Nikon SB-700 Speedlight
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.
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.