thick manual, but I found the flash very user-friendly, easy to navigate, and pretty easy to get the hang of and understand after playing around with the settings for a couple hours. Lots of fun! I get about 250 to 300 good flashes out of each battery life (It takes 4 AA batteries to operate). You can tell when the batteries are getting weak, because the flash isn't as bright. If you take a lot of pictures (like I do), then you'll be eating through those batteries, but exceptional quality and beautiful photography is worth the price! Overall, excellent and great product! I LOVE IT! <3

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great piece of equipment!

    Posted
    MaverickPhotographic
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    Typically I shoot without the aid of a flash as I prefer available light photography. Recently we had to shoot a wedding that at the last minute was moved indoors, to top it off - almost zero light. Luckily there was a Best Buy close and we picked up the SB-700 in a pinch. I had previously used the Nikon SB-800 and after it had been stolen I continued to shoot without a flash. I was greatly impressed with the SB-700's performance, I was worried that it wouldn't perform as well as my trusty 800 had in the past and I was proven wrong all night! This is an excellent buy and I would recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash with great feature set

    Posted
    Phillydxxx
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    I just purchased this today to go along with my D7000 and SB-600. I'm using it mainly for additinal off-camera, wireless lighting along with my SB-600, to compliment Nikon's Creative Lighting System, which is superb. Basically, this flash can be used in conjunction with several other off-camera flashes for great portraiture photography. The only problem is that it's 2 guide numbers down from the SB-600. Although it has multiple features over the SB-600, they reduced the guide number from 30 to 28. Why would they lower the power output on a newer, better unit, when compared to it's predecessor? Well, at any rate, I'm still happy with it's performance, thus far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Lot to Learn

    Posted
    jsm1963
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    I bought this about a month ago and haven't had a chance to use too much. I have made great use of angling the flash towards the ceiling and "bouncing" it to get soft, even lighting. It also made the difference at an outdoor baptism. It made for much better photographs with a flash that isn't harsh and fills shadows. There are a lot of adjustments that I still have to learn and look forward to even better photographs. That said, the basic, automatic settings (that I have been using so far) will give you a better image than the camera's (D5100) built in flash.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does what a flash should

    Posted
    AudioFenix
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    The strobe is very straight forward for beginners and can be adjusted by those wanting more control, although it does take some reading to figure this out. The accessories such as the diffuser and the light correction filters are great as you usually have to pay extra for these. I would recommend this to anyone needing a basic but functional strobe for their Nikon DSLR, but you probably want to go for the SB-900 if you're going to be using it for more professional applications. Lastly, for any strobe, you'll want to get high quality rechargeable batteries. Otherwise you'll be spending a fortune on batteries.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash for all types of photography

    Posted
    itchykawa
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    I'm a professional photographer who owns a photography business named MTI Photography LLC, I primarily shoot events and weddings. This flash stands up to the performance I need. To doesn't overheat to much, but make sure you have enough batteries as this only will last about 250 shots. Lithium batteries will last about 350, but the recycle time is increased to 3.5 seconds vs 2.5 on Alkaline or Ni-Mh. Overall this is a great flash and I'm going to purchase another one to aid in filling up larger spaces in weddings. The only thing I wish it has was a socket for an external battery pack. That flash, best buy doesn't even sell, and it's over $500. I'll stick with this one for now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes a huge difference in my photographs

    Posted
    Jasmine5601
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    Was recommended by a photographer friend to get this particular speed light. I've used it for portraits and it fills the light in the way that I need it to. Much better than using the on camera flash since this speed light can be adjusted to different angles in order to create a bounce of the ceiling or wall. I've also used it for objects(selling on ebay) and it's improved the way the pictures and overall color come out. I spend very little time in post processing with both portraits and objects since the speed light allows me to capture the right exposure. Also, the exposure of the flash is adjustable, which I like to have since some photographs call for a stronger flash while others don't.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SB700

    Posted
    Steve5801

    Bought this to be able to use Nikon's CLS flash system on my old D50 (to control my SB600 in wireless remote). I can have multiple flash going with complete balance of light. Camera & flash talk to each other: flash head zooms as you zoom the lens. Interface is MUCH easier than SB600. Package includes diffuser + 2 most commonly used color filters (for tungsten & fluorescent lighting) all of which clip on securely, & are great accessories you don't need to buy later. OEM flashes are expensive, but they sure work well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    After some research I decided on this Nikon flash

    Posted
    stanny
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    I went to a Bar Mitzvah and shot about 6 dozen pics. This was my first experience with it. I'm just an amateur photographer. I have a Nikon D5100, and used both my lenses. An 18-55 and a 55-300. There were some pro's there using similar flashes. I used the bounce function also. The pics came out good and so far I'm very happy with it. I also used Sanyo Eneloop batteries with it after some research. I hope this review will be helpful. This is my first one.

    I would recommend this to a friend