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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Misses it By This Much

Nikon just announced a new speedlight designed to complement the flagship SB-900. The Nikon SB-700 Speedlight will cost $329.95, and includes some mouth-watering features.

But they have excluded a key feature. Any guesses?

Deets, the PR and a new camera, too. After the jump.
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In Sync

• 2.5 sec recycle w/NiMH (3 w/alkaline)
• SB-900 control interface (knobs and switches)
• FX/DX chip size recognition for on-camera beam spread
• Can be a Master and Remote flash for CLS users (but only controls two groups)
• Beam shaping, like the SB-900
• Quick Wireless Mode lets you dial in A:B ratios. Kinda Canon-ish, IMO.


Out of Sync

• No PC jack that I can see anywhere.

(Sound of crickets chirping over the deafening silence.)


Historically speaking, the PC jack (or lack of one) is how Nikon separates the pro flashes from the ones at the kid's table. But for over three hundred bucks, I would have loved to see one.

Jury is out on the SU-4 mode, but one has to assume it is there if the CLS functionality is taking a cue from the SB-900. But given the lack of a PC jack, I am not making any assumptions.

The PC thing was my biggest knock on the SB-600. And for double the price, still nada. Argh. Looks like I won't be turning off my RSS'd SB-800 searches on Craigslist any time soon.
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Oh, Yeah: A Camera, Too.

The D7000 was also announced: Small chip. Great high ISO. 1080p x 24 FPS video, priced at about a grand. Chase has had one for a few months and uncorked a Full Vincent on it.

If you are interested in Nikon DSLR video or wanna see sample stills, head on over.
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And now, your utterly PC-less Nikon SB-700 Speedlight PR release:


NEW NIKON SB-700 SPEEDLIGHT FEATURES ADVANCED MULTIFUNCTIONAL FLASH TECHNOLOGY IN A COMPACT AND EASY-TO-USE FORM-FACTOR
 

Nikon’s Newest Speedlight is a Powerful Addition to the Versatile Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 15, 2010)
– Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the versatile new SB-700 Speedlight, the latest addition to Nikon's powerful and renowned Creative Lighting System for a wide range of photographers and applications. The SB-700 is a high-performance flash that brings simplicity to on-camera, remote and multiple flash photography. Building on the success of the popular SB-600 Speedlight and the advanced functionality of the SB-900 Speedlight, the SB-700 also incorporates a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths and FX/DX-format identification that optimizes zoom settings based on the user’s camera body. The SB-700 also provides a more efficient use of batteries and flash coverage in addition to three light distribution patterns for flash-to-scene customization. Whether used as an on-camera flash or as a wireless commander or remote, the Nikon SB-700 Speedlight offers dependable and consistent flash exposure even under the most challenging lighting conditions.
 
Designed for a variety of photographers ranging from amateurs in the field to professionals in the studio, the SB-700 integrates a host of new features designed to make flash photography simple, accurate and creative. The SB-700 is for photographers looking for an on-camera Speedlight offering more power for greater depth-of-field control than the built-in flash, or an additional Speedlight for wireless multiple flash set-ups. This Speedlight will also satisfy the needs of photographers looking for a compact Speedlight that can be set up as a Commander or a Remote as well as those who want to upgrade from their existing or older Nikon Speedlight.
 
“When designing the new Nikon SB-700, we were sure to incorporate the features that made the SB-600 Speedlight such a popular and well respected flash unit as well as the advanced technology that users of the SB-900 Speedlight have come to know,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc.  “The Nikon SB-700 is a multifunctional Speedlight that combines high-quality with a simple yet sophisticated design.”
 
The Nikon SB-700 has many new and redesigned features and that make it easy-to-use, yet powerful enough to assist in tough and challenging lighting conditions and settings. The SB-700’s LCD design and layout enables easy-to-remember and intuitive operation, while the multi-step power zoom covers wide 24-120mm angle of view with FX-format cameras. The improved user interface of the SB-700 utilizes a large easy-to-read dot-matrix LCD panel making navigation and usage even easier.
 
As part of Nikon’s popular Creative Lighting System, the SB-700 includes support for Nikon’s advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless Commander with control over two separate groups of Speedlights, or as a Remote Speedlight when controlled by the SB-900 Speedlight or the built-in Speedlight set to Commander Mode in most Nikon D-SLR’s. The SB-700 also incorporates a high-speed recycling time of approximately 2.5 seconds for full power with NiMH batteries, and approximately 3.0 seconds with AA Alkaline batteries. The Nikon SB-700 also features a new Quick Wireless Mode with A:B (light ratios) for quick setting of multiple flash units. This makes it easy and quick to control two remote flash units in i-TTL mode.
 
Additionally, the SB-700 also features enhanced Thermal Cut-Out detection that automatically detects heat build-up due to rapid flash firing. By increasing the recycling time if the temperature of the flash head rises above a certain threshold, the SB-700 protects the flash from damage due to overheating.
 
For improved durability, heat-resistance and ease-of-use, the SB-700 uses new hard plastic-type color filters for fluorescent or incandescent color temperature balancing. When using the supplied filters, the flash automatically recognizes which filter is being used and adjusts white balance accordingly on select Nikon D-SLR cameras. Additionally, the SB-700’s AF-assist illuminator is compatible with the complete line of AF systems used in Nikon D-SLR cameras*.
 
Similar to the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight, three illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even) can be selected in SB-700 to match each shooting situation. When “even” is selected, the light from the flash will cover a subject from center to edges without light falloff. This pattern is suitable for shooting group photographs indoors. The “standard” pattern will cover all conventional, standard flash coverage. The center-weighted pattern provides larger guide numbers than other light distribution types at the same focal lengths. This illumination pattern is suitable for subjects such as portraits, in which the light falloff at the image edges can be ignored.
 
Like the Nikon SB-900, when the SB-700 is mounted on a camera compatible with user firmware updates, the SB-700 firmware can be updated using the same procedure as with a Nikon D-SLR camera.
 

Available accessories

The SB-700 uses four AA type Alkaline, Lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries. To enhance the weatherproof ability of Nikon D-SLRs, optional water guards will be available for select cameras to protect the connection between the flash and camera, allowing users to utilize the flash when weather conditions are less than ideal. The SJ-4 Color Filter set provides a Warming, Red, Yellow or Blue filter for adding color to the background, foreground or just to accent the scene.
 

Price and availability

The new Nikon SB-700 Speedlight is scheduled to be available in mid-November 2010, and will have an MSRP** of $329.95. The SB-700 will come bundled with the Speedlight Stand, Bounce Adapter, Color Filter Holder, Intelligent Color Filter Kit, Diffuser Dome and soft case.
 

About Nikon


Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.



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57 Comments:

Blogger Trevor said...

"a full Vincent."

Hahaha! Brilliant.

September 15, 2010 1:00 AM  
Blogger Norton Zanini said...

ho ho ho make sure to see the D7000 Launch at Chase Jarvis blog too :D

September 15, 2010 1:15 AM  
Blogger N said...

Given how much pride Nikon obviously takes in their CLS I can't imagine them offering a jack on this. If you want a jack get a shoe based one. They want you to use CLS.

The man with only a hammer sees only nails right?

September 15, 2010 1:21 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

No external battery pack possible either

September 15, 2010 1:38 AM  
Blogger Jammy Straub said...

Dear Nikon, please get you act together on flash output.

Your website is a joke when trying to compare the output of the SB-600/700/800/900

Pick a FL and ISO and stick with it.

September 15, 2010 2:20 AM  
Blogger TP said...

Either I see one big piece of irony fish in this post, or you guys are pissed off that Nikon did not include a PC jack.

(I recall some earlier posts asking flash manufacturers to eschew the proprietary PC jack for a more common audio jack.)

September 15, 2010 2:30 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

Oh Nikon. No PC... I can only sigh and mumble a "Shinjirinai" under my breath. Translation = I don't believe it.

September 15, 2010 2:50 AM  
Blogger Dustin said...

as soon as you hinted i knew it... no pc jack! and to think it would have actually complimented my 900s. such a shame. nevertheless, thanks for the update - i saw it here first :)

September 15, 2010 2:53 AM  
Blogger Camslinger said...

And let me guess: there's no audio jack type connection either? I hope you're not going soft on us by making a point for the PC connection ;-)

- Steve

September 15, 2010 5:23 AM  
Blogger rogierBom said...

I have mixed feelings about the lack of pc-jack. One the one hand it won't let me use it with my Plus II's without an adapter. On the other hand, I'm getting quite tired with the pc-jack connection and the bulky Plus II's lately.

For the past few weeks I have been using CLS more and more, and I'm starting to love it. The combination of a SB-900 as master on-camera and a SB-800 as a remote is just killer. And not just for TTL stuff. Setting the slave that's a couple of meters away to manual on the master, and being able to adjust it without walking up to it is a blessing.

The only hassle outdoors (mountainbike photography) is line-of-sight. So I will be picking up a Mini-Flex combo as soon as they hit the streets for Nikon. For me, shoe mounted triggers will be the way of the future. So I guess I won't really be missing the pc-jack.

September 15, 2010 5:40 AM  
Blogger rogierBom said...

I have mixed feelings about the lack of pc-jack. One the one hand it won't let me use it with my Plus II's without an adapter. On the other hand, I'm getting quite tired with the pc-jack connection and the bulky Plus II's lately.

For the past few weeks I have been using CLS more and more, and I'm starting to love it. The combination of a SB-900 as master on-camera and a SB-800 as a remote is just killer. And not just for TTL stuff. Setting the slave that's a couple of meters away to manual on the master, and being able to adjust it without walking up to it is a blessing.

The only hassle outdoors (mountainbike photography) is line-of-sight. So I will be picking up a Mini-Flex combo as soon as they hit the streets for Nikon. For me, shoe mounted triggers will be the way of the future. So I guess I won't really be missing the pc-jack.

September 15, 2010 5:41 AM  
Blogger Chase Jarvis said...

thanks for the note david. much 'preciated ;) but the full vincent is really just a page out of the D90 lauch which preceeded it by a fair margin. take that plus a lunch and a download from me to vince on how to do it better and you have reverie. ask vince, he won't deny it for a second ;) we're just a couple of dorks having fun. peace. and fwiw, all these new cameras--whatever brand-- are a kick in the pants....

September 15, 2010 5:41 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

@ Jammy

And especially when it comes to the SB600

NIKON, there are people with less money who know about flash too!!!!!
Please give us similar info on the SB600 as you gave on the SB700!!!

September 15, 2010 6:06 AM  
Blogger M. Drummond said...

there's not really much incentive to upgrade from an SB-600. An OK upgrade, but coula been better.

September 15, 2010 7:17 AM  
Blogger BikerJ said...

The big question for me is "what about high-speed sync?" It's not mentioned anywhere, which makes me think that it's been left out. Too bad, as I'm looking for cheaper ways of getting that ability than having to dish out for the SB-900.

September 15, 2010 8:11 AM  
Blogger GMStudio said...

I think there is another big miss, like the SB900, the SB700 does not support the old TTL mode (the one using the quench pin) so no remote control power adjusment with the RadioPopper JRX wireless triggers.
RadioPopper JRX is the perfect lower cost system for photographer who want remote power control but don't need Pocket Wizard with iTTL.

Hopefully Canon will not make the same mistake and continue to support TTL on its new flash.

September 15, 2010 8:56 AM  
Blogger craig16229 said...

Does Nikon not get what a winner they had in the SB-800 which was only slightly more expensive?

- Better guide number (than the 600/700)? Check.
- CLS? Check.
- PC Sync? Check.
- SU4 Slave Mode? Check.
- Extra battery options? Check.

- No FX/DX intelligence? I'll live.
-No beam shaping? I'll snoot and grid.
- Less intuitive operation? Debateable.

This is why I invested another $130.00 to have one of my SB-800's repaired rather than buying a 900 or waiting for a 700 with the (now dashed) hopes it would be more like the 800.

With this, Nikon forces shooters who want the SB-800 flexibility into the SB-900 at nearly $500.00, and that ticks me off.

I like CLS and use it when it fits the need for speed and line of site is not a potential issue. When I combine my SB's with studio heads, I don't want to be tied to line of site with CLS or SU4. The triggers come out, and only the SB-800's and 900's have PC sync built-in.

September 15, 2010 9:06 AM  
Blogger Fermier said...

I find the CLS system hopelessly inadequate because of the very low range of the IR sensors and the line of sight requirement. I try to use the system in dark interiors (it's my job) and CLS just doesn't work. Feel ripped off.

September 15, 2010 10:27 AM  
Blogger Mark Christensen said...

Crickets chirping is right! My jaw literally dropped and I just stared at the screen. That's just stupid!

September 15, 2010 11:16 AM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

No sync on the flash, a prime that costs more than a camera and no FX sensor on the new camera that has what we all want. Sorry, but Nikon came up short on this release.

September 15, 2010 11:21 AM  
Blogger Christian Brecheis Photography said...

thanks, I might have overlooked that detail. I wish there was a capable speedlight that doesn't weight a ton. The pro cameras are heavy enough...
Anyways, not giving up hopes for a new up to date ff camera...

September 15, 2010 12:42 PM  
Blogger AdvRdr said...

Does the SB-700 have the 3-pin connector? If so, cables are available to connect to a PW or RadioPopper.

September 15, 2010 12:42 PM  
Blogger AHS-2 said...

SU-4 support is confirmed.

Re absence of a PC-synch jack, I agree with the earlier comment that Nikon obviously wants its user to use the Nikon CLA/AWL.

With RF triggers, Radio Popper's PX System will not have any problem with the SB-700 from this absence of a PC-synch jack.

September 15, 2010 12:50 PM  
Blogger brettaclark said...

No pc jack again!!! We ordered two sb-600's a while back for our paper and ended up sending them back for the same reason. Yes, I know you can get adapters for the hot shoe, but in my experience it just seems to make the set-up more flimsy and maybe weaken the set-up a little. For close to the price the 800 was a couple years ago, you think they could have included some sort of connection. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I have no desire to learn to master Nikon's CLS when I've spent so much time honing my skills in manual over the years.

September 15, 2010 1:11 PM  
Blogger brettaclark said...

No pc jack again!!! We ordered two sb-600's a while back for our paper and ended up sending them back for the same reason. Yes, I know you can get adapters for the hot shoe, but in my experience it just seems to make the set-up more flimsy and maybe weaken the set-up a little. For close to the price the 800 was a couple years ago, you think they could have included some sort of connection. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I have no desire to learn to master Nikon's CLS when I've spent so much time honing my skills in manual over the years.

September 15, 2010 1:12 PM  
Blogger Cyril said...

Is the missing pc jack that big of a deal ?

As far as i am concerned i'm happy with the commander mode and the su4 mode. I can always get a pc jack to hotshoe adapter.

September 15, 2010 1:17 PM  
Blogger WingedPower said...

Double wow on the lack of a PC jack OR a mini plug jack! Jeez, I'm sorry, but for $329 MSRP, I'll just pick up 2 LP160(s) or another LP160+PW+II pairing.

September 15, 2010 1:23 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Honestly, I thought David would be making a lot more noise over the camera. Base ISO of 100 means we can get wider apertures in open sunlight. But I guess this is a strobist not iso-ist blog :)

September 15, 2010 1:35 PM  
Blogger Brett said...

Well, kudos to Nikon for taking the SB-600 -- a great, lightweight, cheap (for branded gear) little flash -- and updating it with improved user interface. That was the only shortcoming of the 600: the interface was painfully slow to navigate, especially switching back and forth from remote to regular mode.

I think many of these "no PC jack?" discussions will become moot if/when PocketWizard releases the Nikon version of their Mini/Flex system.

September 15, 2010 2:06 PM  
Blogger jacob said...

I use hotshoe adapters for my SB600's and, well, yes, it makes the setup a bit more flimsy, but it's not a real problem. Not even if you attach a Lumiquest Softbox III. What it does mean, though, is that you get a slightly messier set-up with more stuff to organize.

September 15, 2010 3:14 PM  
Blogger RayPlay said...

pc-jack missing is no big thing. Doesn't work half of the time on my SB-900's. Use a cold shoe with pc connection which always work.
Interesting to see two switches back for previous menu controls

September 15, 2010 3:27 PM  
Blogger David said...

This is still a good/great flash for Nikon CLS shooters. The shared interface & switch that the SB-900 has is very nice. If you want manual flash to use with Pocket Wizards, then get the Lumipro 160 for half the price. Otherwise you can add the universal translator ( http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,12111.html )featured earlier this year and viola, pc AND 1/8 in jack!

September 15, 2010 5:55 PM  
Blogger supergimp said...

THIS IS THE GREATEST FLASH EVER!!!

Now...please sell me your old SB-600's on the cheap. I'm happy to give Lon at FlashZebra a few bucks for a hotshoe adapter and still have the ability to plug in the JrX. SB800's are selling at gold prices here in LA, so I'll settle for your old 600's.

September 15, 2010 6:53 PM  
Blogger Hipporage said...

Too expensive for my taste. I think the greatest thing about strobist is that it helps you pay less by not falling for all the marketing hype of Nikon. lol. By shooting manual.
Plus I'm still mad my SB800 is glitching after only 2 years of moderate use.

September 15, 2010 7:17 PM  
Blogger Dennis said...

Similar to mobile phones. They give you a new model with one or two features from the previous model taken out. :(

September 15, 2010 10:25 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

You really would think by now Nikon would have noticed the astronomical prices people have been willing to pay for used SB-800's and have responded to it with a "New Coke" 800 version instead of this cripled 700.

Companies who refuse to listen to their customers eventually lose a lot of customers.

September 15, 2010 11:27 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

No thanks - Don't really need the PC connection anymore but it's nice to know I have it if I need it.

Actually, I'd rather plunk down the extra bucks for another SB900 or two - which I like a lot more than the SB800. The SB900 works beautifully with the SU800 inside and great outdoors with an extended TTL cable I made out of CAT5 cable. I've even had success using some really old Vivitar optical triggers both inside and out at about 20-30 feet. And I've never seen the temp gauge problems other write about.

But once the Nikon Mini & Mini-flex PWs have proven themselves the cords and optical triggers get stored in the deepest recesses of my trunk as back-ups.

I just don't see Nikon's reasoning behind marketing a lesser strobe. And when can we expect an FX 20-24 MP camera for under $3000? Canon did it!

September 15, 2010 11:32 PM  
Blogger Robert Davidson said...

I used to get steamed over the lack of PC connectors on flash units like the Canon 480 EX, etc. But I finally came to the conclusion that the only thing I can rely on from all flash manufacturers is the shoe connection. I bought a couple of female hot-shoe to pocketwizard connectors from FlashZebra http://www.flashzebra.com/products/0126/index.shtml .
I removed the cold shoes from my umbrella brackets and screwed these new adaptors on directly to the spigots. Now, I just have to mount the flash into the shoe, plug the cable into my pocketwizard, and I'm done. No more worries about whether or not the flash has a pc connector, and no more worries about the problematic pc connection's poor reliability.
Although I am a Canon shooter, I bought several Nikon SB-26's on ebay, and these are my principal go-to flashes. Although they have PC connectors, I don't use them. I simply mount the SB-26's on the new "hot shoe", plug the cable into the pocketwizard and go. In cases where I use the optical slave on one or more SB-26's, I just let the cable with the audio plug dangle. No fuss, no muss. Works great for me.

September 16, 2010 8:34 AM  
OpenID Light Adrenaline said...

Ha. I looked all over every picture I could find too and didn't see it! Maybe Nikon was semi-ashamed of it considering that the day all that fun stuff - the D7000, 35 1.4, 200 f2 and this baby - was announced it was NOT immediately listed as NEW on the NikonUSA site. All of the other three were. You COULD get to it, but had to select another flash and look at the bottom in related items and even then there was NO descriptive info about it. I guess they sort of met in the middle with the SU-4 slave feature though. It's listed as an option on the Tech Specs page. This is at least better than nothing. However, using multiple lights outdoors with power settings kind of low might not help in the triggering area though since it might be too week or in a different direction from the source. Considering that the 700 is priced at what the older 800 was when it was still the king of the hill and it loses such a vital feature for a PORTABLE strobe, I agree that this is a stupid move. Those other features are dandy, but I never had an over heating issue with any of my strobes...so..... I do like the new screen and the build, etc., but I'm not sure I'm gonna drop $325-350 on this when I still love the used SB-28s, etc. that I've inherited from eBay.

Thanks all!

September 16, 2010 11:21 AM  
OpenID photoboxstudios said...

@ Robert Davidson

I totally agree, except I hate the fragility of those things. It's just one more thing to have sandwiched in there. Lightstand, umbrella swivel mount, PC-sync receiver base with shoe, flash. I know it's not a big deal, but I have had some issues with overall stability, but maybe I've used the wrong ones.

In the gym, where I used to use these most, I'd simply rig up my 800 with a receiver and then set as many others to SU-4 as possible and if not - give them a receiver and it worked great. Since then however, I've just boosted the ISO galore and shot with nothing slower than 2.8. 95% of the time my gym images - again where I use multiple strobes the most - are used for the web and the news paper. Occasionally something bigger. Weddings are covered with the 3-4 I have that DO have syncs. Just wish that the STATE OF THE ART stuff that's coming out with a STATE OF THE ART price tag met the basic requirements for shooters on the go. It's little, but in the end huge for many users. Luckily I'm more of a natural light shooter who likes to keep things simple. If it's north of that, I'm usually on my Alien Bees. However, I've been considering improving my strobe lineup and I just don't think this will fit the bill enough for me to justify the price.

For someone looking for a BETTER THAN BUILT IN FLASH, this is an awesome alternative to the 900, but I think one needs to really consider how they plan on using it...

September 16, 2010 11:30 AM  
Blogger Two Jack Studio said...

Aaah no PC jack?!?!?

Nikon is going all Microsoft on us.

I feel the need for a cellotape and chewing gum kitchen hack to put a PC jack into that baby. Mwaahahahahah!

If it can't do everything a Vivtar 285HV does, it sucks! Thats the law man. Can't mess with it.

Peace!

September 16, 2010 11:31 AM  
Blogger ac said...

"Uncorked a full Vincent on it" was a beautiful way to phrase that.

September 16, 2010 12:24 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Michael de Gunst: SB 900 too BIG, SB 700 no PC-thing......
SB 500 Oh help it cannot take pictures on its own, you need to buy a camera with it!

Get real! 99.99% from the Nikon-flash users will never, ever use the PC-jack in its entire live.

September 16, 2010 3:58 PM  
Blogger James said...

i thought we'd decided PC jacks were old ? i say good riddance. they were way too fragile. thanks for moving the game on nikon. oh wait.. no minijack ? D'OH !

September 16, 2010 6:41 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Gotta be honest, David, i'm less impressed about the complaining then i am about the flash itself

Why review something that ISNT suited to us in the first place? How many of us use SB600s in OCF? (not me, but in fairness i am a Pentax shooter, and nothing we got has PC-sync. Our SB600 equivalent doesn't even have swivel)

Nikon clearly are aiming the SB700 to a different market than us. There are more people that DO shoot on camera than there is off camera. It's also a cheaper entry into CLS than buying into the SB900 (or waiting for used SB800s to come to market) If all we wanted was everything you suggested in Lighting 101, then there's 2 flashes out there that suits us. 2 Dedicated, cheap flashes out there for us to use, and hell, one of them had the input of this site to help with.

I'm Seeing a move from Pentax to Nikon myself soon (unless the K5 is amazing..). with the SB900 far out of my price range, this looks tempting. but if i need OCF, i've got my YNs to work with.

Expecting a major corporation to release a mid ranged device that appeal to what is a minority group that refuses to use said company's technology is, imo, myopic at best.

Let it be said, you didn't complain about the lack of PC-sync on the Canon 430EXII when it was released.. you didn't review it at all...

September 16, 2010 10:54 PM  
Blogger Paula and Damian said...

I never could understand why companies like Nikon and Canon never though about implementing the radio signal in their flashes rather than infrared, as if photographers don't have enough crap to haul around with them as it is. I think Nikon should use a screw fastener on the flashes rather than a switch and add a rubber seal to prevent water damage from ppl who sweat. It seems to me that the flashes would last a bit longer for most ppl if the switches didn't break so easily and the contacts were protected from sweat and other water or moisture damage.

September 17, 2010 11:58 AM  
Blogger Bernhard A S said...

Well maybe NIKON just wants us to finally come to grips with the fact that double the price is the new cheap.

September 17, 2010 3:08 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

@Mark

"Let it be said, you didn't complain about the lack of PC-sync on the Canon 430EXII when it was released.. you didn't review it at all..."

C'mon, everyone knows that David is a Nikon shooter and this blog isn't primarily a review site. DH certainly can't review every piece of new gear out there.

September 18, 2010 12:06 AM  
Blogger David said...

FWIW, the main point of the post was do ding them for NOT including the PC jack. Or, SOME kind of hard sync jack. Any kind.

I do not get why they thought the ten cents they would save OEM was so important at that price level. Truly.

September 18, 2010 2:12 AM  
Blogger Night Time Brothers said...

I want a camera :(

September 18, 2010 2:37 AM  
Blogger photoguy2354 said...

I would like to point out to anyone who may pay attention to this post from Nikon that this post would be completely flopped in the opposite direction, full of mostly praise and excitement if a mini audio jack had just been added.

Also, this flash is a bit of a slap in the face to every amatuer and mid-level photographer out there. The use and versitility of a speedlight has become a HUGE thing over the last decade or so, the strobist concept has exploded throughout the internet. Posts everywhere about the want of the PC jack to die, the desire for a standard in mini audio jacks, and the push to find new ways to make use of a speedlight. This flash could have been Nikon's chance to reward thier customers with a small flash with good features, and thier chance to really shine by making a new Nikon standard of a mini audio, and the lack of ANY jacks is NUTS. Discontinuing the SB-800 was thier first major mistake, imo, and this is almost just as bad. I expected at least a PC jack and hoped for a mini audio. Hopefully this is just a makeshift in between model release and they are focusing thier efforts on something else.

LP-160 can do it, why can't Nikon?

September 18, 2010 8:19 AM  
Blogger crocksta said...

And really, why ever discontinue the 800?....pfffftttt

September 18, 2010 2:38 PM  
OpenID 101flavours said...

Not that I would have had the money to buy it if it did have everything... oh well, it's one less thing I want to buy ;)

September 19, 2010 1:32 AM  
Blogger Stephane said...

Hi Dave, I was suprized that you haven't mentioned anything about the P7000 yet? I know you love using canon's G series for the sync speed. Nikon finally releases something good in that area, are you going to give it a try? Just wondering, and sorry, I didn't know where else to ask you this.

September 22, 2010 10:04 AM  
Blogger Ranger 9 said...

OMG, no PC jack!! And you know what else? They won't sell you Capture NX2 on floppy disks either.

September 22, 2010 11:20 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

With no PC jack, the higher price, rumors of a slightly lower 1/1 output than the SB-600, and that damned HATED thermal shutoff of the SB-900, I have 2 words for Nikon...


EPIC FAIL.


Sorry guys, just the way I see it. There is no SB-700 in my future... ever.

September 24, 2010 10:30 AM  
Blogger Shahkasahias said...

bought it yesterday.. marvellouss.

December 21, 2010 10:02 PM  

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