The subject of today’s article will be taking a look at what we feel is the best flash for Nikon d500 cameras currently available on the market right now. The lack of a traditional built-in flash on the d500 forces owners of the camera to pick up an external flash unit if they want to use their d500 for flash photography and we have what are in our opinion at least two of the best flashes for the camera.
Both of the flash units that we will be featuring in this article will work with the vast majority of Nikon cameras in addition to your d500. This can help you by allowing you to quickly and easily hot swap your flash from one of your cameras to another if you have multiple Nikon cameras. Additionally, since the release of these flash units, they have managed to earn a solid reputation within the community as well as earn a dedicated core user base too.
The first flash that we will be covering is more of our premium option whereas the second flash is a more entry-level option. Considering the relative price points in the market for each of the flashes we feel they offer some excellent performance and great functionality too and will help improve your flash photography performance a ton.
The Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight
This mixed with its high build quality has made it a hit with the community as it is a great little external flash. On top of this, the flash unit has also received positive reviews from other Nikon d500 owners who use the SB-500 as their go-to flash of choice.
The image to the left shows the control system of the SB-500 as you can see, it is fairly basic when compared to some of the more modern Nikon flashes but this can actually work to your advantage. Although the more modern camera flashes have a ton of additional features, in reality, these are rarely used and can make navigation difficult.
With this more basic control system, you are able to quickly and easily tweak any setting on your SB-500 on the fly as required. Because there are no bells and whistles in the control system that can distract you, even someone who is underconfident using technology will be able to easily pick the SB-500 and it becomes second nature.
Once set up as required, simply mount the flash unit on the hot shoe mount on your Nikon d500’s camera body and you are good to go. As you go about your photography session with your flash mounted the buttons in the bottom left of the control system allows you to quickly switch between the flash modes of TTL mode and manual mode as required. Throughout the course of a photography session, this can save both you and your client a surprising amount of time as they are available at the press of a button rather than having to go into the navigation menu and waste time swapping between the modes.
All in all, the SB-500 will improve the overall image quality of your flash photography for your Nikon D500. We feel that it retails for a fair price and should be able to meet the majority if not all of the needs of our readers. Additionally, it will make a great addition to your creative lighting system for your Nikon D500.
The Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
Coming from Nikon, it’s no surprise that the SB-600 has a great build quality and design that is very easy to use. You simply set the external flash up as required, mount it on your Nikon D500’s hot shoe and then you go about your flash photography as required.
The image to the right shows the control and interface system for the SB-600. Although it looks a little more advanced than the SB-500 above due to its LCD screen the SB-600 is very easy to use.
Its navigation menus are clean and smooth to work through allowing you to easily get to any settings that you may wish to tweak without wasting time. Additionally, with the LCD screen being backlit it can easily be used in both low light and night conditions when flash photography is popular.
As with all flash units, the battery life depends on the quality of the batteries that you put in the flash unit. We would always recommend that you use a set of high-quality alkaline or lithium batteries for the best possible performance. You can also invest in a set of rechargeable batteries too so you can quickly swap batteries out when required and simply recharge them helping to save you money in the long run.
If you own a Nikon D500 and are looking to pick up a decent budget friendly flash unit then we would highly recommend that you give the SB-600 a chance. It is easy to use, cheap, and offers a decent level of functionality, additionally, it will made a decent addition to your creative lighting system and help improve your flash photography potential.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon SB-600 Speedlight to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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