The i-TTL-optimized SB-700 offers the perfect balance of exposure, performance and portability for any photographer on the go. It’s flexible flash head provides creative lighting freedom for nearly any subject. Achieve brilliant results and seamless lighting system integration with hot shoe operation or wirelessly as a master, commander or remote light source.
Ideal exposure every time
Nikon’s precision i-TTL flash control
Optimized for use with Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS), the SB-700 Speedlight is equipped with Nikon’s precision i-TTL (Intelligent Through-The-Lens) flash control to deliver precise flash exposures and seamless fill-flash performance—even in challenging lighting situations. Immediately before the main flash goes off, the SB-700 fires a series of monitor pre-flashes, which convey Information about the scene's lighting to the camera. i-TTL then automatically balances the output of the Speedlight and the scene's ambient light.
Complete lighting control
Wireless commander mode
The SB-700 offers wireless Commander Mode to allow you complete control over compatible Creative Lighting System (CLS) products. The SB-700 controls up to 2 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. When used as a remote Speedlight, up to 3 groups can be selected. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments.
Ready for any situation
Intuitive versatile lighting options
With its streamlined controls and intuitive menus, the SB-700 allows you to acces its full range of functionality with ease. Versatile auto power zoom coverage allows you to smoothly cover lenses as wide as 24mm and up to 120mm in FX-format. Using the simple slider switch on the back of the SB-700, you can optimize light quality by selecting from 3 light distribution patterns: Standard for general illumination, Center-weighted for portraits or Even, for groups or interiors. Automatically detects Nikon FX and DX formats and selects suitable light distribution angle. Automatically detects increases in flash head temperature and controls recycling time accordingly, thus preventing overheating. Automatically detects type of hard-type color compensation filter (fluorescent and incandescent) and automatically transmits filter information to camera for optimum white balance setting.
28 m/92 ft. (at ISO 100, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F) to 39 m/128 ft. (at ISO 200, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash Exposure Control
Distance-priority manual flash i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras Manual Flash (with Nikon Creative Lighting System digital and 35mm SLR cameras)
14-120mm (DX-format) 24 to 120mm (FX-Format)
The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats Standard Even Center-weighted
Other Available Functions
Test Firing Monitor Pre-flashes AF-assist illuminator Modeling illuminator
Bounce Function (Tilt)
Flash head tilts down to -7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°.
Bounce Function (Rotate)
Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Minimum Recycling Time
2.5 sec. (approx.) with AA-size Alkaline (1.5V) batteries 2.5 sec. (approx.) with Evolta (1.5V) batteries 2.5 sec. (approx.) with NiMH (2600 mAh) batteries 2.5 sec. (approx.) with NiMH (eneloop) batteries 3.5 sec. (approx.) with Lithium (1.5V) batteries
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
Rotate the power switch/wireless mode switch for multiple flash units to turn the SB-700 on or off Standby function can also be set
Required Power Source
Four 1.5 V alkaline AA-size batteries Four 1.5 V lithium AA-size batteries Four Rechargeable 1.2 V NiMH AA-size batteries
Blinks: insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL or distance-priority manual flash mode) Lights up: recycled and ready to fire.
-3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV steps in i-TTL mode
AF-Assist Illumination Color Filters Flash Compensation Steps in Manual Flash Mode FX/DX Format Selection LCD Panel Contrast Remote Flash Unit Settings Reset Custom Setting Sound Monitor Standby function Unit or Measuring Distance Version of Firmware
Minimum Number of Flashes / Recycling Time
160/2.5–30 sec. (1.5V AA Alkaline) 230/2.5–30 sec. (1.5V Evolta) 260/2.5–30 sec. (2600 mAh NiMH) 230/2.5–30 sec. (Ni-MH (eneloop)) 330/3.5–30 sec. (1.5V Lithium)
Wireless Flash Modes
Master Quick Wireless Mode: A:B Off Remote SU-4
Wireless Communication Channels
Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Channels
Two: A, B
Firmware update Thermal cut-out
2.8 x 5.0 x 4.1 in. (71.0 x 126.0 x 104.5 mm) (Approx.)