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Nikon launches SB 5000 speedlight with in body Radio Trigger

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Last night, along with the Nikon D5 and the D500, the company also launched the Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight. The new flash is the company’s flagship and its standout feature is its ability to operate and trigger other flashes via a radio frequency trigger in the body of the flashgun itself. This is a first for Nikon’s line of portable flashes.

Nikon claims that when the flash is paired with the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Adapter set and a D5 or D500 camera, the flash will operate without a direct line of sight (optical slave connection) at a range of up to approximately 98 feet (30 meters). In this same combination, the flash will be able to control up to six groups or 18 Speedlights

The SB-5000 retains similar optical slave control and triggering capabilities as the other advanced Speedlights in Nikons lineup.

This is a significant addition to Nikon’s flash line-up, not only for the radio-trigger control it brings during applications but also because pairing flashes in your kit to the WR-R10 is would be preferable than pairing with the outdated SU-800 commander unit from Nikon.

Also new for the flash has a redesigned cooling system that promises improved consecutive firing times before stopping to cool-down. The flash will deliver upto 120 continuous shots at 5-second intervals.

The controls have also been updated with an ‘i’ quick function button for frequently used settings.

Press release pictures- 

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Nikon SB-5000 Key Specifications
  • Price: $599.95
  • Commander function: Yes
  • Remote function: Yes
  • Transmission mode: Radio control and optical communication
  • Transmission range: Radio control approx. 98 ft. (30m), optical communication – line of sight
  • Guide number: 34.5 m / 113 ft. (at 35mm) 55m / 180 ft. (at 200mm) (FX format, ISO 100)
  • Lens coverage: 24 to 200mm lens, 14mm with wide panel (FX format)
  • Minimum recycling time: 1.8 sec. (approx.) with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries, 2.6 sec. (approx.) with AA-size Alkaline (1.5V) batteries
  • Flash duration: 1/980 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output, 1/30,820 sec. at M 1/256 output
  • Optional power supply: SK-6 Power Bracket Unit, SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
  • Wireless groups: Radio controlled: Master + 6 groups; Optically controlled: Master + 3 groups
  • Dimensions: 73 x 137 x 103.5mm
  • Weight (sans batteries): 14.9 oz. (420 g)
There is no word yet on the Indian pricing and availability of the speedlight. Internationally the flash gun is priced at US$600/- (INR 40,000/- approx.) and available from March. 2016.

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