On face value many may take little more than a cursory glance at the details following this announcement.

That is understandable as the updated flagship Speedlight for Nikon users, is still remarkably similar to the original, and may appear ‘unexciting’.

But if I put on my ‘working hat’ for a moment, that’s the point, it is just a tweak or two. Most seasoned pro’s are happy with that.

No major change in operation means a better seamless integration with any existing SB-900’s, without a new learning curve, but also without having too wait even longer for a completely new model.

And not needing a radical overhaul, it should put those users minds at rest that the current product is pretty sound overall.

A better interface is nice, and the small changes like slightly more accessible buttons look very practical in day-to-day use, especially if you need to work rapidly, or under low light situations.

That said, I think for me even slightly deeper button would have been preferable, as I would prefer a little more contact pressure.

I remember about twenty years ago while working for Nikon, suggesting such things as being better low light controls, with illuminated button options or paint that ‘glowed’..

The now far simpler access to the Speedlight’s custom settings, will encourage more users to set up their gun to suit, than with the SB-900/Ok button design. I wonder though if it is going to get knocked in real use changing the expected display? Time will tell.

The ‘improved’ sensing of temperature and potential overheating will be welcomed, and probably follows the SB-700‘s design which is different to the original SB-900.

Likewise, the harder supplied plastic gels are a step forward.

Great power and stacks of features, while the SB-910 is not cheap, it still seems good value for money too me if you are a heavy user.

But if none of the above ‘improvements’ are significant to your flash use, then the SB-900 will do just fine.

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Of course I will be integrating this model into the official Nikon Speedlight workshops, alongside the SB-900, SB-700, SB-800, SB-600 and earlier Speedlights, that I run on behalf of the company.

End. (30/11/11).