The Nikon SB-700 Speedlight is a versatile i-TTL flash that's compatible with both FX-size and DX-size SLR cameras. With its many features, it stands out in any type of photography. Still, the many features don't jeopardise its user-friendliness. The SB-700 is easy to operate, thanks to the interface with LCD screen and the functions that can be reached intuitively. Via the i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) light metering system, an accurate measurement will be taken. The Powerzoom detects the chosen focal length in order to adjust the flash intensity to image angles of 24 to 120mm. The Nikon SB-700 has a maximum guide number of 28 (STD, FX-size, ISO 100, m, at 120mm).
Its versatility is highlighted by the 3 different lighting patterns, among other things. Center-weighted is suitable for situations in which you really want your subject to stand out. In this case, both the power and the guide number are increased. For an even lighting, you can use Even. For example, when taking a group picture or a picture of a flat surface. For all other situations, you can use Standard. This pattern slightly focuses on the middle. The Nikon SB-700 offers you plenty of choice when it comes to capturing different situations in a unique way.
The head of the Nikon SB-700 is pivotable and has an integrated bounce card, which allows you to distribute the light of the flash in different ways. You can turn the head towards the ceiling or the wall to bounce the light. The direct flash is distributed evenly by the bounce card in order to soften hard shadows. The SB-700 comes with 2 color filters for incandescent and fluorescent light. The flash automatically detects these as soon as you place them on the head, after which the camera will ask to set the optimal color temperature.
You won't have to wait for the SB-700 for long. When using NiMH or alkaline batteries, it should be ready for use in 2.5 seconds. It would take 3.5 seconds in the case of lithium batteries. Communication is also fast. You can use the Nikon SB-700 as main flash of group A and B, while you control the light dosage via the wireless controls. When used intensively, the automatic thermal protection system will warn you if there's a risk of overheating.