• Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight


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  • SB-5000 AF Speedlight
  • AS-22 Speedlight Stand
  • SW-15H Nikon Diffusion Dome
  • SZ-4FL Fluorescent Filter
  • SZ-4TN Incandescent Filter
  • SS-5000 Soft Case
  • Accessory Pouch
  • User's Manual
  • Nikon 1 Year Limited USA Warranty

Nikon SB-5000, a first for Nikon, the flash operates via radio frequency and will operate without a direct line of sight for a range of up to approx. 98 feet (30 meters). This new-found flexibility lets photographers place lights in different rooms, around corners and work seamlessly in bright ambient light with maximum efficiency. When paired with the WR-R10 and the D5 or the D500, this Speedlight can control up to six groups (A-F) or 18 Speedlights for truly advanced wireless lighting. It is also possible to perform Advanced Wireless Lighting using either radio-controlled (up to three groups) and/or optical-controlled units (up to three groups) by simply attaching a conventional, optical-control Nikon Speedlight or the SU-800 Commander (as a master or commander unit) and a WR-R10 (as a commander) onto the D5. 

The new smaller SB-5000 Speedlight also has a radically new design that includes its own internal cooling system, which prevents overheating of the flash panel from consecutive firings. As a result, the SB-5000 can fire consecutively for longer than conventional models, without flash cool-down time between bursts, and can fire up to 120 continuous shots at 5 second intervals. Controls have also been streamlined and refined, with the addition of an "i" button for access to frequently used settings. The design also integrates versatile bounce ability, with the flash head capable of tilting down to -7ø or up to 90ø, and rotate horizontally 180ø to the left and right.


Commander Function
Remote Function
Transmission Mode
Radio control and optical communication
Transmission Range
Radio control approx. 98 ft. (30m), optical communication - line of sight
Guide Number
34.5 m/113 ft. (at 35 mm) 55 m/180 ft. (at 200 mm) (FX format, standard illumination pattern) (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 to 200mm lens, 14mm with wide panel (in FX format)
Illumination pattern
The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats 
Other Available Functions
Test Firing 
Monitor Pre-flashes 
AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF 
Modeling illuminator
Bounce Function (Tilt)
Flash head tilts down to -7ø or up to 90ø with click-stops at -7ø, 0ø, 45ø, 60ø, 75ø, 90ø
Bounce Function (Rotate)
Flash head rotates horizontally 180ø to the left and right with click-stops at 0ø, 30ø, 60ø, 75ø, 90ø, 120ø, 150ø, 180ø
Minimum Recycling Time
1.8 sec. (approx.) with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries 
2.6 sec. (approx.) with AA-size Alkaline (1.5V) batteries
Flash Duration
1/980 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output 
1/1,110 sec. at M 1/2 output 
1/2,580 sec. at M 1/4 output 
1/5,160 sec. at M 1/8 output 
1/8,890 sec. at M 1/16 output 
1/13,470 sec. at M 1/32 output 
1/18,820 sec. at M 1/64 output 
1/24,250 sec. at M 1/128 output 
1/30,820 sec.at M 1/256 output
Required Power Source
Four 1.5 V alkaline AA-size batteries
Optional Power Supply
SK-6 Power Bracket Unit, SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
Flash-ready Indicator
Rear and Front lights blink: Insufficient light for correct exposure (in i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL Auto flash, or Distance-priority manual flash operations). Rear lights up and Front blinks: recycled and ready to fire.
Ready Light
Front - Back
Flash Compensation
-3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in i-TTL auto flash, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL auto flash and Distance-priority manual flash modes
Min. Number of Flashes / Recycling Time
150/2.6-30 sec. (1.5V AA Alkaline-manganese) 
190/1.8-30 sec or more (1.2V AA rechargeable Ni-MH batteries)
Wireless Flash Modes
Wireless Groups
Radio controlled: Master + 6 groups 
Optically controlled: Master + 3 groups
2.87 x 5.4 x 4" / 73 x 137 x 103.5 mm (Approx.)
Weight (Approx.)
14.9 oz. (420 g)

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight