Comparing Nikon Speedlights: The SB-700 vs. The SB-5000 — 19 Comments

  1. I use my SB 600 with a SC 28 cord and it works Great. Could I expect the Same results with a SB 700? If you could reply via my e-mail I would appreciate.


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  6. My friend, you really should read your own script. (Edit)

    The title is SB 700 Vs SB900, however, you swap between the 910 and the 900?
    You finnaly sum up the specs between the SB700 & SB900.

    I’m sorry, I cant take your reviews too seriously as like too many reviewers today, you don’t take enough care.

    I will continue to research this topic on other sites.
    Regards, Barry M.

  7. Barry, sorry for any confusion. The SB-910 is essentially identical to the slightly older SB-900, so nearly every aspect is the same. The main difference was that with the 910, Nikon improved the unit’s ability to control overheating. Flash output, power, effects and accessories are identical. Thanks for reading.

  8. Hello,

    I hoped you could comment on where Nikon’s smaller, lighter SB 300 and 400 stand relative to these pro-grade flashes. For someone just looking to document their skiing, hiking, and biking on the fly, rather than stopping the action to set up a photo, how would you rate the relative value of the 300 or 400 versus the 700? For instance, do you think the smaller size is a plus, or would that get cancelled out overall by the lower / slower power? Thanks for taking the time to consider my question,

    Will Elliott
    Juneau / Wasilla

  9. Hi Will,

    The Nikon SB-300 and SB-400 are capable little flashes. They certainly put out enough light for shooting portraits and filling in light relatively close up when working outside. In my mind, smaller is always good, and there are times when that trumps any technical advantages that you might get from a larger flash unit like the SB-700 or 910. Power won’t be an issue with single person head shots and very close action. You should even be able to fit some kind of small soft box onto those small units, which will help with the light quality.

    For skiing, hiking and biking, a small flash like this might be all you need, and it will definitely be easier to carry, which means that you’re more likely to use it. Although it will lack higher end features, if all you need is some added light to make your subjects pop, then you could easily get by with one of these smaller units.

    Thanks for reading! -Dan

  10. Hi Dan,

    Great great article! Exatcly what I was looking for! What can you say about the extreme situations? Is there one of those in which the 910 will rock and the 700 will fall to its knees and beg for mercy? I mean, I’ve got an SB-700, I love it, I’m on the budgety side of things but I’m considering investing the extra money to get an SB-910. I’ll shoot mostly weddings and parties. The thing is, if I get the 700 I’ll have more money in the end to invest in the 14-24 hahaha… Well, I guess that settles the score, but I’m seriously considering putting out an SB-910 if it’s significantly better than the SB-700.

    Thanks in advance,

  11. Luiz, I don’t know if they SB-910 is any more durable, it’s just got more capabilities – Longer zoom range, more power, 3 light patterns and it can control up to 3 groups of remote flashes as a Master Commander, whereas the 700 can control up to 2 groups. If you use flash sometimes, the 700 is a great unit. If flash is a large part of your photography, it’s worth the extra money for the 910.

  12. Has the SBA 910 fixed the overheating issue with the 900, we have a 900 and it overheats within 10-15 minutes of shooting. It’s extremely annoying and untimely, specially since it happened during a wedding shoot. Will the 700 take a beating when we need it too?

  13. Keith, I believe the overheating issue was one of the things addressed in the SB910 and as far as I know, it doesn’t run as hot as the 900. As far as the 700 goes, I haven’t heard of it overheating, from people know who use it, the 700 is a great little flash.

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