Nikon Speedlight SB-500

Nikon SB-5000 Electronic Flash

The new SB500 speedlight is a very compact and lightweight source for illuminating your subject. The speedlight SB-500 is a very high performance LED flash that’s perfect for either the DX-format or FX-format DSLR. It offers brilliant illumination for close ups and movie recording in the dark.

It weighs only 273g with batteries and is portable with dimensions of just 67mm (width) x 114.5mm (height) x 70.8mm (diameter). The flash head tilts up to 90° and rotates 180° left and right, reducing your need for unnatural shading with additional accessories. Simply slot in 2 R7/AA-size batteries and you will be ready for shooting.

The flash uses 2 AA-sized batteries. Select from three output levels of LED light – low, mid, and high.

The flash has a coverage of 24mm angle of view in FX format.

SB 500

The flash supportsthe Nikon Creative Lighting System

Six CLS features out of seven are available:

  • i-TTL mode,
  • Advanced Wireless Lighting,
  • Modeling flash,
  • FV lock,
  • Flash color information communication,
  • Auto FP High-speed Sync.
  • Wide area AF Assist Illuminator is not supported.

In Advanced Wireless Lighting, the SB-500 can be used as a master flash or remote flash using the camera’s built in flash as a master.

When attached to the D750, the SB-500 is automatically recognized and flash settings are enabled from the camera’s custom menu. Even commander mode can be set from the camera.


  • Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry,
  • Guide Number (23 {deg}C/73.4 {deg}F), 24, /78.7, (ISO 100, m/ft),
  • Effective flash output distance range (in i-TTL flash control) 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 65.6 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity and lens aperture,
  • Flash mode i-TTL flash control Manual flash control,
  • Multiple flash-unit photography operation Advanced Wireless Lighting (commander mode/remote mode),
  • Compatible cameras Nikon digital SLR (Nikon FX/DX format) cameras (except D1 series and D100) Nikon film SLR camera F6 COOLPIX cameras compatible with CLS (A, P7800, P7700, P7100, P7000, P6000) COOLPIX cameras compatible with i-TTL flash control (P5100, P5000, E8800, E8700 and E8400),
  • Covers an angle of view of 24mm lens (FX format) or 16mm lens (DX format),
  • Bounce capability Flash head tilts up to 90° from 0° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75° and 90° Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°,
  • Uses 2 AA batteries of the same brand from any of the following types: 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries 1.2 V HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries For minimum number of flashes, recycling time and duration of continuous LED light emission for each battery type,
  • Flash duration 1/1100 sec. at full power,
  • Thermal cut-out,
  • Firmware update,
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 67 x 114.5 x 70.8mm (2.7 x 4.6 x 2.8in.),
  • Weight 273g (9.7 oz), including 2 AA-size alkaline batteries, 226 g (8 oz), body only.