Best flashguns for Nikon DSLRs: 8 tested

Choose the best flashgun for your Nikon camera

Best flashguns for nikon dslrs

Compared with the outdated Nikon SB-600, the new Nikon SB-700 is a big leap forward. A key feature is auto-sensing for FX/DX-format cameras, the motorised zoom and focal length display being automatically switched accordingly.

Auto-sensing is also on hand for use with the amber and green filters supplied, as well as the diffusion dome. What's more, advanced features are instantly accessible from a brilliantly simple and intuitive onboard control system. These extras include fully wireless master/slave operation for multiple flashgun setups, plus three alternative lighting patterns

The Nikon SB-900 adds greater maximum power and extra flash modes. For most of us, though, the SB-700 is more than capable enough for practically any shooting scenario.

Meanwhile, the Nissin Di866 MkII is a similarly full-featured flashgun, with neat extras such as a secondary fill-flash tube and colour LCD info panel. It's good value, but recycling speeds were slower than on Nikon's flashguns, and it frequently suffered from underexposure in i-TTL mode.

The similarly high-spec Sigma EF-610 DG Super and less advanced Metz 50 AF-1 also tended towards underexposure.

The Polaroid 160 Dua Flash was less impressive. Substituting the AF assist beam for an LED array giving continuous lighting might sound like a good idea for video shooting. Ultimately, though, it's quite a basic flashgun.

The smaller Sunpak PF30X lacks even basic onboard controls and has no facility for adjusting manual power settings. The Nikon SB-400 is a better option if compactness is top of your wish list.

Verdict

The Nikon Speedlight SB-700 gives consistent results you can count on, and is an absolute joy to use.

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