Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight flash now in stock

Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight
The new Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight flash is now in stock at Amazon and Focus Camera (B&H and Adorama should get them in stock soon as well).

The SB-500 manual can be downloaded here.

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  • usa

    Curious, Anyone know why Amazon gets Nikon gear first?

    • Probably because they work 24 hours a day and are much quicker to update their systems?

      • Patrick O’Connor

        I thought it was to not p*ss off their employees. Can you imagine a tribe of Amazonians showing up with their blow guns loaded with poison darts? It’s not bad enough that you’re going to die but your last thought would be, ‘I’m going to be killed by frogs!?’ 🙂

        • Max

          I would be honored to die by an Amazon woman’s spear.

          • Patrick O’Connor

            I’d rather stab her with mine. 😉

  • Piooof

    Am I the only one to find $600 for a flash ridiculously expensive? A radio-controlled high-power chinese flash costs a tenth of that. Quality may cost twice the price, but not an order of magnitude.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Probably not. It won’t be long before you get up votes from fanboy fagz, et. al. 😉
      There’ll probably be a long thread based on your comment!

      • Eric Calabros

        Which you started

        • Patrick O’Connor

          You’re welcome. 🙂

    • LeFred

      Sb900 and sb910 release price was huge too. Stabilized price was much lower.
      I guess the sb5000 will not cost a lot more than sb910. The only question is how much time will it take to stabilize ?

    • fanboy fagz

      ive since sold all 4 of my nikon flashes. I use 6 shanny sn600n flashes and 3 560III – used with 622n slaves. and that 30m range for the SB5000 is a big limit. and no, youre not the only one who thinks its ridiculous. I beat on mine like crazy. SB900 bulb was replaced twice already. no more nikon flashes for me,

      • And the thread has been picked up like patric has hinted…..

    • Paul H.

      It’s almost like Nikon is unaware of their competition (or they’re counting on their buyers to be). Crazy…

      • fanboy fagz

        nice. like theyre in their own world.


        they must not have internet to check how much aftermarket flashes cost and what they offer.

        same can be said regarding their grips.

  • Nick

    The D5 is simply amazing. It’s all the adjectives it should be and makes you want to use for letter words!

  • Justtakethepicture

    I welcome radio triggering, but it still uses AA batteries?

    I’d like to see a decent, hotshoe mounted controller for this radio system too.

    • Nick

      +1000! it will come, it shall be called the SU-5000 so they can sell SB-5000s to everyone that doesn’t own a 5 or 500

    • I very much wish there were a removable single battery for these. On the other hand, the AA batteries work fine. It’s just a pain using four speedlights on a shoot and having to recharge 16-18 batteries at a time. I have banks of rechargers with LEDs but those wear down fast.

      I really want to be able to use the radio controls with my D4S. I’m hoping Nikon answers that obvious call.

  • bgbs

    I still love my SB800’s with the SU800.

    • Nick

      Ever try your 800 with the pocket wizard TT set up? That’s a thousand times better and offers more flexibility.

    • Photobug

      Solid, reliable, consistently correct, and they sell like crazy used on eBay. Just sold a friends last Sunday and was surprised with the high price it sold for. Great flash.

      • fanboy fagz

        actually from the SB700/800/900 I had, they sold the slowest. and they were in mint condition.

    • fanboy fagz

      they are excellent flashes! I had 2 of them. sold them both because they cant work as on camera flashes with 622n slaves. they are nikons strongest flashes till now. beating sb900/10 and if you add the 5th battery recycling is very quick. but its crazy to use such an expensive lens (relative to the afetrmarket) as an off camera flash. if it goes, heavy repair damages.

      today, flash is not something one needs to spend a lot of money on. the quality ,build, reliabvility performance is all there, and for very little money. I focus on lenses/bodies.

      thats a small amount of flashes I had. that was in the flash bag. but I have 4 more flashes in the camera bag. I am now nikon flash free.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        You should start a support group: Nikonians Anonymous! 🙂

        • fanboy fagz

          I used to be a payed member on nikonians. great forum then, not worth the admission though. nikonites is where its at. very nice folks there. they even accepted me..that says alot.

          • Patrick O’Connor

            I never heard of nikonites. I’ll check it out, but I know of at least one member of questionable character. 😉

            • fanboy fagz

              sign up and say hi in the “new” forum ill come say hi and send you a PM.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              As you noted before, I’m an old fart so I’m not sure what a “PM” is, but if it’ll help my photography…I’m in! 🙂

            • fanboy fagz

              thats ok cause im a fat mouthed “kid” haha. great forum. I donate 15 bucks a year. very nice folks there. like many places, people are very PC so they say nice things just to get a like. IOTH dont.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              🙂 From my first impression, they seem to be very nice. I tried to use you as a referrer but I guess you use a different name there. I’m not sure if I’ll stay or not since it seems very touchy-feely and I’m not exactly a “people person.”
              We’ll see.

            • fanboy fagz

              yes they all are so polite and have a gentle nature there. its not nikonrumors there HAHA btw, theres no fee

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Don’t take this the wrong way but, why would you be attracted to it then? I mean, I’m sure you’re a good guy in person but you tend to be a bit caustic at times. Do you reflect your environment?

  • Nikos Skartsilas

    Can someone please confirm that the new radio triggered system supports auto-iso wireless ?

  • SpecialMan

    I still regret selling my SB-28s. I still have my SB80DX, though which works very well as a secondary slave.

  • We finally got two of these about a week ago. They are a lot heavier than the SB-800 which sucks. At anything longer than 105mm zoom, you can definitely see a flashlight reflector pattern on surfaces if they are not diffused. I’m still playing with them to see if I can eliminate this via the settings. But they are much more solid feeling than the SB-800 including the locking battery door, the fan and the solid snap of the hot shoe lock. And I won’t miss the flimsy gels of the SB-800 as the clip on gels are much faster and better. IR range and issues are about the same as an SB-800.

  • Orange Elephant

    I raised a support query regarding the new SB-5000 flash & my D810. It seems that ONLY the D5 & D500 are supported.

    Thank you for your email.

    Unfortunately the radio AWL system is currently compatible with D5 and D500 cameras only.

    It is possible that compatibility will be extended to other
    camera models in the future, however at the moment we cannot promise

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you require any further information, feel free to contact us again.

    Kind Regards,



    Nikon Customer Support

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