Nikon SB-R200 i-TTL Wireless Remote Speedlight Flash Head - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon SB-R200

The SB-R200 is a impressive remote Speedlight that can be used in a variety of creative lighting schemes with or without the SB-800 and SB-600. It is an included component of the R1 and R1C1 Wireless Close-up Speedlight Kits.

The SB-R200 Speedlight is a highly capable lighting tool with a guide number of 14/46 (ISO 200, m/ft.). In addition to attaching it to the front of the lens for close-up photography purposes, photographers can also hold it in their hand while shooting for off-camera directional lighting, or freely position it by using the AS-20 Speedlight Stands, supplied with both the R1C1 and R1 systems.

The Nikon SB-R200 is commonly used for Fill flash and more.The Nikon SB-R200 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon SB-R200: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Lightweight and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent output (8),Lightweight (8),Easy to use (7),Durable (6),Fast recycling (5),Versatile (5)
Best Uses:
Fill flash (5),General purpose (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3),Pro photographer (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Nikon SB-R200 Features

  • Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System
  • Functions only as a remote Speedlight unit
  • Supports i-TTL (for automatic balanced Fill-Flash), D-TTL, TTL, Manual
  • Accurate i-TTL flash control achieved through flash exposure monitoring control
  • Guide Number of 10/33 [ISO100, m/ft], 14/46 [ISO200, m/ft]
  • Advanced Wireless Lighting available
  • Auto FP High-Speed Sync; use with fast shutter speeds achieves effective blurring of out-of-focus background elements
  • FV lock holds flash value, enabling recomposition prior to shooting
  • Attachments for Speedlight not supplied with this replacement
  • Note: The SB-R200 cannot be attached to the camera's accessory shoe.

Nikon SB-R200 Specifications

Electronic construction:
Wireless remote flash unit with Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number:
10/33 (ISO 100, m/ft.), 14/46 (ISO 200, m/ft.)
Angle of coverage:
(78° horizontal, 60° vertical)
Flash modes:
i-TTL, D-TTL, TTL (film-based cameras), M (manual)
Recycling time:
6 seconds or less
Number of flashes:
Approximately 290
Bounce capability:
Flash head tilts down (toward optical axis) to 60° with stops at every 15°, and up (away from optical axis) to 45° with stops at every 15°
Flash duration:
Approximately 600 ¬s
Mounting foot:
Dedicated shoe for SX-1 Attachment Ring or AS-20 Speedlight Stand
Target light:
White LED
Power source:
One 3V CR123A lithium battery
Dimensions (WxHxD):
Approximately 80 mmx?75 mm x 55 mm
3.1" x? 3.0" x? 2.2"
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Mfr #

Nikon SB-R200 Reviews

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(based on 14 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Wonderful Addition to the R1C1

I own the Nikon R1C1 system and opted to purchase one additional SB-R200 to allow more creative lighting. Such as two mounted on the adapter and this third off to the side or behind. These are wonderful portable units; I almost always carry them in my bag for Micro Photography work. Please don't confuse these units with the SB-700. The main purpose of the SB-R200 is for close up work or augment your main flash. When used in combination the results are outstanding. When used as a primary Micro...

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I own the Nikon R1C1 system and opted to purchase one additional SB-R200 to allow more creative lighting. Such as two mounted on the adapter and this third off to the side or behind. These are wonderful portable units; I almost always carry them in my bag for Micro Photography work. Please don't confuse these units with the SB-700. The main purpose of the SB-R200 is for close up work or augment your main flash. When used in combination the results are outstanding. When used as a primary Micro Photograpy flash system the results are excellent as well. Very flexible in the design and operation. Some complain about the non-rechargeable battery but I keep spares not only for the flash but camera in my bag thus it is not an issue for me, and don't understand anyone who do not carry spare batteries out in the field. In fact I can shoot hundreds of photos before the battery even shows signs of drain. - Hands down the best portable remote flash for close up work out there. Very dependable, and rugged enough to make the hike. Working with the SB R200 is simple and elegant and in almost all cases produce lighting that is perfect. Comes with a stand, filters and diffuser. Nikon calls it CLS for a reason - I love mine.


Most Liked Negative Review


Power System

It would have been better to be supported with NIMAH AA size Battery instead of SR2

Reviewed by 14 customers


Flexible and Extremely Versatile Lighting Solution


from San Diego, California

The small size, yet sizable power, of the Nikon SB-R200 Wireless Speedlight allows for the most flexible and successful solutions for difficult subjects. Illuminating solid and opaque glass sculpture is a real challenge. The photo below was taken with two SB-R200 Speedlights strategically placed inside a large lightbox. The shutter speed is 1/125 of a second, the aperture is f/8, the ISO is 100, Auto White Balance, and the exposure mode is Matrix Metering.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nikon SB-200 question


from USA  -  Pro Photographer

If your camera is compatible with CLS, and D-70 started out with the SB-R200 and the R1C1 unit. R1C1/R1 is the way I'm working with D-300, for close-up. The remote kit. You may have to set your flash up in your camera 'Menu'. But I think you can use the pop up flash as a commander. It really depends on your needs. The Nikon Spec's Specifications Commander Function No Remote Function Yes Guide Number 10 m/33 ft. (at ISO 100) to 14 m/46 ft. (at ISO 200) Electronic Construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry (for wireless remote flash unit only) Flash Exposure Control i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras Manual Flash (with Nikon Creative Lighting System digital and 35mm SLR cameras) Lens Coverage 24mm; 60° (vertical) and 78° (horizontal) Minimum Recycling Time 6.0 sec. or less (approx.) Flash Duration 1/1600 sec. (Approx.) Required Power Source One 3V CR123A lithium battery Minimum Number of Flashes / Recycling Time 290 (Approx.) Wireless Flash Modes Remote Wireless Communication Channels Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Channels Wireless Groups Three: A, B and C Dimensions 3.1 x 3.0 x 2.2 in. (80 x 75 x 55 mm) (Approx.) Weight (Approx. without batteries) 4.2 oz. (120 g) Supplied Accessories SS-R200 Soft case *Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Functional, Repeatable and Dependable


from Colorado Springs, CO  -  Pro Photographer

I do a lot of scientific close-up photography consisting of lots of detailed parts and assemblies. Using (3) SB-R200 heads allows sufficient control of lighting to capture all the important details of each experiment.


Great for it's size & function


from Newfoundland, Canada  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The primary use for this great little flash unit is for close up photography of flowers . It is perfect for my needs. My only negative comment is based on my not remembering to turn it off.Therefore I'd like it to turn off automatically when not in use for a set period of time.


SB-R200 perfect for macro photography


from Lincoln, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use the SB-R200 exclusively for close-ups of insects and spiders. It gives the proper lighting and allows you to get great depth of field by using small apertures. There are many other possible uses for this product, but I stick to the insects and spiders. Cons? Takes a while to set up and then gets in the way for normal photography, plus you need to be careful you don't knock the SB-R200 off by knocking into something since they do noticeably increase the space occupied by the camera.


I use these for fill flash


from Livonia, Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

As always a great product from Nikon...


Great Flash


from RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use it at flower shows, portraits and MACRO

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Works as expected


from Tucson, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this with the Nikon Close-up Speedlight System I added a third one to the system and it is awesome. It's built fine but the diffuser comes off to easily when working in the field and it uses batteries fast I've added a little hook & loop and solved the problem

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Wonderful Solution for Mcro


from Dearborn, MI

I use this product in my pediatric office to take Macro photos for skin lesions and other diseases. In the past, when I tried to take close-up or macro pics, the photo would be overexposed when I took it with a flash, and too dark without a flash. the SB-R200 is a wonderful solution to this. I did buy the full R1C1 system plus an extra SB-R200. Using this gear with my Nikkor 105 mm Macro lense is a great tool for me at the office. I would absolutely recommend this product to any person who is serious about macro photography. Thank you Nikon.


Adds to the R1C1 kit


from Raleigh, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this to add another SB-R200 to my R1C1 kit. This rounds out the kit to set up more options for close-up photography.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
LOIS R  Needed small flash for close-up work
Dick O  Does this work as a remote for Nikon1 AW1?
RICK B  I use a pair of SB-R200 as slaves to a Wireless Speedlight commander SU- 800. I use this grouping for, only up close pictures of teeth. Used for several years now, can't imagine not having this little system. Outside of this area, I have no helpful knowledge. Wishing you best photos, Rick B.
Shopper  Does anyone know if this speedlight is compatible with the Nikon Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera?
Lawrence C. D  I would think so. But, there is always a but. This is not a replacement for a strobe/flash to be used for every day photo-work. If the question from the shopper was," can I use this flash for everything or will I use it for 'close-up' only ? " You will have to rig this flash so you can work with it. It will need something to work with the pop-up camera flash; the R1C1 ring, or the Nikon SB stand, or an extra hand. There are new SB strobes/flash in small units that may work better for what the shopper wants to do. This is not what you want if you're looking at the price ? Have fun and keep shooting.
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