Nikon SB-700 Speedlight
Max power: Gn 28m (ISO 100) Full power recycle time: 2.5 seconds Variable power: Full to 1/128 Colour temperature: Not specified Ready indicator: LED lamp Trigger voltage: 5V Head weight: 360g Price: £240/$330 The SB-700 Speedlight is a moderately powerful, fully dedicated flashgun that supports automatic i-TTL (intelligent Through The Lens) flash metering. It features a bounce and swivel head with motorised zoom, and an intuitive interface with an LCD screen. It comes with more frills than most flashguns, including a stand, a diffusion dome, two filters for matching tungsten or fluorescent lighting, plus a soft case – though you'll need to buy a flash cable or wireless trigger to use it off camera (see page 38). The SB-700 is highly effective in i-TTL BL mode, where automatic flash exposures account for ambient light. Switching to manual to adjust the power is easy, too, and the interface makes light work of wireless master/slave operation when using multiple flashguns. An impressively compact and lightweight package, the SB-700 is a real take-anywhere flashgun. Naturally, it’s much more convenient for outdoor shooting than a studio kit, as it runs on standard AA batteries. Optional Water Guard bases add weather resistance. As the SB-700 provides a much smaller light source than a studio light, the lighting is more direct, and therefore much harder. This can be softened by a softbox, but flashgun softboxes are smaller than studio light softboxes. Also, a single flashgun can be limiting.