Nikon Speedlight SB-600 Shoe Mount Flash
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- familybotanical...Jan 1, 2009by
Great Flash!! A Must Have!!
This flash is by far the best flash that I have found for my Nikon. For the first time external flash user, it can be a little intimidating at first (it is a completely new world of photography to learn). It is very tempting to just use the automatic settings every time you need your flash but I assure you that your photography will suffer for it. It is definitely in your best interest to fully learn this flash's capabilities. With this being said, the product manual is very user friendly!
This flash can be set to fully auto or manual. Being able to adjust the compensation of the brightness of the flash as well as the zoom as been a life saver for more times than I can count. Another great option is the ability to swivel the flash both horizontally and vertically. Bouncing the flash off of walls or ceilings instead of dead shooting your subject allows for much better compensation and greatly reduces unwanted back shadows. This feature also allows you to play with intentional shadows and light direction.
The last feature that I would like to touch on is the recharge rate of the flash. I was very impressed with the speed at which I could take pictures. You will not miss that special moment because you are waiting for the flash to recharge. This flash takes 4 double A batteries and seems to conserve the energy of them very well. You should be able to get through a night's shooting without replacing these batteries but it is always a good idea to have extra on hand just in case.
I hope some of this info helps you along with your decision when choosing a great flash for your Nikon!!Read full review
- richardlambethFeb 23, 2010by
Nikon Speedlight SB-600 TTL Flash
Overall, I really like this flash unit. Very nice upgrade from using the built in flash that comes on camera. If you find yourself shooting in low light situations, even if only occasionally, you will be glad that you invested a little more in your camera gear by buying a "stand alone/dedicated" flash unit. The effective range of this flash unit is pretty good, I believe the manufacturer puts it about 70 feet. The frequency of which this flash unit can fire is quite impressive as well. I havent timed it but you can get several fires/second. The only negative I have experienced with this flash is when im doing close up shots of something, the onboard light and the flash itself seem to be hitting a little to the right (from my perspective) of the object being photographed. Not sure if this is a problem thats common among flash units or if its just me or my flash unit. Only seems to be a negative on just a small fraction of pictures taken overall using the flash unit.
So bottom line is, at least for me, taking everything into consideration, I would buy this flash again (bought used for about $190) all day long. Really opens up the possibilities of what a person can do. I really enjoy mine, and love this product.Read full review
- izy48Dec 8, 2009by
The low-end, price-wise, BEST CHOICE Nikon TTL Flash
As a pro-photographer, for many years, I have previously used the Metz45 professional flash.
After switching to Digital Nikons, first trying the Coolpix 5700 & later "maturing" to the D-50,
(I stopped doing pro-jobs, by then)I I searched for a SMALL, quick, but flexible flash. I bought the SB-600 on Ebay for $182 & was surprised at its small size.
Yet the performance & flexibility are the REAL innovation: it weighs next to nothing & is small enough to be packed in a side-pocket. The possibility to swivel, turn-around & literally aim at almost ANY angle PLUS the speed of filling the capacitor [for the next shot] surprised me, after years of having to wait... and wait. Yet the most amazing fact about this Not-professional-looking flash was its PERFORMANCE - the "TTL effect", if you like, is quite a lot more than I expected.
I use my D-50 [mostly] in its Program Mode - it enables most simply to shoot with "under" or "over" exposures, divided into 1/2 or 1/3 f-stop very easily. The SB-600 is SO precise, in its response to these minute changes, that shooting with the flash feels almost "natural" - with hardly any sense of added inconvenience.
A small, sturdy, solid feel & a precise, easy to aim to almost ANY direction, makes this the BEST TTL I ever had.
The price has changed little over the last few years, but while the smaller model [SB-400] is a bit too "limited", the prices for the stronger models [SB-800 and above] are quite a lot higher...
and for MOST photographers - not really necessary. For its price, precision, ease-of-use & speed,
this is the BEST Nikon TTL flash for the money!!! No competition at all, in fact. Try to get it for less than $200 & you will be very happy with all it can do.Read full review
- dadmacDec 30, 2016Verified purchase - USEDby
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash
Good consistent light with quick recycle time
- frankiep203Dec 16, 2015USEDby
works perfect! thank you very much
fair price item was better then described it was flawless and works great im happy!