Nikon Speedlight SB-910 flash is now discontinued

Nikon-SB-910-Speedlight-flash
The Nikon Speedlight SB-910 flash is now officially listed as discontinued on Nikon's website.

Amazon still has the SB-910 in stock, B&H has it on backorder, while Adorama is no longer even listing it:

Nikon Speedlight SB-910 flash is discontinued
The new top of the line Nikon flash is now the SB-5000 Speedlight.

Here is a specs comparison between the SB-5000 and the SB-910:

Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight
Commander Function Yes Yes
Remote Function Yes Yes
Guide Number 34.5 m/113 ft. (at 35 mm) 55 m/180 ft. (at 200 mm) (FX format, standard illumination pattern) (at ISO 100) 34 m/111.5 ft. (at ISO 100, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F) to 48 m/157.5 ft. (at ISO 200, 35mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern, 20°C/68°F)
Electronic Construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash Exposure Control i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras Distance-priority manual flash
i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras
Manual Flash (with Nikon Creative Lighting System digital and 35mm SLR cameras)
Lens Coverage 24 to 200mm lens, 14mm with wide panel (in FX format) 8 to 11mm (DX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed)
12 to 17mm (FX-format, Automatic mode with built-in wide-angle panel deployed)
12 to 200mm (DX-format, Automatic mode)
17 to 200mm (FX-format, Automatic mode)
Illumination pattern The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats
Standard
Even
Center-weighted
The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats
Standard
Even
Center-weighted
Other Available Functions Test Firing
Monitor Pre-flashes
AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF
Modeling illuminator
Test Firing
Monitor Pre-flashes
AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF
Modeling illuminator
Bounce Function (Tilt) Flash head tilts down to -7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90° Flash head tilts down to -7° or up to 90° with click-stops at -7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°.
Bounce Function (Rotate) Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180° Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Minimum Recycling Time 1.8 sec. (approx.) with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries
2.6 sec. (approx.) with AA-size Alkaline (1.5V) batteries
2.3 sec. (approx.) with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries
3.0 sec. (approx.) with Oxyride™ (1.5V) batteries
4.0 sec. (approx.) with Alkaline-manganese (1.5V) batteries
4.5 sec. (approx.) with Lithium (1.5V) batteries
Flash Duration 1/980 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
1/1,110 sec. at M 1/2 output
1/2,580 sec. at M 1/4 output
1/5,160 sec. at M 1/8 output
1/8,890 sec. at M 1/16 output
1/13,470 sec. at M 1/32 output
1/18,820 sec. at M 1/64 output
1/24,250 sec. at M 1/128 output
1/30,820 sec.at M 1/256 output
1/880 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
1/1100 sec. at M 1/2 output
1/2550 sec. at M 1/4 output
1/5000 sec. at M 1/8 output
1/10000 sec. at M 1/16 output
1/20000 sec. at M 1/32 output
1/35700 sec. at M 1/64 output
1/38500 sec. at M 1/128 output
Required Power Source Four 1.5 V alkaline AA-size batteries Four 1.2V Ni-MH (AA-size) batteries
Four 1.5V Alkaline-manganese (AA-size) batteries
Four 1.5V Lithium (AA-size) batteries
Optional Power Supply SK-6 Power Bracket Unit, SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack SK-6 Power Bracket Unit, SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
SD-8A High-Performance Battery Pack
Flash-ready Indicator Rear and Front lights blink: Insufficient light for correct exposure (in i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL Auto flash, or Distance-priority manual flash operations).
Rear lights up and Front blinks: recycled and ready to fire.
Rear and Front lights blink: Insufficient light for correct exposure (in i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL Auto flash, or Distance-priority manual flash operations).
Rear lights up and Front blinks: recycled and ready to fire.
Ready Light Front
Back
Front
Flash Compensation –3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in i-TTL auto flash, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL auto flash and Distance-priority manual flash modes –3.0 EV to +3.0 EV in increments of 1/3 steps in i-TTL auto flash, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL auto flash and Distance-priority manual flash modes
Custom Setting AF-Assist Illumination AF-Assist Illumination
Modeling Illuminator
Monitor pre-flashes
Test firing
Minimum Number of Flashes / Recycling Time 150/2.6-30 sec. (1.5V AA Alkaline-manganese)
190/1.8-30 sec or more (1.2V AA rechargeable Ni-MH batteries)
110/4.0 – 30 sec. (1.5V Alkaline-manganese)
165/2.3–30 sec. (Ni-MH (eneloop))
190/2.3–30 sec. (2600mAh Ni-MH)
230/4.5–120 sec. (1.5V Lithium)
Wireless Flash Modes Master
Remote
Master
Master (RPT)
Off
Remote
SU-4
Wireless Communication Channels -- Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4Channels
Wireless Groups Radio controlled: Master + 6 groups
Optically controlled: Master + 3 groups
Three: A, B and C
Other Functions Improved Thermal Cut-out Firmware update
ISO sensitivity setting
Key lock
Recalling the underexposure value in the TTL auto flash mode
Resetting the settings
Improved Thermal Cut-out
Dimensions 73 x 137 x 103.5 mm (Approx.) 3.1 x 5.7 x 4.4 in. (78.5 x 145 x 113 mm) (Approx.)
Weight (Approx. without batteries) 14.9 oz. (420 g) 14.8 oz. (420 g)
 Price  $596.95 around $540
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  • Richard Harding

    So glad I have a sb 910, I don’t see enough of an improvement to want to upgrade. I shoot with the d800 and D810, and have invested in programing synergy between flash and camera to automate shoots, saving time on setup and adjustments .

    • Novak

      And that price… ouch!

  • Proto

    SB5000 is a good buy – as new flash system or if not invested heavily in pocket wizard triggers

    • fanboy fagz

      No its a ripoff. Poxket wiArd wont hold more than 2 years

      • Patrick O’Connor

        I’m pretty sure that wasn’t his point.

    • Nick

      Yeah but PW TT’s don’t work with the D5. How long will we have to wait for an update?

      • Proto

        dang! maybe since D5 is in pre-order state, PW does not have one to re-engineer their software yet

        PW better work with d900 when it comes out…. (skipping D5)

  • T.I.M

    good, hope sale prices will show up soon.

  • saywhatuwill

    Sigh. Less than a year after I purchase my SB910 it’s already discontinued. It’s the story of my life with the upgrades that come relatively soon after I purchase something.

    • “Already”? It was first announced November 2011 !

      • T.I.M

        announced in 2011 ? the SB910 or SB900 ?

        • SB 910 in 2011. SB 900 was 2008.

      • saywhatuwill

        Announced in 2011. Purchased in 2015. Yes already. It was replacing a stolen SB900 that was purchased in 2009.

        • Justtakethepicture

          You bought a product that had already been on the market for 4 years and you’re sad it got replaced a year later? smh

          • saywhatuwill

            I wasn’t planning on them updating it so soon. Doesn’t matter.

    • T.I.M

      Think about it, when you’ll get married you will use the same woman for at least 20 years, no upgrades possible (well there is but it’s expensive and make it worse)

      • Ritvar Krum

        that is why you get a backup gear… and you can always ret a “latest and gratest” gear for few days and then return to your old crap

      • Richard Harding

        I will take a mature product that is battle tested, than a new toy/gimmick. My prediction SB 920 on it’s way !

      • Boaz Parson

        “use the same woman”? Is your wife a thing to use? Wow! You are an amazingly despicable master of your own selfish universe!

    • T.I.M

      or you can do what I did, marry an Asian girl, they stay fresh many years and do not even need upgrades !

      • TheInfinityPoint

        …until they hit 50 haha.

        • saywhatuwill

          Then they start looking like Yoda. Get your backpack ready to carry them around.

          • T.I.M

            LOL !
            I was talking about my wife and you’re describing my mother in law !

      • Boaz Parson

        Your posting becomes offensive and more or less obnoxious towards women, especially Asian women!

  • So no more SU-4 mode on the new flash? If so, that’s lame…

    And also, can you still make the flashes communicate optically? Or the SB5000 are exclusive on radio only?

    • pedantic_brit

      According to the specs above it can do either. What is unclear is whether you can control some groups optically and others by radio. I suspect the answer is that you have to choose one or the other but can anyone answer this?

      • scott800

        I contacted Nikon because we were about to replace our entire lighting system with SB-5000s. The radio feature does not work on any cameras but the D5 and D500, even if you are using SB-5000 as commander on hot shoe; the ‘radio’ transmission option does not show up on flash lcd screen without one of the new camera bodies. maybe they will come out with a firmware update for older cameras (d810, d750, etc). until then, i can’t imagine this system will be very useful for most of us.

        • Studiorene

          It seems the SB-5000 only has the radio receiver on board, not the transmitter. Transmission is done by the WR-R10 on a D5 or D500. I hope Nikon will make a new SU-800 (SU-5000) controller soon so more people can use the radio controlled system. As it is right now it’s indeed not very useful.

          • Orange Elephant

            I was told by my dealer that the SB-5000 does work with the D810 + WR-R10 kit if flashed to firmware v3.

            • Orange Elephant

              Update, now confirmed by Nikon that the SB-5000 will not work wirelessly with any camera apart from the D5 & D500.

      • scott800

        on one of the new bodies (d5,d500) you can control both optical and radio flashes from the same mode but optical flashes must be in first three groups. On any other nikon body, the flashes only work as optical transmitters (sigh)

  • Photobug

    My SB800 works like a charm and the SB5000 looks like quite a tool with all the special triggers. Local dealer unpacked one to use as a demo unit and it was DOA. It happens, not saying anything wrong with the SB5000 just he found one. Got to look into this one.

    • fanboy fagz

      Whaaa… Nikon qc issue.. No. U lie.

      • Photobug

        It’s the truth, they got their inventory of the SB5000 and he opened one for display to show customers, loaded new batteries and it did not work. The 2nd one was fine. Hopefully this is one of those 1% issues and NOT a QC issue. I would not worry about one DOA unit.

        • spocky77

          Maybe he just put the batteries in the wrong way with the first one? 😉

    • T.I.M

      do you know in witch country the SB5000 is made ?

      • Photobug

        I don’t know which country makes the SB5000.

        • Sorin Aruștei

          It’s made in China

          • MitchelJohn

            pretty sure all of Nikon’s flagship models are made in Japan

            • Sorin Aruștei

              It seems that not all flagship models are made in Japan 🙂

  • scott800

    Radio function of the SB-5000 only works on d5 and d500 even if you have an sb5000 on in hotshoe as a commander, so unless you have one of the brand new cameras, the best feature of this flash is unusable. I thought this was crazy but confirmed with Nikon directly.

  • JXVo

    The specs basically make it near identical except for the radio remote capability on newer bodies. Looks like a horizontal move rather than an upgrade.

    Glad I found a SB910 at an old price in a local store a few months back.

    • merops

      “The specs basically make it near identical except for the radio remote capability on newer bodies. Looks like a horizontal move rather than an upgrade.”
      Yes! What did the Romans ever do for us?!

    • ITN

      It has active cooling so it can be used at full output repeatedly without fear of overheating. Also no one will want to use optical CLS control of remotes once reliable and fully featured radio control is available without lots of add-on components and extra batteries to charge and manage. Thus the shift to SB-5000’s will be relatively quick.

  • neversink

    Have three SB 910 and some 900… I choose to lug these, if and when I need light on location, rather than the old Dyanlite packs with six heads, which are great but are not dyna-heavy!

  • MRomine

    Can we all say 3rd party gear? Waaaaaaay over priced. Plus I can only take advantage of the RC system if I’m shooting with a D5 or D500, no thanks.

  • Munchma Quchi

    SB910s rule

    • Richard Harding

      Yep better stock up !

  • spocky77

    I heard that the AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF was better on the SB-910. The SB-5000 only has 2, the 910 has 3 units (behind the red plastic on their front side) which may have something to do with it.??

  • spocky77

    The Guide Number (power rating) of each the Nikon Flashes (@ 35mm 100 ISO, metres) is: SB-600 = 30, SB-700 = 28, SB-800 = 38, SB-900 = 40, SB-910 = 34, NEW SB-500 = 34.5.

    The sb-800 still out-powers the SB-5000.

    You can see why the SB-910 doesn’t get as hot as the SB-900….15% less output.

  • AlphaT

    I’ll grab one for a good price, if I can find one.

  • spocky77

    The Guide Number (power rating) of each the Nikon Flashes (@ 35mm 100
    ISO, metres) is: SB-600 = 30, SB-700 = 28, SB-800 = 38, SB-900 = 40,
    SB-910 = 34, NEW SB-5000 = 34.5.

    The SB-800 (from ~2003) still out-powers the SB-5000.You can see why the SB-910 doesn’t get as hot as the SB-900….15% less output.
    Then
    of course, turning OFF the SB-900’s thermal protection in the flashes’
    menu means you can shoot merrily away as if it was, well,……..a
    similarly ‘thermally unprotected’ SB-800.

  • PhilK

    The maximum wide-angle coverage of 12mm for FX makes me wonder… and fantasize… 😀

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