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Nikon SB-500 Speedlight

Nikon EC58292
0000012552| Nikon SB-500 Speedlight
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About the Nikon SB-500 Speedlight


Compact and lightweight, easy-to-use Speedlight

The SB-500 is a high-performance LED flash for both DX-format and FX-format DSLR users who are looking to achieve enhanced imaging expression.

Guide number of 24/78.7 (m/ft, ISO 100)

The SB-500 provides a guide number of 24/78.7 (m/ft, ISO 100) and coverage for the angle of view of a 24 mm lens (FX format) or 16 mm lens (DX format), extending the range of your creative expression.

Bounce the light for beautiful indoor portraits

The flash head of the SB-500 tilts up to 90° and rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right, reducing unnatural shading.

High-performance LED light is incorporated that is effective for movie recording and close-up still shooting

The LED light provides output of approx. 100 lx, the highest-class brightness among products using two AA-size batteries. Illumination with a surface light source utilizing a diffuser covers the angle of view of a 24 mm lens (FX format). Output level is selectable in three steps (Low, Mid, High). As the color temperature is 5400K, that is close to sunlight, it can be naturally used as an auxiliary light during outdoor shooting. The color information communication function automatically sets the most appropriate white balance when attached to the D810 or D750. Also, superior color rendering performance ensures faithful reproduction of a subject’s color.

Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System

Six CLS features out of seven are available: i-TTL mode, Advanced Wireless Lighting, Modeling flash, FV lock, Flash color information communication, Auto FP High-speed Sync. Wide-area AF Assist Illuminator is not supported. In Advanced Wireless Lighting, the SB-500 can be used as a master flash or remote flash using the camera’s built-in flash as a master.

Easy-to-understand operation

When attached to the D750, the SB-500 is automatically recognized and flash settings are enabled from the camera’s custom menu. Even commander mode can be set from the camera.

Compatible with readily available AA-size batteries

The SB-500 uses two AA-size alkaline or Ni-MH batteries which are available almost anywhere, so you’ll never run out of power.

Electronic Construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide Number (23 {deg}C/73.4 {deg}F), 24, /78.7, (ISO 100, m/ft)
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{deg} from 0{deg} with click-stops at 0{deg}, 60{deg}, 75{deg} and 90{deg} Flash head rotates horizontally 180{deg} to the left and right with click-stops at 0{deg}, 30{deg}, 60{deg}, 75{deg}, 90{deg}, 120{deg}, 150{deg}, 180{deg}
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 For minimum number of flashes, recycling time and duration of continuous LED light emission for each battery type.
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 (WxHxD) Approx.67, x114.5, x70.8mm (2.7, x4.6, x2.8in.)
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

Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Specifications and design are subject to change without notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this specification may contain. Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a unit with fresh batteries operating at the temperature specified by the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA): 23 {+-}3 {deg}C (73.4 {+-}5.4 {deg}F).

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