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|Seller Notes:||“Missing pull out bounce card and diffuser”|
|Light Type:||LED||Mount Interface:||Hot Shoe|
|Camera Type:||Digital Camera||Compatible Brand:||For Nikon|
|The Nikon SB-900 Speedlight is a portable light source that can be used as a standalone flash or as part of a larger lighting system. It employs Nikon’s i-TTL flash control, enabling you to utilize precise flash exposures even in situations where the lighting is a challenge. When used with other lights, the SB-900 serves as a commander, controlling an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights in up to three remote groups. Wireless control allows you to employ the SB-900 as a remote light source for brighter, more professional shots. As a successor to the SB-800, the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight is larger than previous flashes, such as the SB-700. It was designed with practical functionality in mind, and photographers will notice a difference in the quality of their photos, especially when pairing this shoe mount flash with compatible Nikon digital SLR (DSLR) cameras, like the D700. 180-degree left or right head swivel allow for more versatility, and a wider auto power zoom range of 12 to 200 millimeters in the DX format delivers professional-looking photographs regardless of the situation. The Nikon SB-900 Speedlight is simple to control and comes with streamlined menus for ease of use. A rotary dial lets you set functions more quickly, and a master and remote control switch makes wireless operation a snap. To power the flash on, simply switch on the rotary dial. When new features are available, simply download the updated firmware onto a memory card and upload it once the flash has been mounted onto a Nikon DSLR camera. This ensures that you’ll always have the latest advances available for your Speedlight, keeping it up to date with technological advancements. The included manual has all of the information you need to use the controls and keep your SB-900 updated. Technical specifications of the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight include a guide number of 111.5 feet at ISO 100 and 157.5 feet at ISO 200; lens coverage of up to 200mm; and tilt range from -7 degrees up to 90 degrees, with the ability to rotate up to 180 degrees left and right. The flash comes with three light distribution pattern modes that help optimize light quality, and overheat protection for the flash tube helps protect the Speedlight during sustained high-speed bursts. The Flash Value (FV) lock feature lets you lock in flash output on your chosen subject, regardless of aperture or zoom position. The minimum recycling time for batteries range from 2.3 seconds with Ni-MH batteries to 4.5 seconds with lithium batteries, though the flash can also accept the Nikon SD-9 battery pack. Several accessories are available for the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight, including a Speedlight stand and a SJ-900 color filter set. Even without accessories, the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight is a versatile i-TTL flash that provides the lighting you need to take quality photos. Its commander mode allows it to work within a system, though it works just as well as a standalone wireless flash.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||219985407|
|Product Key Features|
|Camera Type||Digital Camera|
|Compatible Brand||For Nikon|
|Mount Interface||Hot Shoe|
|Additional Product Features|
|Additional Features||Modeling Flash Capability, Af Illuminator, Flash Exposure Bracketing|
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Easy to use
Flash recycles quickly
Great flash and great battery pack, if the price is right.
I have previously written a review for the SB-900 flash. I have several using them for location work with studio modifiers, often using two or three together. I use PocketWizard TT5's to control the flashes remotely. My tendency is to run my speed lights at 1/2 power or less. This gives very short recycle times, extends the life of flash tubes, and reduces melting/fading of gels. When I need full power the recycle time drops to about 3 seconds with Eneloop NiMh batteries. Adding the SD-9 with 8 Eneloops drops the time to about 1 second. Further the concern about an overheat shutdown of the flash is substantially reduced. I have never experienced such a shutdown. The SB-900 has 3 internal heat sensors. All of them are close to the internal battery compartment. Adding the SD-9 removes the battery heat source. Be aware the SD-9 does not eliminate the need for batteries in the SB-900. The batteries internal to the SB-900 power the control circuits and the SD-9 batteries charge the flash capacitor. My disclaimer regarding the price is directed to the SD-9. New retail price from Nikon is very high. This last one I found used combined with the SB-900 flash. Alternatively I recommend and use Pixel TD-382 battery packs. They function just as well as the Nikon unit at about 1/4 of the cost. The battery tray of the Pixel is not reversible like the Nikon and the soft case is not quite as well made, and perhaps the plastic case quality is slightly less (haven't had any problems), but there is nothing cheap or shoddy in the Pixel units. I do not have experience with aftermarket speed lights. I stick with Nikon SB-600, SB-900, and SB-R200s and they all have served me very well with zero failures in a professional environment.
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Thermal shutdown - fixed?,
I have an SB900 and agree with all the positive comments posted in other reviews, however I want to challenge those who are posting stories about thermal shutdown to supply some additional information about what situations really cause the flash to shutdown. I've been using my SB900 for several months now, and I've never experienced a problem with the unit shutting down, so I thought I'd try a simple test. I installed a set of brand new lithium ion batteries in my SB900, set it to full power manual mode, and hit the flash button manually as soon as the ready light lit - that's about one full-power shot every 1 or 2 seconds. I did this until the batteries were drained (that is, until it got to be about 10 seconds between flashes - that's a few hundred full-power flashes in a row). Never once did the thermal protection circuit kick in...in fact, the temperature display barely moved for the first 50-100 shots, and throughout the test, even when I could feel the batteries getting warm, it never went much above the 50% mark. My test was indoors at an ambient temperature of about 70 degrees. I tried other settings - repeat flash, flash with my D3 firing at maximum continuous speed, etc. But I could never even come close to driving the flash to shutdown. So perhaps Nikon fixed the issue, I'm just plain lucky - or it has to do with the type of batteries or maybe other accessories used. With this issue out of the way, I'm able to give the unit an unqualified 5 star rating as it's simply the most capable and easy to use unit I've ever owned.
Robust, Powerful, and Reliable Speed Light
August 2015. The SB-900 has been out for quite a few years now and has been supplanted by the SB-910. I have found no need to upgrade to the SB-910 and find the SB-900s can be found at reasonable prices in the used market. Plus as I have several, it is advantageous to have all the same model although the SB-910 operation is nearly the same. My uses include applications with multiple flashes often in large modifiers. I have need for portable flashes with good power and on occasion extended session capability. The SB-900 is very powerful as speed lights go. The ability to accept an external battery pack like the Nikon SD-9 or the Pixel TD-382 (same function as the Nikon at 1/4 the cost) extends usefulness. I have read other reviews that complain about the SB-900 overheating and shutting down. I have never experienced this, and I have seven of them. However I almost never utilize my flashes at full power. They recycle quicker, are less likely to melt gels (if used), and the flash tubes last longer if run at slightly reduced power and lower. There are 3 thermal "fuses" (sensors) in the SB-900. Two of them are against the internal battery case and the third is on the main board close to the batteries. Clearly battery heat is a major source of shutdown issues which is easily mitigated by using an external battery pack. Note the flash still requires internal batteries to operate the control circuitry, the external batteries only charge the flash capacitor. I was an early user of the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and the SB-900 can be used as a Commander flash to control other compatible Nikon remote flashes. Coupled with the Pocketwizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 controls, the CLS system comes alive with the extended range of radio control and reduction/elimination of preflashes. The built in CLS infra-red system is limited to line of sight or reflective environments and out of direct sunlight. If one does not require the Commander feature of the SB-900/910/800 flashes, or the ability to connect to an external battery, the Nikon SB-600 is nearly as powerful, significantly smaller and lighter, and available used at even better bargain prices. The controls on the SB-900 or simpler to use than the SB-800 and it is much easier to navigate through the settings. I have read reviews of the various third party TTL flashes and note there are some missing functions. With the reasonable used prices for the SB-900 I am more comfortable with staying within the Nikon line, with the noted exception regarding the Pixel TD-382 noted above.
The best flash out there for Nikon but pricey.
The SB900 is a great flash, I own 4 of them. It comes with a nice soft case and a set of colored gels. It is compatible with Nikon's CLS system (creative lighting system). It is large compared with the SB600 (I own one of those) but the menus are much better to navigate. It also features a "thermal cutoff" which shuts it down to prevent overheating. There is much over hype about this. What actually happens is during rapid full power flashes the batteries get hot so it shuts down to prevent overheating. This feature can be shut off though I don't recommend that and leave mine on all the time and have never had it kick in. Heck the 900 is Nikon's flagship / top of the line speedlight so of course its a great product. If you just need a strobe for off camera / manual lighting ala strobist you could go with much cheaper models like the Lumapro's sold by Midwest Camera Exchange, they are about 1/3 the price but are not ttl compatable, full manual only.
This is a great Work Horse Flash. It is powerful and does what they say.
This is a great flash in spite of some of the thermal issues that have been posted. I have used this flash that was bought used, and the performance of the flash is true and it does what they say it will do. It is a work horse. The i-TTL works flawlessly and works well with other NIKON speedlites with Advanced Wireless System (AWS). I was impressed with its functionality and how easy it is to control the flashes from the camera. It is intuitive and easy for even me with first time use. You will see the difference in your shots immediately. I also have and SB-700 that does not have the thermal alarm shut down issue. The SB-900 has an alarm that warns you of the temperature (which can be shut off or made silent). With heavy use it has triggered on me. With a brief pause in shooting it was back to normal. This could be frustrating for some but it is like a battery running out at the wrong time. It is just bad timing. It happens so get a life or have a back up flash. This is a powerful flash that puts out a great deal of light and covers all the area requiring a speed light. I have used it with the Gary Fong collapsible in a church to photograph a choir and it did the job flawlessly. It is a tight fit due to the size of the flash, but it works with the diffuser. This thing is bigger that I had imagined, but it does the job. I am very pleased thus far. Great Flash and hard to beat.