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Nikon Speedlight SB-400 External Flash

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  • Compact and lightweight Speedlight, perfect for anyone looking for more power and coverage than a built-in flash
  • Simple, intuitive operation - put it on, turn it on and shoot!
  • Flash coverage as wide as 18mm on Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras
  • Utilises Nikon's i-TTL intelligent flash technology for accurate flash exposures
  • Bounce capabilities reduce background shadows and diffuses light for more pleasing results


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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm ; 100 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 304 g
  • Item model number: 4806
  • ASIN: B000KKPN5C
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Feb 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight Flash Light

Manufacturer's Description

A compact, lightweight Speedlight with intuitive controls and bounce capabilities. Put it on, turn it on, shoot!

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By P. Ward on 18 Oct 2009
Format: Camera
Having swung over to a Nikon D90 from Canon film SLRs after a long interlude with high end compacts, I knew the essential accessory was a bounce flash. My Canon Speedlite EX series flash is big, zoom head, 4 batteries. It hardly ever left the house. I decided I wanted something smaller and not a drag to carry around with my D90 and got the SB-400. I've had mine for 3 months now.

Practicality: It is small and light, I take it everywhere with my camera, even on holiday, on days out, etc etc (so it actually gets used unlike my Canon used to). I'm glad I did not spend more money on a larger Nikon flash unit.

Colour and exposure: Colours are great, no blown highlights, exposure generally good, sometimes need to up the flash compensation.

Coverage: The surprising thing about this flash is its even coverage when used at the wide end of a 16-85mm zoom. At 16mm (24mm equivlent) this flash lights up a room briliantly and my old canon speedlite struggled at 28mm which the zoom head supported (then "full-frame" of couse). This means the normal wide end (18mm) of most kit lenses will be easily handled.

Features: There are no advanced controls on this flash, just on/ff and lock lever (neat - again one up on Canon) but it can be controlled from in camera buttons and menus as much as the built in flash. This means on a D90: max 1/200th sec synch speed and gives you front/rear curtain, slow synch, auto fill in, manual, auto red eye, flash exp compensation. Repeating (strobe) and commander mode are not supported. What else do you need? Wireless remote if your camera body supports it? Well...

Lastly for those that want swivel too, you can buy a hotshoe cord for a bit over £20, so you can point it in direction you care.
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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Barry Ross on 27 Dec 2008
Format: Camera
As I have a D60 with an 18-200 mm lens so my comments pertain specifically to that camera/lens combination.

While researching suitable flash units I selected the SB400 instead of any of the larger SB600, SB800 and the new SB900 units due to the following reasons in order fo priority:

1. Size - the SB400 is small enough to go in the camera bag or a pocket. Therefore it will actually get used.
2. Ease of use - basically just put it on, turn it on and let the camera control the output.
3. Cost - very good value for money.
4. Power output - powerful enough for a medium sized room and most situations I'll find myself needing a flash for.

The only slight limitation is the lack of tilt to the side for bouncing flash in portrait mode but this is quite minor considering the other benefits. Taking a wider shot with some cropping solves the issue in any case.

I recommend this flash unit without reservation.

Postscript March 2010: I now have a Nikon D5000 and this flash is equally suited to the D5000.

Postscript August 2012: I now have a Nikon D5100 and this flash is also equally suitable for the D5100.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Thomas on 10 Sep 2008
Format: Camera
I hesitated before buying this flash...I was certain I'd like being able to tilt the head but was worried I'd miss being able to swivel it. I really needn't have worried - it's just perfect for my needs. I have a Nikon D40, which must be the ideal partner for the SB-400. Slot the unit onto the hotshoe (nice, reassuringly strong, metal contact), turn it on and you're away. There are no adjustments to make or settings to remember because the camera does it all for you. Since the SB-400 arrived I've taken numerous indoor, dimly lit shots of my kids (much to their irritation), with no flash, then with the camera's in-built flash, then with the SB-400 untilted, then with it tilted up to bounce the light from the ceiling. Without fail, the last option has produced perfectly lit pictures - no blur, no burnt out colours, no imbalance across the images, just beautifully lit photos. For fuss-free indoor flash photography, the SB-400 is just perfect.

One of the very few frustrations I've had about my D40 was the inflexibility and harshness of the light produced by the in-built flash. Now that kind of picture has become a real strength. I couldn't be more chuffed. And I haven't once felt the need to swivel rather than tilt :)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on 12 Nov 2008
Format: Camera
This is a great little flash. It fits nicely in a small pocket, weighs absolutely nothing and helps immensely indoors. The head tilts upwards at 60-, 75- and 90-degree angles. As a previous reviewer mentioned, it communicates with my camera perfectly ( currently owning a D300 ) to get spot-on exposure every time.
The only time it struggled was in a room where the ceiling was painted black and the bounce was limited. Still, this was easily resolved with flash-metering before taking the shot.
The beauty of this flash is that there are no settings to change on the back, you just switch it on and start shooting. I mostly use it in rooms with friends, and get amazing colours, as if there is no flash at all.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David S. Wilson on 7 July 2009
Format: Camera
Small, compact and very effective. All the flash I need for my Nikon D90 and, unlike the built-in version, it's powerful and has a tilt/bounce head. Don't be swayed by the much bigger and more expensive options - this is just great.
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