MF18 Macro Flash

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£279/$439 Nissin’s con­tender stands out with its clever head de­sign that can ex­pand by 14mm to ac­com­mo­date lens di­am­e­ters up to 82mm with­out vi­gnetting – though the six mount­ing plates in­cluded top out at 77mm. Other fea­tures in­clude a Fine Macro mode, in which the left and right flash tubes can be in­di­vid­u­ally ad­justed from 1/128 to 1/1024 power in su­per-pre­cise 1/6 EV steps (com­pared to 1/3 EV from full power to 1/64 power). A guide num­ber of 16 pro­vides plenty of poke for por­traits or macro pho­tog­ra­phy.

Chang­ing modes is easy with the colour LCD on the con­trol unit, and the sim­ple in­ter­face also makes light work of con­fig­ur­ing the wire­less TTL mas­ter and slave op­tions.

Per­for­mance doesn’t dis­ap­point, with the MF18 of­fer­ing lovely soft light and fast re­cy­cle times. Colour tem­per­a­ture is a whisker warmer than with the other flashes on test, and the con­trol unit is quite bulky, but if you can live with these mi­nor draw­backs, it’s ex­cel­lent value for money.

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