Nikon adds Speedlight SB-300 flashgun to its arsenal


Nikon has added an entry-level Speedlight to its external flash lineup. The company says the SB-300 can ‘fit comfortably in a shirt pocket’ and weighs 120g (4.2oz) with its two AAA batteries installed. It has a guide number of 18 meters and can tilt upwards by as much as 120 degrees. The SB-300 covers 18mm with a DX-format camera, and 27mm with FX-format. You’ll be able to pick one up for yourself later this month for around $150.

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Versatile New DX-format Zoom Lens and Compact Speedlight Help Photographers to Creatively Capture with Clarity and Precision

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 6, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRlens and the compact SB-300 Speedlight, both versatile and exciting tools to help capture amazing images and HD video. Ideal for shooting everything from portraits to landscapes, the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR presents a great zoom lens option for DX-format D-SLR users. Sporting Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, users will be able to capture sharp handheld photos and videos in a variety of shooting scenarios. The SB-300 provides a compact and easy-to-use adjustable Speedlight option for photographers who want to explore creative lighting at an affordable price point.

“Nikon’s system accessories are designed to let the user capture their memories in vibrant detail and tell compelling stories through imagery and HD video,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “While the new 18-140mm lens presents a versatile and powerful lens option for DX-format shooters, the SB-300 Speedlight introduces the benefits of flash photography to a wide range of users, specifically those who use either Advanced Performance COOLPIX or D-SLR cameras.”

The 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: A Versatile Zoom Lens for DX-Format Shooters
A valuable and practical asset for everyday photographers and enthusiasts, Nikon’s newest lens features a 7.8x zoom range that helps capture beautiful images and HD video from a variety of focal lengths. Whether shooting portraits, landscapes, travel or architecture, the 18-140mm offering delivers astounding image quality when shooting wide-angle or far-away telephoto. Equipped with VR image stabilization, the lens also features four stops* of VR image stabilization, helping to ensure sharp photos and video even in low-light situations or while handheld.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is built upon core NIKKOR technologies designed to render photos and HD video with the utmost clarity and color reproduction. Constructed with one ED glass element and one aspheric lens element, the 18-140mm lens sports a seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and a Silent Wave Motor (SVM) that provides quiet and precise AF operation. Additionally, photographers can operate the lens using one of two focus modes, M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual) for complete control.

The SB-300: Illuminate Creative Possibilities
The SB-300 Speedlight is small enough to fit comfortably into a shirt pocket yet it is built for the user looking to take flash photography to the next level. Providing more power and coverage than a built-in flash, the versatile and portable SB-300is a simple and valuable lighting accessory compatible with both Nikon D-SLR and Advanced Performance COOLPIX cameras. This new Speedlight covers a wide-angle 18mm in DX-format and operates via simple on-camera controls, making it easy for beginner photographers to use light to their advantage.

The SB-300 tilts up 120 degrees, allowing for the use of creative bounce flash to soften shadows and diffuse the flash, resulting in more flattering portraits and even exposures.  For additional convenience, the firmware is upgradable through supporting D-SLRs, and this Speedlight is powered by two AAA batteries. Additionally, the SB-300features thermal cut-out protection to prevent overheating when capturing rapid flash images in succession.

Price and Availability
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRlens will be available in late August 2013 for suggested retail price (SRP) of $599.95**. The SB-300 will also be available in late August 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $149.95**. For more information on NIKKOR lenses and accessories as well as other Nikon products, please visit

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when DX-format compatible lenses are attached to a DX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
**SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

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Why pay more for this over SB-400? It has slower recycle time, less power, not much smaller than already small SB-400 and use AAA, which is nuisance when AA are used for other speedlights.


It’s cute! Should I get one … though I already have the Metz 44 AF-1 for my D700


It is the SB-N7!!! Aaarrggghhh. Curses!!


No swivel, not interesting.


He, he, he, Nikon changed the SB-N7 hot shoe to force users to buy 2 of the same flash, (1 for the Nikon 1-series + 1 for the D-SLR’s) Incompatability = Profits


That is so true!!


Given what mugs most of the target market are (ie: us) this is simply like shooting the proverbial fish in the proverbial barrel.

Zoran K

Isn’t this new Speedlight same model as Speedlight SB-N7 (Nikon 1) ?


It would have been if Nikon 1 had the normal Nikon hot-shoe, hehe


Hey, can we send it to Sigma for hot shoe swap? Oh, wait, never mind …


compared to the older SB-400 flash this new SB-300 is:
one once lighter (well that’s something, I guess)
9 feet less powerful Guide Number
one second slower to recycle

oh, it does pivot up an extra 30 degrees..the older SB-400 only did 90 degrees


It looks interesting just in that it’s small, for when I’m trying to cut down weight compared to an SB-600 but still want to have a decent fill flash available. The SB-400 never worked for me for that – it was too short and would cause shadows with lens hoods on moderately wide lenses. If this is easily pocket-able and can work @16mm with a lens hood, it might be worth the few bucks just to have available.

Chaitanya S

how does this differ from SB-200? It doesn’t even have wireless triggering. Boring release.


Well it is not as underpowered, and eats refillable batteries, and does mount on the hot-shoe. But this is meant mainly for Coolpix users I guess.
I’d prefer a SB-500 that’d be just like SB-400 plus swivel, manual controls, and CLS.


Umm,, title is wrong,,, Nikon flashes are ‘speedlights’ ,, not ‘Speedlites’

Jeff Keller

Fixed, thank you.


I think I’ll wait. Not long from now, Nikon will release a SB-310 due to the thermal cut-out protection being too aggressive 😉

Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul

Thermal cut-out can turn off any time (And it have thermal indicator while you turn Thermal cut-out off), I turn off it in 10 second after received my first SB-900. Why you don’t know how to turn it off???


Can’t overheat, there are not enough batteries inside 🙂


Now if nikon will come up with an adapter for their nikon 1 camera v1 and V2, accessory port … I will really be happy and at least i can use my other existing small nikon flashes..


useless, why bother?


Awesomeness. Bounce flash is so underutilized and when you hold the camera vertically and bounce the light off a wall you can get beautiful portraits. It’s great when Nikon comes out with a great product in spite of themselves.


SB-400 already does this. For Less.

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