About the Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
The SB-400 Speedlight works with select Nikon 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 SB400's flash head can be tilted upward at multiple angles to create indirect lighting effects. Bounced from walls or ceilings, reflected light provides softer illumination with less glare and fewer shadows ideal for taking more pleasing portraits.
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
- manual setting (with select Nikon cameras only)
- four-position tilt flash head (tilts up from horizontal to 60, 75, and 90 degrees)
- approximate guide number at ISO 200: 98.4 ft./30 meters (at 18mm zoom head setting)
- compatible with select Nikon SLRs using the Creative Lighting System including the D40, D50, D70s, and D200
- uses 2 "AA" batteries (not included)
- weight: 4.5 oz. (without batteries)
- 2-9/16"W x 2-1/4"H x 3-3/16"D
- soft carry case included
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 4806
What's in the box:
- SB-400 Speedlight flash
- SS-400 Soft case
- Instruction Manual
- Warranty Form
- Product Registration card
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More details on the Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Creative Lighting System: The SB-400 features a new Nikon Speedlight system, called Creative Lighting System (CLS). This system 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-400 is used with compatible Nikon cameras.
Compatibility: The SB-400 is currently compatible with the following point-and-shoot and digital SLR Nikon cameras (as of 12/30/2011).
- D-Series: 3, 3S, 3X, 300, 300S, 3000, 3100, 40, 5000, 5100, 60, 700, 7000, 90
- Coolpix Series: P5000, P5100, P6000, P7100
Note: List subject to change as newer model cameras are released.
Microcomputer-Controlled: The Speedlight incorporates a microcomputer to control flash operations.
i-TTL Flash Operation: This is a new TTL auto flash operation in the Creative Lighting System. Monitor Preflashes are fired at all times. The subject is correctly exposed by the light from the flash lighting and the exposure is less affected by the ambient light than in the conventional TTL operation
Flash Modes: The SB-400's available flash modes vary, depending on the cameras and lenses in use or the camera's exposure mode. The following flash modes are available.
- Slow-Sync Flash: In Slow-Sync Flash mode the flash is controlled at a slow shutter speed to obtain the correct exposure for both the main subject and background in low-light situations or at night.
- Red-Eye Reduction: Red-Eye Reduction prevents the center of your subject's eyes from appearing red in color pictures. The SB-400 fires three flashes at reduced output just before the picture is taken.
- Red-Eye Reduction with Slow-Sync Flash: In this mode, red-eye reduction is combine with the slow-sync mode.
- Rear-Curtain Sync: Rear-Curtain Flash Sync creates a picture in which the blur or a moving subject appears behind the subject and not in front.
- FV (Flash Value) Lock: FV is the amount of flash exposure for the subject. Using FV Lock you can lock in the appropriate flash exposure for the main subject.
- Exposure Compensation and Flash output Level Compensation: Exposure compensation allows you to take well-balanced pictures by intentionally modifying the flash exposure. This is useful when a subject of extremely high or low reflectivity is included in the scene or when you want to create flash photographs to match your creative preferences.
- Manual Mode: Manual flash operation is possible with only the Nikon D40 series.
Note: Each mode should be set on the camera body, since it cannot be set through the SB-400.
Bounce Flash: With the SB-400 mounted on your camera's hot shoe, you can tilt the flash head in four steps (horizontal, 60-degrees, 75-degrees or 90-degrees) to bounce the light off the ceiling or other surfaces. This technique offers the following advantages - eliminates red eye, creates soft shadows and prevents hair or clothing from appearing to sheen .
Ready Light: The Speedlight features a rear-mounted LED that lights up when the SB-400 is recharge and ready to fire. The Ready Light will blink to indicate insufficient light, insufficient battery power, incompatibility of camera with the SB-400 or overheating.
Power Source: The Speedlight can operate off of two of the following AA-type penlight batteries (1.5V or lower) - Alkaline manganese (1.5V), Lithium (1.5V), Oxyride (1.5V), Ni-MH (rechargeable 1.2V). When the battery power becomes low the Ready-light blinks twice in a second for approximately 40 seconds advising you to replace or recharge your batteries.
Standby Function: If the SB-400 and camera are not being used, the standby function will automatically activate after 40 seconds, switching the SB-400 to standby mode to conserve battery power.
Mounting: The Speedlight mounts to the accessory shoe of your compatible Nikon camera via the unit's mounting foot lever lock which provides secure attachments to prevent accidental detachment.
Electronic Construction: Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide Number (20°C/68°F): 30/98.4 (ISO 200, m/ft), 21/69 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Angle Of Coverage: Light distribution cover an 18mm lens when mounted on a Nikon DX format camera and a 27mm lens when mounted on an F6
Flash Shooting Distance Range: 0.6m to 20m (2 to 66 ft.) (varies depending on the ISO sensitivity, angle of flash head and lens aperture in use)
Bounce Capability: flash head tilts from 0° to 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°
Flash Duration (approximately): 1/1300 second at full output
Maximum Number Of Continuous Firings:
|Flash Mode||Max. Number of Continuous Firings|
|i-TTL Auto Flash |
Manual Flash (Flash output level: M1/2, M1/2)
|Manual Flash (Flash output level: M1/4 to M1/128)||40|
Minimum Number of Flashes and Recycling Times:
|Batteries||Minimum Recycling Time||Minimum Number of Flashes/Interval Between Full Flash Output and Ready Light on|
|Alkaline-manganese||3.9 seconds||140/3.9-30 seconds|
|Lithium||4.2 seconds||250/4.2-30 seconds|
|Oxyride||3.1 seconds||150/3.1-30 seconds|
|Ni-MH (2600 mAh) (rechargeable)||2.5 seconds||210/2.5-30 seconds|
Weight: 4.5 oz (without batteries)