The Nikon SB-500 is the perfect accessory for beginner photographers looking to take the next step in their creative journey. Its innovative design combines a versatile swivel head flash for stills photography and a bright 3 LED light for use while shooting video.
With its guide number of 24/78.7 (23°C/73.4°F, ISO 100, m/ft), the SB500 offers great portability and convenience making it ideal for adding light to your subject when shooting at close distances.
Its swivel flash head can be tilted up 90° and rotated horizontally up to 180° to the left and right, equipping you with the ability to experiment with bounce flash photography. Reflect the flash off a ceiling or wall to achieve lighting effects such as soft, subtle light or moody shadows.
Three bright LED lights at the front of the flash provide constant illumination and can be used as a camera light when shooting video or to provide additional exposure flexibility when photographing macro style up-close subjects. The LED lights can be set to one of three brightness levels and can be used in conjunction with a diffusion panel for superior lighting control and exposure flexibility.
Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System* (CLS), the Nikon SB-500 relies on only two AA batteries and works as a master or remote flash unit which can be used in conjunction with existing speedlights or wireless flash triggers to create a multi-flash lighting kit.
*AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF is not supported.
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
(23 °C/73.4 °F), 24, /78.7, (ISO 100, m/ft)
Effective flash output distance range
(in i-TTL flash control) 0.6 m to 20 m; varies with ISO sensitivity and lens aperture
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)
Angle of illumination
Covers angle of view of 24mm lens (FX format) or 16mm lens (DX format)
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°
Use 2 AA-size 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.
Fully recycled: lights up Warning indication: flashes slowly
(approx.) 1/1100 sec. at full power
Thermal cut-out, firmware update
Mounting foot lock lever
Provides secure attachment of the SB-500 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment
Approx.67, x114.5, x70.8mm
Approx.273g, including 2 AA-size alkaline batteries Approx. 226g, body only
Speedlight Stand AS-23, Soft Case SS-DC2
* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice