NISSIN – AIR 1 Commander & Di700A Flash Announced

Nissin Air 1

 

Japanese flash manufacturer Nissin have announced their first radio based flash system, in the new Air 1 Commander, and Di700A Speedlight with 2.4GHz Air radio receiver built inside.

The Air 1 and Di700A will be available from March, in Canon and Nikon versions, with a Sony version to follow later in the year.

The new Air radio system supports TTL, Remote Manual, HSS to 1/8000th, Second Curtain Sync, and Remote Flash Zoom, with 3 individual flash groups provided.

 

Nissin Air

 

An LED (rather than LCD) display makes the transmitter (and flash) interface very clean and simple.

Though adjustments are limited to just 0.5 EV graduations in TTL, and full stops when using Remote Manual Power Control (which can be quite limiting with off camera flash use).

 

The Air 1 Commander and Di700A Speedlight are part of Nissin’s new NAS (Nissin Air System).

And the NAS system will be expanded further with a separate receiver unit for non-NAS enabled flashes to be available later in the year.

 

Nissin Air 1

 

 

NISSIN AIR 1 COMMANDER

 

Nissin Air 1

 

FEATURES –

 

  • Select Dial with a Simple User Interface
  • TTL Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV (0.5 EV Increments)
  • 8 steps of Manual Output (1/128 – 1/1, in Full Stop Increments)
  • Manual Zoom Coverage 24 – 200mm
  • High Speed Sync
  • 1st and 2nd Curtain Synchronization
  • 3 Groups
  • 8 Channels
  • Individual ID’s
  • AF assist light
  • Quick Lock Foot

 

The Nissin Air 1 Commander provides a very simple interface for control of 3 flash groups in TTL or Manual Mode. As well as Remote Flash Head Zoom Settings.

TTL adjustments provide +/- 2EV in 0.5 EV increments.

While Remote Manual Setting are from 1/128 to 1/1, in full stop increments.

It does not appear that TTL and Remote Manual Groups can mixed at the same time, though individual groups can at least be turned off as needed.

 

Nissin Air 1

 

The Air 1 Commander also provides an auto focus assist light which is a very welcome feature –

 

Nissin Air 1

 

AIR 1 SPECIFICATIONS

 

Type For Canon / Nikon and Sony Digital SLR cameras
Wireless system Radio category
Radio specification 2.4GHz ISM band (Obtaining technical standards conformity certification)
Communication Di700A (must be paired first)
Channels 8 channels (channel setting in Air 1)
Groups A, B, C (3 Groups) (Group control, and a specific group can stop transmitting)
Power supply AAA – two (sold separately)
Function Modes TTL, Manual, and Manual Zoom
Flash interval The fastest 10 times / sec.
Number of emission About 3,000 times (when using alkaline batteries)
Usable range Up to about 30m (depends on the usage environment)
Mode of operation [TTL] i-TTL (for Nikon) / E-TTL II / E-TTL (for Canon)
[manual]
Zoom adjustment (24/35/50/70/85/105/135 / 200mm)
Flash exposure comp. [TTL] -2.0 ~ + 2.0 ,1/2EV step [manual] 1 ~ 1/128 (8 steps) Each group can be adjusted independently or synchronized
 Flash exposure control 1st- Curtain synchronization, 2nd- Curtain synchronization, Highspeed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (only available on Nikon Model), FE / FV Lock (set on camera)
AF light range 0.7 ~ 5m
Operation panel LED color panel and select dial
Accessories Soft Case
High Speed Sync To 1/8000 sec
Size About 65 (L) x 60 (W) x 50 (H) mm
Mass About 55g I (excluding batteries)

 

 

NISSIN Di700A SPEEDLIGHT

 

Nissin Di700A

 

FEATURES –

 

  • GN 54m (ISO 100 / 200mm), 48m (IS 100 / 105mm)
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Flash Mode – ETTL /M
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC – 0.5 EV Increments (±2 stops)
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 output control (full stop increments)
  • 20-200mm Auto and Manual Flash Zoom
  • NAS 2,4GHz Radio Receiver Built-in
  • A/B/C Groups
  • Individual ID’s
  • TTL Optic Wireless Slave Mode
  • Basic Optic Save Mode S1, S2
  • Stylish Design and Simple Operation
  • Flash Zoom 24-200mm
  • Flash Head Rotating Lock Release Button
  • Standard & 3.5mm PC Sync Terminal
  • Quick-Loading Battery Magazine
  • HV Battery Port
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates

 

The new Nissin Di700A are virtually the same flash as Nissin’s currently available Di700, just with 2.4GHz Air radio receiver now conveniently built inside.

The Di700 and Di700A provide an unusual feature set. Fitting in somewhere in between the top end and second tier flash offerings from Canon and Nikon etc, who for example do not provide an external HV battery port in anything but their top end flash models.

The Di700A provides a very similar, and simple LED interface and adjustments corresponding with the new Air 1 Commander.

 

Nissin Di700A

 

Di700A SPECIFICATIONS

 

Type For Canon Nikon and Sony Digital SLR cameras
Guide number 54 (ISO100 / M – 200 mm)
48 (ISO 100 / M -105 mm)
28 (ISO 100 / M -35mm)
Focal length 24 – 200mm (16mm when using build-in wide panel)
Power supply AA – four (sold separately)
Battery storage system Quick loading system (BM-02)
Recycle Time 0.1 seconds to 4 seconds
Number of Flashes 200 to 1,500 times (when using internal battery)
Flash Duration 1/800 to 1 / 30,000
Color temperature About 5,600K
Mode [Full auto / TTL] i-TTL (for Nikon) / E-TTL II / E-TTL (for Canon)
[manual]
Wireless 2.4GHz Wireless TTL Slave: radio transmission (NAS specifications).
Optical Wireless TTL Slave (only corresponding to brand of camera systems) (*2)
Optical slave mode (*3) (SD / SF mode)
Flash exposure comp. -2 to +2 EV in increments of 1/2 EV
Bounce position The upper 90 ° · downward 7 ° · left 180 ° · right 180 °, with front position locking mechanism
Flash exposure control FE / FV lock, rear curtain sync, high-speed sync corresponding
red-eye reduction mode, slow synchro mode corresponding (for Nikon only)
AF-assist range 0.7 – 6m/ 2.3 – 19.7 feet
Operation panel LED Color panel, select dial
External ports External power source socket, standard and 3.5mm PC sync terminal
Radio specification 2.4GHz ISM band (Obtaining technical standards conformity certification)
Accessories Soft case, stand with tripod screw hole
Size About 140 (H) x 75 (W) x 115 (D) mm
Mass About 380g I (excluding batteries)

 

(*1) Not compatible with Nissin Battery Magazine BM-01
(*2) Not correspond to the wireless optical TTL master. Can be set as A/B/C group
(*3) SD: Pre-flash, SF:Flash Signal by Air 1

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABIITY

 

The Nissin Air 1 Commander and Di700A Speedlight will be available from March 2015 in Canon and Nikon versions, with a Sony version to follow later in the year.

The Air 1 Commander has a suggested retail price of $75, while the Di700A will be $238.

A discounted pre-order kit containing a Flash and Commander will also be available for $258.

 

The new Nissin NAS system will be displayed at the CP+2015 trade show in Tokyo from 12th to 15th February 2015.

 

Nissin – Website

 

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9 Comments
  1. Tony M 3 years ago

    It’s nice to see Nissin finally coming out to play.
    This looks to be a viable system for people wanting a proven quality product.
    Nissin have proven themselves over the years with well built products and great performance.
    Their air system should prove to be a good alternative to Phottix and Yongnuo.

  2. Jacques 3 years ago

    Once again, no pass-thru hotshoe on the transmitter. Jeez, guys…

  3. Peter A 3 years ago

    Nissin is still a *mystery meat* mfg in the US for lots of folks. They seem to be trying to get things together with lots of support features like their compatibility charts. I still don’t see people buying them on Amazon. They brought out one of the best new technologies with the *machine gun* MG8000 several years ago. But it was priced at a premium. I’ve got to wonder if this TTL trigger coupled with a built-in rcvr in a MG8000 MkII would be a good seller. While the MG8000 is expensive on purchase price you can use only one at full power, where most flashes used in softboxes need *multi* flashes.

    I keep rooting for Nissin but so far don’t own any of their units. Some day??? 🙂

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Peter,

      Nissin are definitely not a mystery meat manufacturer. They have been around for a long time making quality gear in Japan. Though I get the feeling they are likely more of a Chinese based company these days.

      I agree the the MG8000 is one of the most underrated products, and it would be great if they went straight for a more serious TTL trigger solution for those.

      Its really a bit of a worry they have gone with the current transmitter, because the lack of fine adjustments in manual will have anyone half serious looking past these. They are obviously trying to make them simple to appeal to the amateur market, but lack of 1/3rd adjustments is really a problem with the manual side of things.

      • Tony M 3 years ago

        …They are obviously trying to make them simple to appeal to the amateur market, but lack of 1/3rd adjustments is really a problem with the manual side of things.

        I’m pretty sure that’s where they’re placing their chips, which sort of makes sense. And, a lot of people have pretty basic needs. Everything from the interface to the functionality (reminds me of my old Vivitar) looks geared to the lowest common denominator. Whether or not this pays off has yet to be seen, but I doubt they’re abandoning the professional market just yet. This almost reminds me of something like the Cisco Valet routers, a literal plug-n-play setup.

        I’m guessing (or hoping) this is just the opening salvo of an entirely new and revamped line.

  4. Andoz 3 years ago

    currently i use the phottix system but im super excited about the nissin … i recently bought the nissin ring flash and the build quality difference between the nissin mf 18 and the photix mitros + is huge . i really prefer the nissin build quality and will gradually shift to nissin provided they add more to the radio family … however i wish the new di700 a had a master control mode perhaps they should release a radio version of the di866 mk2 i love the 2 lights on a single flash and wish more manufactures incorporated it really works great for neck shadows in portraits

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Andoz,

      Keep in mind the Mitros and Mitros+ were Phottix’s first ever flash unit. After seeing the design and build quality of the Indra I’ve got no doubt they will be back bigger and better with a Mitros II eventually.

      Hopefully Nissin do produce some more serious options though because they do make nice gear.

  5. moses 2 years ago

    I would be very happy with a Nissin i40A. So compact travelling system with Air commander.

  6. Piotr 2 years ago

    di700a AF assisting does not work with Sony A 6000 !!!!

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