The net is buzzing with talk of an SB-700, a new Nikon Speedlight to replace the venerable little SB-600. NikonRumors has noted reports of Staples and other retailers removing or deactivating their listings for the SB-600. Even more solid in my book, Thom Hogan has predicted the coming of the SB-700 in his 2010 predictions, and Thom has a long and reliable history of having a nose for these things.
General consensus seems to be that the SB-700 will be “SB-900-like” in it’s appearance and interface, but smaller with similar capabilities to the SB-600. Makes sense. The SB-600 has been around for a wee while now, and it’s big brother, the SB-800 has already been replaced by the SB-900.
If the SB-700 follows the trend of the SB-900, we can probably also look forward to a little more power than the SB-600 currently has, and more power is always a welcome addition to a Speedlight. What won’t be as welcome is a bump in price. Let’s hope Nikon doesn’t sneak in a price hike when they introduce the SB-700. On the other hand, if you’re like me and love having a few SB-600′s on hand to use as remotes, it may just be the perfect time to pick-up a few more SB-600′s when they go on clearance sale just before the SB-700 arrives.