What is the difference between a Speedlight and a Speedlite?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Speedlight and a Speedlite?

Trivial camera question right?

When I heard the question, I had to know.

Before I heard the question, I didn’t even know there was a difference.

Like in high school, when I had to sound out the word light for my English class… L I T E, right?  Or is it R I T E

Now that I know the difference between Speedlight and Speedlite, it’s something to stump photographer buddies with at the bar while sharing our latest portfolio images on iPads and betting beers on the right answer.

So, what is the difference between a Speedlight and a Speedlite you ask? 

  • Speedlight is a Nikon trademark term for its portable DSLR Flash systems
  • Speedlite is a Canon trademark term for its portable DSLR Flash systems

Who knew?

Japanese companies’ yen for marketing (and now sometimes spell check) trump my English grammar teacher’s red marker.

Aint that rite y’all?

For listing of Nikon Speedlight PDF Manual Download Links, click here.


 

 

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