Portable and easy-to-use, the Nikon Speedlight SB-500 Flash is compatible with Nikon D-SLRs as well as specific COOLPIX cameras and the Nikon Creative Lighting System. Boasts an onboard high-intensity LED light that’s ideal for movie recording.
With a compact, lightweight build, this flash unit makes it simple to manage the quality and direction of light. In a first for Nikon, this SB-500 Speedlight features a high-intensity LED light on the front of the unit that is ideal for shooting movies, or capturing close-up still images. Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-500 also enables wireless control of multiple flash units.
Compact i-TTL Speedlight
The Nikon SB-500 is compatible with FX- and DX- format D-SLRs, COOLPIX cameras equipped with a hot shoe, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
Built-in LED light
High-intensity (100 lx) LED light on the front of the SB-500 flash unit that’s ideal for shooting movies. The LED light covers the angle of view of a 24 mm lens (FX format), offers superior colour reproduction.
Superior ergonomics are matched with easy-to-understand controls on the rear of the SB-500 flash unit. Additional functions and flash mode can be set via a camera menu, which activates automatically when the SB-500 is attached to the camera.
24/78.7 (m/ft at ISO 100) covering a 24 mm angle-of-view (FX format).
Compact, lightweight design, and powered by two AA-size batteries.
Versatile / direct the light
The SB-500 flash head tilts up to 90° and rotates horizontally through 180°. Angle the light just the way you want in order to shoot creatively or attain more balanced images in tricky lighting situations.
Compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System
The SB-500 can work as a master flash for multiple off-camera flash set-ups, when used with cameras featuring a built-in flash commander mode.
|Electronic construction||Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry|
|Guide number||24/78.7 (ISO 100, m/ft, 23°C/73.4°F)|
|Effective flash output distance range||(in i-TTL flash control) 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 65.6 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity and lens aperture|
|Flash mode||i-TTL flash control Manual flash control|
|Multiple flash-unit photography operation||Advanced Wireless Lighting (commander mode/remote mode)|
|Compatible cameras||Nikon digital SLR (Nikon FX/DX format) cameras (except D1 series and D100) Nikon film SLR camera F6 COOLPIX cameras compatible with CLS (A, P7800, P7700, P7100, P7000, P6000) COOLPIX cameras compatible with i-TTL flash control (P5100, P5000, E8800, E8700 and E8400)|
|Angle of illumination||Covers angle of view of 24mm lens (FX format) or 16mm lens (DX format)|
|Bounce capability||Flash head tilts up to 90° from 0° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75° and 90°. Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°|
|Power source||Use 2 AA-size batteries of the same brand from any of the following types: 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries 1.2 V HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries.|
|Flash-ready indicator||Fully recycled: lights up. Warning indication: flashes slowly|
|Flash duration||(approx.) 1/1100 sec. at full power|
|Other functions||Thermal cut-out, firmware update|
|Mounting foot lock lever||Provides secure attachment of the SB-500 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 67 x 114.5 x 70.8 mm (2.7 x 4.6 x 2.8 in.)|
|Weight||Approx. 273g (9.7 oz), including 2 AA-size alkaline batteries Approx. 226 g (8 oz), body only|
|Supplied Accessories||Speedlight Stand AS-23, Soft Case SS-DC2|