NIKON SB-600 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight - Refurbished By Nikon U.S.A.

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Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent output (155),Fast recycling (144),Lightweight (127),Easy to use (116),Durable (101),Versatile (92),Good power output (85),Strong construction (22),Attach securely (17),Even light source (17),Long lasting (15),Quiet (12) Easily interchangeable (9),Easy to clean (4) View All
Heavy (11),Slow recycling (11),Heavy / bulky (8),Weak output (4),None that i can find (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (145),Fill flash (135),Portraits (116),Night photography (75),Photojournalism (56),Photography (21),Lighting (19),Outdoor events / games (16),Birthdays (15),Weddings (11),Professional work (10),Sports photography (10) Back-up (5),Wedding/event photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (66),Photo enthusiast (38),Semi-pro photographer (33),Semi-professional (27),Pro photographer (11),Tech savvy (11),Professional (9),Parent (7),Beginner (6),Casual photographer (4),Casual user (3)

Nikon Features

  • i-TTL Flash Control: Accurate, seamless fill-flash capability under the most difficult, tricky lighting situations
  • Versatile Wireless functions for up to 3 remote i-TTL speedlight groups controlled by SB-800 Speedlight
  • Four frequency channels prevent other photographers from inadvertently triggering flashes
  • FV Lock (Flash Value Lock) allows photographers to change the composition or zoom for the shot while maintaining desired lighting of the subject
  • Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode when used with D2H Pro Digital SLR delivers needed fill flash in bright light or with wide aperture Nikkor lenses
  • Modeling Flash allows photographer to preview lighting effects
  • LCD provides large, easy to read graphics, and ergonomic control design makes the buttons and switches simple to access and use

Nikon Specifications

Guide Number
Approx. 98 at 35mm setting in feet at ISO 100
Zoom Range
Automatic 24 to 85mm zoom;
14mm with built-in wide flash adapter
Bounce Capability
Flash head tilts up to 90 degree
Swivel Capability
Flash head rotates horizontally 180 degree to the left or 90 degree to the right
Auto Settings

Flash Exposure Control
1) i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with Nikon D2H and D70
2) D-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with Nikon D1 series or D100
3) TTL Auto Flash with the Nikon F5, F100, N80, N75, and FM3A
4) Manual Flash
Recycle Time
Approx. 3.5 seconds with AA Alkaline manganese batteries, 4 seconds with AA Lithium batteries
Power Source
Four AA-size batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 68.0 x 123.5 x 90mm (2.7 x 4.8 x 3.5 in.)
Approx. 10.6 oz.
Notes & Special Features
Minimum Number of Flashes Approx. 200 (Alkaline) 400 (Lithium)
Creative Lighting System: A variety of flash operations are available with cameras compatible with CLS; i-TTL Mode, Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV Lock, Flash Color Information and Wide Area AF Illuminator

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


Just wahat I needed to improve my photos

I tried to make do with the Sb-400 and that is fine for fill flash but one really needs to be able to diffuse the light to get some balance and this does it. You have to read the manual because it has some important options but the neatest aspect is TTL metering and zooming to fit the width of the zoom -- it even has a pop-up for a wide angle lens.


Most Liked Negative Review


Spend $10 more for the unused one

No concerns on the SB-600 as such, but I'd personally pay the extra $10 for a brand new one. I just got mine (refurbished); * It has quite a bit of scratches (even on the display). * The foot is not the original AS-19 stand but a third party plastic thing, without the metal tripod mount as the original. * In addition, the rubber button to adjust the flash fell off immediately when I unpacked it. Will try to glue it back, but for me, it's not worth the 10 bucks save...

Reviewed by 244 customers


Just what I expected


from Cleveland, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I reviewed the different Nikon lenses and felt this one fit the bill for me - a great price for a great lens. Not the newest that Nikon offers but certainly all I need. It was just as the salesperson said it would be.


Pleasant Surprise


from Brooklyn, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I went to Adorama just to see what my used flashed they had in stock. When I was told that they had a used Nikon SB-600 in good condition, I was a little skeptical. I was surprised to see that not only did it come with the original box, but it also has the canvas case, instruction manual and original stand. The flash itself didn't have any scratches at all. It was in mint condition. The best part is that it supports hi-speed sync and works with my Yongnuo flash triggers.


I would definitely buy again!


from Louisville Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

This SB600 was just as it was advertised and I had it in three days. Fantastic..


A prime example of a quality speedlight


from Hoquiam, Wa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use my SB 600 on my D5100 and love the way the top swivels for different angles, making it so easy to use either vertically or horizontally.


design and manufacturing quality issues


from Undisclosed

Overall, while this is a good flash with good features, its severely let down by the quality and design flaws of the product. I consistently have issues with the battery contacts. Something about the quality or design of the battery bay, which seems to cause the flash to stop working. I am always trying to press the battery cover 10 different ways to make this work. Basically, at any given time, there is no guaranty that this flash would work, making it pretty useless for the times you want to use this flash.


Great product from Nikon


from Waco, Tx  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this as a second or spare flash and also for off camera real estate photography so the commander mode is great. Like buying a car, slightly used saves money.


Versatile speedlight


from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this as a slave with my SB-800. Very easy to use.


Great product for the money


from Barrington, RI  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is the second SB 600 flash that I own. I set both of them up with small soft boxes on stands and trigger them wirelessly with the pop-up flash on the D7000, which works great for portraits. Also hand-hold a single flash with a softbox for macro shots which enables me to stop down the lens for depth of field.


More than enough for most users


from Kentucky  -  Casual Photographer

Too bad Nikon discontinued this one. It's the best flash for a lot of people looking for something better than the included flash on Nikon DSLR's or the little SB400. Do miss the bounce card you get on the other high-level flashes, but a post-it or index card takes care of it simply. It's not often I need more than my SB400, but when I do I definitely don't need an SB800 or 900. This one is right in the sweet spot.


Great Flash Unit Problem within 5 months


from Miami  -  Photo Enthusiast

After about 5 months, I encountered an issue in which the flash would fire at full power on its own, even when off of the hotshoe. I have since had it replaced by Adorama's used department for another used sb-600 but I did not have it for several events due to the lengthy turnaround. The unit itself is great when it works. I like it because it is among the smallest/lightest nikon speedlights that can be rotated. Macro shooters may want to note that this light cannot be angled slight-down only directly forward (perpendicular to the lens). Overall, assuming my first one was a dud, I would recommend this unit again. I have not heard that problems with these are very common.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DONATO V  One cannot have too few speedlights, especially with Nikon's built-in Creative LIghting System in all their modern DSLRs, having another strobe just gives you more options. From my experience, refurbished lights are just as bright.
Kernaa M  Do you have this flash in a kit?
ALYSON B  I use this flash by itself, but when reading the specs it says it can be triggered by an SB-800. Hope this helped.
Neal A  Is this flash compatible with the D-60? Have you used it and what are your thoughts on it as an on camera flash? I am trying to decide what to get for semi-serious amature shots.
COURTNEY O  Sorry, I'm not sure if this flash is compatible with the D-60. However I use it on my Nikon D3000 and it works wonderfully. My suggestion would be to e-mail or call Nikon support (if you haven't already) and they will definitely be able to tell you if this flash is compatible.
Neal A  Thanks I purchased it based on others comments and have it in hand. It is a GREAT little flash for the money. Thank you for your response Neal
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