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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 ...View full Review
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!
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.
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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.
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.
This SB600 was just as it was advertised and I had it in three days. Fantastic..
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.
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.
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.
I use this as a slave with my SB-800. Very easy to use.
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.
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.
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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