Nikon SB-600

Go back to ba­sics with this light­weight, ro­bust gun, which packs a punch while trav­el­ling well

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This Speed­light keeps up with the new ’guns on the shelves. The SB-600 does al­most ev­ery­thing you’d want, just with­out all the bells and whis­tles. It has a back-lit LCD, auto high-speed sync, a zoom be­tween 24-85mm (ex­tend­able to 14mm with the wide-an­gle adapter) and it’s small and light. The TTL sup­port makes it re­ally easy to work off-cam­era with­out the headache of ad­just­ing power val­ues (although +/- 3EV con­trols are avail­able in TTL-mode).

The SB-600 is stripped back to ba­sics com­pared with the SB-910, and doesn’t have the same zoom range, nor can it au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect whether a cam­era is DX- or FX-for­mat. But it is tough. Af­ter drop­ping ours down some stone steps on a lo­ca­tion shoot re­cently, the flash’s guts were splayed out and the body split in two. How­ever, within a mat­ter of min­utes we’d pushed ev­ery­thing back to­gether and ‘pop’, the flash started work­ing prop­erly straight away. The SB-600 is the per­fect travel flash­gun, and could even serve as a stand-in at the stu­dio.

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