Radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting that does not require line-of-sight to work
Flash cooling system provides more than 100 consecutive shots at full output
Streamlined access to your frequently used functions such as Flash Mode, Zoom Head Position and Flash Compensation Value
Fully compatible with all current optical control Speedlights
Expanding the reach of creative lighting:
The SB-5000 AF Speedlight takes Nikon's acclaimed Creative Lighting System with Advanced Wireless Lighting to the next level with both traditional optical wireless control and powerful new radio control. Place up to six groups of remote flashes out of view, behind obstacles - even in other rooms - up to 98 feet away. Designed for fast shooting at weddings, commercial shoots or on the red carpet, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight also introduces the hot-shoe mount flash cooling system for more than 100 consecutive shots at full output, all in a smaller design with streamlined operation. Whether building a new lighting system or integrating with your existing system, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight opens exciting new lighting possibilities.
Light without limits: New radio controlled communication:
The SB-5000 AF Speedlight introduces powerful radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) communication to Nikon's innovative Creative Lighting System for exciting lighting possibilities. When used with a compatible Nikon DSLR* with the optional WR-A10 (Wireless Remote Adapter) when attached to D5 and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (transceiver), you can control up to 6 groups (A/B/C/D/E/F) of SB-5000 AF Speedlight behind obstacles, around corners, in bright sunlight - even in different rooms - up to 98 feet away. Of course, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight also integrates seamlessly with Nikon's optical wireless Speedlights and DSLRs.
*Compatible with the D5 and D500
Nonstop performance: Hot-shoe mount flash cooling system:
For studio, wedding, event and action photographers, continuous shooting is the name of the game. The SB-5000 AF Speedlight can handle more than 100 consecutive firings at full output without overheating, thanks to an innovative built-in cooling system and a brilliant heat-shedding design. For TTL shooters, this means a new level of lighting control while capturing decisive moments. Great shots don't wait for a flash to be ready, and neither should you.
Reimagined design: Smaller and easier to operate:
Designed for photographers who rely on portable lighting, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight is smaller and easier to use. It has a smaller footprint and provides streamlined access to frequently used functions such as Flash Mode, Zoom Head Position and Flash Compensation Value. Like a DSLR camera, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight has an "Info" button for quick access to your favourite settings. For more fluid operation when using radio control, you can adjust settings right from a compatible camera's menu.
Maximum compatibility: Part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System:
In addition to the new radio control with compatible cameras, you can use the SB-5000 AF Speedlight on-camera as a Master Flash to control other remote Speedlights (up to 3 Groups: A/B/C and 4 channels), or use it off-camera wirelessly as a remote flash controlled by either your camera's built-in flash (compatible cameras), another Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander. You can even mix optical wireless control (Groups A/B/C) with radio control (Groups D/E/F). For studio photographers, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight is equipped with Unified Flash Control and can be controlled from a personal computer using the optional Camera Control Pro 2 (Version 2.23 or later) software.
Rated 4 out of
Nice flash, but lacking a little with the radio controlI like these a lot. I have 3 of them so far and looking to buy at least 2 more. (It's why I'm on here right now actually...) These things have all the power you could really need in a speedlight, a great quality of light as well. Lots of options built in. Overheating is a non-issue. A really great flash. My only complaint about them is the radio control. If other hardware already needs to be purchased (WR-R10, etc) to make the radio control work on the D5 or the D500 (now the D850), why not do the simple firmware updates to some other cameras so it can work there as well. Yes, you just released the D850, but are still selling the heck out of the D810. Just bought another one myself 3 months ago. I find it rather silly that this small thing hasn't been addressed yet since these flashes came out about two years ago, and to date, there are still only 3 cameras in the entire Nikon line-up that can utilize the radio control.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of
My TOP Speedlight Unstoppable PowerI've used the SB-800, ok SB-900 overheated at the worst moment, SB-910 very very good speedlight and now the SB-5000, it's dependable, powerful and there is a tiny noise coming from the internal fan.
I use it primarily during wedding coverage and with 4AA batteries, it lasts me all day long without draining the batteries to the point of failure.
It recovers lightning quick and is ready for those rapid sequences and I absolutely must get!
The size is nice, TTL is flawless, and the servo tracks my zoom ratio perfectly without washing out the foreground.
It's pricey but necessary for uncompromising performance, when nothing but the best will do.
Get one, you won't be disappointed. I am gradually replacing all of my SB-910 units with the SB-5000 speedlights. :) very very happy with this version.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 3 out of
Nice unit but...I was happy with the 910, but when I found out this unit has radio triggering I was really happy. No more pocket wizards necessary. Seeing Joe McNally using it with 5 groups was awesome. Then, I come to find out this unit only works on 2 cameras. 2 out of how many? So what's the point: "Hey look, isn't this great/" Yeah. "But you can't use it." Here's to hoping for a firmware upgrade to allow it. I imagine sales will jump when you do.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of
Reliable Professional FlashI purchased two SB-5000 to go along with my pair of SB-910s and my D500. The SB-5000 perform as well or better than the flagship 910 do, I was impressed. The SB 5000 have very good output, with quick easy menus that allow full control of the SB-5000 features. I had these out and set two up as wireless high speed flash to capture humming birds which worked very well. In the studio using wireless is a big plus and once you set up the flash - you rarely need to touch it again because most settings and output can be controlled by the camera using Nikons' fantastic CLS.
It is true: You need a fully compatible DSLR and WR10 to take advantage of the RF capabilities, but do not forget the SB-5000 also work just as well using the tried and true optical sensors.
Not sure why folks knock Nikon for adding RF as an option for compatible cameras.
Backward compatible with optical sensors and CLS
Better cooling system for continious longer use
Higher flash output
RF wireless (around corners)
Easy menu navigation
None, does everything the SB910 does + RF
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 2 out of
Not really compatible with muchI have a 810, and I've learned that this camera isn't compatible with the whole radio system they are selling this thing on. Additionally, the "backup" pocket wizard plusx's aren't compatible, either. Worse, even at night, when I set the flash on slave so that I can somehow fire it off camera, it has about a 20-30% fail rate. I could put another flash right up against it, and it still fails to act as a slave quite frequently. Really, there isn't much other option. I'd like to return it when I'm done traveling. That being said, I can only assume the quality of the flash is good, but I'm so crippled when using it that it's hard to say.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of
Great, but, overheatedI have two SB5000s. They over heat very quickly, in spite of the fan system. Batteries are depleted even if the flashes are turned off. However, if I plug them into my Sd9 battery packs they keep going and going and going...Since I have discovered MY solution to the overheating, the units have been a pleasure to use (with my D5s and D500s)
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of
Great upgrade, but, still looking forward to try radio triggerI purchased 3 of these units about a month ago and use them in my Creative Lighting System setups seamlessly. I use a Nikon D810 and Nikon D750 as my primary camera bodies and knew that I would not be able to trigger these flashes using the radio function. I wish Nikon would create a hotshoe controller to work with the radio triggers similar to the SU-800 IR wireless trigger. I know I can upgrade to the D5 or go with a D500, however, the D5 is a big price jump and I like the full frame sensor for shallow depth of field shots so the D500 doesn't quite work for me.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 3 out of
Nice Flash But Not GreatThis is a nice flash unit, I bought two. There is no wireless capability with my D810 other than optical. A huge feature that is missing and inexcusable. Third party companies can do RF TTL control with the D810, why doesn't Nikon???? The menus are not user friendly and lacking user setup memories. Other than that, this is a nice flash unit.