In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best external flash for Nikon d5100 cameras currently available on the market right now. Due to the d5100 being a popular camera, we are constantly seeing people reaching out for advice.
We have decided to take a look at a number of flashes in an attempt to help any of our reader who also finds themselves looking for advice. We have tried to choose camera flashes from a number of different price brackets to ensure that we have something to recommend for people of all budgets. Each of the products in this article has an existing positive reputation within the photography community and have been extensively tested over the years.
The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash – High End
Its extremely high build quality, massive amount of functionality, and reliability have helped it gain an excellent reputation within the photography community and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. That said, in exchange for all of this, it is at the higher end of most peoples budgets meaning that an entry level or student photographer may be better taking one of the camera flash options below but the Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash will be a good match for any professional or mid-level photographer.
The Nikon SB-700 is simple enough to use, all you have to do is simply mount it to the hot shoe on your d5100 and set the flashes settings up as required.
The image to the left shows both the user interface and the control system of the Nikon SB-700. As you can see, it is relatively straightforward, even if you are not the most technical person.
The interface has been designed to be as easy to use as possible to allow you to quickly navigate the options to find the setting that you want to tweak. The control system has been designed to be quick to pick up and allow you to get to grips with the control system of the Nikon SB-700 as fast as possible.
The flash supports a number of flash photography modes such as manual, through the lens, and guide number allowing you to get the exact type of flash exposure that you require for your specific photograph. It also supports a number of different wireless operations so you are able to use remote triggers and various master and slave combinations.
The flash head on the Nikon SB-700 is able to tile ninety degrees up and seven degrees down while also being able to be rotated three hundred and sixty degrees left to right. This further allows you to customize the effect offered by your flash by easily bouncing it off a wall or ceiling.
All in all, the Nikon SB-700 is an excellent choice for a Nikon d5100 and will make the ideal flash if it is within your budget. If not, we have two more budget-friendly flashes below that may take your fancy.
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-600 Speedlight Flash – Mid Ranged
Again, the Nikon SB-600 is very easy to use. You simply mount it onto the hot shoe on your d5100 set up the flash units settings as required and go about capturing the photographs as required. The Nikon SB-600 has a very easy to use control system and a user interface that anyone will be able to pick up quickly. The system is based around an easy to read, backlit LCD screen with various backlit buttons. This allows you to tweak your flash settings with ease when in low light conditions and keep going with your photography session without wasting time.
The Nikon SB-600 supports the D-TTL, TTL, and Manual flash modes allowing you to quickly switch between each of them via the switch on the flashes control system. The ready light near the LCD screen on the rear of the flash unit also clearly indicates when the flashes recycle is complete and it is ready to activate again.
All in all, the Nikon SB-600 is a solid flash unit that is retailed at a fair price. If you are looking for a nice balance between functionality and cost then this is the flash unit for you. The SB-600 has been tried and tested over the years and maintained its solid reputation throughout making it the ideal partner for your d5100.
The Yongnuo YN-560 Flash Speedlite – Entry Level
That said, the Yongnuo YN-560 Flash Speedlite has managed to earn and maintain a solid reputation amongst the photography community due to the price of the flash as well as its ease of use. Again you simply mount the flash to your d5100 hot shoe and set its settings up as required before capturing the photographs that you require.
If you are a student photographer or on a very strict budget then the Yongnuo YN-560 Flash Speedlite can get the job done for you but we would highly recommend that you take a look at the Nikon SB-600 above and try to pick that flash up if possible.