Nikon SB-600

Nikon SB-600 is a powerful flash Guide number (at 35mm zoom-head position) 30/98 (ISO 100, m/ft), 42/138 (ISO 200, m/ft). It features Flash i-TTL, D-TTL, TTL (film based), Balanced Fill-Flash and Manual for exposure control; Flash coverage Auto 24-85mm extendable to 14mm with built-in wide-flash adapter, Manual; Flash shooting distance range (in TTL auto flash mode) 0.6m to 20m (2 to 65.6 ft.); Recycling time Approx. 3.5 sec. and Number of flashes Approx. 200 times; Creative lighting system: A variety of flash operations are available with cameras compatible with CLS: i-TTL mode, Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV Lock flash, Flash color information communication, Auto FP High-Speed sync, and Wide-area AF-Assist Illuminator. The Nikon SB-600 measures (W x H x D) 68 x 123.5 x 90mm (2.7 x 4.9 x 3.5 in.) and weighs 300g (10.6 oz.) (without batteries). It sold only $379.99 at Amazon.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Nikon SB-600 Expert Reviews

Nikondslrs reviews the Nikon SB-600 and writes;
“The SB-600 is capable of handling some really advanced lighting conditions outside the wireless mode with the aid of the i-TTL flash control which has effective seamless fill-flash functions with good accuracy. The autofocus of the attached unit is also enhanced during low light situations with the Wide-area AF illuminator. There is also a Flash Value Lock feature that can maintain adequate lighting levels even with the zoom is being altered.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Momentcorp reviews the Nikon SB-600 and writes;
“If your work is mostly small product shots, the SB-600 will be sufficient enough for you. I currently have 2 SB-800`s and 1 SB-600 that I use regularly. One thing you realize pretty fast is, that you need more flashes, it seems Nikon have created an addiction here.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon SB-600 and writes;
“Wireless slave mode works GREAT with few to no misfires due to misalignment. These problems were rampant with the SU-4 and SB-28DX. The SB600 just works as you want it to, even if it doesn’t have a direct line of site to the master flash. This is worlds better than using the SU-4 or other wireless slave devices which always mess up.”
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Nikon SB-600 User Manual

– Download Nikon SB-600 User Manual (PDF – 532kb)

Features & Specifications

Nikon SB-600 Features & Specifications

Nikon introduces the Speedlight SB-600, a compact flash packed with impressive functionality inherited from the renowned SB-800. It serves as a solid base for the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used in combination with Nikon D70 or D2H digital SLRs.

When used in combination with Nikon’s latest digital SLRs, the D70 or D2H, the SB-600 supports Advanced Wireless Lighting as a remote Speedlight that can be positioned as one of multiple remote flashes to significantly extend creative possibilities. To assist in such situations, the Speedlight SB-600 also has two Ready Lights located on both the left and right of the front that can be easily seen from a distance. The SB-600 can also emit an audible alert for further assistance.

Auto FP High-Speed Sync enables the use of Fill-Flash even in bright daylight with wide aperture settings for the achievement of outstanding results and new creative possibilities, including the effective blurring for of out-of-focus background elements. An optional color filter set SJ-1 is also available, allowing imaginative shooting to be pushed even further.

White balance is optimized through the use of flash color information obtained by the Speedlight. The SB-600 also features FV lock, which gives the user the convenience of being able to maintain the measured flash value while recomposing the shot to achieve the appropriate flash output for the subject.

It also offers uncomplicated operation made simpler by an easy-to-view LCD with only six buttons, each of which is backlit and simple to understand.

The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 also delivers plenty of style, both in its compact dimensions and a triangular motif consistent with the Nikon D-SLR theme.

The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 comes complete with a Speedlight stand and a soft case, while two flash cables (the SC-29 and SC-28) and the Color Filter Set (SJ-1) are available as options.

Major Features of the Nikon SB-600

* Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
* Supports i-TTL (for automatic balanced Fill-Flash), D-TTL, TTL, Manual.
* Easy-to-view LCD with 6 simple-to-understand backlit buttons.
* Guide Number of 30/98 [ISO100,m/ft], 42/138 [ISO200,m/ft] (at 35mm zoom).
* Auto zoom of 24 to 85mm, extendable to 14mm with built-in wide-flash adapter.
* Same Wide area AF Assist Illuminator as the popular SB-800.
* Advanced Wireless Lighting available with D2H or D70 when used as a remote.
* Auto FP High-Speed Sync (with D2H only); use with fast shutter speeds achieves effective lurring of out-of-focus background elements.
* Flash Color Information – optimized white balance makes use of data from the Speedlight.
* FV lock holds flash value, enabling recomposition prior to shooting.
* Accurate i-TTL flash control achieved through flash exposure monitoring control.
* Design consistent with those of next-generation D-SLRs, with a triangular design element on the top that complements the D-SLR motif.
* Supports optional Color Filter Set (SJ-1).
* Ready light located beside the LCD on the back panel – highly visible even when used as a remote.

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