In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of external flashes for Nikon d5000 cameras that we feel are the best flash units on the market right now. Although the first one is a relatively high price unit, we also chose a more budget-friendly camera flash to try and make sure we offer something for all budgets.
Although the Nikon d5000 does come with a built-in flash as standard, investing in a good external camera flash can massively improve your flash photography performance. Both of the flash units we have chosen to cover in this article are great products when compared to their relative price points in the market offering a good mix of functionality, performance, and price.
The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash
The SB-700 is fully compatible with a large number of popular cameras allowing you to potentially use it with some other cameras in your collection that you own in addition to your d5000. Considering the performance and functionality that the flash unit offers it is also very easy and straightforward to use.
The image to the left shows the control system and user interface for the SB-700. If you are used to the older style Nikon flash units or the camera flashes from other brands then the user interface may look intimidating but it’s really not. If you are willing to put an hour or two in to play with the flash unit it will quickly become second nature with you quickly and easily being able to work your way around its settings.
As you can see on the image to the left, the top left quick switch on the flash unit allows you to change the flash mode at the flick of a switch. You are able to quickly swap between TTL mode, Manual mode, and Guide Number saving you a fair amount of time throughout your full photography session depending on what you are actually doing.
Once you have set the SB-700 settings up as required, you simply mount it on the hot shoe mount of your Nikon d5000 and you are good to go capturing photographs to your heart’s content. The standard built-in flash on your d5000 doesn’t even compare to the performance of an SB-700 and the image quality is vastly better with the premium flash unit.
When compared to previous versions of flash unit released by Nikon, the overhauled overheating system of the SB-700 really is something else. We have lost count of the number of reports that we have seen from people using other flash units commenting on how they simply turn off when too hot and cause no end of problems during your gig.
With the SB-700, it will detect that it is overheating, give you a warning and then internally increase its flash recycle time. This allows you to keep snapping photographs without interruption just with a slightly increased recycle time. Imagine you have a wedding photography gig and your flash overheats, rather than have to stop taking photographs or swap your flash out for a new one, the SB-700 lets you keep going.
All in all, we feel that investing in the SB-700 as a part of your lighting system will drastically improve your flash photography potential and become one of your key camera accessories. Although it is not the most budget-friendly of flash units, it offers excellent performance and functionality making it well worth its price.
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 Yongnuo YN-568EX Wireless TTL Flash Speedlite
The image to the right shows a close up of the user interface an control system for the Yongnuo YN-568EX. As you can see, it is fairly basic but it definitely gets the job done. You are able to pick it up quickly and easily navigate to any required settings to tweak it for your photography session.
Additionally, as it is fairly basic it makes it ideal for any photographer who is not too confident with technology. Once you have set your flash unit up as you need you simply mount it onto your d5000’s hot shoe mount and you are good to go about capturing photographs.
Considering the Yongnuo YN-568EX is a budget level flash, it also has a surprising battery life but its total uptime can vary depending on the quality of battery that you use with your flash as well as your actual flash unit settings. To get the very best out of any external camera flash we would always recommend that you use an external power supply that you can put in your pocket and plug into the flash to keep it going as long as required.
Another thing we would like to point out that even though the Yongnuo YN-568EX is an entry-level camera flash, it offers surprisingly good image quality for your Nikon d5000 and can outperform some higher price point flash units too. The unit can make a great addition to your creative lighting system and improve your digital photography performance without needing to break the bank.