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Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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- Soft and balanced flash for excellent color, skin tones, and lighting
- Use it in bright situations to fill in unwanted shadows (fill-flash)
- 120 degrees tilt capablity
- Nikon's i-TTL (intelligent Through-The-Lens) flash coverage technology
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Take control of the lighting around you with the Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight for D-SLRs and hot-shoe equipped Coolpix cameras. Find new inspiration: use the 120° tilting head to bounce the flash off a nearby wall or ceiling (bounce flash), eliminate unwanted shadows on your subject (fill-flash) or illuminate a poorly lit scene with a soft, balanced light tailored to your shot. Shed Light on New Opportunities With the SB-300 AF Speedlight, you'll enjoy a flash that's soft and balanced for excellent color, skin tones and lighting throughout your entire composition-not just on your main subject. Use it in bright situations to fill in unwanted shadows (fill-flash), or use its 120° tilt capability to bounce your flash off the ceiling or a nearby wall for even softer, less direct lighting on your subject (bounce technique). Outstanding Flash Precision Nikons i-TTL (intelligent Through-The-Lens) flash coverage technology tailors the characteristic of the flash to the shot. An imperceptible pre-flash fires milliseconds before the main flash to gather information about the scene-shadow areas, subject distance and reflectance. Your i-TTL capable camera and the SB-300 AF Speedlight then work together to achieve the best exposure and white balance setting possible, all in a fraction of a second.
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The right lighting can transform an everyday shot into an extraordinary memory. Even if your camera has a pop-up flash, an external Speedlight provides capabilities and control that every shooter can appreciate—so much more than simply illuminating a dimly lit scene. The compact, lightweight SB-300 AF Speedlight makes it easier than ever to harness the power of a Nikon Speedlight. With its simple operation, excellent performance and approachable price tag, the SB-300 AF Speedlight belongs in the camera bag of every D-SLR or accessory-shoe equipped COOLPIX owner. Take control of the lighting around you.
Shed light on new opportunities
Soft, balanced lighting with fill-flash and tilt capabilities
With the SB-300 AF Speedlight, you’ll enjoy a flash that’s soft and balanced for excellent color, skin tones and lighting throughout your entire composition—not just on your main subject. Use it in bright situations to fill in unwanted shadows (fill-flash), or use its 120° tilt capability to bounce your flash off the ceiling or a nearby wall for even softer, less direct lighting on your subject (bounce technique).
Outstanding flash precision
Lighting tailored to each shot
Nikon’s i-TTL (intelligent Through-The-Lens) flash coverage technology tailors the characteristic of the flash to the shot. An imperceptible pre-flash fires milliseconds before the main flash to gather information about the scene—shadow areas, subject distance and reflectance. Your i-TTL capable camera and the SB-300 AF Speedlight then work together to achieve the best exposure and white balance setting possible, all in a fraction of a second.
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I typically carry my Nikon P7800 camera with me in my everyday bag. I popped the flash on my camera and the two became one. The flash is well balanced on my P7800.
I went ahead and purchased this flash knowing the limitations. The flash distance is not as strong as my SB-400. The SB-300 uses two AAA batteries versus the SB-400 uses two AA batteries. Not a real issue for me as I always carry extra batteries with me.
The portability of this flash is a definite plus. With the flash head pointed up (becomes a slender flash), I can easily store this in a small camera bag or purse. The flash head has greater movement that my SB-400. I can bounce the flash up and high behind me.
This compact flash comes with a drawstring bag. I have no issues with this bag as it's easier to remove this flash quickly versus using my SB-400 and having to unzip its case.
Uses: This compact flash is much easier to carry and stow in a camera case. It's a decent flash for fill-in capability. Also decent for bouncing flash in a small area/room.
Batteries I use: I plan on using the AAA rechargeable Eneloop batteries with this flash. I already use the Eneloop brand for my SB-400.
Photos: I have posted two pictures in the gallery that show a side by side comparison of my SB-300 and SB-400. I will post additional pictures soon.
I recommend this compact flash as I now take this everywhere with me along with my P7800. It's small, it has a cute-factor, and I now can take pictures anywhere I go without having to worry about having enough light.
** Updates to the original post **
07/13/14: I've posted pictures of the SB-300 on my Nikon P7800 camera. There are several pictures that show how the flash head can be configured.
07/14/14: I put my SB-400 on my Nikon P7800 camera and the older flash is too top heavy for the camera. Not as balanced as my new SB-300.
07/15/14: I've added a macro shot of my flowers to the gallery using the SB-300. I'm really enjoying this flash. Easy to carry and easy to use.
07/17/14: I've found a diffuser that fits on this flash: EzFoto Flash Diffuser Cap Box for Nikon Speedlite SB-N7
While I enjoy my Nikon DSLRs, and the images they produce, I grew tired of lugging my DSLR, a couple of lenses or a heavy 28-300 and my SB-910 around. While it is great for portraits or certain events, I found I was breaking the cardinal rule of, "The best camera is the one you have with you." I just really didn't want to carry all that gear.
Along came the Nikon P7800 camera. Excellent image quality and nice, small size.
The Nikon SB-300 speedlight is the perfect complement. It is so tiny. If you have ever held or have seen the SB-400, this unit is even smaller. I love it! Now, I have a very compact camera system that I have with me all the time. I can tuck the camera and this tiny flash in my small bag and go.
I always have them with me and with this speedlight, I am always able to expose my shots properly with adequate lighting.
It is an excellent buy!
I don't get the rap's on it. Yes, it uses AAA batteries as opposed to AA's. So what? They are lighter and Eneloop offers them as rechargables, and a couple of extras in your pocket could get lost with the loose change and lint. It does not tilt straight up, but why would you want to? It'll tip to all of the angles I use on my SB-800's and SB-900...quite enough to do the job. Is this a flash you'd take on a "shoot" to be artificially lit, or one you'd shoot into an umbrella? Of course not. If you want to do that kind of work, buy that kind of equipment. But if what you are looking for is just a bit of a boost or fill light that is easily carried along, this little jewel is for you.
A great, inexpensive external flash for laymen photographers like me who tend to just shoot on Auto all the time.