Nikon SB-600 speedlight RIP

After the release of the SB-700 this is not really a surprise, but now it is official - the Nikon SB-600 speedlight is now discontinued at B&H:

and on the official Nikon Japan website:

A [NR] reader just mentioned to me that this is actually the last flash model that supports older TTL film cameras (the Nikon F6 has iTTL so it can use modern flash like the SB700/900). This will make the Nikon FM 10 which is still in Nikon's product offering incompatible with all current Nikon speedlights.

Update: I guess some of you did not know that besides the F6, the Nikon FM-10 film SLR camera is still a current model (it sells for $300).

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  • TCtechjunky


    • texasjoe

      The 600 is a great backup to my 900 and a great slave. I wouldn’t mind getting like 5 more 600’s to go wireless.

  • The Man from Mandrem

    Damn! I just bought one a month ago. It’s an awesome Flash. So sad it’s gone. I have to bury mine in the backyard and pay $100 more for a new one now, if I understand the tradition.

    • MadDog!

      If you read any of the posts on this site you will need to fit into one of two camps. (I am sure someone will correct this) You either must have the latest gear and constantly salivate over what is even rumoured about and throw away the old models in place of the new ones at the first hint of release. This is due to the fact that your photography is below standard and will only be improved with a trade in of your 200-400 for a 200-500 (your dreaming if you think it is an update to the 80-400), your 85mm 1.4D is what is holding you back and improvement will only come once you get the AF-S, maybe your 70-200 VR is your problem so you absolutely must have the VRII, or you are certain that a few extra MP will be your answer. On the other hand you are a member of the other camp and have a weekly laugh at the comments of the first camp. I have been using Nikon gear for ages and could never justify the many thousands of $’s I would lose to switch to Canon nor losing a grand by upgrading one of my daily used lenses like my 85mm 1.4D when it wears out i’ll replace it. From your sarcasm it is clear that you also are from the latter camp. Keep up the humour all.

      • Gen

        your dreaming my dreaming who cares?

  • asdasd

    RIP you will not be missed, you crappy POS with no mechanical on/off switch and no bounce card and no PC port.

    • Steve

      PC sync Port? Does anyone use those any more? I would like a poll on that one.

      The SB-800 didn’t have a mechanical on/off switch. Is that speedlight a piece o’ s. too?

      Bounce card? meh. Velcro and 3×5 card.

      IMHO the sb-600 was a very fine and serviceable flash.

      How many flashes are simple enough to be user repairable?

      • MadDog!

        Too right! I still use a lot of older gear and have plenty of time for my SB-26

      • Eric Duminil

        The SB600 is no POS, but I sure wish it had a PC sync cable for strobist purposes.

      • big eater

        You need the PC sync for PocketWizards and other off-camera triggers.

  • preston

    I just noticed that my SB-700 case says SS-700 on the front. What’s up with that? I haven’t seen it referenced as that anywhere else. I guess I’ll have to return it for a new one 😉

    • tiger1969

      SS-700 stands for the flash case designation, not the flash itself. It’s the same for my SB-28 (case SS-28) and SB-27 (case SS-27)… 😉

      • preston

        Thanks, I didn’t think of that. I’m not used to getting Nikon products with their own case (this is my first flash).

        • chuck

          I always wondered this with my lowly sb-400 case.

  • The end to a great flash 😮
    Where’s invisible man/woman/children?

    • zzddrr

      They are invisible 🙂

      • You’re right! I didn’t think of that 😮

  • Awww, that’s too bad. I like my SB600 despite a few small downpoints. Will probably look at getting the 700 next if anything, much quicker mounted flash.

  • mshi

    Nikon FM10 is NOT made by Nikon. In fact, it’s made for Nikon by by Cosina on their CT-1 chassis.

    • So the Nikon’s that have Sony sensors aren’t Nikon either??

      If its badged, sold and supported by Nikon, it’s Nikon..

      • Grumpy Smurf

        It was discontinued last year, regardless.

        The SB-600 was the only speedlight still being sold which supported film-era TTL.

        The F6 does i-TTL as well.

      • bo130

        There’s a difference between a camera body that has had a ground-up design process implimented by a company (Nikon), with perhaps a part or two that has been outsourced, versus a camera body that another entity entirely designed (Cosina), and has just had a different name silkscreened on it. I have heard that another camera company has their badge on it as well.

        With that said, yes, the FM-10 is a Cosnia designed and manufactured camera body, with a Nikon name silkscreened onto it. Does Nikon support it? Yes (if you can call it “support”, I doubt it is very high on their radar screens these day) Is it a Nikon designed product? No.

  • suprchunk

    “This will make the Nikon FM 10 which is still in Nikon’s product offering incompatible with all current Nikon speedlights.

    Update: I guess some of you did not know that besides the F6, the Nikon FM-10 film SLR camera is still a current model”

    The reason being; the FM-10 is not manufactured by Nikon (Cosina does that for them). The F6 is the only film camera actually manufactured by Nikon, the FM-10 just carries the Nikon badge. That might be the reason for the discrepancy.

  • tiger1969

    [NR] admin: “This will make the Nikon FM 10 which is still in Nikon’s product offering incompatible with all current Nikon speedlights.”
    False – by the fact that both SB -900 and SB-700 have all-manual and non-ttl-auto modes and that FM-10 has central pin hotshoe only (no additional wires) so it’s not capable of any ttl metering mode, it’s compatible with both mentioned speedlights.
    Here is the picture of FM-10’s hotshoe:

  • Dennis

    Then what is gonna fulfill the gap between SB400 and SB700 since there is a price difference of $200?!!

    • Theo

      A new flash…

  • its been 3 years since i bough my first sb-600 and even though doesn’t recycle as fast as my sb-900, still does a decent job for the amateur that wants something better than the basic sb-400 and don’t want to pay $450 for a sb-900

    i think we will see something new in a year or two to fill the gap between the 400 and 700

  • The invisible wife

    Hi !

  • chuck

    I would love picking up a bunch of these as slaves…

    • PAG

      That sounds SO politically incorrect…

      • chuck

        I hear they’re cheapest in West Africa…

  • Joe

    I have a few 600’s – love em for secondary flashes or use with wireless triggers as primaries. Good reliable flash for the price… As previously mentioned, now that they are being discontinued the bang for the buck factor most likely will go: “bang”…

  • D700guy

    I primarily use mono lights now. But I cut my teeth with the SB600 and SB800.
    The 600 has been a workhorse, and I have always been able to rely on it when called upon. Those two strobes have been wonderful. I cant say the same thing for the SB900 (a unit costing twice as much) which overheats, chews up batteries, and self destructs.
    I sure hope the SB700 isnt as much of a POS as its big brother is.

    • iamlucky13

      I might have been getting a spun story, but wasn’t the overheating problem with the SB-900 simply that it wouldn’t let you genuinely overheat it to the point of damage, whereas older flashes would except that they couldn’t recycle fast enough to unless you used high voltage battery packs.

      • distanted

        I went from happily snapping away with my SB600 to click, click…ALARM…wait…click…click ALARM…when I bought into the SB900. With great power comes great cooling off periods.

  • I love my SB-600, it work with i-TTL and d-TTL. I can use it on my DSLR and F100.

  • fordstr

    Oh goodie, maybe I can snag 1 or 2 of them on the cheap now. An excellent flash all around, I plan on using my current 600 for several more years at least.

  • Joe bodego

    It was a good flash, they would be on ebay for $100 in a few months. Any serious photo person would see the value of this great flash being discontinued. It would now become a decent second flash that holds it’s own. I have a 900 and always take my 600 as a backup, complete with batteries and all ready to go.

  • I’m still mourning the loss of the SB-800 and the $350 ebay price tag that it’s given the used ones. THAT was the best flash Nikon has ever made and I still feel like the SB-900 was $450 worth of salt poured into the wound when it was discontinued.

    *Moment of silence for the SB-800*

    • anon99

      Agree, the SB-800 is indeed an excellent one, I should’ve bought one before it was discontinued…

      Wasn’t aware of the film TTL incompatibility on the 700/900 until I read this entry. Very, very disappointing so to speak. Already I’ve heard complaints that the 900 is too big and that many people are hanging to their 800s, due to size, amongst other reasons. So film-based TTL compatibility is another one.

      So, is incorporating traditional film-based TTL a real hassle for Nikon? (Can this compatibility be added back via firmware update, or via hardware upgrade?) What about those film shooters who are still hanging with their F5s, F100s etc. but that their older flashguns are all dead? Does that mean they have to upgrade to F6s?? Nikon shouldn’t forcibly push people into going digital-only by gradually scraping film-based hardware support (already they’ve discontinued their scanners), and by doing so, it is selfish, inconsiderate behavior. Shame on Nikon. (BTW, does Canon do such thing to their 580EX/IIs??)

      • D700guy

        I think I can answer that;
        I occasionally shoot with an F6, and when employing strobes I use pocket wizard transceivers, one on the camera and another on the flash. When the flash is a monolight, SB600, SB900…whatever, the unit will fire. Just set the camera to manual flash, dial the transceivers to the same channel and you are good to go. The only other thing necessary would be a light meter to determine the exact aperture.

  • SO glad I got a pair of these (cheap!) to go with my SB-800 for CLS work.

  • It seems like all my gear is slowly dying at retail these days!

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