In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best external flash for Nikon d7100 cameras currently available on the market right now. We have seen a relatively steady number of people reaching out for advice on flashes for the d7100 so we decided to finally get around to publishing this article to help any of our readers in this same situation.
We have decided to focus on two different camera flashes that will both work with your d7100 but both targeted to different budgets. Firstly we will be going over what we feel is the best all-around camera flash and then we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best entry level or budget-friendly camera flash for your Nikon D7100. We feel that either of these two flashes will be able to meet the vast majority, if not all of the needs of our readers without the need to cover any additional flashes. There are so many lists out there and the more flashes that are added, the more confusing they end up becoming.
The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash
Over the years this has resulted in the SB-700 earning a well deserved, excellent reputation for itself within the photography community. The SB-700 also has a sizable community of d7100 owners using it as their go-to camera flash and many of them have chosen to post their third-party, independent opinions and experiences with the flash online that you can read here.
The design of the flash couldn’t be better either. It has been designed to be as easy to use as possible so any photographer is able to use it but also as customizable as possible that it offers everything a professional level photographer will require from a camera flash. Simply mount the camera flash onto your d7100’s hot shoe mount and begin snapping away as required.
The user interface and control system for the SB-700 is also very easy to use as shown in the image to the left. If you have ever used any other Nikon flash model then you will be able to quickly pick up the SB-700 and even if you are used to other camera flash brands or have never used a camera flash before, the interface will quickly become second nature.
The flash has three main functions controlled directly from the switch on the top left of the control system as shown in the image to the left. This allows you to quickly and easily switch between the modes for TTL flash, manual flash, and guide number. Over the course of a photography session, this can end up saving you a bunch of time and effort just because of this simple design feature.
The number of flash activations that your SB-700 is able to achieve heavily depends on the batteries that you put in it as you may expect. Additionally, the recycle time of the flash will also slightly change depending on the batteries that you choose. For example, using an alkaline battery will usually have a recycle time of 2.5 seconds whereas using a lithium battery will usually have around a 3.5 second recycle time. In our opinion, you should always use a set of four high-quality AA alkaline batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) with your SB-700 to get the best out of it.
All in all, the Nikon SB-700 makes the ideal higher-end flash for your Nikon d7100 and it will make an excellent addition to your photography kit. It provides a ton of functionality and its high build quality means that it will be able to stand the test of time and ensure that you get your moneys worth out of it.
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
Again, the SB-600 has been designed to be as easy as possible to use so even a total beginner will be able to use it without issue. Simply mount the flash on the hot shoe of your Nikon d7100 and you are good to go, you are able to further customize the performance of it for your flash photography via the control system.
Now you have to keep in mind that the Nikon SB-600 is an entry-level flash and much cheaper than the SB-700 covered above and as so you have to keep your expectations in line. That said, the user interfaces and control system for the SB-600 shown in the image to the right offer a decent amount of customization for an entry-level flash.
The user interface is basic but easy to navigate allowing you to easily access and change any settings that you require. The ready indicator is also a nice touch that is often left out of some budget camera flashes and offers a quick and easy way to know if the SB-600 has finished its recycle charge.
Again, the recycling time on the SB-600 will depend on the batteries that you use to power it but with a decent set of batteries you will be able to expect a recycle time of around three seconds.
All in all, we feel that the Nikon SB-600 is a solid entry-level camera flash for your Nikon d7100. It offers more functionality than many competing camera flashes at this price point while also having its excellent reputation behind it to further push it out ahead of the pack and make it the obvious choice.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon SB-600 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.