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Does exactly what it's supposed to, and is very easy to use ...,
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This review is from: Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Camera)
If you need a small flash that is a lot more powerful than the on-camera flash on your compatible Nikon camera, this is a great flash. More than anything, it's a better than on-camera flash that also has bounce capability, which none of the on-camera flashes do. For me, it doesn't replace a full-featured flash like and SB-800 or SB-600, but is a lot smaller and lighter for many times when you don't need the big mama. It's not powerful enough for instance to bounce if the ceiling is higher than 10 or 11 feet with lower ISO settings, where the SB-800 can still reach. I have found I don't use it as often as I thought I would, but that's really because I've not gotten into the habit of using a fill-flash as much as I should. That's not the fault of the flash.
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.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2008 5:11:07 PM PST
M. Boone says:
Great review. I've been considering this flash for travel purposes, as I rarely want to lug my SB-800 around with me, but often find the need for a fill flash to get the exposure I want. Your review gave me a better understand of what this flash can and cannot do, so I can tell for sure that it will meet my expectations. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2010 12:22:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2010 12:22:39 PM PDT
Mrs. Meadows says:
Thank you for mentioning the wireless remote and this flash not working together. I actually already have this flash but I am going to be buying a remote and this was a good tip because I didn't know that.
Posted on Jul 7, 2010 3:04:18 PM PDT
Wile E Coyote says:
Spot on review. it's a fairly limited point and shoot unit, I mainly use mine just to get more height so I don't get lens shadows with a big lens, and it fits in my pocket - which the others certainly don't.
Posted on Jan 14, 2011 8:55:26 PM PST
Julio Maldonado says:
Would this flash work with a Panasonic LX5?
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black
Posted on Dec 25, 2011 1:03:55 PM PST
ALFONSO A. TOBAR says:
Check the date: [February 28, 2007]
All these comments and reviews DO NOT BELONG HERE... This is for NIKON SB910!
Posted on Jan 31, 2012 9:38:37 PM PST
Anthony Ho says:
Unforunately, this review is for the SB-400, but it appears in other Nikon flash products like the SB-700 and SB-910. As a result, it's causing some confusion. Unless you're looking at the SB-400, you should ignore the review above.
Posted on Jul 16, 2012 6:25:04 PM PDT
Can i sue this with a Nikon D5100?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 2:00:47 PM PDT
G. M. Matthews says:
I agree, but amazon splayed it around, not me.
Posted on Jul 19, 2012 6:05:26 PM PDT
Kathleen R. Gilliland says:
Can I use this with a Nikon D3000?