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About Nikon SB700

High performance versatile speedlight brings simplicity to on-camera, remote, and multiple flash photography.

The Nikon SB700 is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Travel and more.The Nikon SB700 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon SB700 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon SB700: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Good power output, Lightweight, Reliable and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (100),Fast recycling (84),Consistent output (83),Lightweight (71),Versatile (69),Durable (65),Good power output (62),Reliable (4)
Heavy (7),Heavy / bulky (4),Slow recycling (4),Weak output (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (97),Fill flash (93),Portraits (90),Night photography (39),Photojournalism (32),Travel (4),Everyday (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (55),Semi-pro photographer (33),Pro photographer (15),Casual photographer (8),Enthusiast (3),Semi-professional (3)

Nikon SB700 Features

  • Portable, Versatile Speedlight Unit i-TTL Speedlight optimized for use with Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS).
  • Nikon's Precision i-TTL Flash Control Delivers precise flash exposures and seamless fill-flash performance even in challenging lighting situations
  • Complete Flash Head Positioning Freedom Bounce 90°up and 7°down with 360° rotation elevates creative lighting freedom.
  • Hot Shoe and Wireless Operation Use on-camera, as a wireless master, commander or remote light source.
  • Wireless Flash Control Wireless Commander Mode controls up to 2 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. When used as a remote speedlight up to 3 Groups can be selected. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments.
  • Versatile Auto Power Zoom Coverage Smoothly covers lenses as wide as 24mm and upto 120mm in FX-format.
  • Choose From 3 Light Distribution Patterns Using the simple slider switch on the back of the SB-700, you can optimize light quality by selecting Standard for general illumination, Center-weighted for portraits or Even, for groups or interiors.
  • Streamlined Controls and Menus Convenient Rotary Select Dial sets key functions quickly and a prominent Master and Remote control switch simplifies wireless operation.
  • Color Filter Identification Automatically identifies mounted hard type color filters and adjusts camera white-balance.*
    *With select Nikon digital SLRs
  • Flash Tube Overheat Protection To prevent overheating, flash recycle time increases when SB-700 detects heat build-up.
  • Automatic Format Identification Automatically senses the FX or DX-format camera in use and optimizes light distribution.
  • Flash Value (FV) Lock Locks in a specific flash output on the main subject, regardless of aperture, composition or the lens' zoom position.*
    *With select Nikon digital SLRs
  • Firmware Updating Allows uploading of performance enhancement developments.*
    *With select Nikon digital SLRs
  • Drip-Proof Mounting Foot Cover (Water Guard)* Provides enhanced moisture protection.

Nikon SB700 Specifications

Commander Function
Remote Function
Guide Number
28m/92ft. (at ISO 100, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
to 39m/128ft. (at ISO 200 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
Electronic Construction
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash Exposure Control
i-TTL - Manual Flash - Distance-priority manual flash
Lens Coverage
24 to 120mm in FX-Format
AF-assist Illuminator Range
10 m (33ft.) at center area using a 50mm f/1.8 lens (approx.)
1m to 10m (3.3 ft. to 33 ft.) for the center of the image with a 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Illumination pattern
There are three illumination patterns: standard, even and center-weighted The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats
Other Available Functions
Test Firing - Monitor Pre-flashes - AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF - Modeling illumination
Bounce Function (Tilt)
Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90° with click- stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°,75°, 90°
Bounce Function (Rotate)
Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180
Minimum Recycling Time
2.5 sec. (approx.) with AA Alkaline (1.5V) batteries - 2.5 sec. (approx.) with Evolta (1.5V) batteries - 3.5 sec. (approx.) with Lithium (1.5V) batteries - 2.5 sec. (approx.) with NiMH (2600 mAh) batteries - 2.5 sec. (approx.) with NiMH (eneloop) batteries
Flash Duration
1/1042 sec. at M1/1 (full) output - 1/1136 sec. at M1/2 output - 1/2857 sec. at M1/4 output - 1/5714 sec. at M1/8 output - 1/10000 sec. at M1/16 output - 1/18182 sec. at M1/32 output - 1/25000 sec. at M1/64 output - 1/40000 sec. at M1/128 output
Power ON/OFF
Rotate the power switch/wireless mode switch for multiple flash untis to turn the SB-700 on or off Standby function can also be set
Required Power Source
Use Four AA-type batteries of the same brand from any of the following types:
Four 1.5 V alkaline AA batteries
Four 1.5 V lithium AA batteries
Four Rechargeable 1.2 V NiMH AA batteries
Optional Power Supply
Flash-ready Indicator
Lights up: The SB-700 is fully recycled:
Blinks: insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL or distance-priority manual flash mode)
Ready Light
Front - Back
Flash Compensation
-3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV steps in i-TTL mode
Custom Setting
11 items
Minimum Number of Flashes
160/2.5 30 sec. (AA Alkaline (1.5 V)) - 230/2.5 30 sec. (Evolta (1.5 V)) - 330/3.5 30 sec. (Lithium (1.5 V)) - 260/2.5 30 sec. (NiMH (2600 mAh)) - 230/2.5 30 sec. (NiMH (eneloop)) -
Wireless Flash Modes
Off - Master - Remote - SU-4 - i-TTL - Manual flash - Quick wireless Mode: A:B
Wireless Communication Channels
Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4Channels
Wireless Groups
Two: A, B
Other Functions
Thermal cut-out - Firmware update
2.8 × 5.0 × 4.1 in. (71.0 × 126.0 × 104.5mm) (Approx
12.7 oz. (360 g) (Approx. Speedlight only)
15.9 oz. (450 g) (Approx. with four 1.5 V alkaline AA batteries)
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Nikon SB700 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


A Great Investment

I used this flash and was blown away by the options to use it for, I shoot photography on the beach in Virginia Beach as well as the mountians of Lynchburg, Va and the ways that you can work with the lighting from this flashs was amazing


Most Liked Negative Review


Somewhat Dissapointed

Before the flash had even recycled ONCE, before I had even put batteries into it, the battery door broke. It fell into several small pieces which scattered to god only knows where. Not only does the door seem flaky but the on/off button is poorly designed too, as it has a lock that must be depressed if you want to activate remote or master modes. As a flash it works well but it just does not seem like a quality assembled item.

Reviewed by 148 customers


I would recommend this product to everyone.


from Effort, PA 18330  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I've only had the product for a few weeks, but have used it at some daytime events, mostly as a fill flash. I've been very happy with the results. It's very easy to use and understand. My only complaint is the way the on/off button is set up.


Good flash


from Texas  -  Semi-Professional

Easy to use


Excellent flash system and light weight


from Monterey, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I've been using this to stop action such as water drops. It has a minimum flash time of 1/20,000 and is useful in freezing actions of short duration.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


The SB-700 Is Indestructable!


from San Antonio, TX, USA

I am a professional photographer in San Antonio, TX and I often use my SB-700 flash for off camera flash (OCF). About a week ago I was photographing a family next to a river and I had my flash mounted to an OCF rig and 24" x 24" softbox and sandbagged. A strong gust of wind blew the rig (despite the sandbag) into the river! I rushed over and I was too late... I fished the rig out of the water and immediately pulled the batteries. This flash was totally waterlogged. I was so upset.. This was my 2nd flash in a year! The first flash was stolen along with ALL of my gear (contained in a bag). The LCD display looked like a little aquarium due to all of the water in it. I shook out what I could and let the flash sit by the window in the sun for a week. Just yesterday, I figured I would give it one last try before having to buy a 3rd one. I inspected the flash for water and when there was no sign of moisture I popped the batteries in and WOW! It turned on and the flash is fully operational! I was able to photograph a marriage proposal last night and it didn't give me any issues. I will highly recommend Nikon products to anyone I know! Your products prove to me over and over again that they are built to last and built for work. In a time where nothing lasts long you have created a line of products that stands the test of time and the abuse that photographers who work in the field put them through. I have always and will always use Nikon gear only! You have one happy customer here and I will always do what I can to bring you more business. Thanks for creating such an awesome line of kick butt products!


SB-700's used for macro shooting (plus SU800 controller)


from Palo Alto, California

I have three of these (sort of a recommendation in itself :-) used for close-up and macro work (1/3 to 3X life size on sensor). They are used in conjunction with an SU-800 controller mounted on the camera's hot shoe. This set-up works very well indeed, and provides enough light to be able to use low ISO and keep noise down. Two of the 700's are used together for the main flash and the 3rd is used as the fill flash. The initial "programming" is bit tedious, but once you have the stop adjustments and communication channels set, use becomes effectively set-and-forget. The SU-800 to SB-700 communication (wireless via infrared) works like a charm…more reliable in bright sunlight than using the on-camera flash as a controller for the SB-700's. The flashes themselves are reliable, fire every time they are supposed to, and have reasonable battery life using eneloop rechargeables. However, it is very possible to drain a set of batteries when out on a field shoot, so carry a spare set for each flash unit and make sure all the batteries are fully recharged before you go out. The kind of macro shooting I do uses flash on every shot as I keep the apertures small (f/22 mostly) for more depth of field. The only drawback I find is that you can't position the flash head exactly because some of the adjustments are click-stopped rather than continuous. A continuously variable angle would be nice (with a locking screw, perhaps, instead of click stops).

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding Flash, works PERFECTLY


from Los Angeles

I had my doubts about flash coming from Canon, but WOW, this flash delivers. TTL is perfect exposure every time. Close or far, the flash knows how much power to apply and over the course of my first weekend shooting with it, I simply could not be happier.


A mini light system


from Bhagalpur, Bihar, India

I m using this product for one year and i m very satisfied with this. i always use manual and commander mode. it awesome work.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great flash unit,read the instrutions first..


from New Jersey

Hello,purchased this flash 2 months ago after reading alot of reviews. Was concerned about the battery door issues but took the plunge anyway. So far door is no problem,there is a button on the door for opening and closing.If you by pass the button you could have problems. Flash provided excellent light at a event i shot Sat,tried setting flash to manual but it washed out the picture.Even at 1/2 power it was a washout. Had camera in auto mode and program mode. Bouncing in manual rendered excellent results with a 12 ft ceiling in 1/2 power. Great flash.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Mixed bag


from Chicago, IL, USA

The flash has worked well for me; however the battery door has broken... as a result of impact, but simply the stress of doing it's job as a door.


Great flash


from Jamaica  -  Professional

Lighter than the sb910 and provides enough power.


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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CHARLES L  Better than the on-board flash. Forward compatible with the D800. It's height negates the shadow from a full frame lens. Works great as a fill flash outside. Flash range is somewhat limited but does not eat batteries as some of the other Nikon Speedlights.
William K  Is this battery operated?
ARTHUR H  Yes, Takes 4 AA. I would recommend the SB-910 as an up grade. I have both
Marianne S  Is this compatible with the D7000?
CINDY Y  Absolutely. I have the D7000 and the SB-700 works great with it. I use it as an off camera flash.
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