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Nikon Speedlight SB-900

Nikon Speedlight SB-900
Nikon Speedlight SB-900
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  • Guide Number 34 m at ISO 100, to 48 m at ISO 200, (35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
  • 17-200mm auto zoom range: covered in just 1.2 seconds.
  • High-speed recycling time of 2.2 seconds, using four AA-type batteries.
  • AF-Assist illumination: compatible with Multi-CAM3500 FX / DX AF sensors.
  • Thermal protection system.

 

Nikon Speedlight SB-900
Nikon Speedlight SB-900
Nikon Speedlight SB-900

Overview

Professional i-TTL Speedlight compatible with Nikon FX and DX format SLRs, and part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System. This powerful Speedlight offers photographers extensive creative opportunities for their flash photography. Three illumination patterns - Centre-weighted, Even and Standard - provide total control over flash coverage and it covers a class-leading auto zoom range of 17-200mm in just 1.2 seconds. Advanced features include a booster circuit that enables high-speed recycling using four AA-type batteries and a built-in thermal protection system to warn of excessive heat build up. The SB-900 can automatically detect the presence of a fluorescent or incandescent color filter and transmit this information to the attached camera’s white balance setting, and its firmware can be upgraded via the camera body.

  • Professional i-TTL (intelligent TTL) Speedlight compatible with FX and DX format SLR cameras.
  • Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
  • Centre-weighted, Even and Standard illumination patterns: Centre-weighted mode concentrates illumination to the centre of the frame, useful when using a telephoto lens. Even mode diffuses light evenly across the frame, useful when taking group shots. Standard mode offers a standard balance of power and light distribution.
  • 17-200mm auto zoom range: covered in just 1.2 seconds. 14mm zoom range when using built-in diffuser or Speedlight dome.
  • Automatic detection of sensor format: automatically recognises FX or DX format cameras.
  • High-speed recycling time of 2.2 seconds, using four AA-type batteries.
  • Intuitive interface with large LCD screen and 3 all-purpose switches that can be individually configured.
  • AF-Assist illumination: compatible with Multi-CAM3500 FX / DX AF sensors.
  • Bounce capability: rotates horizontally 180º to right and left, tilts up to 90º and down to 11º.
  • Thermal protection system: programmable to warn of excessive heat build up during high intensity firing.
  • Automatic filter detection: Speedlight automatically adjusts the attached camera’s white balance settings when a fluorescent or incandescent color filter is used.
  • Firmware can be upgraded via the storage media in the attached camera.

Powerful, Versatile Speedlight Unit
Atop the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-900 is an indispensable portable light source providing effective solutions to lighting challenges.

Complete Flash Head Positioning Freedom
Bounce 90°up and 7°down with 360° rotation elevates creative lighting freedom.

Renowned Dedicated Wireless Flash ControlWireless Commander Mode offers wireless control at the master Speedlight position, controlling up to 3 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments.

Choose From 3 Light Distribution Patterns
Optimize light quality by selecting Standard for general illumination, Center-weighted for portraits or Even, for groups or interiors.

Color Gel Filter IdentificationAutomatically identifies mounted color gel filters and adjusts camera white-balance.* *With select Nikon digital SLRs

Automatic Format Identification
Automatically senses the FX or DX-format camera in use and optimizes light distribution.

Firmware UpdatingAllows uploading of performance enhancement developments.*
*With select Nikon digital SLRs

Nikon’s Precision i-TTL Flash Control
Delivers precise flash exposures and seamless fill-flash performance—even in challenging lighting situations.

Hot Shoe and Wireless OperationUse on-camera, as a wireless Master Commander or as a wireless remote light source.

Expanded Auto Power Zoom Coverage
Smoothly covers lenses as wide as 17mm and up to 200mm in FX-format and as wide as 12mm and up to 200mm in DX-format use.

Streamlined Controls and MenusConvenient Rotary Select Dial sets key functions quickly and a prominent Master and Remote control switch simplifies wireless operation.

Flash Tube Overheat Protection
An added measure of safety is provided for sustained high-speed bursts.

Flash Value (FV) Lock
Locks in a specific flash output on the main subject, regardless of aperture, composition or the lens’ zoom position.*
*With select Nikon digital SLRs

Drip-Proof Mounting Foot Cover (Water Guard)*
Provides enhanced moisture protection.
*Optional

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Specifications

Specifications / Operation
Guide Number: 

34 m/111.5 ft. (at ISO 100, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
to 48 m/157.5 ft. (at ISO 200, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)

AF assist : 
AF-Assist illumination: compatible with Multi-CAM3500 FX / DX AF sensors.
Flash Modes: 

TTL,
Auto Aperture flash,
Non-TTL auto flash,
Distance-priority manual flash,
Manual flash,
Repeating flash

Test firing, monitor pre-flashes,
Modeling illuminator
Advanced Wireless Lighting,
SU-4 type wireless multiple flash

Flash Range: 
0.6 m to 20 m (2 to 66 ft) (varies depending on camera image area setting, illumination pattern, ISO sensitivity, zoom position, and lens aperture)
Shutter Curtain Synchronisation: 
First or second curtain synchronisation, Slow-sync, Red-eye reduction in slow-sync,
Bounce Function : 

Flash head tilts down to -7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°

Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°

Lens Coverage: 

17-200mm auto zoom range, 14mm zoom range when using built-in diffuser or Speedlight dome.

Power / Performance
Power Sources: 
Four AA-size penlight batteries (1.5V or lower) of the following types :
- Alkaline-manganese (1.5V)
- Lithium (1.5V)
- Oxyride (1.5V)
- Ni-MH (2600 mAh) (rechargeable) (1.2V)
Flash Recycling Time: 

4.0 sec. / 4.0-30 sec with Alkaline-manganese (1.5V) 
4.5 sec. / 4.5-120 sec with Lithium (1.5V) 
3.0 sec. / 3.0-30 sec with Oxyride (1.5V) 
2.3 sec. / 2.3-30 sec with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) (rechargeable) (1.2V) 

* When firing the Speedlight at full output once every 30 seconds (120 seconds with lithium batteries.)

 

Number of Flashes: 

Alkaline-manganese (1.5V) : 110
Lithium (1.5V) : 230
Oxyride (1.5V) : 125
Ni-MH (2600 mAh) (rechargeable) (1.2V) : 190

Dimensions
Width: 
78mm
Height: 
146mm
Depth: 
118mm
Weight: 
415 g

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