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Nikon SB-400 Speedlight Flash

  • i-TTL, M (manual with the D40 only )
  • All cameras compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System
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Brand
Nikon
Model
SB-400

Spec

Specifications
Electronic construction: Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry

Angle of coverage: Light distribution covers an 18mm lens when mounted on a Nikon DX format digital SLR camera (27mm lens when mounted on an F6 35mm SLR)

Flash shooting distance range: 2 to 66 feet (Varies depending on the ISO sensitivity, zoom-head position, and lens aperture in use)

Flash exposure control set on the camera: Slow-sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction in slow sync, rear-curtain sync flash, FV lock flash, manual flash (with Nikon Creative Lighting System digital and 35mm SLR cameras)

Power Source: Two AA batteries (1.5V or lower)

Number of flashes/Recycling time (at full output with fresh batteries): Alkaline-manganese (1.5V) 140/3.9 sec. Lithium (1.5V) 250/4.2 sec. Oxyride (1.5V) 150/3.1 sec.Ni-MH rechargeable (1.5V, 2600 mAh) 210/2.5 sec.

Ready light: Lights up when the SB-400 is recharged and ready to fire; blinks to indicate: insufficient light; insufficient battery power; incompatibility of camera with SB-400; overheating

Flash duration: Approximately 1/1,300th second at full output

Mounting foot lever lock: Provides secure attachment of SB-400 to the camera accessory shoe with a mount pin to prevent accidental detachment
Compatibility
All cameras compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System
Flash Modes
i-TTL, M (manual with the D40 only )
Guide Number
(at 18mm zoom-head position, 20 degrees C/68 degrees F) 30m/98.4ft. (ISO 200, m/ft)
Bounce / Swivel
Flash head tilts up to 90 degrees with click-stops at 0, 60, 75, 90 degrees.

Physical Spec

Dimensions
2.6" x 2.2" x 3.1"
Weight
4.5 oz.

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  • Todd G.
  • 11/13/2009 11:25:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for the D40

Pros: Love this flash. I looked at the other speed flashes for my D40, but they were just too big and heavy for it. This is perfect for it. The bounce flash feature (turning flash up toward the ceiling) makes pictures beautiful. I have kids that move at lightning speeds and the flash recharge is amazing. The built-in flash for the d40 has a long recharge time after 10 shots or so. Plus, in my opinion, it would consistently over expose the shot and wash out their faces. Bounce Flash = Perfect Solution!

Cons: Haven't had any issues with it yet. (I've had it for over a year)

Other Thoughts: The SB600 is nice, but I've found it's been nice to have a small external flash. The Sb400 only turns in increments up, where the 600 you can bounce it off the walls as it turns left and right. I would think the average person would prefer the 400 though, as it's not too bulky, it's really light, keeps up with all my pictures, and is more affordable.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 8/13/2009 1:35:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood enough for me!

Pros: Installed batteries and off I went. If you angle the flash it will take better pictures that aren't over bearing bright. It does exactly what it needs to do.

Cons: don't put your hand in front of the flash or you will get burned.... found that one out the hard way. Not bad... it's just hot in front of the flash.

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  • Sean P.
  • 7/19/2009 8:46:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall size, big function

Pros: Small form factor
Just two AA batteries
Can tilt the flash up to utilize bounce
Can keep up with my D90 at full tilt (with a SDHC 8GB Extreme III card)
Metal base and locking pin (feels solid)

Cons: Doesn't twist. I knew this going in, but still wish it did.
Can't control the force of the flash (to my knowledge)
No battery indicator of any kind. You just have pay attention to it to judge when it is time to change the batteries.

Other Thoughts: I bought this flash because I wasn't sure I'd have much use for an external flash on my D90. The type of photography that interests me is MACRO shots of small parts or wild life. So having a flash wasn't really that big of a deal to me. It has since opened my eyes. Being able to fill the room with natural looking light is amazing. People look like people would with your own eyes when you can use the bounce off the ceiling.

Now - I think this Flash would satisfy the majority of the amateur camera crowd, if you want something that twists move up to the SB-600.

Twisting is important when you switch to portrait mode (you twist the camera) which makes the flash bounce the light off from the left or right (depending on how you are holding the camera) If I could twist the flash I'd still be able to get the bounce from the ceiling.

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  • Edward S.
  • 7/27/2007 7:18:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsnice little flash

Pros: i love this little flash. i use it for my D70s if i don't need the size, power, and vertial bounce of the sb-800. cycles fast, and only takes two AA batteries.

Cons: doesn't swivel left and right. no zoom head. can't be used as a slave. flash power is only decent... but that's why there's more expensive flashes out there. helps to know its limits.

Other Thoughts: if you're tired of harsh direct lighting from your built-in flash, this is an inexpensive way to start doing bounce flash.

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  • Ben J.
  • 6/21/2007 8:53:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent value

Pros: - Instant-on
- Quiet (no traditional "flash whine")
- Fast recover
- Very small
- Variable-angle bounce
- Durable metal plate & lock lever
- LED flashes at various rates for quick feedback on exposure
- Turns on and off automatically with the D40 (and shuts off auto when D40 goes in stand-by)
- High output for such a small flash
- Perfect exposures when paired with the D40

Cons: - Limited bouncing (No left/right [portrait mode] bouncing)

Other Thoughts: I'm extremely happy with this flash. Lots to like about it! I was surprised how small it was when I first opened up the box. Comes with a well-made nylon zipper pouch.

At the D40's 2.5 fps continuous capture rate, in a 8ft ceiling room w/ 90 degree bouncing, I can get 3 or 4 shots off before the flash needs to recover. Very impressive for such a small, inexpensive small flash.

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