• Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight

Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight


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In The Box:

  • Soft Case SS-DC2
  • AS-23 Speedlight Stand


Nikon SB-500 AF a compact and lightweight Speedlight offering convenient portability.

The Nikon SB-500 is an easy-to-use, compact and lightweight Speedlight powered by AA-size batteries and equipped with a high-performance LED light optimized for photography of art and other objects and close distances. The SB-500 is optimized for use with cameras compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). It works as both a master flash unit and a remote flash unit with wireless multiple flash-unit photography, allowing users to enjoy flexible expression using various light sources.

Compact and lightweight, powered by AA-size batteries, intuitive operation
With its guide number of 24/78.7 (23°C/73.4°F, ISO 100, m/ft), the compact and lightweight SB-500 offers superior portability and is easy to use as it is powered by two readily available AA-size batteries (alkaline, rechargeable Ni-MH). Its flash head can be tilted up to 90° up and rotated horizontally up to 180° to the left and right, allowing users to enjoy natural lighting effects with reflection of the flash off a ceiling or wall using bounce flash photography. In addition, simple positioning of operational buttons and switches makes the SB-500 easy to use.

Equipped with a high-performance LED light
The SB-500 is equipped with a very bright LED light. At approximately 100 lx (lux), this LED light provides the optimal brightness for recording movies and photographing objects at close distances. In addition to the ability to select from three levels of brightness, adoption of a diffusion panel for a surface light source enables soft lighting. The SB-500 also supports the Flash Color Information Communication function built into the Nikon D810 and D750 digital SLR cameras, and the camera uses flash color temperature information from the LED light to automatically apply the optimal white balance setting.

Easily achieves diverse lighting
The SB-500 supports six functions available with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and Nikon's exclusive Speedlight system, all with simple operation. It can be used as either a master flash unit or a remote flash unit with wireless multiple flash-unit photography, enabling more creative expression that makes the most of light with control over diverse light sources from a variety of angles.


Commander Function Yes
Remote Function Yes
Guide Number 24m/78.7ft. (at ISO 100)
Electronic Construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash Exposure Control i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras
Lens Coverage 24 mm lens (FX format) or 16 mm lens (DX format)
Other Available Functions Test Firing
Monitor Pre-flashes
Modeling flash (LED)
Bounce Function (Tilt) Flash head tilts up to 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°.
Bounce Function (Rotate) Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Minimum Recycling Time 3..5 sec. (approx.) with Ni-MH batteries
4.0 sec. (approx.) with Alkaline-manganese (1.5V) batteries
Flash Duration 1/1100 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
Required Power Source 2 AA-size batteries of the same brand from any of the following types:
1.5V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries
1.2V HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries
Flash-ready Indicator Fully recycled: lights up Warning indication: flashes slowly
Ready Light Back
Flash Compensation Available via camera settings
Minimum Number of Flashes / Recycling 100/4.0-30 sec. (Alkaline-manganese batteries)
140/3.5-30 sec. (Ni-MH batteries)
Wireless Flash Modes Commander / Remote
Wireless Communication Channels 4 channels for Commander mode; 1 channel for Remote mode
Wireless Groups Two: A, B
Other Functions Firmware update e
Thermal cut-out
LED light with three level brighness for close-up photography, modeling light or recording movies - maximum output: approx. 100 lx at 1 m (3.3 ft.), high power
Dimensions 2.6 x 4.5 x 2.8 in. (67 x 114.5 x 70.8mm) (Approx.)
Weight 8oz. (226 g)

Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight