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    SB-900 AF Speedlight
    Last review by nikonjim
    11-24-2012 03:56 PM
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      SB-900 AF Speedlight

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      Key Features

      • Powerful, Versatile Speedlight Unit
        Atop the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-900 is an indispensable portable light source providing effective solutions to lighting challenges.
      • Complete Flash Head Positioning Freedom
        Bounce 90°up and 7°down with 360° rotation elevates creative lighting freedom.
      • Renowned Dedicated Wireless Flash Control
        Wireless Commander Mode offers wireless control at the master Speedlight position, controlling up to 3 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments.
      • Choose From 3 Light Distribution Patterns
        Optimize light quality by selecting Standard for general illumination, Center-weighted for portraits or Even, for groups or interiors.
      • Color Gel Filter Identification
        Automatically identifies mounted color gel filters and adjusts camera white-balance.* *With select Nikon digital SLRs
      • Automatic Format Identification
        Automatically senses the FX or DX-format camera in use and optimizes light distribution.
      • Firmware Updating
        Allows uploading of performance enhancement developments.*
        *With select Nikon digital SLRs
      • Nikon’s Precision i-TTL Flash Control
        Delivers precise flash exposures and seamless fill-flash performance—even in challenging lighting situations.
      • Hot Shoe and Wireless Operation
        Use on-camera, as a wireless Master Commander or as a wireless remote light source.
      • Expanded Auto Power Zoom Coverage
        Smoothly covers lenses as wide as 17mm and up to 200mm in FX-format and as wide as 12mm and up to 200mm in DX-format use.
      • Streamlined Controls and Menus
        Convenient Rotary Select Dial sets key functions quickly and a prominent Master and Remote control switch simplifies wireless operation.
      • Flash Tube Overheat Protection
        An added measure of safety is provided for sustained high-speed bursts.
      • Flash Value (FV) Lock
        Locks in a specific flash output on the main subject, regardless of aperture, composition or the lens’ zoom position.*
        *With select Nikon digital SLRs
      • Drip-Proof Mounting Foot Cover (Water Guard)*
        Provides enhanced moisture protection.

      Price (when new)
      Year Introduced
      Commander Function
      Remote Function
      Guide Number
      34m/111.5ft. (at ISO 100, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F) to 48m/157.5ft. (at ISO 200, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
      Electronic Construction
      Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
      Flash Exposure Control
      i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras, Manual Flash (with Nikon Creative Lighting System digital and 35mm SLR cameras), Distance-priority manual flash
      Lens Coverage
      17 to 200mm (FX-format, Automatic mode), 12 to 200mm (DX-format, Automatic mode), 12 to 17mm (FX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed), 8 to 11mm (DX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed)
      Illumination pattern
      The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats, Standard, Even, Center-weighted
      Other Available Functions
      Test Firing, Monitor Pre-flashes, AF-assist illuminator, Modeling illuminator
      Bounce Function (Tilt)
      Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°.
      Bounce Function (Rotate)
      Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180
      Minimum Recycling Time
      2.3 sec. (approx.) with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries
      3.0 sec. (approx.) with Oxyride™ (1.5V) batteries
      4.0 sec. (approx.) with Alkaline-manganese (1.5V) batteries
      4.5 sec. (approx.) with Lithium (1.5V) batteries
      Flash Duration
      1/880 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
      1/1100 sec. at M 1/2 output
      1/2550 sec. at M 1/4 output
      1/5000 sec. at M 1/8 output
      1/10000 sec. at M 1/16 output
      1/20000 sec. at M 1/32 output
      1/35700 sec. at M 1/64 output
      1/38500 sec. at M 1/128 output
      Power ON/OFF
      Rotate the Power ON/OFF switch to turn the SB-900 on or off.
      Required Power Source
      Four 1.5 V alkaline AA-size batteries, Four 1.5 V lithium AA-size batteries, Four Rechargeable 1.2 V NiMH AA-size batteries
      Optional Power Supply
      SK-6 Power Bracket Unit, SD-8A High-Performance Battery Pack, SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
      Flash-ready Indicator
      Rear and Front lights blink: Insufficient light for correct exposure (in i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL Auto flash, or Distance-priority manual flash operations).
      Rear lights up and Front blinks: recycled and ready to fire.
      Ready Light
      Front, Back
      Flash Compensation
      –3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in i-TTL auto flash, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL auto flash and Distance-priority manual flash modes
      Custom Setting
      AF-Assist Illumination
      Minimum Number of Flashes / Recycling Time
      110/4.0 – 30 sec. (1.5V Alkaline-manganese)
      190/2.3–30 sec. (2600mAh Ni-MH)
      165/2.3–30 sec. (Ni-MH (eneloop))
      125/3.0 –30 sec. (1.5V Oxyride™)
      230/4.5–120 sec. (1.5V Lithium)
      Wireless Flash Modes
      Off, Master, Remote, SU-4
      Wireless Communication Channels
      Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4Channels
      Wireless Groups
      Three: A, B and C
      Other Functions
      Thermal cut-out, Firmware update, Recalling the underexposure value in the TTL auto flash mode, Resetting the settings, Key lock, ISO sensitivity setting
      Dimensions (mm)
      78.0 x 146.0 x 118.5mm
      Dimensions (inch)
      3.0 x 5.7 x 4.7 in.
      Weight (grams)
      Weight (lbs)
      14.6 oz.
      Supplied Accessories
      AS-21 Speedlight Stand
      SW-13H Diffusion Dome
      SJ-900 Color Filter Set
      SZ-2 Color Filter Holder
      SS-900 Soft Case

    Review of Product: SB-900 AF Speedlight
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      Re: SB-900 AF Speedlight

      What an amazing piece of kit this flashgun is. I've used it in some of its modes, but am still learning. It always delivers the goods, and the remote infra-red triggering is great. I had a Nikon SB 28 for my F90 and it was also impressive. Tat is why I followed on and bought the SB900.

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