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SB-600 Discontinued?

Jay Poel , Feb 17, 2011; 12:43 p.m.

Has anyone heard of the SB-600 being discontinued? I read it on another forum and was wondering if Shun has heard anything. I couldn't find anything here or on Nikon's website and the Google hits are from a year ago.

I was planning on getting another SB-600 or the new SB-700 but if there is a possibility of a newer speedlite coming out, maybe I will wait. I'm not in a rush for it, I just think it would be nice to have another off camera flash or one I can use as a commander (I know the SB-600 can't be a commander).


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Andrew Garrard , Feb 17, 2011; 12:51 p.m.

I've not heard anything, but noticed a couple of places are out of stock of the SB-600. I'd not be surprised if it goes, since there's some cross-over in market position with the SB-700. A shame the SB-700 is so (comparatively) expensive, though - it's half way to an SB-900. Of course, the SB-600 is the last flash which will meter properly with film Nikons (except the F6), so I don't know if they'll keep it for that reason.

Shun Cheung , Feb 17, 2011; 01:02 p.m.

The SB-600 is officially discontinued. I suppose the already announced SB-700 is its replacement, but the SB-700 is about $100 more and can serve as a CLS mater; the SB-600 cannot. See the following link on Nikon Japan's page about discontinued products: http://www.nikon-image.com/products/discontinue/others/#h305

Of course, as usual, nobody here knows about future products, and those who do know cannot discuss them. But given that the SB-700 already replaces the SB-600 and the SB-900 was introduced back in 2008, it is doubtful that Nikon will introduce another new flash at that level in the next 1 to 2, perhaps 3 years.

There may be some remaining SB-600 available new. If you want a new one, I would get that quickly.

Dan Brown , Feb 17, 2011; 01:05 p.m.

Doesn't the SB-900 support D-TTL and Matrix Fill Flash?

Shun Cheung , Feb 17, 2011; 01:07 p.m.

None of the current Nikon flashes supports D-TTL any more. Only the SB-800 and SB-600 support dual D-TTL and i-TTL; both are now discontinued.

Keep in mind that only 4 Nikon DSLRs require D-TTL: D1, D1X, D1H, and D100. The entire D2 family are dual compatible with i-TTL and D-TTL.

Andrew Garrard , Feb 17, 2011; 01:09 p.m.

FWIW, Nikon UK haven't got rid of the SB-600 from their web site yet (it's not yet in the discontinued section) - but then the same is true of the SB-800 and the D3000. In fact, I was in Nikon's UK HQ today picking up my D700, and there were a lot of D3000 brochures still there. IIRC, things seem to run out first in Japan, then in the UK, then in the US - how much of that is national stocks and how much of that is shipping the remaining items to one market for sales purposes, I don't know. That said, the 80-200 f/2.8 has been missing in the UK for years, but seems to stay current in the US.

Dan Brown , Feb 17, 2011; 01:19 p.m.

Thanks Shun. The SB-800 really did reach a zenith on compatibility. They hold their value very well on the used market.

For the record, the SB-400 only supports i-TTL, and makes a great little fill-flash to boot.

Jay Poel , Feb 17, 2011; 01:32 p.m.

Thanks Shun, I wasn't sure what the SB-700 was replacing but that makes sense with the SB-900 replacing the SB-800, the 700 had to be a replacement for the 600. I guess they were waiting until the last shipped from the warehouses before officially discontinuing it because the Canadian Nikon site still showed it as active. I guess I start saving for the 700 or jump on the 600 right now.

@ Dan - I have the SB-400 -great little flash for the size but I can't use it wirelessly or as a commander or to trigger my SB-600 since the SB-600 doesn't have a SU-4 mode. But it is a great flash because of it's size.

D.B. Cooper , Feb 17, 2011; 01:32 p.m.

FWIW, Nikon UK haven't got rid of the SB-600 from their web site yet (it's not yet in the discontinued section)...

It's also shown on the NikonUSA website. The D3000 is still up as well. Probably Nikon will keep them listed at the US site until all existing stock here is sold. Cavear emptor: Amazon sellers are price-gouging on the SB600, offering it for more than the current MSRP of $224.95; in one case more than a new SB700 costs!

Allan Armstrong , Feb 17, 2011; 02:03 p.m.

make me an offer on mine! :-) I'd love to upgrade to an SB-700

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