Nissin i40

Fed up with the fee­ble power of built-in flash? Check out this com­pact but pow­er­ful al­ter­na­tive

NPhoto - - Test Team -

The i40 is Nissin’s lat­est hot­shoe flash, but don’t let its small size de­ceive you. With a large guide num­ber (GN40 – 105mm – at ISO100) en­sur­ing plenty of power, this hot­shoe flash is go­ing to have wide ap­peal among pho­tog­ra­phers want­ing a light­weight and com­pact flash for every­day use.

The main body of the unit is only just larger than the four AA bat­ter­ies it is built to con­tain, with no­table fea­tures such as a video lamp grac­ing the front and two di­als po­si­tioned on the back. Un­like most flash units cur­rently on the mar­ket, the Nissin i40 has no LCD screen (which is no bad thing), so mode and flash com­pen­sa­tion ad­just­ments are made di­rectly through these di­als.

The head is equally com­pact; ro­tat­ing through a full 0 to 180 de­grees in both direc­tions, which is un­usual; when it comes to tilt it can be an­gled up­wards at 90 de­grees, giv­ing plenty of flex­i­bil­ity when di­rect­ing the light. There’s a built-in bounce card and dif­fuser that slot into the head, and a clip-on soft­box and stand are in­cluded in the sup­plied soft case.

In use the i40 per­forms well, with the di­rect ac­cess to flash com­pen­sa­tion mak­ing power ad­just­ment quick and in­tu­itive, es­pe­cially when us­ing the flash on a Nikon D600 in TTL mode. Switch­ing the flash to wire­less and set­ting the cam­era to Com­man­der mode gives you di­rect con­trol over the its power – this gives you the same con­trol over the i40 as you’d ex­pect to get with one of Nikon’s own flash units.

The i40’s small size, di­rect ac­cess con­trols and com­plete com­pat­i­bil­ity with the Nikon’s na­tive flash sys­tem make it an ex­cel­lent hot­shoe flash op­tion. The price is a lit­tle steep, but re­ally for fea­tures, qual­ity and size there is lit­tle not to like.

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