Overview

Versatile, easy-to-use Speedlight, compatible with Nikon FX and DX format SLRs, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System. Incredibly intuitive to operate, it boasts a range of advanced functions that make it simple to manage the quality and direction of light. Three illumination patterns provide total control over flash coverage and the easily accessible A:B mode enables wireless control of multiple flash units. With a compact body, it is the ideal piece of kit to have at hand when you want to shoot creatively or attain more balanced images in tricky lighting situations.

Key features

Versatile I-TTL (intelligent TTL) Speedlight compatible with FX and DX format SLRs, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System.

Multi-step power-zoom: covers a wide 24-120mm angle of view.

Intuitive operation: the large, easy-to-read LCD screen and conveniently placed controls make it easy to adjust settings.

Guide number: 25(EVEN)/28 (STD)/30 (CW) (FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 35mm). Maximum guide number: 38 (STD, FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 120mm).

Centre-weighted, Even and Standard illumination patterns can be selected to match the shooting situation at hand.

High-speed recycling time: approx. 2.5 seconds when using NiMH or alkaline batteries and approx. 3.5 seconds with lithium batteries.

A:B mode for quick wireless control: allows control of the light ratios of A and B group Speedlight units.

Firmware can be upgraded via the storage media in the attached camera.

Automatic thermal protection system: warns of excessive heat build up during high intensity firing and delays recycling time if necessary.

Automatic filter detection: Speedlight automatically adjusts the attached camera’s color temperature settings according to the color of the filter being used.

AF-Assist illumination: covers focal length of 24-135mm*. Compatible with Multi-CAM3500 AF sensors.

 

*Performance may be limited according to lens in use.

Technical Specifications

Electronic constructionAutomatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number (at 35 mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20 °C/68 °F)28/92 (ISO 100, m/ft.), 39/128 (ISO 200, m/ft.)
Effective flash output distance range (in i-TTL mode)0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft. to 66 ft.) (varies depending on camera’s image area setting, illumination pattern, ISO sensitivity, zoom head position, and lens aperture in use)
Illumination patternThere are three illumination patterns: standard, even and center-weighted The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats
Available flash mode• i-TTL • Manual flash • Distance-priority manual flash
Other available functionsTest firing, monitor pre-flashes, AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF, and modeling illumination
Nikon Creative Lighting SystemA number of flash operations are available with compatible cameras: i-TTL mode, Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV lock, flash color information communication, auto FP high-speed sync and AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF
Multiple flash-unit photography operation• Advanced Wireless Lighting • SU-4 type wireless multiple flash-unit photography (in remote mode)
Flash exposure control set on the cameraCamera’s sync modes: slow sync, red-eye reduction slow sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, rear-curtain slow sync Photography functions: auto FP high-speed sync, FV lock, red-eye reduction
Bounce capabilityFlash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90° with clickstops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90° Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Power ON/OFFRotate the power switch/wireless mode switch for multiple flash units to turn the SB-700 on or off Standby function can also be set
Power sourceUse four AA-type batteries of the same brand from any of the following types: • 1.5 V alkaline AA batteries • 1.5 V lithium AA batteries • Rechargeable 1.2 V NiMH AA batteries For minimum number of flashes and recycling time of each battery
Flash-ready indicatorThe SB-700 is fully recycled: lights up Insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL or distance-priority manual flash mode): blinks
Flash-ready indicator (in remote mode)The SB-700 is fully recycled: blinks Insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL mode or AUTO mode in SU-4 type wireless multiple flash-unit photography ): blinks
Flash duration (approx.)1/1042 sec. at M1/1 (full) output 1/1136 sec. at M1/2 output 1/2857 sec. at M1/4 output 1/5714 sec. at M1/8 output 1/10000 sec. at M1/16 output 1/18182 sec. at M1/32 output 1/25000 sec. at M1/64 output 1/40000 sec. at M1/128 output
Mounting foot lock leverProvides secure attachment of the SB-700 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment
Flash compensation-3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV steps in i-TTL mode
Custom setting11 items
Other functionsThermal cut-out, firmware update
Dimensions (W × H × D)Approx. 71 x 126 x 104.5 mm (2.8 x 5.0 x 4.1 in.)
WeightApprox. 360 g (12.7 oz.) (Speedlight only) Approx. 450 g (15.9 oz.) (with four 1.5 V alkaline AA batteries)
Accessories suppliedSpeedlight Stand AS-22, Nikon Diffusion Dome SW-14H, Incandescent Filter SZ-3TN, Fluorescent Filter SZ-3FL, Soft Case SS-700
 

These performance specifications are applicable when fresh batteries are used at normal temperatures (20 °C/68 °F).