Creative Lighting System: The SB-600 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-600 is used with compatible Nikon cameras. The SB-600 offers
these major features:
- i-TTL Mode: This is a new TTL auto flash mode 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
- Advanced Wireless Lighting: With Advanced Wireless
Lighting, wireless multiple flash operation in the TTL (i-TTL) mode can now
be accomplished with digital SLRs. In this mode, you can divide the remote
flash units into three groups and control the flash output independently for
each group, expanding your range of creative multiple-flash shooting
techniques. The SB-600 can be used only as a wireless remote flash unit.
- Flash Value Lock: Flash Value (FV) is the amount
of flash exposure needed for a subject. Using FV Lock with compatible
cameras, you can lock in the appropriate flash exposure for the main
subject. This flash exposure will remain fixed, even if you change the
aperture or composition, or zoom the lens in or out.
- Flash Color Information Communication: When the
SB-600 is used with compatible digital SLRs, color temperature information
is automatically transmitted to the camera. In this way, the camera's white
balance is automatically adjusted to give you the correct color temperature
when taking photographs with the SB- 600.
- Auto FP High-Speed Sync:
High-Speed flash synchronization at your camera's highest shutter speed is
now possible. This is useful when you want to use a wider aperture to
achieve shallow depth of field to blur the background.
- Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator:
In autofocus operation, the SB-600 emits AF-Assist illumination over a much
wider area than existing Speedlights. This enables you to perform autofocus
photography in dim light even after you change the focus area of cameras
supporting this function.
- Note: The SB-600's available flash modes vary,
depending on the cameras and lenses in use or the camera's exposure mode
and metering system. For more details, please refer to your camera's
LCD Screen: The LCD screen
provides large, easy to read graphics and mode indicators.
Adjustable Flash Head: The flash
head can be tilted from 0° to 90° and rotated horizontally 180° to the left and
90° to the right, enabling bounce flash or close-up flash photography.
Wide-flash Adapter: When the built-in wide-flash
adapter is used, close-up flash shooting can be performed. The built-in
wide-flash adapter diffuses the light from the flash to soften shadows.
Power Zoom Function: A power zoom function
automatically adjusts the zoom-head position to match the lens focal length
(with the exception of some camera/lens combinations). When the built-in
wide-flash adapter is used, the zoom-head position is automatically set to match
a 14mm lens.
Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator: When the light is too
dim for normal autofocus operation, the SB-600's Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator
enables you to perform autofocus flash photography.
Batteries: The SB-600 can use any of the following
types of batteries: Alkaline-manganese (1.5V), Nickel (1.5V), lithium (1.5V),
NiCd battery (rechargeable, 1.2V), and Ni-MH (rechargeable, 1.2V).
Standby Function: If the SB-600 and camera are not
being used, the standby function will automatically activate after 40 seconds,
switching the SB-600 to standby mode to conserve battery power.
- Guide Number (at 35 mm zoom-head position, 20°C/68°F):
30/98 (ISO 100, m/ft), 42/138 (ISO 200, m/ft)
- Flash Shooting Distance Range (in TTL auto flash
mode): 0.6m to 20m (2 to 66 ft.) (varies depending
on the ISO sensitivity, zoom-head position and lens aperture in use)
- Bounce Capability: flash
head tilts from 0° to 90° with click-stops at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°; flash
head rotates horizontally 180° to the left or 90° to the right with
click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
- Flash Duration (approximately):
- 1/900 seconds at M1/1 (full) output
- 1/1600 seconds at M1/2 output
- 1/3400 seconds at M1/4 output
- 1/6600 seconds at M1/8 output
- 1/11100 seconds at M1/16 output
- 1/20000 seconds at M1/32 output
- 1/25000 seconds at M1/64 output
- Flash Output Level Compensation:
-3.0 to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in the TTL auto flash mode
Minimum Number of Flashes and Recycling Times:
|Batteries||Minimum Recycling Time||Minimum Number of
|Alkaline-manganese||3.5 seconds||200/3.5-30 seconds|
|Lithium||4.0 seconds||400/4.0-30 seconds|
|Nickel||2.5 seconds||180/2.5-30 seconds|
|NiCd (1000 mAh) (rechargeable)||2.9 seconds||90/2.9-30 seconds|
|Ni-MH (2000 mAh) (rechargeable)||2.5 seconds||220/2.5-30 seconds|
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