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Nikon SB-900 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight, Guide Number 132 - USA Warranty.

SKU: NKSB900AFU MFR: 4807
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SB-900 Speedlight provides Nikon digital SLR photographers with a flash capable of a wide zoom range, increased versatility, faster recycling time, and a wealth of intelligent features to enhance the already vast functionality of the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

The SB-900 offers a zoom range coverage from 17 to 200mm, three light patterns; "Center-weighted" provides the highest guide number "Standard" provides a familiar pattern, similar to the SB-800 and "Even" which delivers the most consistent edge-to-edge coverage, and an advanced wireless i-TTL capabilities allowing the utilization of multiple Speedlights

. The SB-900's innovative design has the Xenon flash tube and reflector system moving independently - allowing for a wider zoom range from an extreme wide angle of 17mm (FX) to the telephoto setting which reaches 200mm without the aid of accessories or as wide as 12mm in DX mode with the built-in wide-angle panel engaged.

The SB-900 offers a quick recycle time of 4.0 seconds (at full power) with four Alkaline AA batteries which drops to a mere 2.3 seconds (at full power) while using four rechargeable NiMH batteries about 25 percent faster than the SB-800 with its fifth battery attachment.

Controls for setting the wireless Master and Remote have been relocated to the outside of the unit for easier access and frequently used functions are easily adjusted with a new Rotary Select Dial. A larger LCD screen is easy to read, even in direct sunlight, and photographers can assign "My Menu" hotkeys for quicker access to commonly used functions.

For the first time, Nikon SB-900 Speedlight users will have the ability to take advantage of future performance advancements.The user will be able to download the firmware onto a flash media card and upload it to the flash unit through select digital SLR cameras.*

The SB-900 Speedlight is Nikon's most intelligent Speedlight ever, created in response to the needs of today's digital photographic professionals. When using the included fluorescent or incandescent filters and adaptor, the flash automatically recognizes what filter is being used and automatically adjusts white balance accordingly on the latest Nikon D-SLRs.* Additionally, the SB-900 aids auto focus with a broader AF assist beam that covers a wide 20-105mm that is matched to all of the D3, D700 and D300's 51 focus points. The bounce and swivel capability of the SB-900 has been expanded to include: tilt up to 90 degrees, down minus 11 degrees, and a full 180-degree swivel left or right, allowing more creativity for on or off camera use, or as a remote Speedlight.

* With D3 and D700 Cameras only

What's Included With This Item

  • AS-21 Speedlight Stand; SW-13H Diffusion Dome; SJ-900 Color Filter Set; SZ-2 Color Filter Holder; SS-900 Soft Case. Requires Four AA-Type Batteries (not included)

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (101) , Good power output (98) , Fast recycling (97) , Easy to use (87) , Versatile (84) , Durable (78) , Lightweight (34)
Cons:
Heavy / bulky (37) , Heavy (22) , Pricey / poor value (3) , Slow recycling (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (104) , Fill flash (88) , Portraits (88) , Photojournalism (68) , Night photography (62) , Sports photography (5) , Wedding/event photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (31) , Pro photographer (23) , Enthusiast (19) , Professional (18) , Photo enthusiast (15) , Semi-professional (14) , Casual photographer (5)

Key Features

  • Nikon's Flagship Creative Lighting System Speedlight
  • Control up to 3 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights
  • Streamlined controls and menus
  • FX/DX format identification
  • Expanded Auto Power Zoom Coverage from 17-200mm in FX-format
  • Choose from 3 light distribution patterns
  • User-updateable firmware with D3 and D700
  • Colored gel filter identification with D3 and D700
  • Overheat protection
  • Drip-proof mounting foot cover for enhanced moisture protection

Technical Specs

Type Electronic construction: Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide Number 40/56(ISO 100/200, m) (131.2/183.7, ft.) (At the 35mm zoom-head position in Nikon FX-format at Normal light distribution, 20°C/68°F.)
Zoom Range 17mm to 200mm (in FX-format)/12mm to 200mm (in DX format)
Bounce Capability 90° or down to -11°
Swivel Capability 180° to the left and right
Auto Settings Flash Modes: TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL auto flash, Distance-priority manual flash, Manual flash, Repeating flash
Flash Exposure Control Set on the Camera: Slow-sync, Red-eye reduction, Redeye reduction in slow-sync, Rear-curtain sync flash Shooting functions: Auto FP High-Speed sync, FV Lock flash
Recycle Time Approx. 4.0 sec at full power output with 4AA Alkaline-manganese (1.5V) batteries for Approx.110 flashes
Approx. 2.3 sec at full power output with 4AA Ni-MH (2600 mAh) (rechargeable) (1.2V) batteries for Approx.190 flashes
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 78.0 × 146.0 × 118.5mm (3.0 × 5.7 × 4.7 in.)
Weight Approx. 415g (14.6 oz.)
Notes & Special Features Flash shooting distance Range: 0.6m to 20m (2 to 66 ft.) (varies depending on theISO sensitivity, zoom-head position, and lens aperture in use
Flash Output Level Compensation: -3.0 to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in the i-TTL auto flash, Auto Aperture flash modes and Distance-priority manual flash
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