Versatile, easy-to-use Speedlight, compatible with Nikon FX and DX format SLRs, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System. Incredibly intuitive to operate, it boasts a range of advanced functions that make it simple to manage the quality and direction of light. Three illumination patterns provide total control over flash coverage and the easily accessible A:B mode enables wireless control of multiple flash units. With a compact body, it is the ideal piece of kit to have at hand when you want to shoot creatively or attain more balanced images in tricky lighting situations.
Versatile I-TTL (intelligent TTL) Speedlight compatible with FX and DX format SLRs, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
Multi-step power-zoom: covers a wide 24-120mm angle of view.
Intuitive operation: the large, easy-to-read LCD screen and conveniently placed controls make it easy to adjust settings.
Guide number: 25(EVEN)/28 (STD)/30 (CW) (FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 35mm). Maximum guide number: 38 (STD, FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 120mm).
Centre-weighted, Even and Standard illumination patterns can be selected to match the shooting situation at hand.
High-speed recycling time: approx. 2.5 seconds when using NiMH or alkaline batteries and approx. 3.5 seconds with lithium batteries.
A:B mode for quick wireless control: allows control of the light ratios of A and B group Speedlight units.
Firmware can be upgraded via the storage media in the attached camera.
Automatic thermal protection system: warns of excessive heat build up during high intensity firing and delays recycling time if necessary.
Automatic filter detection: Speedlight automatically adjusts the attached camera’s color temperature settings according to the color of the filter being used.
AF-Assist illumination: covers focal length of 24-135mm*. Compatible with Multi-CAM3500 AF sensors.
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number (at 35 mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20 °C/68 °F)
28/92 (ISO 100, m/ft.), 39/128 (ISO 200, m/ft.)
Effective flash output distance range (in i-TTL mode)
0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft. to 66 ft.) (varies depending on camera’s image area setting, illumination pattern, ISO sensitivity, zoom head position, and lens aperture in use)
There are three illumination patterns: standard, even and center-weighted The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats
Available flash mode
• i-TTL • Manual flash • Distance-priority manual flash
Other available functions
Test firing, monitor pre-flashes, AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF, and modeling illumination
Nikon Creative Lighting System
A number of flash operations are available with compatible cameras: i-TTL mode, Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV lock, flash color information communication, auto FP high-speed sync and AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF
Multiple flash-unit photography operation
• Advanced Wireless Lighting • SU-4 type wireless multiple flash-unit photography (in remote mode)
Flash exposure control set on the camera
Camera’s sync modes: slow sync, red-eye reduction slow sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, rear-curtain slow sync Photography functions: auto FP high-speed sync, FV lock, red-eye reduction
Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90° with clickstops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90° Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Rotate the power switch/wireless mode switch for multiple flash units to turn the SB-700 on or off Standby function can also be set
Use four AA-type batteries of the same brand from any of the following types: • 1.5 V alkaline AA batteries • 1.5 V lithium AA batteries • Rechargeable 1.2 V NiMH AA batteries For minimum number of flashes and recycling time of each battery
The SB-700 is fully recycled: lights up Insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL or distance-priority manual flash mode): blinks
Flash-ready indicator (in remote mode)
The SB-700 is fully recycled: blinks Insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL mode or AUTO mode in SU-4 type wireless multiple flash-unit photography ): blinks
Flash duration (approx.)
1/1042 sec. at M1/1 (full) output 1/1136 sec. at M1/2 output 1/2857 sec. at M1/4 output 1/5714 sec. at M1/8 output 1/10000 sec. at M1/16 output 1/18182 sec. at M1/32 output 1/25000 sec. at M1/64 output 1/40000 sec. at M1/128 output
Mounting foot lock lever
Provides secure attachment of the SB-700 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment
-3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV steps in i-TTL mode
Thermal cut-out, firmware update
Dimensions (W × H × D)
Approx. 71 x 126 x 104.5 mm (2.8 x 5.0 x 4.1 in.)
Approx. 360 g (12.7 oz.) (Speedlight only) Approx. 450 g (15.9 oz.) (with four 1.5 V alkaline AA batteries)
Speedlight Stand AS-22, Nikon Diffusion Dome SW-14H, Incandescent Filter SZ-3TN, Fluorescent Filter SZ-3FL, Soft Case SS-700