Nikon SB-300 speedlight announced

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Nikon announces the release of the SB-300, a compact and lightweight Speedlight that can easily be taken anywhere.

The SB-300 is a compact and lightweight Speedlight that can be rotated up to 120° for bounce flash photography. It is compatible with Nikon FX-format and DX-format digital SLR cameras, as well as Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras that support i-TTL flash control. The SB-300 expands the ways in which users enjoy photography, providing lighting capability not possible with a built-in flash.

The Nikon SB-300 is available to order here.

 

Features

  • The flash head can be tilted up 120° for excellent bounce flash performanceThe flash head can be tilted up 120° for bounce flash photography. When shooting indoors, light from the flash can be reflected off walls and ceilings for softer lighting of the subject and more natural photos.
  • A compact and lightweight design that is extremely portableMeasuring approximately 57.4 x 65.4 x 62.3 mm (W x H x D) and weighing approximately 97 g, the compact and lightweight, extremely portable design makes it possible for users to enjoy more creative lighting expression just about anywhere. Furthermore, the SB-300 can be powered by AAA alkaline batteries or AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.
  • Simple operationDeveloped for use by even those using an external flash for the first time, simply turning the SB-300 on enables flash photography. i-TTL flash control provides automatic control over flash output level for optimal results under a variety of lighting conditions.

Specification

Electronic construction
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number (20°C/68°F)
18/59 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Angle of coverage
Covers angle of view of 27 mm lens (FX format) or 18 mm lens (DX format)
Effective flash range (i-TTL)
0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 66 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity, bounce angle, and aperture
Options available using camera controls
  • Flash control mode: i-TTL, manual
  • Flash mode: Fill flash (front-curtain sync), front-curtain with slow sync, rear- curtain sync, and rear-curtain with slow sync
Bounce angle
Flash rotates vertically up to 120° with stops where the flash is pointing directly ahead and at 60°, 75°, 90°, and 120°
Device on/off
Power switch used to turn SB-300 on and off
Power source
Two AAA alkaline or NiMH batteries
Flash-ready light
  • Charging complete: Lights
  • Warning: Blinks
Flash duration
Lights for about 1/1650 s when fired at full power
Batter endurance and flash recycling time*1
Battery type
Minimum recycling time*2
Endurance*3/recycling time*2
Alkaline
Approx. 4.0 s
70 or more uses/4.0-30 s
NiMH
Approx. 3.5 s
110 or more uses/3.5-30 s
Mounting foot lock lever
Locking pin prevents accidental detachment
Other options
Thermal cut-out, firmware update*4
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 57.4 x 65.4 x 62.3 mm (2.3 x 2.6 x 2.5 in.)
Weight
  • Approx. 120 g (4.2 oz), including two AAA alkaline batteries
  • Approx. 97 g (3.4 oz), body only
Supplied accessories
Soft Case SS-DC1

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