The new Nissin i40 compact TTL and HSS enabled flashes are now available from B&H Photo and Adorama in Canon and Nikon versions. Sony (MIS), Mirco 4/3, and Fujifilm Mirrorless System versions will eventually follow.
The new i40 are an incredibly compact flash designed for mirrorless and smaller DSLR cameras. Unlike most compact flashes the Nissin i40 provides nearly all the features of much larger full size top end flashes, including HSS and even a video light.
The main omissions really only being an external battery port, sync port, and built in wireless radio slave (full optic wireless slave is supported).
Nissin have managed to squeeze a very respectable guide number 40m (ISO 100, 105mm zoom), with full 4 AA batteries, allowing HSS (high speed sync), and a power zoom head from 24-105mm, with full 360 degree swivel and 90 degree tilt, all into and incredibly small package.
A side by side comparison with a regular full size flash illustrates the dramatic difference in overall size and height of the new i40.
And following the retro style of many recent mirrorless cameras, instead of an LCD screen the i40 has 2 simple dials for selection of operating mode, and manual power level or TTL exposure compensation (+ or – 2 stops).
9 levels of Manual power control can be selected for either the flash or video light. That’s in full stop increments, and all the way down to 1/256th power level.
Modes as seen on the left dial –
Video – Video light with 9 levels of power output
SF – Regular simple Optic Slave Mode (often called S1)
SD – Digital Optic Slave Mode – ignores TTL pre-flashes (often called S2)
M – Manual flash power level
A – Auto sensor flash metering
TTL – Through The Lens automating TTL metering
A-B-C – Optic Wireless Slave mode for Canon / Nikon etc optic wireless systems (channels 1-4).
Zoom length can also be set to Auto to follow the lense, or Manually selected via the ON / OFF button. The LED light color indicating the zoom length (or Auto) –
Like the larger flashes the i40 also provides a full 180 degree swivel in both directions, and 90 degree tilt, for bouncing.
A pop out catch light card, and 16mm wide angle diffuser are included. And even an omni directional diffuser cap is included –
Off Camera Flash –
Optic – For off camera flash users the i40 have a basic S1 & S2 optic slave, as well as an optic wireless slave mode for respective Canon and Nikon optic wireless systems. So the cameras pop up flash can be used to fire and control the i40 off camera in TTL or Manual. The full 3 A, B, & C groups are supported, as well as 4 channels.
Radio – Unfortunately although Nissin are ahead of the game with on-camera flashes like the i40, they have not delved into the world of off camera radio triggering at this stage. Nissin flashes are generally one of the more compatible flashes with off camera TTL radio triggers like the YongNuo YN-622, Phottix Odin, and PocketWizard Control TL systems. Though full compatibility with these systems is yet to be confirmed through user feedback etc.
For manual radio trigger use, most manual triggers should work. Though the coming FlashQ is also incredibly compact, and looking to be an ideal option for traveling (or just walking around) with the i40.
There is no sync port in the i40, or USB port, though future firmware updates can be performed by Nissin (possibly at a cost).
The Nissin i40 currently packs the most function and features into a very compact flash of this size. Although the Canon and Nikon version are available now, its owners of the popular mirrorless systems from Sony, Mirco 4/3, and Fujifilm that will really be eagerly awaiting the new i40.
Specifications - Click to Expand
|Type :||For Canon, Nikon, Sony DSLR System, 4/3 & Fujifilm mirrorless System|
(at ISO 100 in m) :
|40 (at 105mm zoom head position)
27 (at 35mm zoom head position)
|Focal length coverage :||24 – 105mm (16mm when using built -in wide panel)|
|Power Source :||Four size-AA batteries|
|Recycling Time :||0.1 ~ 4sec|
|Number of flashes (Approx.) :||220 ~ 1,700 flashes|
|LED video light lighting time (Approx.)||3.5hrs (full power batteries)|
|Flash duration :||1/800 ~ 1/20,000sec|
|Color Temperature :||5,600 K|
|Exposure control :||E-TTL II/ E-TTL (Canon) 、 iTTL (Nikon), PTTL (Sony),TTL (4/3), TTL Fujifilm|
|Wireless Mode :||Wireless TTL slave (*1), non-TTL Slave (SD, SF mode) (*2)|
|EV compensation on flash :||+/- 2EV in increments of 1/2 of EV|
|Bounce position :||Up: 0-90°，
Left: 0-180°，Right: 0-180°
|Flash exposure control :||1st & 2nd curtain synchronization, High speed synchronization, redeye reduction, slow synchronization (depend on camera), FE/ FV lock (set on camera)|
|AF-assist beam effective range :||0.7 – 5m|
|Operation panel :||2 Selector dials (Function dial and Power dial)|
|Manual mode power ratio :||1/256 ~ 1/1|
|Video light :||Built in video light with 9 steps of output level adjustment|
|Accessories :||Soft case, Flash stand (with screw), Soft box, Carabiner (not for climbing)|
|Dimension (Approx.) :||85(H)x61(W)x85(D)mm/ 3.35(H)x2.4(W)x3.35(D)inch|
|Weight :||203g/ 7.16oz (without batteries and soft box)|
Notice: Design and specification are subject to change without prior notice.
|(*1)：||Only applicable to wireless Slave mode. Group A – C (any channel 1 – 4)|
|(*2)：||SD – Slave Digital (synchronizes to the pre-flash system. The master flash is to be set at TTL (E-TTL for Canon, i-TTL for Nikon and ADI/P-TTL for Sony) mode.
SF – Slave Film. synchronizes to the traditional single flash system. The master flash is to be set at manual mode. Studio lighting system synchronizes to this mode. This mode is also available for open flash, and for a standard flash in the market.
Price and Availability –
Sony (MIS), Mirco 4/3, and Fujifilm Mirrorless System versions will eventually follow.
Nissin – Website