Nikon SB-600 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight, Guide Number at 35mm Zoom Head Position, 30/98 (ISO 100, m/ft), USA Warranty.

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Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (136),Fast recycling (126),Lightweight (110),Easy to use (92),Durable (83),Versatile (71),Good power output (69),Strong construction (22),Attach securely (17),Even light source (17),Long lasting (15),Quiet (12) Easily interchangeable (9),Easy to clean (4) View All
Cons:
Heavy (11),Slow recycling (9),Heavy / bulky (7),None that i can find (3),Weak output (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (119),Fill flash (115),Portraits (99),Night photography (67),Photojournalism (42),Photography (21),Lighting (19),Outdoor events / games (16),Birthdays (15),Weddings (11),Professional work (10),Sports photography (10) Back-up (5) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (62),Semi-professional (27),Photo enthusiast (24),Semi-pro photographer (20),Tech savvy (11),Pro photographer (10),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.)
Weight
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
Mfr #
4802
SKU
NKSB600AFU

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 211 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (121)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Prematurely discontinued: it's great! Get one!

This flash is excellent in all aspects, a great bang for the buck, and was prematurely discontinued mainly because it is the expensive SB700's toughest concurrent. Hopefully by the time that you read this you can still find SB600s it stock if you browse around - I did, and I'm glad I got one! Seriously, it is really powerful, fast, handles several consecutive shots at ease, and works in wireless CLS mode with TTL perfection when commanded by my D7000's internal flash. Much easier to use than ...

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This flash is excellent in all aspects, a great bang for the buck, and was prematurely discontinued mainly because it is the expensive SB700's toughest concurrent. Hopefully by the time that you read this you can still find SB600s it stock if you browse around - I did, and I'm glad I got one! Seriously, it is really powerful, fast, handles several consecutive shots at ease, and works in wireless CLS mode with TTL perfection when commanded by my D7000's internal flash. Much easier to use than the huge and expensive SB700, and a big step above the built in units: CLS will allow you to take pictures that look like studio, while using a single SB600 handheld. No large stuff to carry around. By the way, I strongly recommend the SG-31R IR Panel to covert your camera's built-in flash unit while in CLS mode - unless you use a SU800 instead of the camera's built in flash to control the other flahes. The Nikon SB600 flash is one of those rare occasions when you find a truly excellent product for a bargain of a price. Get it while you can!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality, but not ease of use.

I bought this flash to enable me to take advantage of Nikon's CLS with my D90, but find the menu system is too arcane for my use. Perhaps if you are very adept with this type of system you'll love the ability to add light at a low cost, for my taste I prefer either the simplicity of the SB-400 or the more capable and simpler to use SB-900.

Reviewed by 211 customers

 
4.0

Just what I expected

By

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.

 
5.0

Pleasant Surprise

By

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.

 
5.0

I would definitely buy again!

By

from Louisville Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

 
4.0

A prime example of a quality speedlight

By

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.

 
2.0

design and manufacturing quality issues

By

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.

 
5.0

Great product from Nikon

By

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.

 
4.0

Versatile speedlight

By

from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

 
4.0

Great product for the money

By

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.

 
4.0

More than enough for most users

By

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.

 
3.0

Great Flash Unit Problem within 5 months

By

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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