MF18 Macro Flash
www.kenro.co.uk/brands/nissin 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.