Nikon SB-900

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This is a high quality flash. Very solidly built.

Filter holder SZ-2 and four filters are included in the basic kit: FL-G1, FL-G2 (fluorescent), TN-A1 and TN-A2 (incandescent). There is also an optional colour filter set SJ-3 containing a total of 20 filters in 8 colours. The flash detects type color compensation filter and transmits this information to a compatible camera (so far D3-series, D700 and D7000) for optimum white balance setting.

Fitted with pc-socket.

Also comes with speedlight stand AS-21, Nikon diffusion dome SW-13H, and soft case SS-900. The case has an extra room at the bottom for the diffuser and filter holder.

Optional Water Guards WG-AS1 (for D3 series), WG-AS2 (for D300 series) and WG-AS3 (for D700) protect camera's accessory shoe contact when SB-900 is mounted on a Nikon digital SLR camera.


For dedicated flash system: Nikon.
Head: 14, 17-200mm coverage, power zoom (w. manual override).
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +180° swivel, -7° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: TTL, FP, Auto, Varipower, GN, RPT.
Manual settings: 1/1, 1/2 to 1/128 in 1/3 EV steps (20 steps).
Wireless modes: Master, Remote (dedicated), Plain slave.
Features: Sound, LCD, Crop aware, Overheat protection, Metal foot, Env. seals, Lever lock, Sync. socket, Ext. power, Bounce card, Strobist.
Trigger voltage: 3.5 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Flash duration: 1/880 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: via hot-shoe.
Dimensions: 78 x 146 x 119 mm, 415 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):344056
Standard ill. pattern. GNs taken from p. F-18 in the manual..

Price: USD 440 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2008-2011, replaced by: Nikon SB-910.

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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