Nikon Speedlight Specifications


A comparison of the specifications of recent Nikon Speedlight models

Update: 2/8/2010 (fixed SB-900 entries, brought SB-600 and SB-900 numbers to 28mm)
How do the Speedlight models compare? Well, here's the side-by-side data for the last nine Nikon Speedlights. Only the last four are current models.

  SB-28DX SB-29s SB-30 SB-50DX SB-80DX SB-R200 SB-400 SB-600 SB-800 SB-900
GN ( ISO 100, 35FF) 105 ft, 32m @ 28mm 36 ft, 11m @ 20mm 52 ft, 16 @ 28mm 66 ft, 20m @ 28mm 116 ft, 34m @ 28mm 33 ft, 10m @ 24mm 69 ft, 21m @ 27mm 92 ft, 28m @ 28mm 105 ft, 32m @ 28mm 98.4 ft, 30m @ 28mm (standard illum)
Weight 11.8 ounces (335g) 14.5 ounces (410g) 3.2 ounces (92g) 8.3 ounces (235g) 11.8 ounces (335g) 4.2 ounces (120g) 4.5 ounces (127g) 9.6 ounces (300g) 12.3 ounces (350g) 14.6 ounces (415g)
Power 4 AA batteries, external 4 AA batteries 1 CR123A 2 CR123A 4 AA batteries, external 1 CR123A battery 2 AA batteries 4 AA batteries 4 or 5 AA batteries, external 4 AA batteries, external
Recycle Time
(alkaline)
6.5 seconds 3 seconds 4 seconds 3.5 seconds 6 seconds 6 seconds 3.9 seconds 3.5 seconds 6 seconds (4 with extra battery) 2.3 seconds (NiMH)
Flash Duration (max) 1/830 1/1400 1/2800 1/1800 1/1050 1/600 1/1300 NA 1/1050 1/880
Coverage 18, 20, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85mm 20mm 17, 28mm 14, 24, 28, 35, 50mm 14, 17, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm 24mm 27mm (18mm DX) 14, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85mm 14, 17, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm 8, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105, 120, 135, 180, 200mm
35mm TTL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
DSLR D-TTL Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
I-TTL No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Aperture Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes
Automatic Flash mode Yes No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes
Manual Flash mode Yes (7 levels) Yes (3 levels) Yes (3 levels) Yes (1 level) Yes (8 levels) Yes Yes (7 levels) Yes (7 levels) Yes (8 levels) Yes (8 levels)
Head Tilt Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Head Rotate Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
AF Assist Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
High Speed Sync Yes, Manual No No No Yes, Manual Yes, Auto No Yes, Auto Yes, Auto Yes, Auto
Repeating Flash Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes
Modeling Light No Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes
Sync Socket Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
LCD Yes No No Yes (no distance) Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Foot Style Twist lock Twist lock Flip lock Flip lock Flip lock Special clip Flip lock Flip lock Flip lock Flip lock
Flash Value lock No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Color Info (requires CLS-capable body) No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless (requires CLS-capable body) No No Yes (SU-4 mode only) Yes (SU-4 mode only) Yes (SU-4 mode only) Yes (I-TTL preflash) No Yes (I-TTL preflash) Yes (I-TTL preflash or SU-4 mode) Yes (I-TTL preflash or SU-4 mode)
Other   Macro flash, individual tube setting   includes IR blocker for internal flash, can be fired with 35mm internal flash (not DSLR) comes with diffusion dome Part of R1C1 kit; intended for macro use includes SS-400 soft case includes stand, supports filter set includes stand, filter set, diffusion dome includes stand, filter set, diffusion dome

i-TTL-capable bodies: D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D200, D300, D300s, D700, D3000, D5000, D2h, D2hs, D2x, D2xs, D3, D3s, D3x, F6, Fujifilm S5 Pro.
i-TTL commander-capable bodies: D70, D70s, D80, D90, D200, D300, D300s, D700.

DSLR D-TTL capable bodies: D1, D1h, D1x, D2h, D2hs, D100, Kodak Pro 14n, Kodak SLR/n, Fujifilm S3 Pro.
Film TTL bodies: N65, N75, N80, F100, F4, F5, Fujifilm S2 Pro.

   

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