The SB700 Speedlight is the latest addition to Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS). Building on both the SB-600 and the SB-900, the SB-700 also incorporates a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths, FX/DX format identification that optimizes zoom settings and provides a more efficient use of batteries and flash coverage, and three light distribution patterns for flash-to-scene customization. It can be used as an on-camera flash or as a wireless commander or remote.
The SB-700’s LCD design and layout enables easy-to-remember and intuitive operation, while the multi-step power zoom covers a 24-120 mm angle of view with FX-format cameras.
As part of Nikon’s 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 when controlled by the SB-900 or with the built-in flash set to Commander Mode in most Nikon DSLRs.
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.
The SB-700 also features Thermal Cut-Out detection that automatically detects heat build-up due to rapid flash firing and limits its operation by increasing recycling time if the temperature of the flash head rises. The SB-700 uses new hard plastic-type colour filters (for fluorescent or incandescent colour temperature balancing) instead of flexible film type colour filters and are supplied with the SB-700. When using the supplied filters, the flash automatically recognizes which filter is being used and automatically adjusts white balance accordingly on the latest Nikon DSLRs. Additionally, the SB-700’s AF-assist illuminator is compatible with the complete line of AF systems used in Nikon DSLRs.
Three illumination patterns (standard, centre-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 centre 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 centre-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.
SB-700 firmware can be updated using the same procedure as with a Nikon DSLR.
The Nikon SB-700 Speedlight is scheduled to be available in late November, and will have an estimated selling price of $379.95. It will come bundled with the Speedlight Stand, Bounce Adapter, Colour Filter Holder, Intelligent Colour Filter Kit, Diffuser Dome and Soft Case.