In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best flashguns for Nikon d7000 cameras currently available on the market right now. We have chosen one higher end flash and one entry-level flash in an attempt to ensure that we have something available for all of our reader’s budgets.
Although the Nikon D7000 does come with a built-in flash as standard, its performance leaves a lot to be desired so we constantly see photographers of all levels of experience reaching out for advice on an external flashgun. We decided to publish this article in an attempt to help as many of our readers as possible who may be in this same situation.
The Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash
The build quality of the SB-700 is also excellent while also being very simple allowing even someone who is not confident with technology to pick it up, play with it for an hour or two and quickly have it become second nature to them. If you like you can program the flash or tweak and customize various settings and then simply mount it onto your d7000’s hot shoe mount.
The image to the left shows the user interface and control system of the SB-700. If you have used any other Nikon flashes, especially the more modern ones then you may notice some similarities between the control systems.
It has been designed from the very start to be as user-friendly as possible and let anyone of any level of experience pick the flash up and get on with their session quickly.
The top left switch seen in the image is also a nice improvement over previous versions of Nikon flashes. It allows you to quickly and easily switch your flash settings between the most commonly used modes such as TTL flash, guide number, and manual mode. This can literally be done at the flick of a switch whereas some competing flash units required you to filter through your camera’s settings wasting both yours and your clients valuable time.
One of the best improvements in the SB-700 over previous versions of Nikon flash units is the overheating system. Instead of essentially turning the flash off until it has cooled down potentially leaving you high and dry on a paid client job the SB-700 will simply increase the recycle time of the flash. This allows you to keep taking photographys while also giving the flash time to cool between activations.
Another good feature of the SB-700 is your ability to quickly and easily tweak your flash exposure level at the turn of a dial. Not only does this allow you to change the performance of your flash on the fly to adapt to any changing lighting conditions at your photography location but it also allows you to easily tweak your flash settings as required to extend your battery life if required by tweaking your flash power output.
All in all, we feel that the Nikon SB-700 will make an excellent addition to your collection of camera accessories. It offers amazing performance at a very fair price and has one of the best reputations on the market.
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
If you are on a low budget or just looking for an entry-level flash for your d7000 then the age of the SB-600 works in your favor as these days it is available at a very low price due to the technology in the flash unit being old and cheaper to produce. Although the unit may look a little date it still has that high build quality standard that you should expect from a Nikon product.
The flash head has a very simple design where you just place it on your d7000’s hot shoe mount and then tweak it as required throughout your photography session. We would like to point out that although this flash unit does offer decent functionality and customization, it does not offer as much functionality or customization possibilities as the SB-700 covered above but due to the much lower price tag of the SB-600, this should be expected.
We also see a large number of people looking for an entry-level flash unit choosing to pick up some third party product. If you are on an extremely tight budget then we would still recommend you pick up the SB-600 but look towards getting a second-hand unit (Click here to check for product prices and availability) rather than a new one. Depending on the time of year this can more than half the price of the flash unit while usually providing you with a unit that is perfectly serviceable and will last many years to come.
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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