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Nikon announces SB-910 high-end Speedlight

By dpreview staff on Nov 30, 2011 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has announced the SB-910, the flagship flashgun in its Speedlight range. Replacing the SB-900, the 910 gains the simpler graphic user interface (GUI) of the less powerful SB-700. Its more advanced thermal protection system slows the flash recycle time, rather than it simply shutting down to prevent overheating. It comes with hard filters for matching fluorescent and tungsten lighting and automatically switches the camera's white balance to match the filter. Similarly it adjusts the available zoom steps to suit the body (FX or DX) that it's attached to. The SB910 will be available from mid-December, priced around $549.95.

THE NEW NIKON SB-910 SPEEDLIGHT HARNESSES POWERFUL FLEXIBILITY AND CONTROL FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY CREATIVE LIGHTING SYSTEM

New Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Offers Advanced Flash Technology and Intelligent Features

MELVILLE, N.Y. (November 29, 2011) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of a new flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable SB-910 speedlight. Building on the versatility of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS), the SB-910 incorporates an enhanced intuitive operating system and graphic user interface (GUI). The SB-910 speedlight comes equipped with a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths as well as FX/DX-format identification that optimizes zoom settings based on the camera body. This new speedlight also provides more efficient battery usage as well as an enhanced Thermal Cut-Out function.

“As Nikon’s new flagship speedlight, the SB-910 provides exceptional high performance and versatility that users have come to value in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “By addressing the needs of photographers that work in challenging lighting scenarios, the SB-910 delivers a new level of portable lighting functionality, with performance and intelligent features that adapt to a wide range of lighting challenges.”

The SB-910 speedlight is designed to provide easy operation and menu navigation, with its enhanced operating system featuring illuminated function buttons, a dedicated Menu button with quick access to custom settings and an improved LCD screen graphic user interface. Whether the unit is used as an on-camera flash, wireless commander or remote, the SB-910 speedlight will provide dependable and consistent flash exposure. Engineered to address the creative lighting challenges faced by today’s photographers, the SB-910 speedlight includes quick on-demand performance and the ability to adapt seamlessly to nearly any possible lighting scenario.

Additionally, the new SB-910 incorporates a new Thermal Cut-Out function, which offers protection against damage to the flash panel and body from overheating during continuous flash use. Now, the flash recycling time is automatically delayed if a significant rise in temperature is detected, rather than ceasing operation to protect the unit. For additional durability, heat-resistance and ease-of-use, the SB-910 uses new hard-type color compensation filters for fluorescent and incandescent color temperature balancing. When using these filters, the flash automatically recognizes which filter is being used and adjusts white balance accordingly on the connected Nikon D-SLR camera. Additionally, the AF-assist illuminator of the SB-910 is compatible with the complete line of AF systems used in Nikon D-SLR cameras.

The SB-910 speedlight features three illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even) which are designed to match almost any shooting situation when utilizing the speedlight. The “standard” pattern will cover all conventional, standard flash coverage. The “center-weighted” pattern provides larger guide numbers than other light distribution types at the same focal lengths. This illumination pattern is ideal for subjects such as portraits, in which the light falloff at the image edges can be disregarded. When “even” is selected, the light from the flash will cover a subject from the center to the edges without light falloff. This pattern is applicable for shooting group photographs indoors. For coverage with a variety of lenses, the SB-910 speedlight incorporates a multi-step power zoom range that covers a wide 17-200mm angle of view, and can automatically detect Nikon FX and Nikon DX formats to help select suitable light distribution.

The SB-910 speedlight includes support for Nikon’s advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless commander with control over three separate groups of speedlights or as a remote speedlight triggered by other SB-910 speedlights, SB-700 speedlights, SU-800 Wireless Commander or the built-in speedlight set to Commander Mode on compatible Nikon D-SLR cameras. The SB-910 incorporates a high-speed recycling time of approximately 2.5 seconds for full power with NiMH batteries, and approximately 3.0 seconds with AA Alkaline batteries.

Optional water guards will be available for select cameras to protect the connection between the flash and camera, allowing users to utilize the flash when weather conditions are less than ideal. The SJ-4 Color Filter set provides a Warming, Red, Yellow or Blue filter for adding color to the background, foreground or just to accent the scene. The SB-910 will come equipped with the AS-21 Speedlight Stand, SW-13H Diffusion Dome, SZ-2FL and SZ-2TN hard type Color Compensation Filters and SS-910 soft case.

Price and Availability

Nikon’s new flagship speedlight, the SB-910, will be available in mid-December 2011 for a SRP*of $549.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Comments

Total comments: 118
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polatkan
By polatkan (May 15, 2012)

I have bought yesterday sb 910 but i am not sure which battery i can buy ? can someone comment ?

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rumbapassion
By rumbapassion (Mar 25, 2012)

I am really annoyed that Nikon has brought out the sb910 now finally admitting there was a problem with the overheating. They should be offering sb900 owners a substantial discount to buy the sb910. I have had overheating several times and even last night when I had to take a dance floorshow, my SB900 did it again. I was so annoyed I missed the best shots because I had to stop and start all the time. I love my Nikon cameras but seriously NIkon you have let me down with the SB900.

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (Dec 4, 2011)

too bad I can't use this puppy on my V1 !

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loe54
By loe54 (Dec 3, 2011)

Too Late, just have bought a Quantum. Not cheap but impressive results........

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Dec 2, 2011)

the sad thing is that I cannot clip it on my Canon and use all the advanced features.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 3, 2012)

it's pretty sad that as a troll you are pretty low quality

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gdyoung
By gdyoung (Dec 2, 2011)

I love the idea that the thermal cutoff doesn't stop the flash completely but only slows the recycle. Much improved over the SB900.

www.dslrwarehouse.com

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SiPat
By SiPat (Dec 2, 2011)

£449 in the UK -- that's US$700

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achilles1974
By achilles1974 (Dec 4, 2011)

Yikes. Makes me wonder why not buy from BHPhoto in the U.S. and have them ship to UK. www.bhphotovideo.com These guys are great.

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Jez EMIN
By Jez EMIN (Jan 18, 2012)

Taking a picture in the UK is VERY expensive....

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Poss
By Poss (Dec 2, 2011)

Ummm... what is new on this unit really? Illuminated buttons? A thermal nanny no better than the one on the SB900? Slightly tweaked UI? What really changed that either adds substance or changes any of the SB900's shortcomings?

Seriously, I read this marketing gobbledegook three times and I can't figure out why this is not called SB900.00.01

I must be slow or something....

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Dec 3, 2011)

Nikon may consider your suggestion and name their next model 911.

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learnerguy
By learnerguy (Dec 2, 2011)

I have a Nikon D3100. Kindly suggest me a 'good flash' unit which can be a good alternative to these pricey Nikon units.

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Seno prabowo
By Seno prabowo (Dec 4, 2011)

SB700 or SB600 (because both of them have AF Assist, not like SB400, so you can focus easier in the dark)

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MEBEE
By MEBEE (Dec 5, 2011)

Nissin Di622 MARK II or Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital would do great on D3100 and at much lower prices.

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harrysamuel
By harrysamuel (Dec 1, 2011)

Why buy a $550.00 flashes when you can buy $75.00 flashes that put out the same amount light. The only reason I can think of is you have to learn how to use a manual flash, and how to light a scene/subject. And with crappy CLS, the flashes can't be hided behind objects. For $550.00 I want built in radio triggers, and the flashes need to do the dishes.

Nikon needs to run a buy two get two free promotion to get me to buy any more Nikon flashes. The SB800 at $320.00 was the last flash I bought. $550.00 for one flash without radio triggers built in?

For any person using more than one on camera flash you have to be crazy to use Nikon speedlights. When Canon has the brains to build a new flash with built in radio triggers AND sell a FOUR pack in the $1000.00 range 30 years of Nikon equipment might go up on E-bay.

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harrysamuel
By harrysamuel (Dec 1, 2011)

Nikon when switching from the SB80Dx to the SB800 should have had an upgrade discount. At the $550.00 price point Nikon should let me trade in my SB-10. I have the Lumopro LP160, $150.00 direct and instead of dialing in settings on my SB800 that I use for a master, using all my flashes on manual, I have go to the flash and change settings. The LP160 works fine and I just ordered a Yongnuo YN-560 for $75.00 direct. From all the reviews it will do the same job.

10 flashes @ $550.00 = $5,500.00 10 flashes @t $75.00 = $750.00

Ok 10 is a lot of flashes, but I do work with two, and sometimes three photographers. If this YN-560 works for me, which I am sure it will, I am done with Nikon flashes.

Radio trigger built in, packs of four or five for $x,x99.99 might work for me.
$550.00 each is fine for the consumer who buys one. For anyone who knows how to light and needs several $550.00 is not going to fly.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Dec 1, 2011)

All flashes have a horrid UI and controls, made probably by chief Inquisitors in camera manufacturing companies. If Apple did one, it would come with Siri, so you can just talk to it how to fire and when.

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haoz
By haoz (Dec 1, 2011)

yea, only to have it tellling you it doesnt understands what you just said or gives you all the wrong settings 90% of the time.

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costinul_ala
By costinul_ala (Dec 2, 2011)

If apple made one you would have to sell your camera to get it and then attach it to your iPhone with an iAdapter. They you will buy an app to fire the flash and you would be shouting around "fire, fire" until finally you would get arrested.
Then you can escape jail if your iPhone will explode also and break the locks

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gillamoto
By gillamoto (Dec 3, 2011)

LOL!

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Dec 6, 2011)

If Apple made a flash, they'd have so much other features (like voice recognition, GPS, touchscreen sliders, glow-in-the-dark sleep mode) that they'd forget the main purpose of the flash: To act as a flash!

I'm glaring at you Apple for laughably screwing up the iPhone 4 and dropping calls. Forget it's a phone....it has so many other features to distract you from!

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 3, 2012)

fire! fire! fire!

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photomy
By photomy (Nov 26, 2012)

Or it might say back:

"I'm melting!, I'm melting!"

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gl2k
By gl2k (Dec 1, 2011)

In Europe 530€ ... the SB-900 is about 330€ (incl. VAT)
200€ premium for ... uhm dunno

Guess it's time to buy a couple of almost cheap SB-900s.

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Franco8
By Franco8 (Dec 1, 2011)

I would not hesitate to spend an extra $200 on top if it had a true radio control.
Instead of line of sight. And order five of them.
Why don't Nikon talk to photographers and ask what they want.

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mystic-bright
By mystic-bright (Dec 1, 2011)

to look good some genius came out with the idea of shutting down the beast (the 900) at a higher temperature: the idea was to cut the expenses of the in-warranty repairs. Problem was that many didn't buy it just because of that. So the savings went down to the floor. well done! The price of the new one is still astronomical but at least can be a little more useful now that they took that idiotic cut-off thing away.

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees
By FuzzTheKingOfTrees (Dec 1, 2011)

So they've swapped the zoom button for a menu button.

Changed the gel filters for hard ones but instead of giving you two levels of CTO and florescent you now get one of each and you no longer get blue and red included in the pack, you have to buy them separately. Hard filters are probably better but this is flagship flash so should really include more than two.

Lastly they've adopted the temperature system from the SB700, not used one so I can't say if it's better. I've hit on the SB900 warning once and it was annoying because I didn't feel I was working the flash particularly hard. Also this change could have been provided by a firmware update.

So in conclusion, Nikon have made one change to the buttons, added a piece of plastic to the kit that could have been released as an accessory and made a change to the firmware that should have been released as a fix to existing SB900 owners.

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stanginit
By stanginit (Dec 1, 2011)

$550 can you send a text on it?

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Higuma
By Higuma (Dec 1, 2011)

Here's the question for the ages -

~ Will the new included "hard" type Color Balance filters work with the SB-900 ????

meaning -> snap on the SB-900 and use the same auto-recognition of balance.... If so order me a hand full of each right away so I can do away with some of my gels....

That WOULD be a big bonus.......

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singveld
By singveld (Nov 30, 2011)

wow first flash i see that can do 200mm, canon better come out with new flash that can match it. or people will move to nikon.

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Kartika Sari
By Kartika Sari (Dec 1, 2011)

even the earlier sb900 can zoom to 200mm

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Lan
By Lan (Nov 30, 2011)

Is it possible to override the filter/whitebalance detection options?

Occasionally I like to use flash with different wb settings to those on the camera, as the warm/cool balance can make a nice contrast...

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Ilkka Nissilä
By Ilkka Nissilä (Nov 30, 2011)

You can override it if you shoot raw.

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ianz28
By ianz28 (Dec 1, 2011)

Setting white balance on the camera should also override it I'd imagine.

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees
By FuzzTheKingOfTrees (Dec 1, 2011)

White balance is only set if set to auto on the camera, it's also only set on cameras newer than the D300

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Nov 30, 2011)

I like the slower recyling time but what I'm really hoping for is a unit that is much larger than the SB-900.

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Gholson21
By Gholson21 (Nov 30, 2011)

NICE!

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xmeda
By xmeda (Nov 30, 2011)

...and still less powerful than for example an old AF540FGZ from Pentax.. :)

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amateurphotographer
By amateurphotographer (Nov 30, 2011)

Many times my SB900 has overheated in A/TTL mode during event shoots where you are firing every few minutes. Yes have backup flash. The manual does say to use Manual mode to get more juice out of batteries, and I guess to slows down overheating. Manual Mode is not practical when the light conditions can change rapidly at events. Slowing down the recycle rate doesn't really help me when I have missed the shot in TTL mode. Seems like only a temp solution to the overheating prob.

May buy a SB910, but need to see reviews in heavy use in A/TTL mode. Have 4x SB900, but usually only use them all when have time for Manual Mode set up, so unlikely to replace all SB900s.
The SB900 menu is okay, the more you use it the easier it becomes.
- Radio wireless would save lugging around PWs + AC3.
- LED light (SB1000?)
- Battery indicator displayed all the time, see it when i have ran out of juice.
- Form factor- smaller nice, but must clear longer lenses.
- SB900 functions good enough

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Poss
By Poss (Nov 30, 2011)

Can we get a PROPER firmware upgrade for the "old" SB900 now please?
And what's with the naming now... SB910... starting to sound like German WWII planes here...

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Hawaii-geek
By Hawaii-geek (Nov 30, 2011)

+1
And how hard is it to do a sb900 FW upgrade for this same ... NO STOP , recycle slow down (when it starts to get hot only pls).
* Thought this is what FW upgradability was for?
and maybe a simple Stick-ON Heat Sink for the sb900.

own four(4) sb900's ... I am not bitter :)

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Franco8
By Franco8 (Dec 2, 2011)

Wait for the replacemant of the SB 900 it could be the SB 911

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Poss
By Poss (Dec 2, 2011)

Nah, they will call it FW190 Dora...

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ksgant
By ksgant (Nov 30, 2011)

Okay, newb question here as I see this word bandied about a lot with flashes now. I don't have the latest and greatest equipment, but I see "wireless" flash a lot now. Are they truly talking about wireless...as in PocketWizards style, around the corner, 200 feet away etc etc? Or is this just line-of-sight infrared triggers?

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psoon
By psoon (Dec 1, 2011)

Yes, its mainly 'line-of-sight', though the ability to pick up the master flash when bounced or reflected off walls and ceilings do give it a limited wireless functionality.

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zkz5
By zkz5 (Dec 1, 2011)

They are infrared but whether or not you need line-of-sight to the flash depends on the environment. I have a D70 and SB700 and if I'm shooting in a house or other small indoor place then the flash will work just about anywhere. Outdoors or unusual indoor conditions (like an abandoned building) the reliability varies quite a bit. I have Cactus V5 radio triggers that I also use when needed.

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Nov 30, 2011)

I am almost tempted to say "quit yer gripen" but at +$500 it's about time they put a nice GUI on these mini computers that make light! Just remember, there was a time not long ago (in my working career, but early on) when you had to do math in your head!!! Guide numbers/distance=F-stop! The built-in filters are novel... now to get the price down under the stratosphere!

Vivitar! Are you listening? :o)

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caribousteaks
By caribousteaks (Nov 30, 2011)

I have found the 900 a bear to figure out. Designed by a japanese engineer who never has to use the thing, at least it seems like it. For such a good company producing such sophisticated products they sure know how to botch it on their top of the line models. I only hope this new one works better. I wish they would take a look at the intuitiveness of Apple products to better design their cameras and accessories. Why is it that every Nikon photographer I have known ends up watching privately posted instructional Youtube videos a dozen times to try and figure out their Nikon goodies? Come on Nikon, come out of the engineering closet into the sunshine of everyday life.

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Joe Federer
By Joe Federer (Nov 30, 2011)

Surely you must be kidding? The SB900 is dead easy, as remote, master, or on it's own.

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Ilkka Nissilä
By Ilkka Nissilä (Nov 30, 2011)

I agree; the SB-900 user interface is a big improvement over the SB-800 and 600.

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Kabe Luna
By Kabe Luna (Nov 30, 2011)

Well, I'm only one photographer (who also happens to be a longtime Apple user and fan), but I find my SB-900 to be as easy to use as my Canon 580EX was. And my Nikon cameras are ridiculously easy to navigate with logical menus and lots of dedicated external controls. I've yet to crack open the manual of a Nikon DSLR since the D70, and I use my D700 every single day.

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costinul_ala
By costinul_ala (Dec 2, 2011)

can we have apple out at least from the flash discussions ? please!!! .... it doesn't make much sense ... there are optimizations of the UI , some are better than others .... but if you find a flash difficult to use, you probably don't need it

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Nov 30, 2011)

Looking forward to putting it to the test, wonder how that new/quick 'group' functionality holds out

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AttiCzi
By AttiCzi (Nov 30, 2011)

Yes most of us desperatly need another flash. What about the way overdue d700 upgrade? Not too bothered about that Nikon?

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DaveCS
By DaveCS (Nov 30, 2011)

I wonder if it's as heavy as the SB-900 thereby continuing to cause issues with the D700 (and likely future series of cameras) hotshoe...

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milan_gm
By milan_gm (Nov 30, 2011)

It is slightly heavier than SB-900 :)

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Ilkka Nissilä
By Ilkka Nissilä (Nov 30, 2011)

Use SB-700 as hot shoe flash.

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Nov 30, 2011)

Okay, all tech trolling aside... It still looks like its from the 90s...

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Nov 30, 2011)

OK style police for flashes? Are you gonna say I should wear a leisure suit when I use my Vivitar 283s ? Or a skinny tie and punk outfit with my Metz 45 CT1? A pink Peptobismol Nikon for you for being so fashion-forward! ;o)

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (Dec 1, 2011)

That would be extra awesome, so yes.

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Rene Graemer
By Rene Graemer (Nov 30, 2011)

Still waiting for a flash with a quick charger module instead of replacing the 6 batteries - I stay with my old SB's

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Joe Federer
By Joe Federer (Nov 30, 2011)

My SB-900 only holds 4 batteries... amazing that you can fit 6 in there!

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Poss
By Poss (Nov 30, 2011)

Some people are REALLY strong you know...

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Patco
By Patco (Nov 30, 2011)

Joe said (somewhat sarcastically):
"My SB-900 only holds 4 batteries... amazing that you can fit 6 in there!"

Maybe Rene is using 6 batteries in a battery pack, like the SD-8?

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mgblack74
By mgblack74 (Nov 30, 2011)

I have 2 SB-800's & 1 SB-900. Never had an issue with my 900 over heating, and it's used a lot for wedding work. Think I'm going to pass on this flash. The value of an Elinchrom Quadra RX looks better and better all the time.

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Constantly Flashing
By Constantly Flashing (Dec 1, 2011)

mine did for the first time a couple days ago. lucky i am an NPS Member, and i had a couple sb800's with me

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John Mackay
By John Mackay (Nov 30, 2011)

Now, if it had inbuilt rotation like Sony's HVLF58AM or a price closer to Yongnuo's YN-565EX I would be impressed.

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Viggo
By Viggo (Nov 30, 2011)

So what's new here? It doesn't cover down to 14?!?! So when using the great 14-24, flash-coverage isn't possible? No more power?! Not weathersealed without optional stuff?! No radio?!

The only new thing I see is the ability to not melt down, which has never happened with any of my 580's@ 10fps anyway..

Flagship? LOOOL

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Nov 30, 2011)

It will nicely cover 14mm with the diffuser. You'd want one anyway, at least if you're the kind of photographer who can afford this strobe. The strobe is weather sealed. They are talking about connections to the camera where it must match the camera body. I'm not sure Canon offers that.

Radio? Nikon has one of the very best systems called Creative Lighting System with remote triggering and control of up to three groups. Canon has been trying to copy CLS for years. My Pocket Wizards can pass iTTL and I can use CLS on my monolights if I chose. Radio, foresooth.

Comparing the feature set of the 580s I think the new 910 is at least equivalent if not a whole lot better.

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Nov 30, 2011)

It did not happen with any of my SB 900's either.

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tlinn
By tlinn (Nov 30, 2011)

For the record, the 580 EX II is weather sealed and doesn't need an accessory to weather seal the connection to the hotshoe. Having said that, I'm not arguing it is a better flash or that Canon has a better flash system. Both systems have advantages. However if Canon follows through on its patents for wireless RF control of its flashes, that will be a huge plus for the Canon system. At least as it applies to Canon flashes, the Pocket Wizards that transmit eTTL data are mediocre and the Radio Poppers are expensive.

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Dec 1, 2011)

The sealing of the connection is dependent on the body in the implementation Nikon has chosen. It can't be universal if it is going to work well.

I'm not sure I like the idea of paying for RF in this kind of strobe. Initially, there was a lot of chatter about the PWs not working correctly, but that chatter has subsided as more and more people have mastered it. Initially, I didn't like CLS with my monolights, but lately I've been enjoying those benefits especially on location with battery packs. You can also use the PWs without iTTL passthrough.

Radio Poppers are nice, just not as much compatibility in the market. More and more strobes have PW ports and I think more will in the future. Sekonic's meter as well, at least my 358.

Mostly I was responding to the fanboys post. ;)

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Rob Rossington
By Rob Rossington (Nov 30, 2011)

I'll wait for the SB-920, although by then the price will probably be closer to £1K :/

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Jesper S. Jensen
By Jesper S. Jensen (Nov 30, 2011)

Check also Joe McNally's latest blog post http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2011/11/30/a-new-flash/

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StHidden
By StHidden (Nov 30, 2011)

I am an amateur photographer. I can not spend the money on the flash. Therefore, considering the option of buying Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash Speedlite for Nikon. Prompt dear, how much am I wrong?

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spbStan
By spbStan (Nov 30, 2011)

The street price will probably be $80-100 less. I need another flash and love my current SB900's so will probably get one to add to the stable but not at list price.
The hard filters is a good addition, the soft gels that come with the SB900 work well but installing them is a two hand operation. Using them really makes WB a snap in mixed light situations....like every scene is.

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bhatti
By bhatti (4 weeks ago)

I bought the Nissin Di866 Mark II recently even after reading quality control issues. I was hoping I might get lucky and get one which worked fine. It did .. but only for one day. I really wanted the Nissin to work as it was less than half the price of a Nikon SB910. It just wouldnt work reliably. I would not recommend taking a chance with Nissin.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Nov 30, 2011)

Are there pictures of the hard filters for matching fluorescent and tungsten lighting? Curious about those

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LGO
By LGO (Nov 30, 2011)

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Flash-Filters/4977/SZ-2TN-Incandescent-Filter.html

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Flash-Filters/4978/SZ-2FL-Fluorescent-Filter.html

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semorg
By semorg (Nov 30, 2011)

And I thought Nikon was not going to make any big announcements this year :)

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PHOTOJOE55
By PHOTOJOE55 (Nov 30, 2011)

Just when I started getting comfortable with the SB900's. I really think they had to start putting out some new products. With everyone else in the news maybe they don't want to feel left out. ... Joe Prete

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Franco8
By Franco8 (Nov 30, 2011)

Cant see anything exciting why i should upgrade my four SB900.
Why cant Nikon release a flash that does not require line of sight
for wireless control, i definately will trade in my current four flashes for the new ones,

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MichaelK81
By MichaelK81 (Nov 30, 2011)

In many situations, you do not need direct line of sight in order for CLS to work. Only in expansive outdoor environments. In many indoor venues, the IR signal will bounce off the walls and ceiling and easily communicate with the unit.

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Joe Federer
By Joe Federer (Nov 30, 2011)

Radio wireless CLS would have me buying at least 8 of whatever model it was. It's the only thing I feel 'lacking' from my system; the only thing where my equipment 'lets me down'. (not that optical isn't great... it's just that the consistency of radio in dynamic situations (line-of-sight-wise) would be way way better)

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miwo76
By miwo76 (Dec 1, 2011)

Radio wireless is difficult to implement as Nikon would need to navigate a swath of international regulations overseeing radio frequencies. Infrared signalling isn't subject to the same regulations so it's easier and cheaper to create one system they can sell internationally without having to manufacture seperate lines of the same product to accomodate local radio frequency legislation.

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LVPhoto1
By LVPhoto1 (Nov 30, 2011)

I'm a long time Nikon use....but I still haven't found a flash that can replace the 5-Vivitar 283's, that I use still to this day and all of them are 30+ years old and have never failed me yet;)!

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BitFarmer
By BitFarmer (Nov 30, 2011)

Agree!

My SB600 lack an "A" auto mode so the power only depends on subject distance, not the color of the suit someone is wearing, and without it (I really can't understand why it is not on my flash) you can't use manual mode on the camera and get a consistent flash power.

An older flash is much better for manual shooting, with a TTL one you just can't set F6 + 1/125s and make 100% of the shoot ok on, for instance, a wedding.

Any SB flashes have "A" mode or should I move to vivitar too?

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SilverLightImaging
By SilverLightImaging (Nov 30, 2011)

Have one 283 w/ vp-1 and two 285s with battery packs, all hard wired with paul buff remotes. Wouldn't have it any other way. Also have a SB-600 for those rare times I use a flash on camera.

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PhotoArtKC
By PhotoArtKC (Nov 30, 2011)

I would have much rather seen the addition of built-in radio triggering, even if it cost a little more. (which it already does compared to the SB-900) Personally, I like my SB-900 but wouldn't pay MORE for basically what it should have been in the first place.

At this point, for that much money I would rather save and buy a Qflash for on-camera use or an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX for a portable, off-camera solution.

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Joe Federer
By Joe Federer (Nov 30, 2011)

CLS over radio FTW!!

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PhotoArtKC
By PhotoArtKC (Nov 30, 2011)

IIRC, the Qflash can do CLS type things. Why couldn't Nikon transmit the CLS over radio? (After all, the aftermarket is doing it and even improving upon CLS.) Nikon could even make their own plug-in modules that nest right into the flash and camera that easily meet the needs of all photographers.

For what it's worth, CLS is great, but it is still very limited. Try triggering lights behind your master, around walls, behind your subjects or inside of light modifiers. Lets not even take that outside in bright sunlight because that will diminish the reliability of it, even in a direct line of sight situation.

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zane80
By zane80 (Nov 30, 2011)

Awesome, it has the features of the SU-800. Gonna get it!!!

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Nov 30, 2011)

Dont no what Nikon is up to but I am still waiting for a even larger guide number flash with almost no bells and whistle. May be an update to SB 400 to increase its guide number would be better.

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Octane
By Octane (Nov 30, 2011)

Dear Nikon,

you can fool people with your 'survey' that Nikon users are willing to pay more for your products to justify your prices. Let me make it clear that I'm not one of those. I will not pay $550 for a flash.

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Elmo60
By Elmo60 (Nov 30, 2011)

€649,00 in europe http://www.cameranu.nl/nl/Flitsers/Nikon/Flitser/Nikon-SB-910/H427_1687_229494/

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Nov 30, 2011)

$550 is cheap. $849 for SB900 in Australia.

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Zebooka
By Zebooka (Nov 30, 2011)

LOL.
I hoped they will do water resistand flash, but instead they tweak SB-900 a little. This can be done by firmware update...

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Guy Swarbrick
By Guy Swarbrick (Nov 30, 2011)

It'll be interesting to see if it is...

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bob elkind
By bob elkind (Nov 30, 2011)

I'm sure the design of the optional water guard was thoroughly field tested in either Sendai (Japan) or Thailand.

3 upvotes
Razgriz
By Razgriz (Nov 30, 2011)

Ooooooh, thats harsh lol :-)

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