Nikon SB-700 Speed­light £240/$330

A SOLID per­form er that won’t break the bank

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More of a ‘kit’ than just a flash­gun, the SB-700 comes com­plete with a clip-on dif­fu­sion dome and colour cor­rec­tion fil­ters for use with both flu­o­res­cent and tung­sten am­bi­ent light­ing, all with auto-sens­ing when fit­ted.

There’s no short­age of built-in fea­tures ei­ther, with a range of il­lu­mi­na­tion pat­terns to choose from, a pow­er­ful 24-120mm zoom range and wire­less com­man­der and slave modes. The con­trol panel is won­der­fully in­tu­itive, ex­cept for the fact that you can only switch from TTL-BL mode to standard TTL flash by chang­ing the me­ter­ing mode on the host cam­era body. Un­like with Nikon’s range­top­ping SB-5000, wire­less connectivity is lim­ited to in­frared, rather than Ra­dio Fre­quency, and there’s no re­peat (stro­bo­scopic) flash mode.

Per­for­mance

Max­i­mum power out­put is low com­pared with most flashguns on test, but should be suf­fi­cient for most shoot­ing sce­nar­ios, even in bounce/swivel mode. TTL flash me­ter­ing is ac­cu­rate, and re­cy­cling speed is quick.

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