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Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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- Easy-to-view LCD with 6 simple-to-understand backlit buttons
- FV lock holds flash value, enabling recomposition prior to shooting
- Accurate i-TTL flash control achieved through flash exposure monitoring control
- Ready light located beside the LCD on the back panel - highly visible even when used as a remote
- Auto zoom of 24 to 85mm, extendable to 14mm with built-in wide-flash adapter
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|Included Components||Speedlight Stand AS-19 - Soft Case SS-600 - 1|
|Item Dimensions||4.9 x 3.5 x 2.7 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Platform||Not Machine Specific|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
When used in combination with Nikon's latest digital SLRs, the D70 or D2H, the SB-600 supports Advanced Wireless Lighting as a remote Speedlight that can be positioned as one of multiple remote flashes to significantly extend creative possibilities. To assist in such situations, the Speedlight SB-600 also has two Ready Lights located on both the left and right of the front that can be easily seen from a distance. The SB-600 can also emit an audible alert for further assistance.
Auto FP High-Speed Sync enables the use of Fill-Flash even in bright daylight with wide aperture settings for the achievement of outstanding results and new creative possibilities, including the effective blurring for of out-of-focus background elements. An optional color filter set SJ-1 is also available, allowing imaginative shooting to be pushed even further.
White balance is optimized through the use of flash color information obtained by the Speedlight. The SB-600 also features FV lock, which gives the user the convenience of being able to maintain the measured flash value while recomposing the shot to achieve the appropriate flash output for the subject.
It also offers uncomplicated operation made simpler by an easy-to-view LCD with only six buttons, each of which is backlit and simple to understand.
The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 also delivers plenty of style, both in its compact dimensions and a triangular motif consistent with the Nikon D-SLR theme.
The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 comes complete with a Speedlight stand and a soft case, while two flash cables (the SC-29 and SC-28) and the Color Filter Set (SJ-1) are available as options.
Major Features of the Nikon SB-600
- Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
- Supports i-TTL (for automatic balanced Fill-Flash), D-TTL, TTL, Manual.
- Easy-to-view LCD with 6 simple-to-understand backlit buttons.
- Guide Number of 30/98 [ISO100,m/ft], 42/138 [ISO200,m/ft] (at 35mm zoom).
- Auto zoom of 24 to 85mm, extendable to 14mm with built-in wide-flash adapter.
- Same Wide area AF Assist Illuminator as the popular SB-800.
- Advanced Wireless Lighting available with D2H or D70 when used as a remote.
- Auto FP High-Speed Sync (with D2H only); use with fast shutter speeds achieves effective lurring of out-of-focus background elements.
- Flash Color Information - optimized white balance makes use of data from the Speedlight.
- FV lock holds flash value, enabling recomposition prior to shooting.
- Accurate i-TTL flash control achieved through flash exposure monitoring control.
- Design consistent with those of next-generation D-SLRs, with a triangular design element on the top that complements the D-SLR motif.
- Supports optional Color Filter Set (SJ-1).
- Ready light located beside the LCD on the back panel - highly visible even when used as a remote.
Top Customer Reviews
The SB600 does 95% of what the more expensive SB-800 does for half the price:
Bounce Flash: Not only can you move the head vertically, you can rotate it 270 degrees to get some sweet sidelit effects. The iTTL makes bounce flash simple and accurate. When you manually zoom the lens, the SB 600 zooms the flash head to automatically match your focal length-and very quietly too.
Power: No problem here. It can easily light an average room. 4 AA batteries give plenty of juice, and the '600 powers itself down to energy saver mode. More important, it powers back up quickly when you're ready to shoot.
Goodies: You can manually dial the flash power down to 1/64 full output, and everything in between. This is perfect for fill flash. It comes with a built in diffusor for ultra wide angle settings. Nikon thoughtfully includes a little stand with tripod socket in case you want to use it off camera. The really nice part is that the SB 600 can be triggered remotely by the D70 or D2H's on camera flash! This gives you a "studio in a bag" using one flash and a Nikon DSLR. Very cool.
Ergonomics: Nikon's D70 set new standards in ergonomics, and the SB-600 matches that. The latch for the bounce head has a handy large rubber button to unlock it. All buttons are soft touch, backlit, and very responsive. The TTL display is lit as well. There is a smooth locking device to secure it on the hotshoe.Read more ›
Many opt for the SB-800, yet it really has only two practical advantages over the SB-600:
1. It delivers somewhat more output (at the cost of slower recycling) and
2. It can act as a master unit in an array of SB-600s and SB-800s.
All well and good, but who among us really intends to set up the three and four flash arrays Nikon shows in their brochure? Or even two flash arrays? If I need that many lights I'd use a studio flash setup, which would be cheaper and more flexible in the long run.
As it is, the SB-600 can be triggered remotely by the D70 flash, or you can use a remote cable. A small slaved fill flash unit can be added (I like to use them for lighting hair in portraits) without really affecting the main exposure. And most of the time all I need in one light. The guy who taught me lighting showed me that you can do handle just about any lighting task there is with a sigle soft light or bounced flash.
So for 2/3rds the cost of the SB-800, the 600 delivers 90% of the features, and 100% of the useful features. Add the remote cable and a couple of reflectors, and you can do just about possible one-light trick- and that's a lot of tricks.
Of course, either the 600 or 800 (or even "older" Nikon flashes such as the SB-28, etc.) will provide better lighting than the internal flash. Whichever flash you buy, be sure to get one that allows you tilt the flash head so you can do bounce photography. Bounce photography makes a world of difference vis-a-vis direct flash when it comes to indoor portraits.
(Originally posted on the SB-800 product page: Why I chose the SB-800 over SB-600):
I won't repeat the wealth of information the other kind reviewers have already given. I'll just focus on why I decided to cough up the extra $100 to get the SB-800 instead of the less powerful SB-600.
Compared to the SB-600, the SB-800 has the following extra features:
1) Much more powerful, as reflected in the GN.
2) Slightly faster recycle time with the standard four AA batteries. It also comes with a battery holder that holds a fifth battery which cuts down recycle time by 1/3 to 1/2.
3) The SB-800 has non-TTL auto and auto aperture modes. (More on this later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a Nikon product, what else can I say. Quality and it works if you are looking for a flash that pushes out to 100 feet or so. Highly recommended. Get two and sync them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald wyman
Does the job for a lower end flash. Slow cycle time, but very bright. First one I got burnt out on my first job sent it in and got the second one from my return and haven't had... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Le Roy D. Candelaria
I am not a professional photographer... I am a very enthusiastic hobbyist. That being said, I always do my research when it comes to photo gear. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ernest Turner
Still going strong after many years. And I just discovered the Master Commander (with my Nikon D70) so I can shoot off camera WITHOUT ANY cables. Too cool for words.Published 5 months ago by gfw
Well, this was a pretty good Speedlight while it was working. Unfortunately, my husband left it stored with batteries in it for about 6 months and when he went to use it again,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Patty Hahne
Nice lighting accessory with powerful flash . Very well made and easy to use. Very happy with purchase. Would buy again.Published 6 months ago by Falomany