The Nikon SB-700 flashgun, first announced last Sep 15, will be available starting November 26, 2010 in Japan. Tokyo price is ¥44,100 with tax, or about US$528; the announced price for the US market was $330.
Nikon says the SB-700 incorporates functions inherited from the more expensive SB-900, such as the Master function, in a smaller size comparable to the SB-600.
Nikon says the SB-700 offers the following key features:
- LCD and layout of controls designed for easy and intuitive operation
- Multi-step auto zoom covers wide 24-120 mm zoom range
- Three illumination patterns – standard, center-weighted and even – available to match every shooting environment
- Automatically detects Nikon FX and Nikon DX formats and selects suitable light distribution angle
- Short recycling time
- AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF, with wide 24-135 mm focal range
- Quick wireless control mode allows control of remote flash unit groups A and B flash output level ratios
- Firmware updates via Nikon digital SLR cameras
- Automatically delays recycling time if temperature of flash head rises in order to avoid deterioration of flash head
- Automatically detects type of hard-type color compensation filter (fluorescent and incandescent) and automatically transmits filter information to camera for optimum white balance setting
- Optional Water Guards WG-AS1 (for D3 series), WG-AS2 (for D300 series) and WG-AS3 (for D700) protect camera’s accessory shoe contact when SB-700 is mounted on a Nikon digital SLR camera