Nikon SB-400

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This flash was introduced in December 2006 specifically for use with the Nikon D40. It has become popular because of its small size and light weight. It allows tilt (horizontal, 60, 75 and 90 degrees) for bounce, but no swivel.

It has no LCD. Varipower settings is via a menu on a compatible camera. This menu is only available on certain cameras released in 2006 and later (e.g. D40, D60 and D90). Flash EV compensation can not be set on the Nikon D3.

This flash can't be used for strobist type wireless flash since all five contacts must be connected to a Nikon body to fire.

Comes with a custom shaped, padded, zippered case SS-400 with a sewn-on, embroidered label.


For dedicated flash system: Nikon.
Head: Fixed 27mm coverage.
Swivel & tilt: no swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure mode: Varipower.
Manual settings: Only on a compatible camera.
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Metal foot, Lever lock.
Trigger voltage: 3.6 volt.
Batteries: 2xAA.
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 66 x 57 x 80 mm, 128 g.
Guide number (ISO 100, meter): 21.

Price: USD 110 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2006-today.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

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Established: 1917
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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