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Compact, Lightweight Speedlight Unit
Perfect for anyone looking for more power and coverage than a built-in flash.

Flash Coverage
As wide as 18mm on Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.

Convenient Operation
Powered with two AA-size (1.5V) batteries.

Bounce Capabilities
Reduces background shadows and diffuses light for more pleasing results.

Simple, Intuitive Operation
Put it on, turn it on and shoot!

Great Flash Exposures Easily
Utilizing Nikon's i-TTL intelligent flash technology for accurate flash exposures.

Fast 2.5-second Recycling Time
Keeps you shooting quickly.

Versatile Shooting Range From 2 ft. up to 66 ft.
Provides flash power for distant subjects, group shots and close-up pictures.

SB-400 Speedlight Unit 3.9 5 38 38
Essential add on if you like to travel light This is a great little flash. It produces good, even lighting for almost any situation. I love that it only requires 2 AA batteries and recycles very quickly given the size. The ability to bounce on such a small unit is great. Unfortunately, it does not swivel so the bounce feature is not viable in portrait mode. However, given the great price of this little guy we can't expect the world so I still say "5 Stars Nikon"! January 8, 2014
poorly designed, stopped working even with very careful use This product is poorly designed, mine stopped working with in few hundered flashes and i was very careful is using this product, i gave enough delay between shots still it failed in 1 and half year. I have heard from my friend that his also failed in 1 year or so. I dont recommend this product to anyone. December 24, 2013
un buen flash! discreto y efectivo para uso diario en todo lugar. December 13, 2013
Good, but be aware of a couple of limitations Supports iTTL CLS, but it has no support for: No High-Speed Sync - it's too bad, because you could use this for daylight fill if it had HSS, unfortunately, with a top sync speed of ~1/250s, you're not likely to be able to use it in that manner. Diminished bouncing if shooting in Portrait mode. June 21, 2013
Just right to travel light.... I've used this for a few weeks now and it works great for indoor family shots, outdoor fill, any situation where you might need some extra illumination but don't want to carry a larger speedlight. Most of the time I like to keep it simple, pare down on equipment and rely on a fast prime. Usually, I prefer to shoot without flash but there are times when existing light just isn't enough and carrying a full sized speedlight adds weight. This device fills that space nicely. If you're looking for a pro or prosumer level speedlight, look to the larger Nikon devices but with some experimentation and imagination, this product will deliver inspiring and stunning results! June 5, 2013
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Can you tell me about SB400 on D200?

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The SB-400 is compatible with the D200.
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What Cameras does this fit

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Any Nikon with a hotshoe.
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Will this work with a P7000? Or an old FM2?

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I'm going to purchase a P7000 and need more flash than what's built in. Will this work with the P7000? Will it synchronize with the zoom?
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It will work on the D7000 on the FM2 though it will not work.
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Can this be used with a D5000?

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No it cant be used off camera, well it can if you use a SC-28 or 29 cord, but wireless cls is a no.
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What flashes go with a Nikon D300?

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I think SB-700 is the best choice for hobby, SB-900 is great and more professional.
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Will this flash go with my Nikon D5100?

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Yes it will but it is a basic flash but woukd be a lot better than the on board one
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is this flash adjustable in any direction?

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Flash head tilts up to 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°.
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SC-17 lead with SB-400

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I have an SC-17 lead which I use with my SB-600.Can I use this lead with an SB-400 and achieve full functionality?
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Will this flash work with my Coolpix 8800?

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Yes. When using the SB-400 on the COOLPIX 8800 the speedlight must be turned on.
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How do I use the sb400 in commander mode

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I have a sb600 and d40x. I would like to use the sb400 on the d40x to control the sb600 off camera using CLS. I thought this is possible, but cannot locate instructions on how to do it. Can you advise the proper settings.

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Cannot be done as neither the D40x or the SB-400 are capable of operating as a cls commander.
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Follow up on using with CLS

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The tech specs section of this webpage has two references to using the sb400 with the nikon CLS system in the flash exposure control. What are those statements refering to?

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They refer to using the exposure compensation dial on the camera to adjust the flash level output.
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will this flash work with my D3100

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Will this work with a n60 or n75?

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Will this flash go with my Nikon D60?

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I have a Nikon D3000 and need an external flash. What is compatible with this?

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For modern Nikon flashes. SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910. I much prefer the SB-600 or SB-700 to the SB-400 personally, as you have much more control. Of course it is well worth looking into 3rd party brand flashes, they are often cheaper and there good manufacturers making them such as Metz.
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Will this work with a flash trigger?

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As far as I am aware this will not work as a slave. You will probably have to look for the SB600 or SB700.
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What flash would be the least i get for shooting action shots in a gym with a D40?

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I am looking at the sb-400. would that be good, or do i need to move up to the sb-600, or 700?
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I would always recommend the SB-600 or 700 over the SB-400. You get a lot more control over the flash.
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Can I use this to replace the flash on my D5000?

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My D5000 flash has died. I've been quoted $140 to repair it. This seems like a cheaper option, am I missing something?
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It depends on what caused your flash to die. The SB-400 will work with the D5000 normally, though I am not really a fan of it.
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What is a better flash for my D500, the sb400 or the sb700?

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I presume you mean D50 or D5000. The SB-700 is a much better flash, you can control the light much better and also it has much better features.
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can the flash be triggered remotely

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No, not on its own, you would have to use something like the SU-4 controller or third party triggers.
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Will this product work onh my Nikon D40X?

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does this flash work with the coolpix L105?

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No, the L105 does not support an external flash.
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Can this be used with a D5100?

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Will this work with a Coolpix E8700?

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Not listed as compatible.
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How do you get the flash to not flicker before you take a picture with it?

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If you're in Auto Focus, before you take a picture the flash flickers before it takes the picture. I'm sure this is useful for portraits but I'm using it for sports so the flicker is a big negative.
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Nevermind, all I had to do was take it off red-eye setting.
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Why does the Nikon Product Site *not* show the D4 as a compatible camera for the SB-400?

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The D4 is not included in the group of cameras included under the Camera Tab for the SB-400, at URL:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Flashes/4806/SB-400-Speedlight-Unit.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-Cameras
I'd like to carry the SB-400 for occasional use with my D4 on occasions when no flash photography is intended. It there some reason that it can't be used with the D4? I suspect that the web site is just out of date.
 
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The D4 is compatible with the SB-400.
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Using it with an 18-200 or 70-300 lens, will there be a shadow with lenses fully extended?

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No, the SB-400 will not cast a shadow (like the one in the attached picture) with the 18-200 or 70-300 lenses fully extended. Additionally, the SB-400's flash head tilts up to 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°and 90°, allowing you to bounce and soften the light as needed.
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SB400 on an FE? SB600 works but the SP400 seems not to fit.

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Will not work on FE.
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