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NIKON SB-500 SPEEDLIGHT FLASH is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
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  • i-TTL Flash
  • Guide Number: 24m/78.7ft.
  • Commander Function
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  • i-TTL Flash
  • Guide Number: 24m/78.7ft.
  • Commander Function
  • Built-in High-intensity LED Light
  • Compact, lightweight i-TTL Speedlight and LED video light that gives you total control of the light around you
  • Whether you're looking for extra illumination during HD video recording, a wireless off-camera flash to use along with your camera's built-in commander mode, another Nikon Speedlight like the SB-700 or SB-910 or the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander or just an advanced and versatile - yet simple to use - Nikon Speedlight, the SB-500 AF Speedlight is a bright idea
  • Compact, lightweight and multifunctional:
  • The SB-500 AF Speedlight has simple controls - just a few buttons - and it operates on two AA batteries; yet, it offers the performance of an advanced Speedlight
  • Its powerful and has wide coverage with a guide number of 24/78.7 (ISO 100, m/ft) with 24mm coverage in FX-format and 16mm coverage in DX-format
  • Its head rotates 180 degrees left and right and tilts 90 degrees upward allowing you to bounce light off nearby surfaces to soften the light and shadows, creating more flattering portraits
  • If your camera has a Commander Mode, it can even be used wirelessly off-camera along with your camera's built-in flash for greater illumination power from interesting angles
  • High-performance LED for video recording:
  • SB-500 AF Speedlight is also a versatile video light especially well suited for recording interviews up close
  • It has a built-in high-intensity LED light (approx. 100 lux) that provides steady, uniform daylight-balanced illumination
  • It can be used at three output levels - quarter, half or full power - making it practical for low-light video shooting and close up still photography
  • And when used with the D810 or D750, the SB-500 AF Speedlight communicates LED colour information (along with that of the flash) to the camera for optimal white balance
  • Nikon i-TTL technology:
  • Nikon's i-TTL technology (intelligent Through-The-Lens) tailors the characteristics of the flash to each shot you take, so you get optimal results every time
  • With that intelligence and more illumination power than a camera's pop-up flash, the SB-500 AF Speedlight is excellent as a fill-light outdoors (brightening shadowy areas on your subject) or for soft bounce lighting indoors
  • Use it off-camera wirelessly as a second flash controlled by either your camera's built-in flash (if your camera has a Commander Mode), another Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander
  • If you're using D810 or D750 in Commander Mode, the SB-500 AF Speedlight will also work as a master flash in Advanced Wireless Lighting
  • Included:
  • SB-500 AF Speedlight
  • SS-DC2 Soft Case
  • AS-23 Speedlight Stand


Flash Type: External Flash Unit
Flash Mount: Shoe, Wireless
Guide No. (Feet/Metres): 24m/78.7ft. (at ISO 100)
Exposure Control: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras
Bounce Head: Up to 90 degrees
Swivel Head: 180 degrees horizontally
Coverage: 24 mm lens (FX format) or 16 mm lens (DX format)
Compensation: Available via camera settings
Recycle Time: 100/4.0-30 sec. (Alkaline-manganese batteries) ; 140/3.5-30 sec. (Ni-MH batteries)
Flash Duration: 1/1100 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
Wireless Communication Channels: 4 channels for Commander mode; 1 channel for Remote mode
Wireless Groups: Two: A, B
Flash Ready Indicator: Fully recycled: lights up; Warning indication: flashes slowly
LEDs: Modeling flash
Power Source: 2 x 1.5V LR6 (AA) alkaline batteries or 2 x 1.2V HR6 (AA) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD): 67 x 114.5 x 70.8 mm
Weight: 226 g

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Flash Shoots Five Frames Per Second! Attached to an 8-frames-per-second D2Xs, set to TTL, my SB-500 can produce 35 fully-exposed images in five seconds continous shooting. Remarkable! This test is quite informal, however it serves to show how well this amazing speedlight performs. Lightweight, easily portable, simple to operate, Nikon's SB-500 is an awesome value for the money. Just insert two rechargeable (highly recommended) AAs and you're very good to go!
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 1st flash purchase...SB-500 AF Speedlight (Refurbished) I bought this flash as a trial and learning model for my D7000. It came very well wrapped and padded inside two boxes. It works great on and off camera. It took some time to figure out how to use this flash off-camera by watching various youtube videos and several trial and error settings attempts, but I finally got the right combination of camera and flash settings... CSM e3 / CMD / Built-in flash Mode --, Comp 1/128, and Channel to 3. Flash is set to CH.3 setting. I then experimented with it (nothing scientific) at various distances and it seemed to work very well. All told, it appears that this model will work very well for my needs, and I will probably add a few more units to my collection.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little powerhouse Perfect size for travel and use of two AA batteries makes it universal. Versatile and plenty of power. Off-camera control via CLS is a breeze -- albeit only channel 3 (strange - the SB-600 initally defaults to channel 3 also). I am sad it can not be used as a commander -- except on D750 and D810. The only other compliant is lack of a diffuser -- be nice if it covered 16mm in FX format. But for a simple tool that I can always drop in my travel kit I can't see that there is a better alternative.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect upgrade to the old SB-400! I bought this flash as a small compact alternative to my two SB-700's. Those flashes work fine, however when mounted on a smaller DSLR such as my D3100 or D5100 they make for a top heavy setup. This flash fixes that. It runs on two AA batteries and is good for about 150 shots. The front facing LED lights do an amazing job of providing additional light for shooting video in poor lighting conditions or to provide fill light for contrasty outdoor situations (The flash head and LED's can do the same for still photography). The flash head is fully adjustable just like on my SB-700. I always put off buying the SB-400 and SB-300 because of the limited movement those flash heads provide. To adjust settings the SB-500 is controlled in the cameras menu just like the popup flash and the SB-300/SB-400. So the range of adjustability is limited by the camera body your shooting with not the flash. The flash head unfortunately isn't able to zoom like my SB-700's but this flash was designed to be a simple to operate compact unit. As for using this flash in i-TTL and commander modes? It does a fantastic job at both. In i-TTL modes this flash provides just the right amount of light for most indoor situations you might encounter. It will work better then the built in flash for outdoor conditions to as its coverage and power is far greater then the built in flash on your camera. To put this flash in commander mode simply flick the switch to either group A or B, then put your D80, D90, D7XXX or most FX bodies in commander mode and set it to either Group A or B and set either to channel 3. If you have an old Nikon D70 or D70s your in luck to as the SB-500 is fixed to channel 3 in both Group A and B. The D70 will only work in Group A and is also fixed to channel 3 (Thanks Nikon for continuing to support my old D70 and D70s !). The flash can now be used as a slave on those bodies. Unfortunately the SB-500 has no flashing lights to indicate that its in slave mode. If Nikon could fix this in a firmware update so that maybe one or all three of the front LED lights flashed dimly in slave mode that would be great. Otherwise thats the only thing I can nitpick about this flash. Getting back to using this flash in Commander mode. You basically set the flash power in camera or set the commander mode to i-TTL. It can't get any easier then that. If you have a D750 or D810 the SB-500 can be used to command other flashes which improves the range of the cameras built in commander (Older bodies don't have this option which is a shame. I'd like to see this in a firmware update on my D7000). So in conclusion the SB-500 is a great little flash that has one little bug that hopefully can be fixed with a firmware update.
Date published: 2014-12-21
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