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About this product
- DescriptionNikon Speedlight SB-400 is an external flash unit that provides i-TTL flash operation in a compact and lightweight body at an affordable price. The SB-400 offers a guide number of 30 (ISO 200, m), and effortless bounce flash function. The SB-400 is a flash unit for entry-level digital SLR users, but it is also useful for D2 series digital camera users as a handy flash unit.The SB-400 has been developed to provide an entry-level external flash unit, which is compatible with i-TTL flash operation. In combination with cameras compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System the SB-400 is controlled in i-TTL and D40's M (manual) mode. Its flash head can be tilted in 4 steps, horizontal, 60, 75 and 90 degrees, and has a flash shooting distance range from 0.6m to 20m (depends on the ISO setting). Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction and other flash modes can also be set on the camera body. With the SB-400, users can easily enjoy brighter and more natural lighting for better flash pictures.
- Guide Number21 m/ISO 100
- Lens Coverage27mm
- Supported Exposure ControlI-TTL
- Compatible BrandNikon
- Vertical Rotation Angle+90 / 0
- Required Battery2 x battery - AA type
- Width6.6 cm
- Height5.7 cm
- Depth8 cm
- Weight127 g
Most relevant reviews
- ollyg16Jan 05, 2013by
Not too expensive. Great size. Much better than the camera flash.
For the price, an excellent piece of kit. It may not have the power of some of the bigger models, but for the price, great value. Much better than the built in camera flash. It sits nicely on the camera, is not too heavy, and has quite an "understated" feel on the camera. It does not take up much room in the camera bag. It "reloads" almost immediately, but you need good quality batteries to achieve this. Batteries last for ages. I like how it turns itself off when the camera is turned off. By pointing the flash up to the ceiling, it gives the pictures a lovely texture. Also can give a twinkle in subjects eye, even if used outside. (It only swivels one way, and will not swivel sideways to bounce the flash if the camera is turned onto it's side) For someone who just wants to make their family photos a bit better, this is exactly what you need. For more demanding users, you need to spend a bit more. For me, a keen beginner, it's exactly what I need. Read full review
- johncribbinJul 02, 2011by
Nikon SB400 Flash, an Understated Masterpiece.
This Is my second SB400, following the theft of my original one which was replaced by an SB600. This is the best friend your Nikon can have. Well built, compact, great performance, quick recharge between shots and goes on forever with two AA batteries. It is far more powerful than the flash built into your camera and it's compact size means it does not compromise the handling. Of course you get the additional benefit of extended battery life for your camera as it is not providing power to the flash. OK it does not have all kinds of technology built in. But hell it's a flash, it delivers a measured ammount of light, what more do you want it to do? The clever bits in the camera do all the calculations anyway. The flash rotates upwards, so you can bounce the flash of a ceiling, or a wall in portrait mode. The inability to rotate the head through 360 degrees is it's biggest disadvantage. But of course, you can use it off camera with a cable to get around that issue. What photographer recommends the use of a hot shoe mounted flash anyway? Naturally you do not get the kudos of looking like a 'real' photographer without a huge flash gun mounted on the camera. Hopefully you can live with that. You also need to be aware if using a wide angle lens with large lens hood and camera mounted flash, the SB400's low height can cause some of the flash to be blocked by the hood if not bounced and result a dark area on the picture. So remove the hood, or use the flash of camera. The SB600, is far larger and heavier. But it has a pretty LCD display and buttons to press. Quite frankly, now I've got the SB400 back, I'd need a good reason reason to take the SB600 out. Read full review
- tevs_78Feb 09, 2012by
Good flash for travel purpose and use in small spaces.
Good Flash for travel purpose due to small size, weight and uses only two batteries. Price is overheated may be due to brand name. Good for use in small spaces.
- 1matt7ukAug 10, 2012by
Compact and good value flash
AS an amateur, I rate this flash highly. I didnt want to spend a great deal and this is a compact, cheap and cheerful flash, but still very good quality. Its good for amateurs like me as theres no settings to deal with, just a lock button and an on button - simple. The head of the flash tilts at 4 stepped angles to bounce the flash off the ceiling etc. Small to carry round.Takes 2x AA batteries. Buy one, there really is no comparison with the built in flash. Hope you find this helpfull
- anthony6512Apr 09, 2012by
Bought to upgrade from built in flash, needed better quality lighting for taking higher quality shots indoors. Compact yet powerful,versatile flash, great value for money. After taking only a handful of shots it was clear that this was a good purchase.