Nikon Bows New Flagship Speedlight

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Melville, N.Y. -


formally introduced Wednesday a new top-of-the-line speedlight for its d-SLRs, which is said to offer new levels of creative control in difficult shooting conditions.

The new flagship speedlight, which ships in mid-December at a $550 suggested retail, is said to incorporate an enhanced intuitive operating system and graphic user interface (GUI).

It is equipped with a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths as well as FX/DX-format identification to optimize zoom settings based on the camera body.

The light was also said to be more efficient at battery power usage than the previous SB-900 and features an enhanced thermal cut-out function.

The SB-910 is said to have been designed for easier operation and menu navigation, and offers an enhanced operating system with illuminated function buttons, a dedicated Menu button with quick access to custom settings and an improved LCD screen graphic user interface.

It is operable on camera, and wirelessly off camera as a commander or remote.

The new Thermal Cut-Out function adds protection against damage to the flash panel and body overheating during continuous flash use. Flash recycling time is automatically delayed if a significant rise in temperature is detected, rather than ceasing operation to protect the unit, Nikon said.

It uses new hard-type color compensation filters for fluorescent and incandescent color temperature balancing. The flash automatically recognizes the filter and adjusts white balance accordingly on camera. An AF-assist illuminator is compatible with all Nikon d-SLR AF systems.

The SB-910 speedlight includes three illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even) which match most shooting situations. The "standard" pattern will cover all conventional, standard flash coverage. The "center-weighted" pattern is best used for portraits where light falloff at the edges is desired.

The "even" setting covers a subject from the center to the edges without light falloff. This pattern is applicable for shooting group photographs indoors.

The flash incorporates a multi-step power zoom range covering from  a 17-200mm angle of view.

It supports Nikon's advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless commander with control over three separate groups of speedlights or as a remote speedlight triggered by other SB-910 speedlights, SB-700 speedlights, SU-800 Wireless Commander or the built-in speedlight set to Commander Mode on compatible Nikon D-SLR cameras, the company said.

Recycling time is said to be approximately 2.5 seconds for full power with NiMH batteries, and approximately 3 seconds with AA Alkaline batteries.


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