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Nikon Speedlight SB-400

Flash head can be tilted in 4 steps; horizontal, 60, 75 and 90 Read more

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Nikon SB-400 Speedlight review by NeoCon

NeoCon, slrgear.com
14 July 2009
  • Summary: Got this six months after purchasing the D80. What a great compact flash. Rarely use it directly, instead I bounce it off the ceiling. This works very well as long as a ceiling is 12 feet or less. With higher or dark wood ceilings, it is less satisfactory. Recently remedied this by purchasing the Demb flip-it.
  • Pros: small size and ability to bounce flash
  • Cons: lack or horizontal bounce capability
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Nikon SB-400 Speedlight review by paulyb

paulyb, slrgear.com
26 October 2008
  • Summary: I cannot overstate how good this little flash gun is. Have you noticed how little compact cameras can produce stunning quality photos when the ambient light is bright and plentiful, well this SB400 artificially creates so much soft powerful light, a camera as lowly as my D40 produces really wow photos.
  • Pros: small, light, just takes 2 AA batteries, adds phenomenal quality to images
  • Cons: none
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Nikon SB-400 Speedlight review by libertinephotography

libertinephotography, slrgear.com
16 September 2008
  • Summary: Wow, I was so surprised by this little flash! I bought it recently in an emergency, and basically "tested" it on a wedding shoot. For 130 bucks, this flash is a great value! The only real significant detractor for this speedlight is its inability to rotate the flash head into position for vertical-oriented photographs. However, this can be rectified easily by attaching it to a Stroboframe with a sync cord.
  • Pros: Impressive Guide Number on a Small Flash, Simple To Use Successfully
  • Cons: No Programability, Flash Head only Tilts (Does not Pan)
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Overall 6

Great Flash

duckyl30y, PriceGrabber
11 October 2007
  • Summary: Flash is great if used with a D70. However, if you do a lot of bounce flash vertically, this only bounces off a side wall, not the ceiling as you can't flip the angle of the bounce flash. Overall good if you shoot straight on but a diffuser is definately needed for that.
  • Pros: Small Little Flash
  • Cons: Not as much power as I would hope
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Overall 10

You need to get this flash.. Pic

gq331, PriceGrabber
19 June 2007
  • Summary: I was using a Nikon CoolPix 5000 with a sb-600 flash and a wide angle lens. Wanted something smaller and lighter. Picked up a CoolPix P5000 with a wide angle lens. The sb-600 flash was bigger than the camera, so I borrowed a friends sb-400. Very skeptical at first, but the flash was able to help produce really good pictures. I then decided to purchase my own. I did 300+ pictures in 2 days without having to change the batteries in the flash.
  • Pros: -TTL -Simple, small, compact -Light (weight) -Powerful (on only 2 AA Batteries) -Tons of flashes -Landscape flash bounce
  • Cons: -No swivel for portrait (sideways) bounce shots -Not powerful enough for continuous shots -No manual mode
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Nikon SB-400 Speedlight review by geoffjb

geoffjb, slrgear.com
3 June 2007
  • Summary: This lens is as good as Ken Rockwell says it is. Although it does not replace the SB-600 or SB-800 in a professional setting, it is the perfect flash for casual shots or when a big flash is undesirable. Do yourself a favour and make this lens your next photography-related purchase.
  • Pros: Easy to use, small and light, extremely long battery life, and very inexpensive.
  • Cons: Cannot rotate horizontally, and cannot be a commander or slave.
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Overall 10

SB-400 Speedlight Flash

aldoviz, PriceGrabber
1 May 2007
  • Summary: This product is perfect for you if you own a D40 DSLR camera but you hate its built in pop up flash and don't want to buy a heavy and expensive external flash. Use the SB-400 flash when taking photos indoors and you'll love your pictures the way you've never loved them before. Enjoy!
  • Pros: Multi-position flash head eliminates hard shadows and burned-out highlights. Indicator light is very visible outdoors. It has fast recycling time with very good battery life.
  • Cons: Sideways tilt function should have been included in the design. Doesn't fit snugly in the accessory shoe but the built in lock works very well.
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Overall 10

Perfect flash for D40

virtuaoski, PriceGrabber
14 April 2007
  • Summary: This is a perfect complement for the D40. Light, portable, inexpensive. And it only runs on 2 AA batteries! It can give better photos than the D40's built-in flash. For indoor portraits, the bounce flash gets much better-lit pictures. The flash cycles quickly, so multiple photos can be taken. And the flash definitely gives extra power for better lighting to telephoto shots.
  • Pros: Built-in vertical swivel for bounce flash, operates on only 2 AA batteries, small and light.
  • Cons: No IR for autofocus, rudimentary status display (only one LED)
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Overall 10

A Great Speedlight!

diegomcnamara, PriceGrabber
6 April 2007
  • Summary: I wasn't certain if I would need a speedlight with my D50, but after reading up on it and seeing some pictures online, I was convinced that it would help improve my photos. And I'm happy to say that I'm very satisfied about my purchase. I'm an amateur photographer who lives in Washington (a lot of cloudy weather) and I have two kids whom I photograph a lot.
  • Pros: The price is completely worth the purchase - a little over $100. Easy to use, compact, capable in its lighting abilities, and dramatically improves your photos.
  • Cons: Swivels vertically only, but if you're like me and take mostly landscapes, it'll be a minor issue.
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Overall 10

great portable flash!

newhunter, PriceGrabber
1 April 2007
  • Summary: I use this with D50 camera. I felt this flash is very handy and easy to use. It might not fit well for proffesional photographer, but for regular use it mostly fit well with your needs. I bought this for less than $100. The only downside is no swivel function. So if you take vertical position picture, the bounce will go horizontal. If you have problem with this just buy diffuser for around $20 (Sto-fen brand).
  • Pros: Produce proper natural flash light. Very handy & portable Great built in quality 4 degrees horizontal tilt features use 2 AA batteries.
  • Cons: no swivel function. Horizontal bounce only if taking vertical position.
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