Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight

Key Features
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 79′ at ISO 100
  • Coverage: 24mm (FX Format)
  • LED Video Light with 3 Output Levels
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left and Right 180°
  • Commander Mode for Wireless TTL Control
  • Recycle Time: 3.5 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed,1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 2 AA Batteries


The Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight is a versatile lighting solution designed specifically for Nikon’s i-TTL metering system. Packed with powerful features, this portable unit empowers photographers to capture stunning images and videos with ease. Here’s what makes the SB-500 a must-have addition to your gear:

Guide Number of 79′:

Delivers a powerful flash output with a guide number of 79′ at ISO 100, ensuring excellent illumination for various shooting scenarios.

Flexible Adjustments:

Fine-tune flash output through the camera’s flash exposure compensation settings, allowing precise control over your lighting.

90° Upward Tilt:

The flash head tilts upward 90°, offering versatile bounce capabilities for flattering and natural lighting effects.

180° Horizontal Rotation:

Rotate the head 180° to the left and right, providing flexible swivel options for creative lighting angles.

Adjustable LED Levels:

Features a 100 lux LED light with quarter, half, or full power output levels, making it ideal for both video recording and close-up still photography.

Optimal White Balance:

Transmits LED and flash color information to the camera, ensuring accurate white balance settings for your shots.

Wireless Functionality:

Functions wirelessly as a commander unit or remote slave, providing seamless compatibility with cameras, flash units, and wireless controllers in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System.

Multiple Channels and Groups:

Offers four wireless channels in Commander mode and two wireless groups (A and B), allowing for advanced lighting setups and creative control.

Intuitive Controls:

Easily access essential functions, including test firing, pre-flash monitoring, and LED modeling flash, enhancing your shooting experience.

Quick Recycling:

Fast recycle time of as little as 3.5 seconds ensures you’re always ready to capture the next moment.

Thermal Cut-Out Function:

Built-in thermal cut-out function protects the flash, ensuring safe and reliable operation during extended use.

Firmware Updates:

Stay up-to-date with the latest features and enhancements by updating the firmware through the camera body.

Nikon SB-500 Specs

Key Specs
Guide Number
78.74′ / 24 m at ISO 100
Bounce Head
0 to +90°
Swivel Head
Exposure Control
Nikon i-TTL
Wireless Operation
Optical Pulse (TTL)
Up to 32.81′ / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Internal Power
2 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)
Flash Head
Guide Number
78.74′ / 24 m at ISO 100
24 mm
Angle of Coverage
Bounce Head
0 to +90°
Swivel Head
Flash Duration
1/1100 Second at Full Power
Recycle Time
Approx. 3.5 to 30 Seconds
Secondary Illumination
Video Light
Exposure Control
Exposure Control
Nikon i-TTL
Flash Modes
Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Wireless Operation
Optical Pulse (TTL)
Up to 32.81′ / 10 m (Commander, Slave)
Wireless Channels
Wireless Groups
Internal Power
2 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH)
External Power Pack Compatible
Off-Camera Terminal
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.6 x 4.5 x 2.8″ / 67 x 114.5 x 70.8 mm
8 oz / 226.8 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.01 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7 x 4.55 x 3.45″



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