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Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight

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  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 79' at ISO 100
  • Coverage: 24mm (FX Format)
  • LED Video Light with 3 Output Levels
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left and Right 180°
  • Commander Mode for Wireless TTL Control
  • Recycle Time: 3.5 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed,1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 2 AA Batteries

The Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight has good power with a guide number of 79' at ISO 100 and while no direct manual adjustments are available the output can be tuned via the camera's flash exposure compensation settings. The Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight unit offers wide coverage for a 24mm lens with FX-format full-frame cameras and the 100 lux LED light has quarter, half or full power output levels, which is beneficial for both video and close up still photography.

Versatility is important in this unit with the ability to tilt upward 90° and rotate left and right 180° for excellent bounce and swivel capabilities. The Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight will also function wirelessly as either a commander unit on the D810 and D750 or a remote slave for full compatibility with cameras, other flash units, and wireless flash controllers in Nikon's Creative Lighting System. Other features include slow, Auto FP high-speed, 1st, and 2nd curtain synchronization. The SB-500 will also transmit LED and flash color information to the camera for setting an optimal white balance and runs on 2 AA batteries, which provide a recycle time as fast as 3.5 seconds. Included with the camera are a soft case and stand.

  • Offers test firing, the ability to monitor pre-flashes, and an LED modeling flash function
  • Flash compensation from -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 EV steps is available in-camera
  • Head tilts up 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, and 90°
  • Head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, and 180°
  • Four wireless channels are available in Commander mode while only 1 is available in Remote mode
  • Two wireless groups, A and B, are available
  • Flash-ready indicator lights up when fully recycled or flashes slowly as a warning
  • Delivers approximately 100 full-power flashes from a pair of Alkaline batteries and 140 from Ni-MH
  • A thermal cut-out function protects the flash
  • Firmware can be updated through camera body
In the Box
  • Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight
  • Nikon AS-23 Speedlight Stand for SB-500 AF Speedlight Flash
  • Nikon SS-DC2 Soft Case for SB-500 AF Speedlight Flash (Black)
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
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Product ConditonNew

Flash Head

Guide Number

78.74' / 24 m at ISO 100


Full-Frame 24 mm

Angle of Coverage


Bounce Head

0 to +90°

Swivel Head


Flash Duration

1/1100 Second at Full Power

Recycle Time

Approx. 3.5 to 30 Seconds

Secondary Illumination

Video Light

Exposure Control

Exposure Control

Nikon i-TTL

Flash Modes

Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync

Flash Compensation

-3 to +1 EV (1/3 EV Steps)


Wireless Operation

Optical Pulse (TTL) Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)

Wireless Channels


Wireless Groups



Internal Power

2 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)

External Power Pack Compatible





Off-Camera Terminal


Dimensions (W x H x D)

2.6 x 4.5 x 2.8" / 67 x 114.5 x 70.8 mm


8 oz / 226.8 g

Packaging Info

Package Weight

1.01 lb

Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

7 x 4.55 x 3.45"

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