Speedlights (external flash units)

The following Speedlights can be used with the camera. The standard i-TTL flash function is available.

Attaching the Speedlight

Notes about the built-in flash

The built-in flash of this camera cannot be used when a Speedlight is attached.
Do not raise the built-in flash when a Speedlight is attached. Doing so may cause it to hit the Speedlight, resulting in product damage.

Use only Nikon flash accessories

Use only Nikon Speedlights. Flash units of other manufacturers (with voltages over 250 V applied to the camera’s X sync contact, or causing short circuit at the accessory shoe contact) could not only prevent normal operation, but damage the sync circuitry of the camera or flash.

Notes about using Speedlights (external flash units)

If vignetting appears in the captured image, try to put some distance between the camera and the subject or remove the lens hood.

Functions that can be used in combination with the Speedlight

i-TTLi-TTL balanced fill-flash
i-TTL flash
AAAuto aperture flash
ANon-TTL auto flash
MManual flash
GNDistance-priority manual flash
RPTRepeating flash
Red-eye reduction

Notes about i-TTL flash

  • The monitor preflashes are fired to measure the reflecting light from a subject in order to adjust the flash output of the Speedlight.
    • Standard i-TTL flash: The flash output is adjusted to achieve proper exposure according to the brightness of the main subject without consideration of the background light. This setting is optimal for taking images with emphasis on the main subjects.
  • When shooting using i-TTL flash, set the flash control mode of the Speedlight to i-TTL before taking pictures.

Notes about Speedlights

  • This camera does not support flash color information communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, FV lock, AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF, or the wireless lighting function when using Speedlights.
  • When using the power zoom function with the SB-5000 or SB-700, the zoom head position is automatically set depending on the focal length of the lens.
  • When using a Speedlight, the image periphery may appear dark if the zoom is at the wide-angle position. In such cases, use the wide panel of the SB-5000 or SB-700.
  • When set to STBY (standby), the Speedlight turns on and off at the same time as the camera. Confirm on the Speedlight that the flash-ready indicators are on.
  • Refer to the documentation provided with your Speedlight for more information.