Nikon Speed­light SB-900

Nikon’s flag­ship flash­gun from the late noughties still has a lot go­ing for it

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Re­leased: 2008 Price new: £325/$500 Price used: £150/$200

The SB-900 was de­signed to have an in­tu­itive, user-friendly in­ter­face. Wide-rang­ing set­tings are easy to get at and even eas­ier to ad­just, thanks to a neat row of con­text-sen­si­tive but­tons be­low the il­lu­mi­nated LCD screen.

Three il­lu­mi­na­tion pat­terns are avail­able, in­clud­ing cen­treweighted, standard and ‘even’, along with a tem­per­a­ture dis­play that alerts you to over­heat­ing prob­lems in con­tin­u­ous high-power flash shoot­ing.

The zoom range of 17-200mm is more than gen­er­ous, and an auto-de­tec­tion fea­ture is able to dis­tin­guish be­tween DX and FX cam­era out­fits. High-speed re­cy­cling is built-in.

Sup­plied ac­ces­sories in­clude a soft case, mini-stand, dif­fu­sion dome and colour fil­ters for match­ing the colour tem­per­a­ture to tung­sten or flu­o­res­cent am­bi­ent light. If you’re buy­ing sec­ond-hand, check that all these items are present and cor­rect.

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