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Nikon SB-910

Portable Speedlight flash unit for Nikon DSLRs and select Coolpix cameras

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by Woody Sherman
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An artist's tool

The SB-910's control display

The SB-910's control display

Whether you find yourself in the field or in the studio, the Nikon SB-910 Speedlight flash unit has both the flexibility and the power to add artistry to every shot. This is Nikon's flagship portable flash unit, and it shows why as soon as you take it out of its carrying case.

It shares a brain with your camera

Controllable via the i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) interface on compatible Nikon cameras, the SB-910 syncs with your camera as a wireless remote unit or through a hot-shoe. It works in conjunction with your camera's electronic processor to deliver the precise amount of light you need, with the pattern you need, at precisely the moment it's required.

Commanding the scene

Additionally, it can function as a wireless commander, signaling three discrete groups of Speedlights, each with as many flash units as you want, to fire precisely on cue. Four wireless comminication channels eliminate the chance for interference. The deep control menu allows you to configure the SB-910 as the heartbeat of your synchronized lighting system.

This diffusion dome comes with the Nikon Speedlight SB-910

This diffusion dome comes standard with the Nikon Speedlight SB-910

Designed with you in mind

This unit is well-populated with thoughtful features. The control buttons on the rear are illuminated for easy manipulation in low light. In the event of thermal overload, the SB-910 slows its shooting rate rather than tripping itself off to recuperate. And dedicated, hard color-correction filters help you to match fluorescent and incandescent light sources when shooting with cameras set in automatic white balance mode.

Stop time in its tracks

This flash unit doesn't just shape and manage light in your images — it manages time. You can freeze the moment a droplet hits a pool of water, or catch a hummingbird at your feeder on its wing's downstroke.

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Highlights:

  • compatible with Nikon SLR cameras; also compatible with select Nikon Coolpix cameras
  • i-TTL flash exposure control
  • thermal overload slows firing rate rather than triggering cutoff
  • firmware upgradeable
  • automatic FX/DX switching for optimum light distribution when using a full-frame or APS-C image sensor camera
  • flash head zooms automatically to match the shooting angle (zoom coverage from 17-200mm in the FX-format and 12-200mm coverage in the DX-format)
  • three light distribution patterns: Standard, Center-weighted for portraits, and Even for groups or interiors
  • auto focus-assist illuminator
  • white balance info transmitted to compatible Nikon SLRs
  • manual settings
  • tilt and swivel flash head (tilts up to 90 degrees or down to -7 degrees, and rotates horizontally 180 degrees to the left or right)
  • wireless flash operation as a "master" or "remote" unit
  • uses 4 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • weight: 14.8 oz. (without batteries)
  • 3-1/8"W x 5-3/4"H x 4-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • soft carry case
  • Speedlight stand
  • snap-on light diffuser
  • hard color-correction filters for fluorescent and incandescent light

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  • SB-910 Speedlight flash unit
  • AS-21 Speedlight stand
  • SS-910 Soft zippered case
  • SW-13H Light diffusion dome
  • SZ-2TN Incandescent Filter
  • SZ-2Fl Fluorescent Filter
  • User's Manual (English)
  • User's Manual (Spanish)
  • A Collection of Example Photos (English)
  • A Collection of Example Photos (Spanish)
  • Warranty Form

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Features
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Nikon Speedlight SB-910 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 i-TTL-compatible Coolpix cameras, such as the P7100, P7000, and P6000. Non-CLS-compatible cameras can use the flash with limited features. The flash unit comes with a soft zippered storage case.

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. Some CLS features available on the SB-910 include switching illumination patterns, multi-area AF-assist illuminator, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, image area selection, flash value lock, flash color information communications, auto FP high-speed sync, advanced wireless lighting, and firmware update capability. CLS is available only when the SB-910 is used with compatible Nikon cameras with CLS.

LCD Screen: The LCD screen provides large, easy-to-read graphics and mode indicators, such as Flash Mode, ISO sensitivity, Effective flash output distance range, DX or FX format, zoom head position, aperture f-number, functions assigned to function buttons, and in indication that the flash is connected to a CLS-compatible camera.

Adjustable Flash Head: The flash head can be tilted from -7° to +90° and rotated horizontally 180° to the left or right, enabling bounce flash or close-up flash photography.

Function Buttons: The SB-910 has three function buttons that allow you to assign a function or setting for each. The buttons are located just below the LCD screen, with an icon for the assigned function for each displayed on the screen.

Flash Exposure Control: The SB-910 is compatible with numerous flash exposure controls, as set by the camera:

  • Auto FP High-Speed Sync: Auto FP High Speed sync is automatically set when the shutter speed exceeds the camera's sync shutter speed.
  • Flash Value Lock: You can lock in the appropriate flash exposure, while keeping the subject illumination constant even if you can't change the composition.
  • Slow Sync Flash: The flash is controlled at a slow shutter speed to obtain the correct exposure for both the main subject and the background in low-light situation or at night. A tripod is recommended to prevent camera shake.
  • Red-Eye Reduction: To prevent the center of your subject's eyes from appearing red in color pictures, the SB-910 fires three flashes at reduced output just before the picture is taken. Note: You can combine this flash with the slow-sync flash (tripod recommended).
  • Rear-curtain/Front Curtain Sync: When using slow shutter speeds and shooting fast moving objects, rear curtain sync creates a picture in which the blur of the subject appears behind the subject. With front-curtain sync, the blur occurs in front of the subject.

Batteries: The SB-910 requires 4 "AA"-sized batteries, and can use any of the following types of batteries: Alkaline (1.5V), Lithium (1.5V), and Ni-MH (rechargeable, 1.2V).

Standby Function: If the SB-910 and camera are not being used, the standby function will automatically activate after a set amount of time, switching the SB-910 to standby mode to conserve battery power. You can set the standby function to Auto (standby activates when the camera's exposure meter is turned off), 40 seconds, 80 seconds, 160 seconds, 300 seconds, or function canceled.

Repeating Flash Mode: The SB-910's repeating flash mode fires repeatedly during a single exposure, creating stroboscopic multiple exposure effects.

Light Distribution Patterns: Typical flash photography illuminates the center of the image more than the edges. You can choose from three types of illumination patterns with different light falloff at the edges: Standard, Even, or Center-weighted.

Power Zoom Function: The SB-910 automatically adjusts the zoom head position to match the lens focal length.

Multiple Flash Units: The SB-910 can not only operate as a hot shoe-mounted Speedlight, but can also function as a master or remote unit within a wireless multi-flash setup. There are up to four channel options and up to three remote groups for configuring the SB-910 or other Speedlights like the SB-900, SB-700, or SB-R200.

Built-in Accessories: The flash has a built-in wide panel and bounce card that are stored above the flash panel. When taking close-up photographs, the wide panel covers the flash panel to diffuse the light to prevent overexposure. The white bounce card is used with 90° bounce flash to make a portrait subject's eyes look more vibrant by reflecting the light in them.

Supplied Accessories: Included with the SB-910 are the following accessories:

  • Speedlight Stand (AS-21): provides a stable placement for the flash when you want to use it as a remote flash unit
  • Diffusion Dome (SW-13H): diffuses the light creating extremely soft light with virtually no shadows
  • Incandescent Filter (SZ-2TN): balances the color of light from the flash to match that of incandescent or tungsten lighting
  • Fluorescent Filter (SZ-2FL): balances the color of light from the flash to match that of fluorescent lighting

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Guide Number (35mm zoom head position, FX format, standard illumination pattern, 68°F/20°C): 34m/111.5ft (ISO 100), 48m/157.5ft (ISO 200)
  • Effective Flash Output Distance Range (in i-TTL mode): 0.6m to 20m (2 ft. to 66 ft.) (varies depending on the camera's image area setting, ISO sensitivity, zoom-head position and lens aperture in use)
  • Bounce Capability: flash head tilts from -7° 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°
  • Flash Duration (approximately):
    • 1/880 seconds at M1/1 (full) output
    • 1/1100 seconds at M1/2 output
    • 1/2550 seconds at M1/4 output
    • 1/5000 seconds at M1/8 output
    • 1/10,000 seconds at M1/16 output
    • 1/20,000 seconds at M1/32 output
    • 1/35,700 seconds at M1/64 output
    • 1/38,500 seconds at M1/128 output
  • Flash Output Level Compensation: -3.0 to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in i-TTL, auto aperture flash, non-TTL auto flash, or distance-priority manual flash mode

Minimum Number of Flashes and Recycling Times:

Batteries Minimum Recycling Time Minimum Number of Flashes/Recycling Time
Alkaline (1.5V) 4.0 seconds 110 / 4.0-30 sec
Lithium (1.5V) 4.5 seconds 230 / 4.5-120 sec
Ni-MH (2600 mAh) 2.3 seconds 190 / 2.3-30 sec
Ni-MH (eneloop) 2.3 seconds 165 / 2.3-30 sec
 
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5 out of 5

Dependable

Written By SZara, Holtsville, NY on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Everything about this flash is top notch. I have been using it and one purchased a year before without any heating problems or any other problems. Buying from Crutchfield beats all others.
Pros:
Works when you need it to.
Cons:
None that I came across.
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5 out of 5

Nikon SB-910 just what I expected

Written By Johnny B., Ashburn, VA on Friday, March 14, 2014
 
The staff was helpful. The product was in stock. The price was, well, the same as everywhere else. And the flash worked flawlessly. Then again, it's a Nikon -- it's expected to work right.
Pros:
Shortly after the purchase, I shot around 1,000 frames during 3 days at a technology convention without a hitch -- or a wrongly-exposed photo. Turning the camera off - but not the flash - automatically put the flash unit in standby mode, saving battery life.
Cons:
Price - but that is to be expected with a top-of-the-line Nikon anything.
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4 out of 5

Flash SB-910

Written By Judylee, Soddy, TN on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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Great for low lighting situations such as indoors at church.
Pros:
Gives great options in applying lights to shot by including several covers.
Cons:
Runs thru batteries quickly. Keep extra on hand for the day shooting.
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5 out of 5

NIce Product

Written By Rick, Central Virginia on Friday, August 23, 2013
 
Worth every penny.
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5 out of 5

Power, Power, Power

Written By rrprice, Laurel, MD on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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I bought the SB-910 to replace one of my SB-800s which was getting a little age on it. Actually sold the SB-800 for $20.00 less than I payed for it. The 910 beats the 800 hands down for versatility (ease of use, menu navigation, higher zoom range, and just general handling). Does not have the overheating/shutdown problem suffered by the 900. The SB-910 can certainly deliver in the power department and in combination with my remaining SB-800 and SB-700 speedlights, they make for some stellar results using a SU-800 to trigger the units.
Pros:
Very good menu setup Excellent external controls Informative information display
Cons:
None noted.
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5 out of 5

Lots of Power

Written By Ray G, New York on Monday, October 22, 2012
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If you use light modifiers in your photography, such as Gary Fong Lightsphere or shoot wide angle (> 24mm) then this is the flash for you. This is the most powerful of all Nikon's flash offerings and delivers a lot of performance, in both the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) as well as additional flash output and recycle time. The size of the SB-910 is both a blessing and a curse. The SB-910 is taller than the SB-700 putting the light source even higher above the lens, resulting in additional Red-Eye reduction for direct flash. The SB-910 is not very good for travel as most smaller bags barely fit the SB-700, the SB-910 (when straight is 7-1/2" x 3-1/8" x 2-1/2") is considerably larger making it tough to find a travel bag with quick access to the flash. The SB-910 has adopted the use of the colored filters that the SB-700 had instead of the gels of the SB-900 which is a big deal since the camera now understands what filter is on the flash and adjusts the white balance accordingly. The drawback to this flash is it consumes batteries must quicker than my SB-700, so an additional set of batteries is important.
Pros:
Powerful, Size
Cons:
Battery Consumption, Size
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