Chinese lighting manufacturer NiceFoto have announced the RQ-400 and RQ-600 TTL and HSS enabled, all in one Lithium-ion powered portable strobes.
NiceFoto where originally in the process of developing the first of their portable studio strobes to feature Remote Manual Power Control, in the much anticipated TR-600 model. Though the TR series have now been replaced by the more advanced TTL and HSS enabled RQ series strobes instead.
The RQ-400 and RQ-600 are now expected to be available from around the end of July (2015), and compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLR systems.
NiceFoto flash units are fast and convenient, fully cordless portable IGBT strobes, with removable Lithium-Ion battery packs which clip neatly into the top of the flash.
And with 2.4GHz radio transceiver conveniently built inside the flash as well.
The RQ-600’s new camera hotshoe mounted TTL and HSS enabled radio transmitter unit resembles the Canon ST-E3-RT design and interface (though not directly compatible with the Canon RT radio system).
And the RQ-600 can also be fully remote controlled through a free smartphone APP.
NICEFOTO RQ-600 FEATURES
- Fully Cordless – Built-in Lithium-ion Battery
- Built-in 2.4GHz Radio Transceiver
- TTL, Manual, Multi Modes
- HSS 1/8000s – at any power level (1/128 – 1/1)
- 1st and 2nd Curtain Sync
- FP Mode for fast durations – 1/15000s ~ 1/11000s
- Free Smartphone APP
- Backlit LCD Display
- Bowens S-Type Mount
- Strong Alloy Casing
- Combined Swivel Mount and Handle
- Long Life Hyman Flash Tube
|POWER OUTPUT :||400ws||600ws|
|LI-ION BATTERY :||14.8v – 6600mAh|
|FLASH TIMES :||800 Times||560 Times|
|RECYCLE :||0.1 – 3.5s||0.1 – 5s|
|CHARGE TIME :||6 hours|
|POWER RANGE :||8 f-stops (1/128 – 1/1) Manual & Remote Adjustment|
|MAX SYNC :||1/8000s|
|POWER SOURCE :||Interchangeable & Memoryless Battery (14.8v)|
|PROTECTION :||Auto Overheat Protection|
|TRIGGERING :||100m range, 2.4GHz, 1/8000s Remote Control|
|MODELLING :||LED 5W|
|BUZZING :||Yes (ON/OFF)|
|COLOR TEMP :||5500K ± 200K|
|PACKAGE :||61 x 43 x 65cm, Personal Aluminum Case|
NiceFoto are also releasing a 2.4GHz TTL Radio Speedlight System (and regular readers may notice the similarities with another recent Chinese brand).
As well as some interesting products like the Speedlight Partner, which are a speedlite battery pack and base stand, with TTL or Manual radio receiver built inside as well.
Its not clear which, or if any of these TTL sytems will be compatible with the RQ-600’s radio system though (or each other). So this something I have explained to NiceFoto will be important to try and clarify.
The Nicefoto Speedlight Partners are a speedlite base stand with Lithium-ion battery pack and 2.4GHz radio receiver built inside. And there are TTL and Manual versions available.
Although being one of the first manufactures in the world to develop all in one portable Lithium-ion flash units, and being well established tried and tested for a number of years in the Chinese domestic market, NiceFoto strobes have not really ventured too far into international markets.
With the high demand for Remote Manual, TTL, and HSS enabled portable strobes though, the TR-600 may well be the flash which is about to change that.
The TR-600 may be one of the main players slugging it out against other Chinese TTL strobes like Phottix Indra 500, CononMk K4T Leopard, and Remote Manual / High Shutter speed enabled strobes like the Jinbei HD600 II / FlashPoint Rovelight, and smaller Godox AD360 Witstro.
The TR-600 will likely be the only all in one TTL enabled strobe (with integrated battery pack), currently available from a Chinese manufacture though. The considerably higher priced Swedish Profoto B1 being the main alternative.
(Or the German made Priolite MBX 500 currently providing High Shutter Speeds only, no TTL as yet).
So the TR-600 are likely to be a significant development for NiceFoto, and for the many photographers waiting on a strobe with these features and relatively affordable price level.
The NiceFoto QR-600, new TTL Radio Speedlite system, and Speedlite Partners, are being shown in the NiceFoto stand (PD-12) at the Photo & Imaging Shanghai 2015 trade show from 2 – 5 July 2015.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The NiceFoto RQ-400 and RQ-600 strobes are expected to be available around the end of July 2015.
There will be Canon and Nikon compatible versions available (possibly just the transmitter unit which varies).
Specific pricing has not been stated as yet.
NiceFoto – Website.