Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight

Replacement Value : $321
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Flash Head

Guide Number

78.74' / 24 m at ISO 100


24 mm

Angle of Coverage


Bounce Head

0 to +90°

Swivel Head


Flash Duration

1/1100 Second at Full Power

Recycle Time

Approx. 3.5 to 30 Seconds

Secondary Illumination

Video Light

Exposure Control

Exposure Control


Flash Modes

Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync

Flash Compensation

-3 to +1 EV (1/3 EV Steps)


Wireless Operation

Optical Pulse
Up to 32.81' / 10 m (Commander, Slave)

Wireless Channels


Wireless Groups



Internal Power

2 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)

External Power Pack Compatible





Off-Camera Terminal


Dimensions (W x H x D)

2.6 x 4.5 x 2.8" / 67 x 114.5 x 70.8 mm


8 oz / 226.8 g

- Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight (NISB500)
- Speedlight Stand (NISB500-FS)

Featuring an LED video light and a compact design, the SB-500 AF Speedlight from Nikon provides users with a portable unit for use specifically with Nikon's i-TTL metering system. The SB-500 AF runs on 2 AA batteries, which provide a recycle time as fast as 3.5 seconds. Included with the Speedlight is a stand.

Compact, Lightweight & Multifunctional

The SB-500 AF Speedlight has simple controls—just a few buttons —and it operates on two AA batteries; yet, it offers the performance of an advanced Speedlight. It’s powerful and has wide coverage with a guide number of 24/78.7 (ISO 100, m/ft) with 24mm coverage in FX-format and 16mm coverage in DX-format. Its head rotates 180° left and right and tilts 90° upward allowing you to bounce light off nearby surfaces to soften the light and shadows, creating more flattering portraits. If your camera has a Commander Mode, it can even be used wirelessly off-camera along with your camera's built-in flash for greater illumination power from interesting angles.

High-Performance LED for Video Recording

The SB-500 AF Speedlight is also a versatile video light especially well-suited for recording interviews up close. The integrated 100-lux LED light is perfect for fill when shooting video. It can be used at three output levels—quarter, half or full power—making it practical for low-light video shooting and close up still photography. And when used with the D810 or D750, the SB-500 AF Speedlight communicates LED color information (along with that of the flash) to the camera for optimal white balance.

Power, Ease and Versatility

Nikon's i-TTL technology (intelligent Through-The-Lens) tailors the characteristics of the flash to each shot you take, so you get optimal results every time. With that intelligence and more illumination power than a camera's pop-up flash, the SB-500 AF Speedlight is excellent as a fill-light outdoors (brightening shadowy areas on your subject) or for soft bounce lighting indoors.  Use it off-camera wirelessly as a second flash controlled by either your camera's built-in flash (if your camera has a Commander Mode), another Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander. If you're using D810 or D750 in Commander Mode, the SB-500 AF Speedlight will also work as a master flash in Advanced Wireless Lighting.

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