• SB-5000
  • SB-5000: angle1
  • SB-5000: angle2
  • Guide number 34.5/113
  • CLS
  • Radio-controlled AWL
  • Unified flash control
  • Cooling system
  • 420 g


  • Supports radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, offering more flexibility in wireless multiple-flash photography than a conventional optical-controlled system
  • Compatible with unified flash control, which provides access to flash settings from the camera and a computer with Camera Control Pro 2 installed
  • Incorporates a cooling system, which prevents overheating of the flash panel, allowing more consecutive firings
  • Powerful guide number of 34.5 m/113 ft at 35mm or 55 m/180 ft at 200mm (ISO 100, 23°C/73.4°F, in FX format, standard illumination pattern)
  • Remarkably improved operability after detailed reassessment of functions and layout of controls
  • Compact, lightweight design


Electronic construction

Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry

Guide number (at35 mm zoom headposition, in FX format,standard illuminationpattern)

34.5/113 (ISO 100, m/ft)

Effective flash output distance range (in i-TTL, auto aperture flash or non-TTL auto flash mode)

0.6 to 20 m (2 to 65.6 ft) (varies depending on camera’s image area setting, illumination pattern, ISO sensitivity, zoom head position, and lens aperture in use)

Illumination pattern

There are three 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

Flash mode

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 WirelessLighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Flash ColorInformation Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF and unifiedflash control

Multiple flash-unit photography operation

  • Advanced Wireless Lighting

  • Direct remote wireless multiple flash-unit photography (remote mode)

Bounce capability

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°

Power ON/OFF

Rotate the power switch to turn the SB-5000 on or off
Standby function can also be set

Power source

Use four 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, recycling time and duration of continuous LED light emission for each battery type, see the user's manual.

Flash-ready indicator

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 distance priority manual flash mode, or AUTO mode in direct remote wireless multiple flash-unit photography): flashes slowly

AF-assist illuminator (inremote 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 flash-unitphotography): flashes slowly

Flash duration

Approx. 1/980 sec. at full 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

Menu settings

24 items

Other functions

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

Dimensions (W × H × D)

Approx. 73 x 137 x 103.5 mm (2.9 x 5.4 x 4.1 in.)


Approx. 520 g (18.4 oz) (with 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries × 4)
Approx. 420 g (14.9 oz) (Speedlight only)

Included accessories

Speedlight Stand AS-22, Nikon Diffusion Dome SW-15H, Fluorescent Filter SZ-4FL, Incandescent Filter SZ-4TN, Soft Case SS-5000, Accessory pouch

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  • Specifications and design are subject to change without notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this manual may contain. Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a unit with fresh batteries operating at the temperature specified by the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA): 23 ±3 °C (73.4 ±5.4 °F).