In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best external flash for Nikon d40 cameras currently available on the market right now. Although the Nikon d40 comes with a built-in flash, we often see people reaching out for advice on an aftermarket external hot shoe mount flash to improve the cameras flash photography performance.
We have looked at the various camera flashes currently available on the market right now and settled on two that we feel will serve our readers best. We will be covering a higher price point flash first covered by a more budget-friendly camera flash to try and ensure that we are offering something for readers of all budgets. Both of these camera clashes have an excellent reputation within the photography community and they also have a number of Nikon d40 users currently using them as their go-to camera flashes of choice too.
The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash
We feel that this makes the ideal Nikon d40 flash and meets the perfect balance between functionality, performance, and price allowing it to meet the needs of a large number of photographers without them needing to break the bank. Due to the flash units small size and low weight, it is very portable and versatile allowing you to quickly and easily add it to your photography kit bag without it taking up too much space.
The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash offers positioning freedom of your flash head allowing you to quickly and easily change the direction that the flash head is pointing allowing you to come up with some creative lighting solutions for your photography sessions or bounce the flash activation of walls or ceilings to offer unique light exposures for your flash photography.
The image to the left shows the user interface and control system for the SB-700 flash. As you can see, it is relatively simple and you will be able to quickly pick it up even if you are not the most technical person. The backlit LCD screen allows you to quickly and easily tweak your camera flash settings in low light or night time conditions allowing to use your flash in a whole range of conditions.
The control system is based around the main dial at the middle of the base of the flash with the “OK” button in the middle of it. This allows you to easily, and quickly navigate the various customizable options of the flash to tweak them as required mid-session without needing to waste time.
The switch to the top left of the LCD screen on the flash allows you to quickly switch between TTL flash mode, manual mode, and guide number mode to get the exact flash exposure you require throughout your photography session.
The SB-700 offers various wireless operation modes as well as wireless flash control allowing you to hook it up to other camera flashes that you may have if needed. All in all, it makes the ideal camera flash for your Nikon d40 as well as any other DSLR cameras or Mirrorless cameras. Simply mount the clash to your cameras hot shoe mount and you are good to go and get on with your photography session within seconds.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon SB-700 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight Flash
Again, it works by putting the flash on your d70’s hot shoe mount and then get on with your photography session as required. There are very few customizable settings on the SB-400 making it ideal for anyone who is not technically minded as once it has been fitted to your cameras hot shoe, you literally have two switches and a flash ready LED light making it very easy to use.
One of the main drawbacks of the SB-400 is the fact that its head is fixed facing forward meaning that it is a pain to try and use it for some bounce flash photography but there are some tweaks with flash diffusers that people try and report having success. That said, the flash does make an excellent addition to your photography lighting system for any entry-level photographers due to the excellent performance of the flash, its reliability, and its low price.