Nikon SB-5000 Speed­light £500/$600

A pow­er­ful flash­gun with added ra­dio re­cep­tion

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Tak­ing over from the SB-910 as Nikon’s flag­ship, pro-grade flash­gun, the SB-5000 is a pow­er­ful beast with a Gn 55 rat­ing, a 24-200mm zoom range, a pro­gram­mable re­peat mode and com­pre­hen­sive on-board con­trols.

State-of-the-art fea­tures in­clude an in­te­gral cool­ing sys­tem, which en­ables more than 100 rapid-fire shots even at the full-power set­ting. Another plus is the in­clu­sion of built-in RF connectivity, along­side the more standard in­frared op­tion. There’s a catch, though, be­cause you can’t use the flash­gun as a com­man­der in RF mode. To use mul­ti­ple flashguns with RF, you need to buy Nikon’s WR-R10 transceiver, plus a WR-A10 adap­tor if your cam­era has a 10-pin ac­ces­sory con­nec­tor, adding as much as £165/$200 to the cost.

Per­for­mance

In our tests, the SB-5000 de­liv­ered greater max­i­mum power than any other flash­gun on test, along with ex­cel­lent TTL ac­cu­racy. Re­cy­cling speed are fast as well, and all-round per­for­mance is su­perb.

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