Nikon SB-700 Speed­light

£230, $325

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

Fea­ture-packed and keenly priced

The SB-700 boasts -7 to 90-de­gree bounce, full 180-de­gree swivel in both di­rec­tions, a 24mm to 120mm mo­torised zoom and full wire­less mas­ter and slave modes. The usual wide-an­gle dif­fuser and re­flec­tor card are built into the head, and the flash­gun is sup­plied com­plete with a dif­fu­sion dome and colour fil­ters. Clev­erly, the SB-700 is also able to au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect when the dome or fil­ters are fit­ted.

The max­i­mum power rat­ing of Gn 38 is sig­nif­i­cantly lower than in some other flash­guns on test, but we’ll come back to that later. Con­sid­er­ing the level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion in most ar­eas, it’s sur­pris­ing that you still need to se­lect the host cam­era’s spot me­ter­ing func­tion to en­able TTL in­stead of TTL-BL flash mode. Less sur­pris­ing, given the rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive price tag, is that there’s no ‘re­peat’ flash mode.

Per­for­mance

TTL me­ter­ing was ac­cu­rate, and the SB-700 ex­ceeded expectations for its max­i­mum power out­put, match­ing the Metz 52 and beat­ing the Nissin. Re­cy­cling speed was su­per-swift as well, es­pe­cially when us­ing NiMH bat­ter­ies.

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