Nikon SB-300 Speedlight

Flash for select Nikon cameras

  • Nikon SB-300 Speedlight


  • Nikon SB-300 Speedlight


  • Nikon SB-300 Speedlight

    Front, 3/4 view, from left

  • Nikon SB-300 Speedlight

    Shown mounted on a DSLR (not included)


Our take on the Nikon SB-300 Speedlight

by Woody Sherman

The SB-300 Speedlight works with most hot-shoe equipped Nikon Coolpix and SLR cameras to improve the look of your flash photography. This powerful-yet-compact add-on flash lets you shoot in low-light conditions from far greater distances than your camera's built-in flash will allow. Plus, you get the added ability to direct light where you need it for more professional-looking photos.

The SB-300 tilts to 120 degrees, enabling the soft light that comes from bouncing the flash off of a reflective, color-neutral surface like a ceiling or wall. And if you need to soften shadows with a bit of fill-flash, the SB-300 calculates the exact right amount of light necessary for proper exposure by firing an imperceptible pre-flash to gather information about your subject.

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All of the necessary connections are made by simply mounting the flash to your camera's accessory shoe. With advanced automatic exposure control, this easy-to-use flash works together with your Nikon camera to provide just the right illumination for your photos every time.


  • i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) flash exposure control
  • 120-degree tilting flash head
  • approximate guide number at ISO 100: 59 ft./18 meters
  • compatible with Nikon SLRs and select Nikon Coolpix cameras
  • uses 2 "AAA" batteries (not included)
  • weight: 3.4 oz. (without batteries)
  • 2-5/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 2-3/8"D
  • soft carry case included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • SB-300 AF Speedlight flash
  • Cloth pouch
  • User's Manual
  • For Your Safety sheet
  • Warranty Programs sheet

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Overview: The simple-to-operate Nikon Speedlight SB-300 flash has been optimized for use with CLS-compatible (Creative Lighting System) digital SLR (Nikon FX/DX format) cameras. It can also be used with Coolpix cameras that support i-TTL flash control. Non-CLS-compatible cameras can use the flash with limited features. The flash unit comes with a soft Polyester storage pouch.

Creative Lighting System (CLS): Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) offers additional flash shooting possibilities with digital cameras by taking advantage of a camera's digital communication capabilities. CLS is available only when the SB-300 is used with compatible Nikon cameras with CLS.

Adjustable Flash Head: The flash head can be tilted up to 120° enabling bounce flash photography. The flash has stops at 0° (facing straight ahead), 60°, 75°, 90°, and 120°.

Batteries: The SB-300 requires 2 "AAA"-sized Alkaline or Ni-MH batteries.



  • Guide Number: 18m/59ft (ISO 100)
  • Effective Flash Range (i-TTL): 2 ft. to 66 ft. (varies depending on ISO sensitivity, bounce angle, and aperture)
  • Bounce Capability: flash head tilts from 0° to +120° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°
  • Angle of Illumination: covers the viewing angle of a 27mm lens (FX format) or 18mm lens (DX format)
  • Battery Life/Minimum Recycling Time:
    • Alkaline: 70 or more uses/approx. 4-second recycling time
    • Ni-MH: 110 or more uses/approx. 3.5-second recycling time
  • Flash Duration: 1/1650 sec at full power
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1 question already asked

I have a D80 camera. Will this flash work on it, is it compatible? [ Dave W  Oct 19, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • Thanks, Jeff [ Dave W   Oct 20, 2014 ]
  • I don't show this flash as being compatible with the D80. However, the SB-700 will be compatible. [ Jeff Staff  Oct 20, 2014 ]

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