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Best Flash for Nikon D810 [2021 Review]

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Published: 20/05/2021

The Nikon D810 has filled up some big shoes by replacing the popular D800 and D800E. Taking the best of both, this 36-megapixel camera has excellent performance and a more comprehensive sensitivity range competing with other big wigs in the real estate photography community. The article will look at the best flash for Nikon D810 to improve your photography skills.

Our Top Flash for Nikon D810 Reviews

There are reputable choices in the market for the best flash units for Nikon D810. However, the unlimited array of options from cheap flashes with limited functionalities to optimized flashes can easily throw off any photographer. In this article, we are going to go through the different options available and provide our recommendations.

Brand
Best Overall
Nikon SB-5000 AF
Best for the Money
Nikon SB 700 AF
Best Cheap Pick
Nikon SB 500 AF
Product
Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB-700 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight External...
Nikon 4814 SB-500 AF Speedlight (Black)
Batteries Required
4 AA batteries
4 AA batteries
2 AA batteries
Item Weight
14.9 ounces
12.7 ounces
8 ounces
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Best Overall
Brand
Nikon SB-5000 AF
Product
Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
Batteries Required
4 AA batteries
Item Weight
14.9 ounces
Rating
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Nikon SB 700 AF
Product
Nikon SB-700 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight External...
Batteries Required
4 AA batteries
Item Weight
12.7 ounces
Rating
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Nikon SB 500 AF
Product
Nikon 4814 SB-500 AF Speedlight (Black)
Batteries Required
2 AA batteries
Item Weight
8 ounces
Rating
Price

Best Overall Flash for Nikon D810: Nikon SB-5000 AF

The Nikon SB-5000 flash is the best-acclaimed flash for Nikon D810, with its Creative Lighting System taking Advanced Wireless Lighting to the next level. This flash is designed for fast shooting in real estate photography.

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

The flash introduces streamlined operations due to its hot-shoe mount flash cooling system that supports 100 consecutive shots. It offers a new level of lighting control for the TTL shooters who want to focus on one thing.

Designed more for motion photographers, this flash is compact and easier to use. The smaller imprint provides streamlined access to functions such as the Flash Compensation Value, Flash Mode, and Zoom Head Position that are frequently used. 

Its "info" button provides fluid operation when adjusting its settings. The SB-5000 can be used as a wireless- off-camera controlled by another Speedlight or your camera's built-in flash, or as Master Flash to control other remote Speedlights of up to 4 channels in 3 groupings.

Pros

  • It has a high guide number of 34.5m/113ft at 200mm 
  • It is compact, lightweight; therefore, an excellent portable option
  • It incorporates a cooling system that prevents overheating and allows more firings

Cons

  • It is expensive compared to other flashes
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Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
  • Radio Control Advanced Wireless Lighting
  • Cooling System for 100 Consecutive Shots
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL

Best Flash for Nikon D810 for the Money: Nikon SB 700 AF

The I-TTL optimized Nikon SB 700 offers the best performance, exposure, and portability for any real estate photographer on the go. It features a flexible head convenient for creative lighting in any shot. Its seamless lighting system achieves brilliant results by integrating a remote light source, hot shoe operation, or a wireless master.

Nikon SB-700 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight External...

With its streamlined user interface, the SB-700 offers full functionality access with ease. Its auto power zoom coverage allows the user to smoothly cover lenses over a wide area, such as 24mm to 120mm in FX-format. It automatically detects the DX and FX formats and selects suitable light distribution angles.

The flash temperature and recycling time are automatically increased or reduced accordingly to prevent overheating and improve workability. The SB 700 AF automatically transmits filter information to the camera for maximum white balance when detecting the type of hard-type color ( either incandescent or fluorescent).

The SB 700 has fantastic focal length ranges and illumination patterns. It provides a 'concentrated' flash setting at 35mm and an 'even' flash environment at 70mm. As for the DX formats, 28mm offers a complete set while 45mm provides an even one. These are technically no different flash settings; they just have different names in the firmware's user interface.

Pros

  • It has a bounce card that adds catch-lights to people's eyes
  • It has a higher recycling power of 2.5 seconds
  • It is lightweight hence portable
  • It can work as a commander on-camera flash to control the other moments wirelessly
  • It has a high guide number that enables you to calculate the correct manual power level for you

Cons

  • It is expensive
  • It is slow when charging in multiple shots at high power
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Nikon SB-700 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight External...
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL; Guide Number: 92' at ISO 100 and 35mm; Zoom Range: 24-120mm (12mm with...
  • Tilts from -7° to 90°; Rotates Left & Right 180°; Commander Mode for Wireless TTL Control
  • Strobe Mode and 3 Illumination Patterns; Recycle Time: 2.5-3.5 Seconds

Best Cheap Flash for Nikon D810: Nikon SB 500 AF 

The Nikon SB 500 weighs only 273 g when with batteries and is relatively less pricey than the SB-5000, making it the best portable option for a photographer on the go. Its flash head rotates up to 180 degrees and tilts at an angle of 90 degrees, reducing the need for unnatural shadowing with additional accessories.

Nikon 4814 SB-500 AF Speedlight (Black)

Smaller in size but high in functionality, the SB-500 can easily compete with other flashes. It offers the best brightness for dark interiors, flashlights, supports LED lighting in low, mid, and high temperatures. 

The color information setting works smoothly to auto-balance the white balance when paired with Nikon D810. The interface is very user-friendly with buttons that are very easy to understand in place. 

The SB-500 allows you to leverage on the i-TTL mode, Flash Color Information, FV Lock, etc., using the six features of Creative Lighting Systems. The flash unit also supports High-Speed Sync that captures scenes as you want them to. It can operate in two modes; Commander, where you can use the flash as a master flash with a compatible camera, and as a Remote flash, where the camera’s built-in flash acts as a master light.

Pros

  • It is cheaper compared to SB 5000
  • The SB 500 is lightweight hence easy to carry

Cons

  • It only supports the i-TTL format
Nikon 4814 SB-500 AF Speedlight (Black)
  • intelligent-Through-The-Lens (iTTL) technology tailors the characteristics of the flash to each shot...
  • Wide coverage with a guide number of 24/78.7 (ISO 100, m/ft) with 24mm coverage in FX-format and...
  • Head rotates 180 degrees left and right and tilts 90 degrees upward allowing you to bounce light off...

Best High-Performance Flash for Nikon D810: Nikon SB 800 AF 

Specially designed to complement the D2H digital SLR, the Nikon SB 800 AF supports many features such as Flash Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, and Flash Value Lock. The D2H digital SLR 1005-pixel matrix metering sensor is optimized to calculate exposures. 

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR...

The SB 800 is the heart of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. Refined digital performance and advanced technologies make complex subsequent exposures as simple as using a single on-camera flash. The FV-lock function is vital in that it enables you to ‘latch’ a flash output over successive shots.

This flash incorporates Nikon’s advanced data communication technologies that power the advanced inter Speedlight unit communication. This flash unit is designed to make shooting with other flashes easier. The new system supports AWB (Auto White Balance), which does away with the initial reddening of shots taken in a distant duration of time. 

 Pros

  • It has a quick recycling battery pack to speed up recycling times
  •  It has a rotate-able zoom head making it perfect for covering a larger area while shooting
  • The SB-800 supports both master and slave wireless systems

 Cons

  • This manual is difficult to understand
  • You have to hold down the buttons until the menu changes
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Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight for Nikon Digital SLR...
  • Autofocus speedlight compatible with both digital and film SLR cameras
  • Intelligent i-TTL system supports automatic balanced fill-flash
  • Can automatically control light output according to distance and aperture

Best Powerful Flash for Nikon D810: Nikon SB-910

Designed for DX and FX DSLRs, the Nikon SB 910 AF is an unparalleled lighting performance in the studio field. The SB-910 controls up to 3 remote groups due to its hot shoe mount Speedlight and a wireless Commander. Its versatile I-TTL metering for wireless flash control, or on-camera has the SB-910 operating as a remote unit.

Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital...

The pro flash features, including a wide zoom range from 17-200mm, i-TTL flash control, streamlined menus, and controls, manual with Power ratio, make the SB 910 one of the best options for flash photography. The Nikon SB-910 comes with AA-alkaline batteries featuring a quicker recycling time of 2.5 seconds, an improved thermal-protection system, and extended battery life.

It has an improved user interface, with illuminated buttons for control in dimmer lights and a dedicated menu button for more straightforward navigation. The hard-type-color correction features provide an auto white balance for situations where rapid shots are taken in sequences. Its improved thermal system prevents overheating and slows recycling instead of interrupting the flash altogether.

 Pros

  • The SB-910 AF Speedlight has an easy-to-use interface.
  • It has a robust cooling system with a quicker recycling time
  • This flash has more light flexibility with an impressive auto-zoom capability

 Cons

  • It lacks the film TTL
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Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital...
  • Improved user interface
  • Improved Thermal Cut-out protection
  • New Hard Type Color Filters

Conclusion

Nikon D810 has become one of the most popular DSLR cameras around. Its ability to provide amazing high-quality images requires a flash that can keep up. Checking up on the budget and the features preferred, any of the flashes in the above list will guarantee excellent results. 

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