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Nikon Speedlight SB-5000 Radio Control Flashgun


  • Fitting: Nikon i-TTL

Product code: NSB (018208950140)

(93 reviews)

Nikon Speedlight SB-5000 Radio Control Flashgun


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Product Details

  • Nikon’s First Speedlight to incorporate Radio Control
  • World’s first to boast an onboard cooling system
  • FX-format zoom range of 24-200mm (14 mm with built-in wide panel),
  • Guide number of 34.5 (ISO100 m),
  • Three illumination patterns.
  • The flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90°, and rotates 180° horizontally to the left and right.

Light it right with the SB-5000—our first radio-controlled Speedlight.

Fast, reliable, and versatile, the SB-5000 offers unparalleled lighting performance in the field and the studio. Radio signals allow working distances of 30 m and enable complex on- and off-camera setups: now you can work in any environment in which the line of sight is obstructed or an optical signal might be weakened by bright sunlight. The new onboard cooling system allows more than 100 rapid-fire shots to be captured with the flash operating at full power. And for photographers who can’t lose a moment when the story breaks, the light, compact SB-5000 features uncluttered controls for intuitive operation.

Professional Speedlight for unparalleled lighting performance

Engineered to meet the demands of professionals in the field or in the studio, the SB-5000 is an i-TTL Speedlight compatible with FX and DX-format D-SLRs. This Speedlight operates as a hot shoe mounted flash unit, wireless commander or remote unit and is part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System. This is the first Nikon Speedlight to offer wireless radio control, which removes the need for a direct line of sight between the master and the slave and increases reliability when shooting in bright sunlight. For rapid-fire situations, Nikon’s new built-in cooling system increases the number of consecutive firings and eliminates unnecessary cut offs. Other features include a guide number of 34.5, and a wide FX-format zoom range of 24-200mm (14mm with wide panel). Streamlined controls and menus ensure smooth operation while the compact, lightweight design provide comfortable on-camera use. Three illumination patterns offer total control over flash coverage for specific shooting environments. The built-in wide panel and bounce card, plus the supplied diffuser dome, combine with Nikon’s optional colour filters to extend your creative options further.

Control in demanding situations: radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting

Built to conquer difficult shooting situations, the SB-5000 fully supports the new radio-control function in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. Now you can fire single or multiple flashgun setups using the SB-5000 and the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller. The SB-5000’s ability to respond flexibly to remote lighting challenges lets you create and control almost any flash setup, including complex multiple arrangements. When partnered with the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller, up to six groupings of SB-5000 units are supported. Optical control is also fully supported, which means legacy Speedlights can still be used for multiple flash setups.

The professional Speedlight that stays cool, shot after shot after shot

From the red carpet to the runway, the SB-5000 is engineered to stay cool under pressure. In order to handle rapid-fire situations, the SB-5000 incorporates Nikon’s new Speedlight cooling system—a world* first in onboard temperature control for clip-on compact units. Fast and reliable, it achieves an extraordinary 120 shots at 5-second intervals, or 84 shots at 3-second intervals. More than 100 consecutive shots can be captured with the flash operating at full power. The system suppresses heat generation within the flash head to prevent it from overheating: thermal protection has never been better.

Seamless integration with Nikon's acclaimed Creative Lighting System

At the heart of the SB-5000 is Nikon’s i-TTL (intelligent Through-The-Lens) flash control, which enables Nikon Speedlights to share critical exposure information with CLS compatible D-SLRs. The SB-5000 can be radio controlled as part of an Advanced Wireless Lighting setup or controlled traditionally using line-of-sight optical control. Operational refinements include unified flash control, which adds an extra level of system control. Now you can operate the SB-5000 or change its settings from the camera menu, or a computer running Camera Control Pro 2, when the unit is attached to the camera body.

Compact build, uncluttered control

Lighter than its predecessor and more intuitive to operate, the SB-5000 has been redesigned with convenience in mind. You’ll notice the difference as soon as you fit the SB-5000 to your camera, or pack it in your travel bag: the compact flash body weighs in at just 420 g. The uncluttered control panel allows for a large and easily legible information display. The rotary multi-selector and the ‘i’ button give quick access to commonly used or personalised functions: for instance, the ‘i’ button instantly displays key flash settings for single flash photography or Advanced Wireless Lighting as a list. As with its predecessor, the SB-5000’s flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90°, and rotates 180° horizontally to the left and right.

Product Reviews

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This is an outstanding flash. Its menu system is well thought out and it has a lot of power. It has the new radio triggering capability. I have a Nikon D500 which is one of the Nikon cameras that can work with the wireless radio triggering system.


I like these a lot. I have 3 of them so far and looking to buy at least 2 more. (It's why I'm on here right now actually...) These things have all the power you could really need in a speedlight, a great quality of light as well. Lots of options built in. Overheating is a non-issue.

B&H Photo

I purchased 2 SB5000 units to use with wirelessly with Nikon D850 and the required Nikon WR-R10 and WR-A10. The flashes synched immediately and are easily controlled using the on-camera controls. Much better than my old system of remote control via PocketWizard equipment.

B&H Photo

This is an excellent flash with all the features youll ever need. I use probably 1/6 of the features but I believe in buying the best and growing into things when it comes to cameras and accessories. On a personal note I only buy Nikon. I keep my equipment for many years and I take care of it.


I have a 810, and I've learned that this camera isn't compatible with the whole radio system they are selling this thing on. Additionally, the "backup" pocket wizard plusx's aren't compatible, either.


The ability to wirelessly control multiple flash units using radio signal is a huge advantage

B&H Photo

What an upgrade from my SB-600. When photographing awards ceremonies from 85+ feet back (back of room), the SB-600 didnt have the capability to adequately light the stage area. In CW mode of the SB-5000, both the dais and stage were perfectly lit, no hot spots and the edge shadow roll-off was more...


Works well and the cooling fan functions as described. I haven't tried the wireless feature

B&H Photo

I have been a Nikon shooter since the early 90s. Before that I shot Canon in my film days. I am very happy with the SB 5000. I have owned many Nikon flash is starting with the SB 800, SB 900, and SB 910. The SB 5000 is a great improvement over there past speed lights.


Fast recicle, great power, great continuous shooting.

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This agile Nikon Speedlight is the first to incorporate radio control, and the world’s first compact flash unit to boast an onboard cooling system

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