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Nissin i60A looks interesting

Olympus announced its successor for the much-loved FL-50R, the FL-900R at Photokina but I also got to see an alternative that may well give the FL-900R a run for its money, the Nissin i60A. I've written it up over at my new-look DPNow.com site:

http://dpnow.com/compact-power-nissins-i60a-flash/

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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

Interesting indeed. I attended one of the Damian McGillicuddy sessions and he was using non Olympus flash units.

They may have been Nissin or Yongnue.

Did you get to see any Yongnue kit ?
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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

Any indication on cost for this? the FL 900R is looking high
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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

Thanks Ian. It's nice to a have a choice then.

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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

I see that WEX are selling the Panasonic 580LE for less than half price now (199). This is just about as powerful as the new i60, although a bit bigger and heavier. Has anyone tried one on an E-M1? Would it be too unbalanced? If not it seems a very good deal at the moment...
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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

I haven't checked but I don't think the Panasonic units are remote-controllable.

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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

My first thought was that the Panasonic 580LE flash was the same as the FL50R, but the specs looks to be reasonably attractive (as listed on B&H).

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Compatible with Panasonic TTL
Guide Number: 190' at ISO 100 and 100mm
Zoom Range: 12-100mm (7mm with Panel)
Tilts from -7 to 90
Rotates Left & Right 180
Wireless Master/Slave TTL Functionality
LED Light with 100 lux Output at 3.3'
Recycle Time: 1.7-2.7 Seconds
High-Speed Sync
Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

[QUOTE=Ian;394573]FL-50R, the FL-900R at Photokina but I also got to see an alternative that may well give the FL-900R a run for its money, the Nissin i60A. I've written it up over at my new-look DPNow.com site:

http://dpnow.com/compact-power-nissins-i60a-flash/

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Looks interesting. Searching around I can't find any mention of weather proofing. Do you know if it is rain proof as that is a real attraction of the new 900R for me?
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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

This part of the FL900R interests me though (although my FL50R does multiple frames at low power).

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The FL-900R has the highest sequential shooting tracking performance in its class[1] at 10 fps[2]. Charging circuits optimised for NiMH batteries reduce charging time to approximately 2.5 seconds. The firing range has also been expanded to low intensity levels for enhanced tracking performance during high-speed sequential shooting.

1. When using a clip-on flash with a guide number of 50 or higher powered by four AA batteries. Based on Olympus research as of September 2016.
2. When using the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (currently under development), at a flash ratio of 1/32.
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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

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Now I have checked I may be wrong

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You're probably thinking of the original Panasonic FL360 which didn't have the optical remote control feature, but the current FL360L and FL580L both have full optical remote control working to the Olympus/Panasonic system. (The FL360L appears to be a clone of the Olympus FL600R, but sold at a cheaper price, while the FL580L is a larger version.)

The FL580L at WEX is listed here http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-p...&utm_source=aw
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Re: Nissin i60A looks interesting

The Nissin i60A looks interesting and like they claim, its low profile design makes it far less unwieldly when used on top of the smaller MFT cameras. I own the i40 and it combines superbly with the Pen F.

The only problem with the i40 is that it does not have a true Auto mode ie where the flash has its own light sensor that can be chosen over TTL. I do a lot of photography at Indian functions including weddings where the Auto function yields better results than TTL because of the nature of the gathering crowds. I am presuming the additional 'A' on the i60A means that the new flash has a true Auto mode.

Olympus flashes have always been poor in the Auto mode. My FL600R, which I use with the OMD EM5II, has a sensor and so an auto more but it does not work very well. I doubt if the new FL900R is very much better in that aspect.

I have an old Metz MZ-4i that has an really excellent Auto sensor and a good GN54. It is big and beefy but I use it off camera on a Kaiser flash bracket and yields superb results.
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