27 February 2009

Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight.

I bought my Nikon D60 DSLR about a month ago and was very happy with the performance. Although it is just an entry lever model, it is still better then my previous digital point and shot camera.

Since I plan to have this unit for the time being, I begin too look into more available accessories.

Highest on my buy list was this Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight.

Speedlight or external flashgun is one of the most important tools you need for a DSLR. Although most DSLR come with build in pop up flash, this has its own limitation. Build in flash has limited power and distance, making low light photography difficult. The position of the pop up flash is fix hence making your photo look hard and less natural due to focused light density. This is why the external speedlight play an advantage - flexibility.

Speedlight not only allow the camera to have extra lighting power, it can also allows the flash to be reflected from the surrounding environment. This is commonly known as bounce flash technique. Bounce flash soften the flash light intensity and bland the color with the surrounding, lighting up the object in a much more natural way. This technique is greatly used in indoor photography or portrait photography.

The Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight has all the basic function of a speedlight, decent refreshing rate and flash distance. It come is a much smaller physical size and lighter in weight compared to it bigger brother, the SB-900. With its low price tag, it is very suitable to be use with the D60. The SB-900 on the other hand is much more suitable for the mid to high end SLR due to it function and power.

Another reason why SB-600 is on my buy list was that it could work as a remote flash. In the near future, if I were to upgrade to a SB-900, I can still remain the SB-600 and used it as remote flash where the synchronization of the flash can be control from SB-900. The SB-900 has the commander function and both flashes are able to work in harmony to each other.

Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Review
The SB-600 speedlight has inherited most of the impressive function from the SB-800. It served as a solid base for the Nikon Creative Lighting system when used with Nikon D70 or D2H body.

When used with Nikon’s latest digital SLR, such as the D70 and D2H. The SB-600 supports Advance Wireless Lighting as a remote speedlight that can be positioned as one of multiple remote flashes.

Auto FP High-Speed Sync enables the use of Fill-Flash even in bright daylight with wide aperture settings for the achievement of outstanding results and new creative possibilities, including the effective blurring for of out-of-focus background elements. With the optional color filter set SJ-1, it allows imaginative shooting to be pushed much further.

White balance is optimized through the use of flash color information obtained by the Speedlight. The SB-600 also features FV lock, which gives the user the convenience of being able to maintain the measured flash value while recomposing the shot to achieve the appropriate flash output for the subject.

The easy to view LCD with only 6 buttons, come with backlit and simple to understand function manage to offer uncomplicated operation for the SB-600

The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 delivers plenty of style, both in its compact dimensions and a triangular motif consistent with the Nikon D-SLR theme.

Major Features of the Nikon SB-600
  • Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
  • Supports i-TTL (for automatic balanced Fill-Flash), D-TTL, TTL, Manual.
  • Easy-to-view LCD with 6 simple-to-understand backlit buttons.
  • Guide Number of 30/98 [ISO100,m/ft], 42/138 [ISO200,m/ft] (at 35mm zoom).
  • Auto zoom of 24 to 85mm, extendable to 14mm with built-in wide-flash adapter.
  • Same Wide area AF Assist Illuminator as the popular SB-800.
  • Advanced Wireless Lighting available with D2H or D70 when used as a remote.
  • Auto FP High-Speed Sync (with D2H only); use with fast shutter speeds achieves effective lurring of out-of-focus background elements.
  • Flash Color Information - optimized white balance makes use of data from the Speedlight.
  • FV lock holds flash value, enabling recomposition prior to shooting.
  • Accurate i-TTL flash control achieved through flash exposure monitoring control.
  • Design consistent with those of next-generation D-SLRs, with a triangular design element on the top that complements the D-SLR motif.
  • Supports optional Color Filter Set (SJ-1).
  • Ready light located beside the LCD on the back panel - highly visible even when used as a remote.
For the complete specification, please checkout Nikon product site at http://www.nikon.com/

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