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About Nikon SB400

This is a new external flash unit that provides i-TTL flash operation in a compact and lightweight body at an affordable price. The SB-400 offers a guide number of 98.4 feet / 30m (ISO 200), and effortless bounce flash function. The SB-400 is a flash unit for entry-level digital SLR users, but it is also useful for D2 series digital camera users as a handy flash unit.

The SB-400 has been developed to provide an entry-level external flash unit which is compatible with i-TTL flash operation. In combination with cameras compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System the SB-400 is controlled in i-TTL and D40's M (manual) mode.Its flash head can be tilted in 4 steps, horizontal, 60, 75 and 90 degrees, and has a flash shooting distance range from 0.6m to 20m(depends on the ISO setting). Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction and other flash modes can also be set on the camera body. With the SB-400, users can easily enjoy brighter and more natural lighting for better flash pictures.

The Nikon SB400 is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits and more.The Nikon SB400 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Beginner, Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon SB400 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon SB400: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to clean, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Good power output, Lightweight and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (124),Easy to use (119),Fast recycling (102),Consistent output (96),Durable (70),Good power output (57),Versatile (57),Easily interchangeable (4),Easy to clean (4),Quiet (3)
Cons:
Weak output (5)
Best Uses:
General purpose (109),Fill flash (95),Portraits (55),Night photography (34),Photojournalism (12),Back-up (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (63),Enthusiast (22),Casual photographer (17),Semi-pro photographer (14),Pro photographer (6),Beginner (5),Semi-professional (4)

Nikon SB400 Features

  • Compact, lightweight Speedlight unit.
  • Simple, intuitive operation; Put it on, turn it on and shoot!
  • Utilizes Nikon's i-TTL intelligent flash.
  • Operates on two AA-size (1.5V) batteries.
  • Bounce capabilities in 4 steps up to 90 degrees.
  • Approximate guide number of 98.4 feet at ISO 200 (at 18mm zoom head setting).
  • Flash shooting distance range from 2 and up to 66 feet
  • Compatible with all Nikon Creative Lighting System cameras.

Nikon SB400 Specifications

Type
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide Number
98.4/30 (ISO 200, ft/m), 69/21 (ISO 100, ft/m)
Bounce Capability
Flash head tilts up to 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°.
Auto Settings
i-TTL, M (manual, only with the D40)
Angle of Coverage
Light distribution covers an 18mm lens when mounted on a Nikon DX format camera and a 27mm lens when mounted on an F6
Recycle Time
Approx. 3.9 seconds with AA Alkaline manganese batteries, 4.2 seconds with AA Lithium batteries
Power Source
2 AA-size batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 66 x 56.5 x 80mm (2.6 x 2.2 x 3.1 in.)
Weight
Approx. 127g (4.5 oz.)
Notes & Special Features
Minimum Number of Flashes Approx. 140 (Alkaline) 250 (Lithium)
Flash exposure control set on the camera: Slow-sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction in slow sync, Rear-curtain sync flash, FV Lock flash, manual flash (with D40 camera)

Nikon SB400 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 162 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just Enough

I love this little devil. It's extremely small, ultimately simple and bounces. What more can you want. The on-camera flash in my D90 produces light that is just too harsh for my taste. Top your camera with the SB-400, angle it to bounce off the ceiling and voila - better light. Not for paparazzi, but perfect for your next party.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

When I first purchased the Speedlight SB-400 I was anxious to see how it would work on my D700 and D50. It's small size was very interesting. Unfortunately after very little use, it just died. It was not damaged, I changed batteries, and still would not come back to life. Basically I was very disappointed.

Reviewed by 162 customers

 
4.0

Good as a starter Speedlight.

By

from New York  -  Semi-pro Photographer

If you don't own a higher end Nikon DSLR you probably have no reason to go beyond this very inexpensive Speedlight. It is up to most tasks until serious/complex lighting is required. The unit lacks the internal code that Nikon's higher end Speedlights provide. That code syncs all sorts of things with your camera: zoom, ISO, aperture etc. For point and shoot/casual photography that's surely overkill. The SB-400 is a basic, bare bones flash to give clarity to faces, though serious portraiture is not even a consideration. IMPORTANT: I bought it thinking it was part of Nikon's Creative Lighting System. It does NOT work as any sort of CLS unit. It's the lightest weight shoe mounted flash that Nikon sells, good news there; it is, however, strictly a stand alone adjunct to built in flashes used on Nikon point and shoot cameras as well as lower end DSLRs. If you're a casual user, this is an excellent buy. If you are serious about interior lighting you'll want something stronger, though a good deal more expensive. I'd also look at the SB-600, SB-800 or SB-900. These are out of production, but were top of the line just a year or two ago. The current SB-700 is a good compromise in the mid-$300 dollar range. Finally, I'd be careful with the Gray Market. It has to do with the warranty - so caveat emptor!

 
5.0

Just As Ken Rockwell Describes It

By

from Severna Park, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

Small, lightweight, effective fill-in flash. No frills, but it does the job - just as Ken Rockwell described it in his review.

 
5.0

Small but Powerful!

By

from Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love everything about this flash!

 
4.0

Fills most of your needs

By

from Florida Panhandle  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased one of these about 5 years ago. All of a sudden, the on/off switch would not engage. Liked the unit so much, I looked for a new one, but they had been discountinued in favor of the SB300....which I feel is a lesser unit. Adorama had a new unit, but gray market. Had not purchased "gray" before, but they provide their own 1 year warranty. The unit is small and sleek enough to keep on the camera all the time without getting in the way...and it looks good. Its power is more then the built in on my NikonD200, and is raised over the camera just enpugh to not produce shadows at 18mm range, nor red eye. Works on just 2 AA batteries, with fast recycle time. While it doesn't swivel, it does have bounce capabilities, up to 90 degrees. Its a great flash for most of your everyday needs.

 
5.0

Perfect Addition to My D3200

By

from Scottsdale, AZ  -  Casual Photographer

The SB400 works perfectly on my D3200: easy to install and use. Recommend it highly.

 
5.0

Does the job

By

from Reading, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I keep this on my Nikon all the time so that when the opportunity arises, it's ready to go. It's compact and light, yet well built.

 
5.0

Essential add on if you like to travel light

By

from Undisclosed

This is a great little flash. It produces good, even lighting for almost any situation. I love that it only requires 2 AA batteries and recycles very quickly given the size. The ability to bounce on such a small unit is great. Unfortunately, it does not swivel so the bounce feature is not viable in portrait mode. However, given the great price of this little guy we can't expect the world so I still say "5 Stars Nikon"!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

poorly designed, stopped working even with very careful use

By

from Undisclosed

This product is poorly designed, mine stopped working with in few hundered flashes and i was very careful is using this product, i gave enough delay between shots still it failed in 1 and half year. I have heard from my friend that his also failed in 1 year or so. I dont recommend this product to anyone.

 
5.0

Great small flash

By

from Maine  -  Photo Enthusiast

if you need an occasional ability to do bounce flash and/or are not doing a lot of portrait style work, please buy this flash. it is small, uses AA batteries, and lasts a long time with good NiMH cells. I should also mention that you'll see a huge difference in picture quality. Spend your 100 bucks here and it'll be like a new camera. great product.

 
5.0

Nikon SB-400 TTL AF SM Speedlight

By

from 64482  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am a real estate agent looking for better images. The ability to bounce the light with the Nikon SB-400 has increased traffic to my listings and yielded more offers.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
PAUL F  If you need more than this for a DSLR, you are probably shooting in a very special environment, or multi-flash.
Stan S  is this flash compatible with nikon 5200?
WILLIAM H  I don't know for sure, but it works on my D5100.
Holly L  Is this flash compatible with the Nikon D5200? I couldn't kind the information on their website.
JOSEPH F  Of course. It is terrific. Try using the swivel head. Crank your ISO to at least 3200, though I use 6400 and bounce flash. I use this with a 200 mm in a big room and it is quite effective. Wide angle also. It makes a perfect daylight fill flash. A fantastic little unit. Joe
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