Thursday, December 01, 2011

Nikon Announces SB-910 Speedlight Release

Nikon Corporation officially announced the release of Speedlight SB-910. It is the newest high-end Nikon Speedlight.

The SB-910 is a high-end Speedlight for advanced amateur to pro photographers that gives more improvements compared to its predecessor SB-900. Some improvements include smoother operation, greater illumination precision, and hard color filter adoption. SB-910 fully supports the photography of advance amateurs and professionals who needs to make the most of light to achieve their individual interest.

SB-910 primary features
  1. A refined user interface for smoother operation.
    Users can now quickly access custom settings using the new MENU button. In addition, the graphical user interface (GUI) has been improved to offer simpler application of settings for all operations.

  2. Three illumination patterns for use according to the scene
    The SB-910 offers selection from three illumination patterns (standard, even, center-weighted), allowing users to choose the pattern most appropriate for the scene. Illumination precision has also been increased.

  3. Automatic detection of hard color filters attached to the front of the flash head
    The SB-910 supports hard color filters because they are more durable, stand up better to the heat generated by the flash head, and are easier to use than the gel color filters supported by its predecessor. One incandescent filter and one fluorescent filter are supplied with the SB-910.
Key Features

  • Fully compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System
  • Three illumination patterns (standard/even/center-weighted), with increased light distribution accuracy, are available to match every shooting environment
  • Automatically detects Nikon FX and Nikon DX formats and selects suitable light distribution angles
  • Power zoom function covers wide 17-200 mm (in FX format) or 12-200 mm (in DX format) zoom ranges
  • AF-assist illumination, compatible with multi-point AF system, covers wide 17-135 mm focal length range
  • New MENU button enables quick access to custom settings, while improved LCD panel GUI (graphical user interface) enhances operability
  • Durable and heat-resistant, easy-to-use, hard-type color filters (fluorescent or incandescent) included
  • Automatically detects color filter types and transmits filter information to camera for optimum white balance setting
  • Guide number: 34/111.5 (m/ft.) at 35 mm and 53/173.9 (m/ft.) at 200 mm (FX-format, standard illumination pattern, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
  • Minimum recycling time: approx. 2.3 seconds with Ni-MH batteries
  • Automatically detects increases in flash head temperature and controls recycling time accordingly, thus preventing overheating
  • Firmware updates via Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • Compatible with High-Performance Battery Pack SD-9 and Power Bracket Unit SK-6/6A
  • Optional Water Guards WG-AS1 (for D3 series), WG-AS2 (for D300 series) and WG-AS3 (for D700) protect camera accessory shoe contact when SB-910 is mounted on Nikon digital SLR cameras
Nikon SB-910 will be available by middle of December just in time for your late Christmas shopping. Based on the news, this Speedlight will cost around USD 550. If I am not mistaken, with the release of SB-910, we can expect SB-900 to cost lower. You may check SB-910's full specification here.

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