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SB 900 vs SB 700
« on: November 12, 2011, 10:54:19 PM »
Its been awhile since I looked into camera gears. So Im just a bit curiou, what is the main difference between the SB 900 and SB 700? Since the SB 900 is the flagship speedlight of Nikon, is the price difference to the SB 700 justifiable?

Sorry, if there is a thread such as this one. I did use the search function but didnt find any, so Im hoping you can share your inputs. thanks in advance.:)



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SB 900 vs SB 700
« on: November 12, 2011, 10:54:19 PM »

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2011, 11:36:13 PM »
Try this link:

http://danbaileyphoto.com/blog/comparing-nikon-speedlights-the-sb-700-vs-the-sb-900/

Not much difference but those features matters most to a lot of users.So the difference is justifiable if you will be using those extras.Some users report that the sb900 easily overheats but those were true  with the early release, maybe. I can't make mine overheats no matter what I do.

The sb900 is really big and the sb700 is not that small either. IMHO, the sb700 is better in design than the sb900.
If you are planning to get multiple flashes, get the sb900 first. If you are not an strobist and you are not a flash guy. You are buying flash but you are not sure whether how often that you are going to use it.Then maybe the sb700 will be adequate.
Both flashes are really great but the sb900 will just give you a little more.


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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011, 04:58:40 PM »
Its been awhile since I looked into camera gears. So Im just a bit curiou, what is the main difference between the SB 900 and SB 700? Since the SB 900 is the flagship speedlight of Nikon, is the price difference to the SB 700 justifiable?


Flash power, and yes, the price difference seems justifiable IMO.
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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2011, 08:21:21 PM »
Other than what was already mentioned by Retina, the range may or may not matter in your decision. The SB 900 has a slightly faster recycle time and has a longer range of 200mm vs 120mm.  The SB 900 clearly has a lot more features especially when working with various flashes combinations which is why it's more expensive.  I have the SB 900 and the over heating issue that you've read is more related to the D700 hot shoe mount and NOT the SB 900.

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2011, 09:04:54 PM »
when used as commander:

SB900 - you can have different settings for each slave flash that you command

SB700 - each slave flash will have the same settings as the commander flash
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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2011, 09:58:20 PM »
when used as commander:

SB900 - you can have different settings for each slave flash that you command

SB700 - each slave flash will have the same settings as the commander flash
Mabuti pa yong on board commander ng cam pwede different settings but di naman issue kong isang flash lang ang gagamitin mo.

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2011, 11:18:32 PM »
I had problems with sb-900 overheating compared with my old sb-800.  also I think the gels of sb-700 is also much better...
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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2011, 09:34:51 AM »
I had problems with sb-900 overheating compared with my old sb-800.  also I think the gels of sb-700 is also much better...

Hi Felix-  I have both SB 800 and SB 900 but I have not experience the overheating issue at all.  Have you tried using the flash with a different camera? Does it overheats also if you use the flash with a different body? I've tested the flash consecutively for a minimum of 2 minutes using the SB 900 and I didn't get any warning or whatsoever.  The reason why I am asking is because I found out that my D700 had a faulty hot shoe and it was not related to the SB 900 since the flash worked well with my D7000.

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2011, 10:14:00 AM »
Here are some videos that might help solve your SB-900 overheating issues:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0SKLKfxpzI# (Embedding disabled, limit reached)

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2011, 10:30:07 AM »
Hi Felix-  I have both SB 800 and SB 900 but I have not experience the overheating issue at all.  Have you tried using the flash with a different camera? Does it overheats also if you use the flash with a different body? I've tested the flash consecutively for a minimum of 2 minutes using the SB 900 and I didn't get any warning or whatsoever.  The reason why I am asking is because I found out that my D700 had a faulty hot shoe and it was not related to the SB 900 since the flash worked well with my D7000.

:P i only have one body a D300 and overheating really depends on each shooting style... I used to shoot kiddie birthday party kaya i kinda abused the flash to much that time and first time ko pa nagamit. :)
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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2011, 11:11:05 AM »
Felix- Got it and thanks for the clarification.

Dennis- thanks for sharing the video. It's very informative.

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2011, 06:24:32 PM »
Its been awhile since I looked into camera gears. So Im just a bit curiou, what is the main difference between the SB 900 and SB 700? Since the SB 900 is the flagship speedlight of Nikon, is the price difference to the SB 700 justifiable?

advantages of the 700 over the 900

1. size
2. weight
3. price
4. simpler interface (due to reduction of features)


advantages of the 900 over the 700

1. 2/3 stop more powerful
2. faster recycling
3. full manual control of remote slaves / more groups
4. better gel holder (you can use real gels)
5. PC port
6. external power port (for 1 second recycle at full power)
7. some would prefer the longer zoom coverage (If you ask me though, does not matter much)


For me, I chose the 900. You can also get 2nd hand sb900's (pristine copies) at the price of new sb700's.

The reason I got the 900 is that I need almost all of the advantages I have listed above.

BTW, the sb700's are no slouch either, however I would need a full set of PW flexTTs and a better gel holder to consider them.

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2011, 12:40:56 AM »
Thanks for the reply guys... Anyways, I already have the SB 900 and an SB 800 as well... so down the road Im planning to purchase another flash as a fill-in... So in that regard I think the SB 700 will do. anyways, just for the sake of uniformity... Id probably still go for the sb 900.

As far as the overheating concerns for the SB 900... you can turn off that feature... anyone here who was brave enough to turn that feature off, did u ever encounter problems? TIA.
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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2011, 12:51:50 AM »
For me, I chose the 900. You can also get 2nd hand sb900's (pristine copies) at the price of new sb700's.

best reason for me  ;D

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2011, 07:58:07 AM »
Thanks for the reply guys... Anyways, I already have the SB 900 and an SB 800 as well... so down the road Im planning to purchase another flash as a fill-in... So in that regard I think the SB 700 will do. anyways, just for the sake of uniformity... Id probably still go for the sb 900.

As far as the overheating concerns for the SB 900... you can turn off that feature... anyone here who was brave enough to turn that feature off, did u ever encounter problems? TIA.
Doc Len , huwag mo i turn off, kasi baka nga mag overheat ,di mo alam fried na pala yong flash mo.Hindi naman lahat na SB900 nag overheat.Yong akin nagsawa na ako sa kakatesting ayaw pa rin magoverheat pero on ko rin yong features.

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2011, 09:37:29 AM »
di ko naman sya tinurn-off sir retina... just asking baka may malakas ang loob dito na gumawa nun. ;)
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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2011, 08:07:58 PM »
di ko naman sya tinurn-off sir retina... just asking baka may malakas ang loob dito na gumawa nun. ;)

on my case, naka off sya.

mag beep pa rin naman sya, warning to slow down a bit. Only happens before I changed the way I shoot with flash. Dati yung flash ang nagbubuhat ng exposure, pero ngayon ginagawa ko syang fill, usually nasa -0.7 to -2 sa fEV, coupled with large apertures and high ISO.

off cam, I rarely go up to full... kung mag full ako dinadagdagan ko ng isa pa tapos ginagawa kong 1/2 power.

ayun hindi na nangyayari mag overheat. hehehe

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Re: SB 900 vs SB 700
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2011, 11:23:54 AM »


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