Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight

MX61356 SB-5000 AF Speedlight
MX61356 SB-5000 AF Speedlight MX61356 SB-5000 AF Speedlight MX61356 SB-5000 AF Speedlight

Product Info

Expanding the Reach of Creative Lighting: 1 Flash at a Time


featureIntroducing Nikon's new flagship Speedlight, a flash designed to empower the most seasoned professionals and passionate enthusiasts.

The SB-5000 AF Speedlight takes Nikon's acclaimed Creative Lighting System with Advanced Wireless Lighting to the next level with both optical wireless control and new radio control. Place up to six groups of remote flashes out of view, behind obstacles, even in other rooms, up to 30m away.

Designed for fast shooting at weddings, commercial shoots or on the red carpet, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight also introduces the world's first hot-shoe mount flash cooling system for more than 100 consecutive shots at full output, all in a smaller design with streamlined operation.

Whether building a new lighting system or integrating with your existing system, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight opens new lighting possibilities.


  • Radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting that doesn't use line-of-sight
  • Flash cooling system provides more than 100 consecutive shots at full output
  • Streamlined access to your frequently used functions such as Flash Mode, Zoom Head Position and Flash Compensation Value
  • Fully compatible with all current optical control Speedlights

Light Without Limits


New radio controlled communication
The SB-5000 AF Speedlight introduces powerful radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) communication to Nikon's innovative Creative Lighting System for exciting lighting possibilities. When used with a compatible Nikon D5 or D500DLR with the optional WR-A10 (Wireless Remote Adapter) when attached to D5 and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (transceiver), you can control up to 6 groups (A/B/C/D/E/F) of SB-5000 AF Speedlight behind obstacles, around corners, in bright sunlight,even in different rooms—up to 98 feet away. Of course, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight also integrates seamlessly with Nikon's optical wireless Speedlights and DSLRs.

Nonstop Performance


World's first hot-shoe mount flash cooling system
For studio, wedding, event and action photographers, continuous shooting is the name of the game. The SB-5000 AF Speedlight can handle more than 100 consecutive firings at full output without overheating, thanks to an innovative built-in cooling system and a brilliant heat-shedding design. For TTL shooters, this means a new level of lighting control while capturing decisive moments. Great shots don't wait for a flash to be ready, and neither should you.

Reimagined Design


Smaller and Easier to Operate
Designed for photographers who rely on portable lighting, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight is smaller and easier to use. It has a smaller footprint and provides streamlined access to frequently used functions such as Flash Mode, Zoom Head Position and Flash Compensation Value. Like a DSLR camera, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight has an “Info” button for quick access to your favorite settings. For more fluid operation when using radio control, you can adjust settings right from the D5 and D500's menu.

Maximum Compatibility


Part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System
In addition to the new radio control with compatible cameras, you can use the SB-5000 AF Speedlight on-camera as a Master Flash to control other remote Speedlights (up to 3 Groups: A/B/C and 4 channels), or use it off-camera wirelessly as a remote flash controlled by either your camera's built-in flash (compatible cameras), another Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander. You can even mix optical wireless control (Groups A/B/C) with radio control (Groups D/E/F). For studio photographers, the SB-5000 AF Speedlight is equipped with Unified Flash Control and can be controlled from a personal computer using the optional Camera Control Pro 2 (Version 2.23 or later) software.


  • D3200
  • D3300
  • D4S
  • D5
  • D500
  • D5200
  • D5300
  • D5500
  • D610
  • D7100
  • D7200
  • D750
  • D810
  • D810A
  • DL 18-50 f / 1.8-2.8
  • DL 24-500 f / 2.8-5.6
  • DL 24-85 f / 1.8-2.8
  • Nikon Df


Commander Function Yes
Remote Function Yes
Guide Number 34.5 m / 113' (at 35 mm)
55 m / 180 ' (at 200 mm)
(FX format, standard illumination pattern) (at ISO 100)
Electronic Construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash Exposure Control i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with CLS compatible cameras
Lens Coverage 24 to 200mm lens, 14mm with wide panel (in FX format)
Minimum Recycling Time ~1.8 sec. with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries
~2.6 sec. with AA-size Alkaline (1.5Vdc) batteries
Illumination Pattern The light distribution angle is automatically adjusted to the camera's image area in both FX and DX formats:


Other Available Functions 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°.
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 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
Flash Duration 1/980 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
1/1,100 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
Custom Setting AF-Assist Illumination
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.
Ready Light Front
Wireless Flash Modes Master
Wireless Groups Radio controlled: Master + 6 groups
Optically controlled: Master + 3 groups
Other Function Improved Thermal Cut-out
Required Power Source 4x 1.5Vdc Alkaline AA-size Batteries
Optional Power Supplies SK-6 Power Bracket Unit,
SD-9 High-Performance Battery Pack
Minimum Recycling Time ~1.8 sec. with Ni-MH (2600 mAh) batteries
~2.6 sec. with AA-size Alkaline (1.5Vdc) batteries
Dimensions 73 x 137 x 103.5mm
Weight Without Batteries: 420g

Package Contents

  • SB-5000 AF Speedlight
  • AS-22 Speedlight Stand
  • SW-15H Nikon Diffusion Dome
  • SZ-4FL Fluorescent Filter
  • SS-5000 Soft Case
  • Accessory Pouch
  • SZ-4TN Incandescent Filter
  • User’s Manual