Nikon SB-700 Speed­light

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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.

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