Nikon has announced a new Speedlight on the heels of the D5 and D5000 – the SB-5000 Speedlight and WT-6A Wireless Transmitter.
This is the first Speedlight in the Nikon lineup to use radio frequency instead of the usual infrared for communication to the camera. This means you greatly increase the range of locations and placements for off the camera placement – particularly when shooting complex scenes or landscapes that feature accent lighting. In fact, objects blocking the flash are of little concern. The direct line-of-sight range is 98 feet (30 meters).
A new i button provides a short-cut to commonly used settings.
The head of unit has a tilt range of -7° to 90°. It has a 180° rotation to the left or right.
When you pair this with the WR-R10 wireless transceiver and the D5 or D5000, this flash unit can control up to 6 groups of up to 18 Speedlights.
The unit also features an internal cooling system to prevent overheating issues. The specs indicate up to 120 continuous firings at 5 second intervals.
The Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight will be available in March 2016 for $599
The WT-6A wireless transmitter is a new high-speed transmitter for transferring photos, videos and slave controlling the camera from your computer. It operates at speeds up to 130MBps. It provides a range of 656 feet and can send photos via FTP. In HTTP mode, the transmitter can control the camera via Live View and start/stop video recording.
The WT-6A will start shipping in March 2016 for $750.