Nikon Speedlight SB-500 to be announced at Photokina?

Nikon may announce the Speedlight SB-500, a successor to the entry-level SB-400 flash, at the Photokina trade show next month.

Nikon Speedlight SB-400

Nikon may announce the Speedlight SB-500, a successor to the entry-level SB-400 flash, at the Photokina trade show next month. A search on Nikon’s global web site shows that the SB-500 was at one time listed on the page for the SU-4 Wireless Remote. Assuming it is not just a typo, this could be evidence of a new flash coming soon.

Nikon SB-500 search listing on Nikon.com

Via NikonRumors

With SB-400 having been discontinued and a new bottom-of-the-line flashgun, the AAA-powered SB-300, now available, there is room in Nikon’s line-up for a beginner-friendly flash with a reasonable amount of power and some control beyond ‘on’ and ‘off’. If they follow Canon’s lead, then Nikon could bring out a basic unit with built-in wireless slave functionality, so photographers don’t have to buy a Speedlight SB-700 every time they want to use AWL. They could even build in an LED, like the LD-1000:

Nikon LD-1000 LED

What do you think? Is Nikon’s flash lineup missing something? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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