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Nikon Speedlight SB-400
7.9 out of 10

Nikon Speedlight SB-400

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

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Overall 10

Perfect for the D40

Todd G., Newegg
13 November 2009
  • Summary: The SB600 is nice, but I've found it's been nice to have a small external flash. The Sb400 only turns in increments up, where the 600 you can bounce it off the walls as it turns left and right.
  • Pros: Love this flash. I looked at the other speed flashes for my D40, but they were just too big and heavy for it. This is perfect for it. The bounce flash feature (turning flash up toward the ceiling) makes pictures beautiful. I have kids that move at lightning speeds and the flash recharge is amazin...
  • Cons: Haven't had any issues with it yet. (I've had it for over a year)
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Overall 10

Good enough for me!

Thomas H., Newegg
13 August 2009
  • Pros: Installed batteries and off I went. If you angle the flash it will take better pictures that aren't over bearing bright. It does exactly what it needs to do.
  • Cons: don't put your hand in front of the flash or you will get burned.... found that one out the hard way. Not bad... it's just hot in front of the flash.
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Overall 10

Small size, big function

Sean P., Newegg
19 July 2009
  • Summary: I bought this flash because I wasn't sure I'd have much use for an external flash on my D90. The type of photography that interests me is MACRO shots of small parts or wild life. So having a flash wasn't really that big of a deal to me. It has since opened my eyes.
  • Pros: Small form factor Just two AA batteries Can tilt the flash up to utilize bounce Can keep up with my D90 at full tilt (with a SDHC 8GB Extreme III card) Metal base and locking pin (feels solid)
  • Cons: Doesn't twist. I knew this going in, but still wish it did. Can't control the force of the flash (to my knowledge) No battery indicator of any kind. You just have pay attention to it to judge when it is time to change the batteries.
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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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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

nice little flash

Edward S., Newegg
27 July 2007
  • Summary: if you're tired of harsh direct lighting from your built-in flash, this is an inexpensive way to start doing bounce flash.
  • Pros: i love this little flash. i use it for my D70s if i don't need the size, power, and vertial bounce of the sb-800. cycles fast, and only takes two AA batteries.
  • Cons: doesn't swivel left and right. no zoom head. can't be used as a slave. flash power is only decent... but that's why there's more expensive flashes out there. helps to know its limits.
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Overall 10

excellent value

THOMAS C., Newegg
21 June 2007
  • Summary: I'm extremely happy with this flash. Lots to like about it! I was surprised how small it was when I first opened up the box. Comes with a well-made nylon zipper pouch. At the D40's 2.5 fps continuous capture rate, in a 8ft ceiling room w/ 90 degree bouncing, I can get 3 or 4 shots off before the...
  • Pros: - Instant-on - Quiet (no traditional "flash whine") - Fast recover - Very small - Variable-angle bounce - Durable metal plate & lock lever - LED flashes at various rates for quick feedback on exposure - Turns on and off automatically with the D40 (and shuts off auto when D40 goes in stand-by) - H...
  • Cons: - Limited bouncing (No left/right [portrait mode] bouncing)
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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.
  • 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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