In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are two very strong contenders for the title of best flash for Nikon d3400 cameras currently available on the market right now. Although the d3400 does come with a built-in flash it is very basic and easily outperformed by adding even an entry-level external flash unit to your camera.
As usual, we made our short list of camera flashes and then worked on reducing that to two final flashes that we wanted to feature in our article. Both of the final flashes that we settled on are excellent for their relative price points with one being targeted towards the premium market and the second being towards the entry-level or more budget friendly end of the spectrum.
The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash
Additionally, the build quality of the flash is excellent, the design of the flash has built on and taken key lessons from all of Nikon’s previous flash unit variants to really produce a great product. Although it has a number of upgrades over previous flash units from Nikon, our favorite is the overhauled overheating system.
Gone are the days that your flash would reach its critical internal heat level and either lock up or power down until it cooled. The SB-700 comes with a totally new system designed to allow the unit to cool while still allowing you to capture photographs as and when needed. Rather than simply powering down your flash unit, the SB-700 will increase your flash recycle time allowing the unit to cool to a safe temperature while still performing but as a slightly slower rate.
The SB-700 has also been designed to have a very easy to use control system and user interface as shown in the image to the right. Even if you are brand new to Nikon camera flashes, you will be able to quickly pick up the navigation quickly allowing you to easily navigate to any settings that you need to tweak on the fly without wasting time.
Additionally, the switch in the top left of the image shows the flash mode settings. This is another welcome addition over previous Nikon flash units and allows you to quickly and easily swap between TTL mode, manual mode, and guide number as required without having to waste time.
When you are ready to mount your external flash simply fit it to the hot shoe mount on your Nikon d3400 and go about your photography session as required. The SB-700 can easily improve your flash photography offering some great image quality while offering some of the best battery life currently available amongst camera flashes. That said, we would like to point out that the various flash settings and your recycle time on the flash will come into play when it comes to battery life.
As we touched on earlier, we are massive fans of the SB-700 and feel that it would make a great addition to anyone’s camera accessories. If you own a D3400 then we would highly recommend that you seriously consider picking it up if you have the budget, if you are on a tighter budget then keep reading and take a look at our entry-level flash option that we cover below.
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
The SB-600 makes a great external flash for your Nikon d3400 offering a very nice improvement to your flash photography capabilities without the need to break the bank. For its price, it performs well in a large number of lighting conditions offering some great image quality in low light as well as changing light conditions.
The image to the left shows the control and user interface systems for the SB-600. Due to it being an older flash unit its design is a little date but this can actually play to your advantage if you are not very confident with technology as it is fewer options and is very easy to use.
Although navigation is basic, it still allows you to quickly and easily filter through the key settings and tweak anything on the fly during your photography session as required.
Just like the SB-700, once the flash has been set up as needed, simply mount it on the hot shoe mount of your D3400 and you are good to go. Although battery life is decent on the 600, your flash settings and amount of photographs you are capturing all come into play. We would highly recommend that you invest in a few sets (at least eight in total as it requires four batteries to run) of budget-friendly, rechargeable AA batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to allow you to swap out dead batteries for fresh ones when needed.
If you have a d3400 and are on a tight budget or are an entry level or student photographer than we would highly recommend that you seriously consider picking up the SB-600. It will make an excellent addition to your camera accessories without breaking the bank while also offing some great functionality and performance for its price point in the market.
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.
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