Ignite your creative vision with the all new Speedlight SB-5000. Engineered to meet the rigorous lighting requirements of photojournalists and studio photographers, the SB-5000 features cutting-edge capabilities such as the world’s first cooling system*1. The Speedlight is capable of firing off up to 120 flashes in a single burst, delivering powerful luminosity and ultimate control. It works seamlessly with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), offering the radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL)*2 that make multiple flash setup a breeze. With its compact size and all-new intuitive control panel, the SB-5000 is indispensable for those who desire perfection in their craft.
The AWL-enabled SB-5000*2 simplifies the complexities of multiple flash setups. With new radio-wave controls, the Speedlight no longer requires a direct line-of-sight for triggering other compatible flash units. Expand your creative lighting possibilities by attaching the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller, allowing you to control up to 6 groups (A-F), totaling up to 18 SB-5000 remote flash units.
Featuring the world’s first cooling system*1, the SB-5000 is designed to reduce the downtime between each take by actively suppressing the heat generated within the flash head. This enables the SB-5000 to deliver an astonishing performance of up to 120 consecutive flashes at 5-second intervals. Choose to activate this feature via a setting in the setup menu, and get the freedom of capturing images without waiting for the flash to cool down.
Measuring approximately 73mm (width) by 137mm (height) by 103.5mm (depth), the SB-5000 boasts a clever design that maximises every inch of its compact size. Frequently used functions such as Flash Mode, Zoom Head Position, and Flash Compensation Value / Flash Output Level in Manual Flash Mode are now accessible via the rotary multi selector, leaving more room for a wider LCD screen. The [i] button traditionally seen on DSLRs is now a feature on the control panel, creating a more seamless shooting experience. At approximately 420g, the SB-5000 is as portable as it is effortless to handle.
*1 Among clip-on type compact flash units, as of 5 January 2016.
*2 Compatible with Nikon D5 and later cameras.
Radio-Controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting: This system permits effective wireless multiple flash photography even in adverse shooting conditions such as under bright sunlight or when obstacles block optical control, for improved lighting flexibility (with D5 and D500). Unified Flash Control: This function enables setting changes and flash operation using camera menus or a personal computer with Camera Control Pro 2 (with D5 and D500).
The cooling system incorporated in the SB-5000 suppresses heat generation within the flash head and prevents overheating of the flash panel caused by consecutive firings. As a result, the number of consecutive shooting is greatly increased.
A lighter and more compact design is achieved while providing functions and performance superior to those of the current model.
Frequently used functions can be accessed quickly with a press of the rotary multi selector or newly adopted [i] button.
The SB-5000 provides a guide number of 34.5/113 at 35 mm or 55/180 at 200 mm (m/ft, ISO 100, 23°C, FX format, standard illumination pattern), number of flashes of 150 or more (alkaline), and minimum recycling time of approx. 2.6 s (alkaline) or 1.8 s (rechargeable Ni-MH).
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
34.5, /113, (ISO 100, m/ft)
There are 3 illumination patterns: standard, even, center-weighted The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera’s image area in both FX and DX formats
Effective flash output distance range
0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 65.6 ft) (varies depending on camera’s image area setting, illumination pattern, ISO sensitivity, zoom head position, and lens aperture in use)
i-TTL, Auto aperture flash, Non-TTL auto flash, Distance-priority manual flash, Manual flash, Repeating flash
Other available functions
Test firing, monitor pre-flashes, AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF and modeling illumination
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
A number of flash operations are available with compatible cameras: i-TTL mode, Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Flash Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF and unified flash control
Multiple flash-unit photography operation
Advanced Wireless Lighting, Direct remote wireless multiple flash-unit photography (remote mode)
Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90° Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Use 4 AA-size batteries of the same brand from any of the following types: 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries 1.2 V HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries For minimum number of flashes and recycling time for each battery type, see F-17
The SB-5000 is fully recycled: lights up Insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL, auto aperture flash, non-TTL auto flash or distancepriority manual flash mode, or AUTO mode in direct remote wireless multiple flash-unit photography): flashes slowly
AF-assist illuminator (in remote mode)
The SB-5000 is fully recycled: flashes slowly and goes out Insufficient flash output for correct exposure (in i-TTL, auto aperture flash or non-TTL auto flash mode, or AUTO mode in direct remote wireless multiple flashunit photography): flashes slowly
1/980 s at M1/1 (full) output 1/1110 s at M1/2 output 1/2580 s at M1/4 output 1/5160 s at M1/8 output 1/8890 s at M1/16 output 1/13470 s at M1/32 output 1/18820 s at M1/64 output 1/24250 s at M1/128 output 1/30820 s at M1/256 output
Mounting foot lock lever
Provides secure attachment of the SB-5000 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment
Flash exposure compensation
-3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV steps in i-TTL, auto aperture flash, non-TTL auto flash or distance-priority manual flash mode
ISO sensitivity manual setting, redisplay of amount of underexposure due to insufficient flash output in i-TTL mode, reset to the default settings, key lock, thermal cut-out, firmware update
Approx.73, x137, x103.5mm (2.9, x5.4, x4.1in.)
Approx.520g (18.4 oz) (with 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries x 4), Approx. 420 g (14.9 oz) (Speedlight only)
Speedlight Stand AS-22, Nikon Diffusion Dome SW-15H, Fluorescent Filter SZ-4FL, Incandescent Filter SZ-4TN, Soft Case SS-5000, Accessory pouch