|The Nikon Speedlight SB-400 an intelligent and versatile external flash unit that provides i-TTL flash operation in a super-compact and ultra-lightweight body at an affordable price. With its powerful guide number of 21 (ISO 100 m at 18mm zoom-head position 20°C/68°F) the SB-400 is an ideal flash unit for beginners in digital SLR photography but it is also useful for hobbyists and professionals looking for a handy i-TTL flash unit offering an effortless bounce flash function. The SB-400 has been specifically developed to provide photographers with an entry-level external flash unit which is compatible with i-TTL flash operation. When combined with cameras that are compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System the SB-400 is controlled in i-TTL and D40’s M (manual) mode. The SB-400’s flash head can be tilted in 4 steps - horizontal as well as 60 75 and 90 degrees - and has a flash shooting distance range of between 60cm to 20m (depending on the camera’s ISO setting). Slow Sync Red-eye Reduction and other flash modes can also be set on the camera body enabling users to enjoy brighter and more natural lighting for better flash pictures. Key Features: Compatible with i-TTL and D40’s M mode Flash head can be tilted in 4 steps; horizontal 60 75 and 90 degrees Flash shooting distance range: 0.6m - 20m (depends on the ISO setting) Guide number: 30 [ISO 200 m 20°C] Angle of coverage: 18mm (with Nikon-DX format cameras) 27mm (with Nikon F6) Depending on the camera in use the following flash modes are available: Slow Sync Red-eye Reduction Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync Rear-curtain Sync FV Lock exposure compensation M (manual only with D40 camera) Power source: two AA-size 1.5V batteries (also compatible with lower voltage batteries) *Note: SB-400 cannot be used with cameras not compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System. SB-400 is not compatible with Advanced Wireless Lighting.|
Decent Flash for the money
A step over the camera flash.8/30/2011
Fast recycling with nimh battery good construction.
Great General Purpose Compact Flash8/30/2011
I use this flash on my D300 predominantly in manual mode. Love the results and can't say enough about the compact size and ease of popping it on. Too bad it doesn't rotate but maybe it's too small for that kind of fancy.
Great group to work with!!!8/30/2011
Perfect flash for beginners amateurs.8/30/2011
Small Compact Flash but a Contender!8/30/2011
I bought the SB400 as a backup to my SB800 flash units. My first chance to use it was on a trip taken to Oregon and I tried this little flash unit out on a family gathering. The results floored me! There was not a bad or close to bad that it had to be tweaked in Photoshop shot taken. So I decided to put this little-big flash to work. First thing I noticed was the alkaline batteries did not last long or as long as I thought necessary so they were replaced with Lithiums. I tested this flash for two weeks and shot over 1000 exposures and the batteries still kept up with the flash. I used this flash at 6 fps speed and the exposures were so close as to appear as one exposure when viewed on the camera. The range is not as great as my SB800 but only fell short by a few feet. Even so I was pleased with the results. I use as my normal lens either a Nikon 18-200mm or the Tamron 18-270mm and noticed immediately that the SB400 needed to be higher on the camera by at least 1 or the flash will catch the upper rim of the lens or shade. I purchased a synced hot shoe adapter and it extended the height enough to eliminate this problem. I would have loved to had a rotating head on this flash. Overall even though this is a small compact flash it is a heavy weight performer and I've convinced some of my disbelieving photo buddies after seeing my images. The SB400 has saved me time on the computer working with Photoshop as well.