Portable, easy-to-use Speedlight, compatible with Nikon D-SLRs as well as specific COOLPIX cameras and the Nikon Creative Lighting System. Boasts an onboard high-intensity LED light that’s ideal for movie recording.
With a compact, lightweight build, this flash unit makes it simple to manage the quality and direction of light. In a first for Nikon, this Speedlight features a high-intensity LED light on the front of the unit that is ideal for shooting movies, or capturing close-up still images. Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-500 also enables wireless control of multiple flash units.
Compact i-TTL Speedlight: compatible with FX- and DX- format D-SLRs, COOLPIX cameras equipped with a hot shoe, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
Built-in LED light: high-intensity (100 lx) LED light on the front of the flash unit that’s ideal for shooting movies. The LED light covers the angle of view of a 24 mm lens (FX format), offers superior colour reproduction.
Simple operation: superior ergonomics are matched with easy-to-understand controls on the rear of the unit. Additional functions and flash mode can be set via a camera menu, which activates automatically when the SB-500 is attached to the camera.
Guide number: 24/78.7 (m/ft at ISO 100) covering a 24 mm angle-of-view (FX format).
Portable: compact, lightweight design, and powered by two AA-size batteries.
Versatile / direct the light: the flash head tilts up to 90° and rotates horizontally through 180°. Angle the light just the way you want in order to shoot creatively or attain more balanced images in tricky lighting situations.
Compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System: the SB-500 can work as a master flash for multiple off-camera flash set-ups, when used with cameras featuring a built-in flash commander mode.
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
24/78.7 (ISO 100, m/ft, 23°C/73.4°F)
Effective flash output distance range
(in i-TTL flash control) 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 65.6 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity and lens aperture
i-TTL flash control Manual flash control
Multiple flash-unit photography operation
Advanced Wireless Lighting (commander mode/remote mode)
Nikon digital SLR (Nikon FX/DX format) cameras (except D1 series and D100) Nikon film SLR camera F6 COOLPIX cameras compatible with CLS (A, P7800, P7700, P7100, P7000, P6000) COOLPIX cameras compatible with i-TTL flash control (P5100, P5000, E8800, E8700 and E8400)
Angle of illumination
Covers angle of view of 24mm lens (FX format) or 16mm lens (DX format)
Flash head tilts up to 90° from 0° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75° and 90°. Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Use 2 AA-size batteries of the same brand from any of the following types: 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries 1.2 V HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries.
Fully recycled: lights up. Warning indication: flashes slowly
(approx.) 1/1100 sec. at full power
Thermal cut-out, firmware update
Mounting foot lock lever
Provides secure attachment of the SB-500 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 67 x 114.5 x 70.8 mm (2.7 x 4.6 x 2.8 in.)
Approx. 273g (9.7 oz), including 2 AA-size alkaline batteries Approx. 226 g (8 oz), body only
Speedlight Stand AS-23, Soft Case SS-DC2