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Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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- Compact, lightweight Speedlight unit
- 18mm angle of coverage with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras
- Bounce capabilities in 4 steps up to 90 degrees; flash shooting distance range from 2 and up to 66 feet
- Approximate guide number of 98.4 feet at ISO 200 (at 18mm zoom head setting)
- Operates on two AA-size (1.5V) batteries; fast 2.5 second recycling time
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From the Manufacturer
With its powerful guide number of 21, the SB-400 is an ideal flash unit for beginners in digital SLR photography, but it is also useful for hobbyists and professionals looking for a handy i-TTL flash unit offering an effortless bounce flash function.
The SB-400 has been specifically developed to provide photographers with an entry-level external flash unit which is compatible with i-TTL flash operation. When combined with cameras that are compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-400 is controlled in i-TTL and D40's M (manual) mode.
The SB-400's flash head can be tilted in 4 steps--horizontal, as well as 60, 75, and 90 degrees--and has a flash shooting distance range of between 60cm to 20m (depending on the camera's ISO setting). Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction and other flash modes can also be set on the camera body, enabling users to enjoy brighter and more natural lighting for better flash pictures.
Top Customer Reviews
It is fully automatic, which really means there's nothing to set or control on this unit. If your camera isn't compatible, basically this flash won't work for you. If it is compatible, it works great and seamlessly. I use it with a D200, D70 and CP8400, and it works great with all of them.
One thing to keep in mind is if you were thinking of using it as a "better" main flash on for instance a D200 in wireless remote flash mode, think again. Only the actual in-camera flash can be used in the remote commander mode on a D200. And, this unit is NOT capable of being a remote flash in wireless flash, either. So basically, don't consider it as part of wireless remote flash operation. It's a better than in-camera flash, not a wireless flash.
Also keep in mind as far as I know in the Coolpix line only the 8400 and 8800 are fully compatible with this. Most of the newer DSLRs are, though. If your camera isn't i-TTL, it's not the flash for you. Check the compatibility before you buy.
If you want a small and fully integrated flash for your Nikon digital, it's a great unit.
I chose the SB-400 and probably keep it on-camera about half the time. Indoors the option to bounce the flash off the ceiling makes all the difference in the world, and I would almost never use the on-camera flash for indoor shots. Either bounce the flash, or use available light without flash, to get good photos of people. Outdoors, using the SB-400 for fill flash greatly improves pictures of people and many other objects being photographed at close range. The on-camera flash can be used for this too, but using the SB-400 gives much faster recharge times and more power, and is easier on the camera's battery. It is especially useful when you will fire a burst of several shots in quick succession, as the on-camera flash will not keep up. The SB-400 will usually give you several good clean flash shots without having to pause between them. For all these reasons I usually keep the SB-400 on the camera if I am planning to use flash for even some of my shots.
Unfortunately the SB-400 lacks a couple of fairly important features. Since the flash head only rotates vertically, it can be difficult or impossible to use bounce flash for vertical shots - you have to bounce the flash off a wall, which might not be conveniently located and might not be white. That minor inflexibility alone will be enough reason for some people to spend extra for the SB-600.Read more ›
This is a no-frills flash that simply does its job and does it quite well. It supports Nikon's excellent iTTL flash system. Granted, if you are shooting a wedding or some other professional engagement, this would not be the flash of choice; the SB600 or SB800 would do better. But for casual shooting where more than the built-in flash is needed, this unit is extremely nice to have. And of course by using this unit instead of the built-in flash of one's camera, the user can get more shots from the camera since the flash does not drain the camera batteries.
The unit uses convenient AA batteries, which of course are readily available. I'll take this over those sometimes hard-to-find exotic batteries that some flashes use. It is well-constructed and with a guide number of 21, does a good job. Highly recommended.
At first I thought I would need a sophisticated speedlight, knowledge of manual flash calculations or whatever it is that other photographers seem to know that I don't to get great flash photos. I thought only the more expensive SB600 and SB800 can do this with current Nikon DSLRs as the builtin flash just doesn't cut it. Was I wrong!
When I saw Nikon the SB400 and read reviews about it I knew I found an effective alternative. It delivered the goods with the finesse and the elegance of simplicity. It works like magic! It doesn't compete with the camera for weight. I can slip it in and out easily. Most of all it does not require elaborate setup to give WOW! results. With this speedlight I have shot portraits using bounce flash so natural my flattered friends thought it was only possible with ambient light. I have photographed small items up close without having a washed out image. I have used the excellent fill-in flash technique outdoors without worrying about over-expossure. I have easily used the SB400 as the main light at night without worrying of under-exposure. The results were just great! Unless you intentionally set out to mess it up it's hard to make a bad flash exposure with the SB400. Another feature I like is that, should I need more or less flash power than the default settings, I can easily adjust it on the camera. There are no other switches or buttons on the flash that I can possibly screw up. Perfect!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Handy to have. A good substitute for professional DSLRs that do not have pop-up flashes.Published 1 month ago by AutoMatters+
These SB-400 flashes are every bit as good as I've always heard. Sure they have limited functionality and guide number compared to some bigger, fancier models, but has everything I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ProtectFreedom
It worked well while it worked, but it will not power on. It was purchased in Jan. 2014 and was used for less than 500 shots - hardly worth what I paid for it.Published 2 months ago by Lori Rose
This was a great purchase and just what I needed to take great photos. I heard about this flash on Ken Rockwell's site and wanted to purchase this model as the new one wasn't... Read morePublished 3 months ago by BellaJack