Nikon

R1 Close-Up Speed­light Re­mote

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£429/$459

Rather than us­ing a one-piece ring flash, this kit comes with a pair of SB-R200 flash­guns that clip onto a mount, which in turn at­taches to your lens via in­cluded adap­tors in sizes from 52mm to 77mm.

The mod­u­lar de­sign lets you pre­cisely po­si­tion each flash to fire at the per­fect an­gle, and there’s the op­tion to add ex­tra flash units. The cre­ative cus­tomiza­tion con­tin­ues with some in­cluded coloured gels, and clip-on dif­fusers, which im­prove light soft­ness when shoot­ing ex­treme close-ups.

But with so many sep­a­rate el­e­ments, set-up can be slow. Other an­noy­ances in­clude the rel­a­tively pricey and un­com­mon CR123 bat­ter­ies that power each flash, and we found the light qual­ity to be a tad harsh with­out the dif­fusers fit­ted, though colour ren­der­ing is ex­cel­lent. You’ll also need to be sure your Nikon’s pop-up flash has a com­man­der mode to trig­ger the SB-R200s. If not, there’s al­ways Nikon’s uber­ex­pen­sive R1C1 kit, with its SU-800 com­man­der unit. www.nikon.com

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