Welcome to a review of the Nikon SB-910 flash.
This flash unit used to be the top of the cream Nikon flash, but it has since been taken over – Is it still worth the money to get one of these “old top quality flashes”?
Now, I have personally been a long time Nikon user, and the SB-910 is actually one of my earliest buys… But I have to honestly say this – I regretted buying this gadget, and I have no love for Nikon flashes ever since.
Read on to find out why. The Nikon SB910 comes in the usual “standard gold-black Nikon box”. Nothing outstanding, but the stuff inside makes up for the lack of “wow”. The Nikon SB910 flash package comes with:. Warm and cold correction gels. A carrying case (not in the photo as I lost it). First off, I have to give Nikon some credits for coming up with this “complete package”.
BAD “TOP QUALITY” FLASH
But while it does seem to be a good deal at the first impression, I have paid nearly $500 back then… Is it really worth this much money? Just hop onto eBay or Amazon, and you will find that these diffuser caps and correction gels are only worth a couple of dollars.
THE SPECS & CONTENDERS
Nothing within this package really summed up to the $500 for me, and I really cannot commend it any further – Given the price, Nikon could have better value-added with a snoot, more color gels, and a dome diffuser.
All right, let us now take a closer look at the Nikon SB-910, the once crowned king of flash… At least within the Nikon range itself. There is nothing much in front of the flash unit, just the usual AF assist illumination light.
UNBOXING & FIRST IMPRESSIONS
- The back holds a complicated control panel, and it is not easy to figure out without the instruction manual nor watching a YouTube video.
- Nothing interesting on both sides too, just the battery compartment – Takes 4 AA batteries.
- Power zoom function with which the SB-910 automatically adjusts the zoom head position to match lens focal length
FX format, Standard illumination pattern : 17–200 mm (14 mm with the built-in wide panel in place)
DX format, Standard illumination pattern : 12–200 mm (10 mm with the built-in wide panel in place)
- But know that the head rotates around 180° and is able to tilt from -7° to 90°. The flash also comes with a built-in bounce card and wide-angle diffuser… All of these made in Japan, if it matters to you.
The Nikon SB-910 is solid plastic all around.
The build quality actually feels pretty good and definitely does not have that “cheap plastic” written all over… But just after a year of usage, problems with this “top quality” flash start to show up bit-by-bit.
More on that below. The SB910 was good while it worked… But just like other “disposable electronics”, it went bad after the warranty period and went straight downhill.