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Portable, Versatile Speedlight Unit i-TTL Speedlight optimized for use with Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS).
Complete Flash Head Positioning Freedom Bounce 90°up and 7°down with 360° rotation elevates creative lighting freedom.
Wireless Flash Control Wireless Commander Mode controls up to 2 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. When used as a remote speedlight up to 3 Groups can be selected. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments.
Choose From 3 Light Distribution Patterns Using the simple slider switch on the back of the SB-700, you can optimize light quality by selecting Standard for general illumination, Center-weighted for portraits or Even, for groups or interiors.
Color Filter Identification Automatically identifies mounted hard type color filters and adjusts camera white-balance.* *With select Nikon digital SLRs
Automatic Format Identification Automatically senses the FX or DX-format camera in use and optimizes light distribution.
Firmware Updating Allows uploading of performance enhancement developments.* *With select Nikon digital SLRs
Nikon’s Precision i-TTL Flash Control Delivers precise flash exposures and seamless fill-flash performance—even in challenging lighting situations.
Hot Shoe and Wireless Operation Use on-camera, as a wireless master, commander or remote light source.
Versatile Auto Power Zoom Coverage Smoothly covers lenses as wide as 24mm and up to 120mm in FX-format.
Streamlined Controls and Menus Convenient Rotary Select Dial sets key functions quickly and a prominent Master and Remote control switch simplifies wireless operation.
Flash Tube Overheat Protection To prevent overheating, flash recycle time increases when SB-700 detects heat build-up.
Flash Value (FV) Lock Locks in a specific flash output on the main subject, regardless of aperture, composition or the lens’ zoom position.* *With select Nikon digital SLRs
Drip-Proof Mounting Foot Cover (Water Guard)* Provides enhanced moisture protection. *Optional
SB-700 AF Speedlight 4.3 5 27 27
Excellent Flash. I have had this flash for a couple of weeks and I am very pleased with the performance so far. It makes a huge difference to my indoor photography. I have mainly been involved in Nature Photography but now am focusing on Indoor/outdoor portrait. I am still playing with all the settings and possibilities. It is an excellent product, which I have no problem highly recommending to any serious photographer, professional, hobbyist, or otherwise. December 26, 2013
Got to love the remote feature alone! Received as a gift for Christmas 2013. Awesome. The fill light that it provides is night and day from ordinary use of the pop-up flash. December 26, 2013
straight forward and more Read the instructions and tested the flash around the house. It can work in a simple mode or handle any complicated task. Seems bullet proof. Exposures are great right out of the box. Will handle wedding receptions and darkly lit areas very well. Great middle weight contender. December 3, 2013
Great product, for low lighting and fast moving children. Increased the quality of my pictures. I didn't want to spend the money on the speed flash but should have done it long ago. I was thinking of buying a new camera because of poor quality in low light. I now use this flash all the time. It has increased the quality of all my pictures. I never thought a speed flash could do so much. It was well worth the money. My pictures are beautiful in all lighting conditions. I have used this product for 4 months now and love it. Thanks for a great product. October 31, 2013
really a great flash I see some of the complaints where the review's have been skewed towards the negative (i.e. 2-3 stars) and considering others have recorded their own thoughts here as to the "pro's" of this item, I will only touch on the negatives that have been reported here. The smallish button to both power the unit and put it into its certain "remote" and other modes certainly isn't very big, and if you suffer from say a debilitating disease where your hands or fingers have trouble with somewhat precise tangible adjustments, well then they are justified, otherwise if the button were any larger, or easier to accidentally maneuver to the wrong setting, this would be a detriment to most others, including myself, and I have severe carpal tunnel, and for the very direct movement to put this into say "remote" I personally want it to stay there and not be easily knocked about and changed because I quickly reached down and moved it a little. My battery compartment door is... awesome, I dont treat my $350 flash like a toy or a piece of garbage, I am not saying it doesn't get abused a little here and there, but the door itself seals tightly, is easy enough to open and close, thus does the job very well in my case. The "jog" dial, again this is another caveat I have with those negative reviews, there are a finite number of settings on this unit, with that said it rather small in the scheme of most programming options considering what you can adjust and NEED to very often, for the normal purchaser of this unit, where I personally feel the professional's either opt for the SB-910, or older SB-800 even. I want to give it 4.5 stars as I feel almost everything could be improved or made better, but having to choose between a 4 and 5, Ill go with the 5 due to me not having one issue in over two years of ownership. With all that said, you can see I actually agree with the others as far as size and operation of the buttons and minimal programming intuitive features, but its at a cost, durability, reducing accidental changes, and overall simplicity and actual needs of the users. There will always be those who are the extremest and want to have total control of even things 95% of features the vast majority wouldn't use or want, and thats OK really, I just feel in this unit decisions were made to keep it simple, elegant and completely capable, even in a novice environment, and enough power for the enthusiast/professional August 10, 2013
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Is this flash compatible with my F100?

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In looking at the list of compatible cameras, it only lists digital and not film cameras...
I would contact "Service and Support" in the above main menu bar and ask there...
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The SB-700 is compatible with the F-100. The SB-700 has more features than you will be able to use with your excellant film camera. Is a speedlight manual available to you?
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Can I use the SB700 with my D700?

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yes, absolutely, very compatible...
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SB-700 & D90

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Why is the SB-700 not listed as usable in the D90 user guide. is there some problem with the SB-700 & the D90 combo? The SB-600, SB-800 & SB900 are listed for use with the D90.
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The section for this SB700 flash has a list of cameras that are compatible with this flash and the D90 is listed.
I personally dont know why they would not be compatible, the D90 specs says it is CLS supported.
You may want to check out the Support section on site for this flash or camera model.
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It is compatible, here is the chart:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/886/~/d-slr-and-nikon-speedlight-compatibility
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Is the SB-700 compatible with D5100?

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Yes absolutely, and will work well too...
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Yes, the SB-700 is compatible with the D5100.
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Flash Value (FV) Lock on D5100 ?

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Is it available the option Flash Value (FV) Lock with the D5100 ? How ? Regards
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I see FV lock on flash, but in searching tech specs for your camera, it says nothing about FV lock on D5100.
I would suggest asking Support for help.
They will respond in a timely and efficient manner...
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You will need to set the SB-700 in manual. The Flash value (FV) lock is not available in the D5100.
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Can you use an external power source with this unit?

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To my knowledge none of the Nikon flash units can be powered by external sources.

Would be a good question for Service and Support....
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No.
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Will the SB-700 work with an SC-17 remote cord and D80 bode?

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I have a D80, with a bracket grip and SC-17 coiled remote cord that extends the hot shoe to the bracket. This worked for an older Speedlight and an N70. Will it work for the D80 and SB-700 and still include the i-TTL function or do I need to upgrade to the SC-28 or SC-29?
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I found some additional information in Nikon's support section regarding my original question. It says:

Using the SC-17, SC-28 and SC-29 with i-TTL compatible cameras and Speedlights
When an SC-17, SC-28 or SC-29 cable is used for off-camera flash photography with i-TTL compatible cameras such as the D70 or newer DSLRs, correct exposure may not occur if using i-TTL Balanced fill-flash. It is recommended to select spot metering in order for the camera to use standard i-TTL flash metering instead. This will improve consistency of flash exposures when using off-camera flash photography.
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I've never tried the combination of the SC-17 with the D-80 and SB-700 Speedlight, but do know that the SC-28 TTL Coiled Remote Cord works, as does the SC-29.
 
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GOOD MORNING, I HAVE A D5100 AND I HAVE TWO SB-700, CAN I USE A SU-800 TO CONTROL THEM?

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the SU-800 CAN CONTROL THE SB-700?
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Yes, the D5100 is compatible with the SU-800 wireless commander.
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I do not know this camera well, but looking in the specs , it does not say that the built in flash is also commander too,
I would say to ask the Service and Support here at Nikon site.
If it does command remote flash, I’m sure it would utilize all the TTL functions that Nikon has produced, not only manual mode...
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No the D3100 does not have a commander mode.
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Could I use the SB-700 with my Nikon N65?

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I searched the entire site at Nikon , and only find SB600 & SB800 to be compatible with N65.
I would suggest contacting Support here on site...
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sb700 on my d3100

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I have a d3100 and just bought an sb700. Please bare with me as I am new to this so dont understand all the terminology yet. How do I attach the sb700 to my d3100?
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Never think someone should bare with you, we all started out knowing nothing...:)
Welcome to the Nikon family and photography.
On top of D3100 are two metal pieces, rails if you will, this is called the hotshoe...your flash on bottom has a metal piece that slides into the rails, slide the flash into rails gently, never force it in there and sometimes it feels like its stuck, just be gentle...slide flash in until it stops completely, and then turn the lock lever on flsh to the right to lock flash in place. turn on cam and tirn on flash, you should be good to go...
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Please see page # 172 of the user's manual for the D3100 regarding Speedlights. Also, page # B-11 of the user's manual for the SB-700 speedlight.
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Will the SB-700 AF Speedlight work on the D5000?

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I don't know about flashes at all and I don't want to buy this flash and it end up not working with my camera.
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yes, the SB700 will work, CLS Creative Lighting System is supported...
and it should work veery well...
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Yes it will work, however, you will only be able to use it off camera in SU-4 mode as the D5000 does not have in built cls capability.
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Can this be used as a commander on a D5100 instead of the SU800?

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I am considering the D5100 but wish to do macro photography sometimes. I realize that the R1 requires the SU800 to work on this camera, but I was wondering if there were other options for firing the R1 such as this flash. Then I could use it as flash sometimes as well as a commander other times. Do other flashes have this capability with this camera or does only the SU800 work?
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Wireless Flash Control Wireless Commander Mode controls up to 2 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. When used as a remote speedlight up to 3 Groups can be selected. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments...

this is what it says for this flash under preview...

should fire any n many of Nikon’s Speedlights...

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The SB-700 can be set to Wireless Commander Mode that controls up to 2 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. When used as a remote speedlight up to 3 Groups can be selected. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments.
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Can I use this flash with my D80 Nikon?

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Yes, this flash will work perfectly with your D80
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what is distance priority manual flash

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Look at the "Tech Specs" for this flash, found in menu bar below the flash photo...
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You set the flash to subject distance manually in the flash.
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Is this flash compatible with an external battery pack?

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Is this flash compatible with an external battery pack? If not, how long does it last on the batteries? Does it overheat? I'm shooting a small wedding and need a good flash that is reliable.

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Britt, The SB-700 does not have a jack for external power like the SB-800 and 900/910 do. However, good lithium rechargeable batteries could last several hundred shots, depending on output settings. Keep several (3 or 4) sets with you and change them out as needed. Overheating should not be an issue with any properly maintained strobe. For a small wedding the SB-700 should serve you well. If you are going to do a lot of weddings, consider the SB-900 series.
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No external battery pack, and I have never heard of any overheating problems nor experienced any.
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Can a D5100's on board flash trigger a SB-700 when placed SU-4 mode?

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I've read online that the D5100's on board flash could trigger the SB-700 to fire, as long as:

a) the SB-700 was placed in the SU-4 mode.
b) and both the D5100 and the SB-700 were placed into manual mode instead of TTL.

Is this true ir is this an urban legend?
Note: I've tried following these steps, but haven't been able to get the SB-700 to fire. Is it possible that my settings are off?
 
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Answer: 
The flash must be in SU-4 mode, it doesnt matter if the camera is in manual mode or not as it is only using th4e flash to control the SB-700, the SB-700 has to be controlled manually. If you are having troubles firing it the first thing to do is to make sure you have line of sight and the receiver on the flash is facing the camera
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Answer: 
Slide the switch on the back of the SB-700 to remote.
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Does 700 work with d90 in high speed sync?

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The SB-700 is compatible with the D90 in high sync.
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The SB-700 is compatible with the D90 in high sync mode.
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SB-700 problem. It doesnt power up. Is there a way to reset? Or i need repair?

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Hi. I wanted to user my SB-700 and it doesnt want to power up. Batteries are full charched and I tryed with other battreries and same result. Is there a way to reset it or i will need to send it to repair? Yesteray it worked for 3 flashes and stop working. I was in an event and i tought it was a batteries problem.
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I tried it agan and i gave him a lovely gentle tap at side where there are the batteries and it came on. I think it is the battery dor o something in there. I can repeat the problem every time i open the battery door.
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Sounds like it will have to go in for repair.
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will the nikon SB-700 flash work with a pocket wizard... what i'am asking is does nikon have and adapter for my flash to conect to a pocket wizard ..

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I have 2 of the Nikon SB-700 speed flashes and 3 poket wizards... i need the adapters to hook up the flashes to 2 of my pocket wizards
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No. Nikon does not sell an adapter to connect to a Pocket Wizard specifically, please check third party solutions.
I've read online there are people using them with Pocket Wizard Flex Units, but we cannot support it or guarantee operation.
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Is the Nikon SB-700 compatible with the Nikon D40?

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Yes, you can use the D40 with the SB-700.
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