Meriden, NH—Nissin, a manufacturer of electronic flash units for half a century, announced a new concept flash—the compact Nissin i40 dial-operation flash. Pocket sized, it measures less than 3.5 inches high and weighs less than 8 ounces, yet features a video light function with nine steps of output level adjustment.
The i40 will be introduced at the Minox USA booth #1719 at the WPPI Expo in Las Vegas, March 3–5, 2014. Other Nissin flashes will be demonstrated by noted photographer David Guy Maynard, who will conduct live sessions of location portrait shooting techniques.
The new flash is designed with a simple operation panel and two selector dials to control function and power. The function dial shows the mode the unit is in; the power indicator lets users adjust the power based on the mode in use.
With its small size, the Nissin i40 is suitable for travel as well as for family and indoor/outdoor shooting. Providing features of a full-size flash, the i40 offers various professional functions: wireless TTL mode; HSS up to a 1/8,000-second shutter sync speed; flash output of GN 40 at 105mm; two optical slave modes to control wireless flash combinations; a zoom range that auto-adjusts from 24–105mm; and a metal hot shoe with a quick-release button for fast attachment. The unit is powered by four AA batteries, to reduce the frequency of changing the batteries and the recycling time
Additionally, the flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the right and left and tilts up 90°, which is suitable for close-up photography. It also helps make bounce shooting more effective, enabling more angles that can be used. The unit comes equipped with a built-in diffuser that gives a 16mm lens coverage. A soft box is also included for softening light output and reducing the shadows.
The Nissin i40 will support Canon E-TTL/ E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL, Sony ADI/ P-TTL and Four Thirds systems. Canon and Nikon units will be available in April; Sony and FT in June. $269. minox.com