SB-700 AF Speedlight
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Bought this speed light about 2 months ago and I use it for wedding and portrait photography. I use it on my D7200 and D500, and It has improved my photos a lot. Very glad that I decided to purchase this. This speed light paired with the Nikon 24-70mm (Non VR) is a fantastic combo, especially for wedding photography.
Least reliable flash I´ve ever used.
I´ve been using this flash professionally, mainly for run-and-gun quick real estate photography. I shoot *max* 150 finished images in a day (average 50-100) for this work, spread out over a few properties per day and I rarely shoot much more frames than I use, and I´m using TTL for most images. So it´s not like I´m shooting hundreds of full power pops at high speed.
And yet, I´ve just burned out my 3rd flash in 2 years. This last one didn´t even make it a full 5 months! The previous one I sent in for repairs (good thing I bought that insurance), and it was so fried they just gave me a refund instead of fixing it.
I´m so disappointed. Nikon, step up your game!
Absolutly essentail for lighting a speedlight flash although a didnt need al the bli=ng bling of the sb800 900 910 enz this is light fires great and is perfect balanced i recommend this for al users
First, let me say that I understand that my flash was out of warranty - by one month. The flash is stuck in ZOOM and when I returned it for replacement, with my receipt, acknowledging that the flash was one one month out of warranty, Nikon wanted $150 to ´´repair´´ it. Google the problem and this is a common problem. The flash shows no signs of wear. I have maybe 300 flashes with this unit. I have replaced the batteries maybe once or twice. This is poor customer service and leads me to believe that this is either a)poorly manufactured or b) poorly supported.
Looking for a new, non-nikon flash now. The problem is that you see far more positive reviews than negative reviews. I am confused, but not ready to buy another Nikon flash.
It´s a very good flash as far as exposure is concerned. The iTTL is great and much improved from earlier versions. The bad part it´s not the workhorse it should be for the price. I´ve had in in the shop at least 4 times for failure (typical of Nikon flashes). Capacitors blowing and just plain ´´dead´´. Not sure why this keeps happening. I´m not using a high voltage pack because the units recycle time is awesome with LIONs alone. I do not like the ´´creative lighting´´ OTC setup. You need line of sight for the flash to be triggered so they are basically useless for my type of Event work. Nikon dropped the ball because they should have integrated radio triggers into this line not infrared. I recommend getting this flash because when it works, it works well. HOWEVER if you are a PRO make sure you carry at least 1-2 backups (you should be doing that anyway). I sent my flash back in a couple of weeks ago and still haven´t received it back yet so I´m giving the service dept 2 stars.
I am an experienced hobbyist. I have had many Nikon speedlights including three SB700s. One of them today made a loud pop and simply does not fire anymore. Its only three years old or so and not used all that often considering I have many others. There is no way for me to simply replace the bulb, so either I have to send it to Nikon or throw it away. Not cool for a $329.95 light.
Purchased a refurbished SB-700 AF Speedlight. Nice speedlight. Used for just over 3 months and it broke. Battery light still showed charged, but it would not flash.
I am a professional photographer in San Antonio, TX and I often use my SB-700 flash for off camera flash (OCF). About a week ago I was photographing a family next to a river and I had my flash mounted to an OCF rig and 24´´ x 24´´ softbox and sandbagged. A strong gust of wind blew the rig (despite the sandbag) into the river! I rushed over and I was too late...
I fished the rig out of the water and immediately pulled the batteries. This flash was totally waterlogged. I was so upset.. This was my 2nd flash in a year! The first flash was stolen along with ALL of my gear (contained in a bag). The LCD display looked like a little aquarium due to all of the water in it. I shook out what I could and let the flash sit by the window in the sun for a week.
Just yesterday, I figured I would give it one last try before having to buy a 3rd one. I inspected the flash for water and when there was no sign of moisture I popped the batteries in and WOW! It turned on and the flash is fully operational! I was able to photograph a marriage proposal last night and it didn´t give me any issues.
I will highly recommend Nikon products to anyone I know! Your products prove to me over and over again that they are built to last and built for work. In a time where nothing lasts long you have created a line of products that stands the test of time and the abuse that photographers who work in the field put them through. I have always and will always use Nikon gear only! You have one happy customer here and I will always do what I can to bring you more business. Thanks for creating such an awesome line of kick butt products!
I have three of these (sort of a recommendation in itself :-) used for close-up and macro work (1/3 to 3X life size on sensor). They are used in conjunction with an SU-800 controller mounted on the camera´s hot shoe. This set-up works very well indeed, and provides enough light to be able to use low ISO and keep noise down. Two of the 700´s are used together for the main flash and the 3rd is used as the fill flash. The initial ´´programming´´ is bit tedious, but once you have the stop adjustments and communication channels set, use becomes effectively set-and-forget.
The SU-800 to SB-700 communication (wireless via infrared) works like a charm more reliable in bright sunlight than using the on-camera flash as a controller for the SB-700´s. The flashes themselves are reliable, fire every time they are supposed to, and have reasonable battery life using eneloop rechargeables. However, it is very possible to drain a set of batteries when out on a field shoot, so carry a spare set for each flash unit and make sure all the batteries are fully recharged before you go out. The kind of macro shooting I do uses flash on every shot as I keep the apertures small (f/22 mostly) for more depth of field.
The only drawback I find is that you can´t position the flash head exactly because some of the adjustments are click-stopped rather than continuous. A continuously variable angle would be nice (with a locking screw, perhaps, instead of click stops).
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