Jinbei Caler MF-200 Speedlite – Bare Bulb with HSS – Released

Jinbei have released the MF-200 Speedlite, a redesigned and more powerful version of the current MF-100 Speedlite, this time with a HSS function.

Godox may have some competition on their hands, as the MF-200 is clearly aimed directly at the current AD180 Witstro 150Ws units.

The current MF-100 has a guide number of 60 meters at ISO 100, which in real terms equates to a fairly uninspiring light output lucky to match a regular speedlight.

The new MF-200 should be around double the power though (or a stop more light), with a guide number of 98 meters at ISO 100. Which is around what the Witstro AD180 produces.

 

Caler MF-200 Speedlite

The Caler MF-200 Speedlite now features a much more contemporary interface, and the whole flash is more of an original design than the MF-100, which copied most of the styling from Quantum’s Trio. And props to Jinbei for moving to an original design.

The big feature of the MF-200 is a HSS ability, for shutter speeds up to 1/8000th with Canon and Nikon cameras. Unlike the Witstro AD180 where the HSS function is only available off camera using a radio transmitter. Unlike the MF-100, the MF-200 do not have any built-in radio receiver. This also means remote power control through a radio transmitter is not possible like the Witstro units either.

Jinbei appear to be stating the MF-200 has an automatic AF Focus Assist light though, which would mean it would need to have Canon and Nikon specific TTL pins on the flash foot. In which case its highly possible HSS would be available when mounted directly on the camera hotshoe. This could set the MF-200 apart from the Witstro by providing a more functional on camera option.

 

Jinbei MF-200 Speedlite

 

The MF-200 does not have any TTL function, its manual only with power setting from 1/128 to Full in 1/3rd stops.

Recycle time for the MF-100 was a rather fast sub 1 second at full power. So the MF-200 could be around 1.3 seconds, similar to the Witstro AD180 (when using an optional 2 into 1 power cord).

The MF-200 Speedlite does not have any batteries inside, so power is via an MF-35 or MF-44 battery pack. Although it seems to get misquoted a lot, as far as I understand the MF-44 is supposed to be a Lithium-Ion pack, and not NiHM like the MF-35.

The MF-44 is 11V 4400mAh, providing around 1000 full power pops with the MF-200, so again similar to the Godox PB960 in capacity. These packs are also compatible with Canon-Nikon speedlights etc.

 

Jinbei MF-44

 

There is a big demand for bare bulb speedlights like the Witstro AD180 at the moment, the only thing that’s holding those back is the fairly high entry price for non professionals.

The cheapest I think you will find the Witstro AD180, they are still at the top end of what many regular strobists and enthusiast are prepared to pay (particularly for a few of them). UPDATE August 2014 – Prices have now finally reduced quite considerably.

So it will be very interesting to see how the MF-200 price pans out, as these may provide the in-between solution many people have been waiting for. The current MF-100 sells from around $370 with the MF-44 pack.

I wouldn’t expect the solid build quality of the Witstro, but for light use that may not be so critical. The MF-200 may even bring some more competitive pricing to the excellent Godox units.

The only details currently available on the MF-200 are on Alibaba listings.
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12 Comments
  1. Amir 4 years ago

    Does it have a built radio receiver? Looks like there is a radio control button on the flash.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Amir,

      Yes, the previous MF-100 had a 2,4GHz receiver built in as well. Though I never got to the bottom of what the transmitter is, or if it has remote manual power control.

      EDIT – Update, its now been confirmed that there is no receiver built into the MF-200 this time. Therefore no remote manual power control either.

      • Armin 4 years ago

        Amir. Not Armin 😉

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Oops sorry about that Amir, trying to write messages too fast.

  2. iTuner 4 years ago

    In my view, this is a very balanced product:
    Full HSS / high power / high recharge speed / built-in trigger / small size
    It remains to add TTL 🙂
    The build quality I have no doubt, despite the fact that it is now gone, many previously borrowed from other solutions.

    Now everything depends entirely on the dealers.

    • iTuner 4 years ago

      Price likely will indeed be lower than GODOX AD-180
      But this has nothing to do with quality.
      I would add that the earlier MF-100 can be recharged to full power in just 0.6 seconds
      And to do a series of 20 frames at a rate without any risk of malfunction.
      The real power like Godox is also likely overstated
      I think that the real power is approximately equal to 150-170W / s

  3. DMWard 4 years ago

    There are contradictory statements in the review. First its stated that the MF-200 is ETTL capable.Then later, just after the picture of the flash on a camera with the screen showing 1/8 power, it states that the MF-200 is NOT ETTL capable.

    Which?

    • iTuner 4 years ago

      likely MF-200 has no support TTL
      otherwise JINBEI HD600 would be the first mobile studio flash with support for TTL and not PROFOTO B1 🙂

      I think it is only some of the system functions of the camera

      Very soon the flash will sell in the domestic market in China and will have more information

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Thanks, this is not a review, just an overview of a new flash released.

      I mentioned the possibility of TTL pins on the flash foot, for AF assist and HSS, not TTL metering.

  4. Arthur 3 years ago

    can 622C trigger its HSS?

  5. Kim 3 years ago

    “The current MF-100 has a guide number of 60 meters at ISO 100, which in real terms equates to a fairly uninspiring light output lucky to match a regular speedlight.”

    I find this comment really confusing, since one of the most powerful speedlights in existence is the Nikon SB900 with a GUIDE number in meters of 40. And since Jinbei publish GM in meters, it would appear that this things is quite a bit more powerful. At 3m distance, the Nikon gives you f/13.3 while the Jinbei gives you f/20. It’s only a stop, but people pay a lot of money for an extra stop when softboxes and umbrellas suck so much light.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Kim,

      Its really hard to compare a bare bulb flash with a speedlite as they just produce a different style of light. But speedlites are extremely efficient with the small amount of light they actually produce. And even used with the right softbox they can come out ahead.

      I discussed that more in the Godox Witstro review here.

      If you’re quick you can still pick up an AD-180 kit with extras for $350 here. They are likely similar in power, but more refined in build quality and remote power control and HSS etc.

      The AD-360 are the ones that have a considerable kick over regular speedlites though.

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