PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Introduces New SB-600 Speedlight: Mid-range Meets State-of-the-art
New SB-600 Expands Nikon’s Creative Lighting System Featuring i-TTL; Offers Versatile Wireless Functions With SB-800 & D70 Built-in Speedlight
MELVILLE, NY, January 28, 2004 – Nikon® (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced the versatile new SB-600™ Speedlight, the latest addition to Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. Featuring Nikon’s next generation i-TTL™ flash control technology, the SB-600 delivers automatic balance fill-flash and advanced wireless lighting capabilities for outstanding results and creative possibilities. The SB-600 is seamlessly compatible with the newly announced D70 digital SLR camera’s built-in speedlight as well as the Nikon D2H professional digital SLR. The SB-600 effectively integrates with the recently announced Nikon SB-800 Speedlight, both individually and in arrangements of multiple SB-600/800 speedlights, offering consistent i-TTL control for automatic and accurate lighting for creative and complex situations.
Designed for a variety of customers ranging from experienced and amateur photographers to beginning enthusiasts, the SB-600 incorporates a host of new features designed to make flash photography simple, accurate and creative. As part of the newly evolving Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-600 includes support for Nikon Advanced wireless TTL operation, and can function as a remote flash when controlled by the SB-800 Speedlight or the D70 digital SLR camera’s built-in speedlight set to Commander Mode. Additionally, the SB-600’s Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode allows it to fire at shutter speeds as high as 1/8000 second when used with the D2H professional digital SLR camera. Other major features include Flash Value (FV) Lock, flash color information, wide area AF illuminator and built-in modeling flash.
“When developing the Creative Lighting System, Nikon’s goal was to deliver a powerful lighting system that was easy to use, offered tremendous creative control without being overly complicated and integrated the advantages of digital technology to make flash photography more accurate than ever before. With the introduction of the SB-600, Nikon is realizing that goal,” said Richard LoPinto, vice president for SLR camera systems at Nikon, Inc. “Nikon’s i-TTL technology is the backbone of the Creative Lighting System, and the SB-600 inherits this inventive technology. Together with the recently introduced Nikon SB-800 Speedlight, and the D70’s built-in speedlight set to Commander Mode, the SB-600 will unleash tremendous creativity and excitement among all kinds of photographers,” he added.
SB-600: Continuing Advanced Wireless Lighting
The SB-600 speedlight features wireless TTL technology first introduced in Nikon’s SB-800 Speedlight. Photographers using the SB-800 as the Controller can employ up to three groups of compatible Speedlights, with any quantity of compatible SB-600 and SB-800 speedlights within each of the three groups, to achieve Advanced Wireless iTTL exposure control. Most major functions of the SB-600 can be controlled remotely by the master SB-800. Photographers using the D70 digital SLR camera’s built-in speedlight as the Commander Speedlight can employ any number SB-600 speedlights within one group for wireless iTTL operation. The SB-600 can be remotely controlled either in i-TTL mode or manual mode for maximum creativity. Used with the D2H, the SB-600 can employ up to four individual frequency channels, and three groups of flash units. The selection of channel settings help photographers avoid inadvertently triggering flashes not being used by them. Used with Nikon’s D70 camera’s built-in iTTL speedlight as the Commander, the SB-600 settings require use of Channel 3, Group A.
In addition to the wireless capabilities, the SB-600 offers a host of additional features for Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. Highlights of the features are:
- FV-Lock: FV-Lock (Flash Value Lock) is comparable to the way an AE-Lock functions in a camera for ambient light exposure metering. Once the camera measures a correct flash value, the SB-600 locks this value until the photographer resets it – helping to maintain the flash value exposure as the photographer adjusts composition for a scene.
- Auto FP High-Speed Sync Flash: The SB-600’s Auto FP function can be used with the Nikon D2H to automatically fire the speedlight in i-TTL mode at shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second, offering excellent opportunities to use flash in brighter light, with faster aperture lenses and for faster action scenes.
- Modeling Flash: A modeling flash feature in the SB-600 fires a stroboscopic burst of light for approximately one second, allowing photographers to visually confirm lighting and shadow effects before shooting.
- Auto White Balance Adjustment using Flash Color Temperature Information: The SB-600 achieves a high level of color accuracy when used with the D70 or the D2H. With changes in the duration of light emitted by any speedlight, there are always slight variations of color temperature. Using the D70 or D2H in Auto White Balance mode, the SB-600 communicates these slight variations in color data back to the D70 or D2H and the camera’s auto white balance system implements the fine adjustment needed for overall excellent white balance.
- Manual Mode: The SB-600 also offers a full manual mode with power ratios from full power to 1/64 power, in ½ step increments for independent flash output control and creative lighting effects.
- Custom Settings: Custom settings in the SB-600 allow photographers to personalize the speedlight according to selected preferences.
- Wide Area Illuminators: The SB-600 features a wide area illuminator that assumes autofocus assist functions in low light conditions. The Illuminator covers all AF-points in all Nikon SLR cameras, including the D2H’s new 11-point AF sensors, giving photographers the freedom to compose their shots creatively and shoot with confidence.
- Additional features: Additional features in the SB-600 include a large LCD screen, ergonomic controls, a rotating flash head which tilts horizontally and vertically, accessory filters for special color effects and emulation of fluorescent and incandescent lighting, front and side ready-light indicators for easy viewing, and a locking flash shoe.
The SB-600 is compatible with all Nikon digital and film SLR cameras, achieving performance that is limited by each camera’s capability. The SB-600 will realize full i-TTL control when used with the D2H or D70 digital SLR cameras, and D-TTL control and Auto Aperture Flash (AA) when used with the D1, D1X, D1H and D100 digital SLR cameras. The SB-600 will offer TTL and Non-TTL Auto Flash control when used with all Nikon film SLR cameras. The SB-600 Speedlight will be available at Nikon authorized dealer locations in Spring 2004. Price will be announced approximately 30 days prior to first sales.
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(First posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 00:00 EST)