Nikon makes several Speedlight units that work very well with your Nikon DSLR. The SB-300, SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, and SB-910 units are all compatible with your new camera. There are also the R1C1 flash units (SB-R200), which are designed to be used in small groups, such as for a ring-light arrangement.
Let’s consider each of the available Nikon Speedlights, along with basic information on the unit’s guide number, lens coverage, and other relevant data.
Nikon SB-910 Speedlight
The SB-910 is Nikon’s flagship Speedlight. It has adjustable beam width that goes wider and farther than most other flash units. It has a big, detachable diffuser that really helps control hotspots and contrast. Plus, it has an included filter system that communicates with the flash unit.
I really enjoy using the Nikon SB-910 Speedlight unit. It is a very powerful and easy to use in the CLS arrangement because it has external controls for setting remote mode. It can also be used as a CLS commander when needed.
Nikon SB-910 Speedlight
The SB-910 was released as a minor upgrade to the previous flagship SB-900. The SB-900 had a perceived flaw—it shut down when too hot—which was actually a protection circuit for preventing flash overheating. However, the SB-910 works differently. Instead of shutting down the flash unit when its internal temperature gets too high from rapid firing, the SB-910 simply slows down the flash recycle rate to allow the unit to cool down between flashes.
Otherwise the SB-910 and SB-900 are similar flash units, with matching power and capability. The controls and menus on the SB-910 are very easy to use; much easier than the older flagship flash, the SB-800. The unit is somewhat larger than the SB-800 while being almost identical in size to the SB-900. If you want maximum power in a Nikon Speedlight flash unit, you can’t go wrong with the powerful and flexible SB-910.
The SB-910 comes with color filters to modify the color of the flash output, a built-in diffuser, a built-in bounce card, and a large white detachable diffuser, as seen in the Nikon SB-910 Speedlight picture above, on the left.
This flash unit works very well with any Nikon DSLR and supports all the advanced Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) features.
Official SB-910 Guide Number Information
34m/111.5ft. (at ISO 100, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F) to 48m/157.5ft. (at ISO 200, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
Official SB-910 Lens Coverage
17 to 200mm (FX-format, Automatic mode)
12 to 200mm (DX-format, Automatic mode)
12 to 17mm (FX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed)
8 to 11mm (DX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed)
Flash head tilts down to -7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
Dimensions / Weight
3.1 x 5.7 x 4.4 in. (Approx. 78.5 x 145 x 113 mm) / 14.8 oz. (420 g)
Built-in Wireless Commander Mode for Nikon CLS
Wireless Commander Mode offers wireless control at the master Speedlight position, controlling up to 3 remote Speedlight groups and an unlimited number of compatible Speedlights. Four wireless channel options help manage wireless conflicts in multi-photographer environments.