Nikon Speedlight SB600 – Mini review

A lot of people would advise against using the on-board flash on your camera since it creates very harsh shadows and sometimes gives an artificial look to the scene. All this while I’ve been trying to avoid using it as much as possible but now that I have the SB600 I can experiment with different flash angles and maybe even Strobist type shots.

This is just a small review on the actual flash itself since I haven’t done any ‘experimenting’ yet, just took some family photos with the bounce flash and they came out quite good.

Name: Nikon SB600
. Guide number: 30/98 (ISO 100, m/ft.) or 42/138 (ISO 200, m/ft.)
. Power Zoom: Matches the focal length of the attached lens(CPU lens) and also had a built-in wide diffuser which is preset for 14mm.
. Flash Head: Can be tilted from 0° to 90° and rotated horizontally 180° to
the left and 90° to the right.

The SB600 also has Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) which enables you to use it as a wireless flash with compatible Nikon camera, unfortunately my D60 does not have this feature. A Cactus Wireless kit could be one of my future purchases.

. Speedlight Stand
. Soft case

Power supply:
AA Alkaline/NiCad/NiMh x 4

I’ve only had it for a month and as I mentioned earlier most of the photos taken with it were family photos and closeups. To illustrate how good the bounce technique is here is a photo taken with the on-board flash and then the same scene using the bounce flash. Notice how the harsh shadows have been eliminated.

Strobist [Website]

Strobist Group on [Flickr]

6 Replies to “Nikon Speedlight SB600 – Mini review”

  1. This is really good, i need to start using my external flash., it just makes the camera too bulky.. im not used to carry such weight 🙂

  2. Does your camera support commander mode? Makes for some interesting combinations by keeping the SB-600 off-camera in remote mode and firing the flash using the build-in flash as a commander.

    1. Unfortunately the D60 does not have a commander mode. I’m thinking of buying a Cactus wireless trigger and receiver.

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