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The world of creative lighting, at your fingertips.

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The Nikon 1 SB-N7 Speedlight brings Nikon's renowned Creative Lighting System to your Nikon 1 V1 or V2. Find new inspiration with exciting lighting techniques that go beyond simple illumination. Tilt the flash for unique bounce effects, use the built-in wide panel for expanded shooting coverage, brighten backlit subjects and more—all from a remarkable shooting distance.
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Dramatic light from any distance

Excellent power and reach

With a guide number of 18m/59ft (ISO 100 20°/68°), the Nikon 1 SB-N7 Speedlight delivers significant lighting power in a small package. Use it as a fill flash to highlight the subtle details of well-lit subjects, even from a distance, or power through a heavily backlit situation with ease. And of course, more illumination power means more low-light shooting capabilty.
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Light exactly where you want it

120° tilting head and included wide panel

An external flash lets you aim light where you want it, which may not be directly onto your subject. Experienced shooters often bounce their flash off the ceiling above them or a wall behind them for an attractive softening effect. The Nikon 1 SB-N7 Speedlight's flash head tilts 120° so you can direct the light exactly where you want it—straight ahead, up, behind you and everywhere in-between. Use the built-in wide panel to uniformly spread the flash for great wide-angle images.
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Compact and well-balanced

Easy to set up and power

Designed for the Nikon 1 V1 and V2, the Nikon 1 SB-N7 Speedlight maintains the camera's compact, well-balanced feel. It mounts right on the hot shoe and is powered by readily available AAA batteries. It's such a convenient accessory, you'll bring it along for every shooting adventure.
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Bogus review To the individual who slammed Nikon for this flash not rotating: (1) Nikon's tech specs clearly state the flash tilts not rotates; (2) you're review is unfair, because it assumes others do like you and don't read the specs; and (3) it's quite likely that most portrait photographers bounce light off of ceilings as opposed to walls because the light is more evenly destributed off ceilings and ceilings are more likely to be white.. July 29, 2014
Nikon 1 SB-N7 Speedlight The gentleman with the experience was quite right, portrait photographers normally take their shots in a vertical position, therefore cannot use this flash to bounce light off a ceiling for a softening effect. I too find this unfortunate. Also, I am having trouble finding information about the flash at all (uses for red eye reduction, fill flash, etc.) in either the manual that came with my Nikon 1 V1 or the flash unit itself. However, for general shooting where more light is needed, I will be keeping the unit, not sending it back. August 31, 2014
Nikon, how did you approve this design? I am not usually one to rant or write reviews, however this product's design flaw needs to be shared for other potential buyers. I have a Nikon 1 V1 and I love it for what it is. A great compact camera that gives me some of the benefits of my two D700s without all of the weight and space of them plus the pro lenses I use with them. I love the size of the V1 when carrying all the stuff with our new child. I have the SB-N5 and I like it too for it's small size and ability to minimize red eye due to being off enough of the lens axis. However, my biggest gripe has been the lack of power, especially when trying to bounce flash. So I was very interested in the SB-N7 so I could have that extra punch for those nice bounce flash shots as well as outdoor daylight shots. I preordered over a month ago and eagerly awaited trying it out tonight when the package arrived. After opening the package I was playing around with the flash and was getting ready to try it when I saw something was amiss. I was like wait a minute....maybe I just don't know how to do it. I pushed, pulled, did a 360 examination. Nope, they really designed it this way. The stupid flash can't be used to bounce when shooting in the vertical format! That's right, when most people would be using the bounce effect, taking portraits, you can't bounce the flash. The flash head does not twist horizontally. Nikon even says on their website for the SB-N7, "Experienced shooters often bounce their flash off the ceiling above them or a wall behind them for an attractive softening effect. The Nikon 1 SB-N7 Speedlight's flash head tilts 120° so you can direct the light exactly where you want it—straight ahead, up, behind you and everywhere in-between." Yes, it tilts 120 degrees forward and aft when you hold the camera for the standard horizontal shot. However it's direct flash only if you want to shoot vertical. How is it that the less powerful, supposedly designed for amateurs SB-N5 can bounce for both horizontal and vertical shots but the SB-N7 can't? I'm returned this poorly designed item. Big time goof Nikon. February 12, 2013
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need comparison between SB-N5?

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Does it provide more lighting and more powerful than SB-N5?
Which one is faster? cycle time between 2 shots?
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The SB-N5 draws its power from the camera body. The SB-N7 has its own power supply (AAA batteries). This definitely justifies the small price difference, and should result in faster cycle times.
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The SB-N7 has more power than the SB-N5 with a Guide Number of 18/59 (m/ft, ISO 100) compared to the SB-N5's rating of 8.5/27.9 (ISO 100, m/ft), 12/39.4 (ISO 200, m/ft). In addition the SB-N7 also supports the use of the SW-N7 Wide-Flash Adapter for widening the angle of coverage.

Both the SB-N5 and the SB-N7 have an effective flash range of 0.6m to 20m/2 ft to 66 ft (varies with ISO sensitivity, bounce angle, and aperture). Recycle times are not available for Nikon1 Speedlights.
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I pre-ordered this 2 months ago. When will this speedlight be shipping to vendors (B&H Photo)?

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Well, Cathrine, it's now March 8th and B&H still says they're waiting to be supplied.
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The SB-N7 Speedlight for Nikon1 cameras is expected to ship to vendors within the week.
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Is this flash compatible with D7000 camera?

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No, Nikon V1 & V2 cameras only.
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Will it fit on the D 60?

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If not what would you suggest to use in place of this model?
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The SB-N7 is made specifically for the Nikon1 line of cameras and is not compatible with the D60. The following Speedlights in Nikon's active lineup are compatible with the D60: SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, SB-400 and the R1C1 Wireless Close-Up System.

For a DSLR/Speedlight compatibility chart please see this page on Nikonusa.com:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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tilt and swivel ???

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Is N7 able to tilt and swivel like N5 or just tilt?
Thanks for info.
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Just tilt up to 120 degrees.
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Will SB-N7 wirelessly deal with my SB800 & 600 using CLS?

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The promo writeup on the SB-N7 talks about supporting CLS. Will I be able to use the unit to trigger and meter the SB800 and SB600 I have kept? It would seem so since your website shows the successor to these as part of a V2 "system" when those big units will not slip on the dedicated accessory shoe
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You will only be able to control the SB-800 using its SU-4 mode as there is no CLS commander to use any speed lights off camera.
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So with SB-N7: use my SB800 in SB-4 mode...or must I buy an actual SB-4

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Follow on to previous question on SB-N7's CLS support. Do I just set the SB-800 (or 900 or 910) into SB-4 mode.....or must I actually purchase and SB-4 and slip it on the bottom of the SB-800
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...Rather than wait for this answer, I put my SB-N5 on my V1, set my SB800 to SU-4 mode and (without having an actual SB-4), it did fire the SB800. So i'll set on-cam and remote flash at various fractional powers. My SB600 has no such mode, so I'll trade it with my old DX gear.
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Why no bounce capability when shooting vertical. What a bad design flaw

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Was going to upgrade from the SB-N5 to the new SB-N7 until I found out it can not bounce off the ceiling when shooting vertical. Can't believe Nikon would make such a dumb design flaw
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According to Nikon it has bounce capability.
Read this:
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/accessories/speedlight_sb-n7/
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