Meriden, NH—The Nissin Group introduced their new MF18 macro flash, which it says features “the highest levels of creative and professional performance. This unique ring flash unit provides outstanding functions with an expandable flash head and macro lens mount adaptors from 49 to 82mm, with an extraordinary guide number of 16 (ISO 100).” Nissin is distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Minox USA.
The MF18 employs two flash tubes that can be controlled independently as side A and side B to give users lighting ratio control. Four LED modeling lamps are built in for focus assist, and a user-friendly auto color display, with My TTL custom setting, automatically rotates from horizontal to vertical as the flash is rotated. The six-icon interface represents each of the six operation modes: auto, TTL, wireless, manual, fine macro and settings.
Designed to support Canon E-TTL and Nikon iTTL systems, its power ratio can be adjusted from 1/1 down to 1/1024 power in the fine macro mode. And the MF18 provides wireless TTL by adding slave flashes to achieve performance in macro shooting.
The basic package includes lens mount adapters of 52, 58, 62, 67, 72 and 77mm, with three additional options available—49, 55 and 82mm. The ring flash has an illumination coverage of 80° vertical and 80° horizontal and is powered by four AA alkaline/NiMH/lithium batteries.
The Nissin MF18 is firmware upgradeable via its built-in USB port and can be used with the optional Nissin PS300 power pack for faster recycling times and longer battery life. $439. minox.com