Mecablitz 15 MS-1
Kaiser’s ring light (left) is certainly small, but by ditching a commander unit, the one-piece MS-1 is even more convenient, at just 35mm thick and 213g when loaded with a pair of AAA batteries. There’s enough juice to fuel a max power of GN15, though, and the diminutive design manages to incorporate adjustable light reflectors, a simple but effective LCD control panel, and variable power distribution between each bulb.
However, without a hotshoemounted commander, the MS-1 relies on your camera’s pop-up flash to transmit TTL metering signals, which some entry-level Nikon DSLRs aren’t capable of. Fortunately the flash can also be triggered by a sync cable or a basic pop-up flash, but only with manual power adjustment. And if triggering with your pop-up flash, you’ll need to cover it with the included IR filter to keep its light off your subject.
Metz bundles the MS-1 with a sync cable, diffuser panel, and lens adaptors in 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm and 72mm sizes. www.intro2020.co.uk/metz