NISSIN MG10 – Cordless TTL Handgrip Flash Released

NISSIN MG10

 

Nissin have officially released the MG10, a 165Ws compact cordless handgrip mount TTL and HSS enabled flash, with 2.4GHz NAS (Nissin Air System) radio built inside.

The MG10 cleverly reinvent the classic potato masher style strobe, now including many new features to suit the world of modern digital photography, and fast paced on and off camera flash lighting.

Teamed with a Nissin Air 10s radio commander mounted on the camera hotshoe, the MG10 provide on and off camera, Remote Manual, TTL and HSS, in an open cross platform environment, for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, M4/3, and now even Leica camera systems.

 

NISSIN MG10

 

To make the most of the respectable 165Ws output, the MG10 are equipped with a 24-200mm, auto and manual motorized zoom head.

And provide fast 1.5 second recycle times when using on-board Lithium-ion batteries, combined with an optional PS8 external battery pack (2.8s without external pack).

Featuring dual quartz flash tubes, and a vented and fan cooled head, the the MG10 are also designed to fire harder for longer (in the tradition of previous Nissin Extreme flashes).

The flash head is even equipped with convenient built-in 8 watt LED modelling lights. And with the fresnel zoom cover removed the flash tube provide a semi bar bulb style light output.

A compact ball head with umbrella mount is even supplied for off camera use on the go.

 

NISSIN MG10

 

NISSIN MG10 FEATURES

 

  • Power – 165Ws
  • GN 80m @200mm (ISO 100)
  • GN 28m – Zoom Cover Removed
  • Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • NAS 2.4GHz Radio System
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, Leica, Radio Receiver Modes
  • Range – 100m +
  • Groups – 8 (4 Advanced – Mixed TTL & M) (4 Basic – TTL or M)
  • 8 Channels
  • Flash Duration – 1/167s – 1/10,000s
  • Color Temperature – ?
  • Power – 2 x 26650 Li-ion Batteries (4000mAh or Higher)
  • Or 8 x AA Rechargeable Batteries
  • Approx 500 Full Power Flashes With 5000mAh Li-on / 200 With AA 2200mAh
  • 2.8 Sec Recycle With 2 x Li-ion Batteries
  • 3.5 Sec With 8 x AA Rechargeable Batteries
  • 1.5 Sec With PS8 + 2 x Li-ion Batteries
  • Head Tilt 90 / -7 Degrees, Swivel 180 Degrees Left & Right
  • 24mm – 200mm Motorized Outer Zoom
  • 18mm Wide Angle Diffuser
  • Fan Cooled Head
  • 8 Watt LED Modelling Light
  • External HV Battery Port – (Sony Socket)
  • PC Sync Port
  • Micro SD Card Slot For Firmware Upgrades
  • Dimensions – 210 x 145 x 80mm (HxDxW)
  • Weight – 975g (Without Batteries)

 

 

NEW FEATURES ENABLED WITH THE MG10

 

  • 8 Group Control  (4 Advanced, 4 Basic)
  • Advanced Group Control (Mixed TTL & Manual)
  • Open Mode (Pair Multiple Air 10s With Same Flashes)
  • 1/3 EV Step Intervals and 1/256 Low Power Level
  • TTL Memory Function
  • Remote Flash Head Auto Zoom Function
  • Modeling Light Remote Control
  • Update firmware via Micro SD/SDHC card
  • Remote Camera Shutter Release Button

 

For on-camera use the MG10 flash can be mounted on either side of the camera via the supplied reversible magnesium L bracket.

The MG10 then also provide their own convenient built-in wireless shutter release button on the flash handle.

 

NISSIN MG10

 

The magnesium L bracket allows for simple height adjustment of the flash.

As well as releasing the flash quickly for impromptu off camera use.

 

NISSIN MG10

 

The MG10 feature an interesting dual quartz flash tube design. And a vented and fan cooled head, which allows the flash to fire for longer periods without reaching heat protection limits.

And with the fresnel zoom cover removed the MG10 provide a semi bar bulb style light output. Also exposing the 8 Watt LED modelling lights for maximum output.

NISSIN MG10

 

The 24 – 200mm motorized fresnel zoom also features a unique patented magnetic contact design.

This allows for manual or auto zoom control (to follow the camera lens), as well as easy removal of the zoom cover completely from the flash head.

An 18mm wide angle diffuser and gel filter holders are also supplied with the MG10.

 

 

To power the flash the MG10 are supplied with 2 internal battery cartridge options, which slide inside the base of the flashes handgrip.

Either 2 standard 26650 Lithium-ion batteries (4000mAh or higher), or 8 regular AA rechargeable batteries can be used. With approx 2.8 and 3.5 second full power recycle times respectively.

To speed things up further, an external HV battery port allows power packs like Nissin’s PS8 to be connected as well (Sony type socket used). Bringing recycle times down to 1.5 seconds (also using Li-ion batteries in the flash).

So there are conveniently no proprietary batteries used in the flash itself, only standard 26650 Lithium-ion, or AA rechargeable cells. The 26650 providing around 500 full power shots (5000mAh).

 

NISSIN MG10

 

 

The 2.4GHz Nissin Air 10s Commander will be available in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, M4/3, and even a Leica version (directly branded and sold by Leica).

And the MG10 flash provides a new “Open” mode, which now allows a number of Air 10s Commanders to be linked to the same set of off camera flashes.

The Nissan Air System (NAS) is also a cross platform system, allowing a Commander dedicated to one camera brand to fire and control Nissin Air remote flashes dedicated to other camera brands, still providing full TTL and HSS etc.

The MG10 also utalizes a number of other features of the Air 10s Commanders for the first time, including control of 8 flash groups (4 Advanced: Mixed TTL & M, and 4 Basic: TTL or M only), and remote modelling light power control.

There is also a TTL Memory Function provided (Hybrid TTL).

 

NISSIN AIR 10s

 

NISSIN MG10 SPECS

 

Compatibility via Nissin NAS Commander to support
Canon , Nikon , Sony , Fujifilm , Micro Four Thirds System.
Guide no.
(at ISO 100, in meters)
with zoom cover : GN80@200mm / GN47.5@35mm ;
without zoom cover : GN28 / 165Ws
Flash tubes Dual Quartz flash tubes
Zoom coverage 24mm~200mm motorize outer zoom,
18mm with diffuser
Power source 2x 26650 Li-ion batteries (4000mAh or higher) or
8xAA rechargeable batteries
* All batteries are not included
Recycling time 2.8sec with 2x Li-ion Batteries /
3.5sec with 8xAA rechargeable batteries /
1.5sec with PS8+2x Li-ion batteries
Number of Full flashes Approx. 200 times with 8x AA 2200mAh rechargeable batteries /
Approx. 500 times with 2x Li-ion 5000mAh batteries
Flash Duration 1/10000~1/167sec
Control and communication by Nissin Air 10s for fully function
Setting Channel setting, Group setting, Open mode on/off, Power switch
Wireless mode 2.4GHz with Nissin NAS system
Exposure Compensation Set by Nissin commander
Bounce position -7 ~ 90 degree Vertical, +/- 180 degree Horizontal
Manual mode power ratio 1/256- 1/1 with 1/3 steps controlled by Nissin Air 10s
Mode (*) TTL, M, 1st/2st curtain sync, HSS high-speed sync (up to 1/8000 sec.), Slow shutter sync, red-eye reduction
LED Modeling 8W LED,25steps Control by Air10s, approx. 4 hours operation with 5000mAh batteries, Overheat protected
External power pack socket Yes , support PS 8 for Sony version
Shutter Release shutter cable to camera or by NAS
Tripod mounting hole ¼” , 20UNC
Bracket Mount Left or right hand mountable
Flash Tube Life 100,000 full flashes
Accessories Flash case, AA battery magazine, Li-Ion battery magazine, ball head, filter holder and wide-angle diffuser
Dimensions 210x145x80mm HxDxW
Weight 975g / 34.4oz (without batteries)

 

NISSIN MG10

 

 

NISSIN MG10

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Nissin MG10 handgrip flash will be available from mid July 2018 from $599.99 for the flash kit alone.

Kits including Nissin Air 10s Commander for Canon, Nikon, and Sony also available mid July from $699.99, with Fuji and M4/3 to be available later in 2018 –

Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H Photo

 

Nissin – Website

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14 Comments
  1. mmmfotografie 3 weeks ago

    This is what I like more. Take a proven concept and bring it to the current time. Use common available batteries and rechargeable batteries so that replacement is not getting a quest after a few years.

  2. jacob katz 3 weeks ago

    would be real good if it has heat resistant components

  3. Earle 3 weeks ago

    I wondering when this would show up here. I like the Nissin Air triggering system and it has been refined to play well across brands within its own ecosystem.

    I’m not sure how much it can mimic a bare bulb with its fresnel lens removed. Hopefully someone out in YouTube land will put it through its paces. Curiously, unlike big flashes of old (my Sunpak 622 comes to mind) there’s no way for a camera to trip this without a wireless trigger.

    The biggest downside, it’s already more expensive than its obvious competition, the AD600, even with the additional cost of a third-party bracket, if one were looking at doing the exact same thing.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 weeks ago

      There have been some strange reactions to this flash. I’m really surprised that no one has commented on how the zoom head will often make it far more practical in terms of output than the Godox AD200 for example, let alone the complications with using an AD200 on camera if needed.

      I think the AD200 is actually the obvious competitor (off camera), and that has its issues with on-camera use even with the new extension head available.

      Expensive is very much a relative concept, particularly when these are comparable to a Canon or Nikon speedlites in price at double the output.

      I’d like to see Godox do something like this crossed with the circular head and magnetic accessory mount of the Profoto A1. Though far more of a priority is a just a good master speedlite like the A1 to start with (IMHO).

      • John Wilson 3 weeks ago

        There’s nothing stopping Godox making a zoomable fresnel head for the AD200 is there? I half expect them to do that after releasing extension cable.

        Quite agree with the need for a better master speedlight.

        In an ideal world they would add bluetooth to the triggers and publish an API to let third parties control them. But we’re not living in an ideal world 🙂

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

          Theres definitely nothing stopping Godox making a manually zoomable fresnel head for the AD200 (whether its motorised or not).

          What I’m not so sure about is if Godox had the foresight to provide any communication paths between the AD200 flash body and head, to allow for a signal to control the flash zoom remotely.

          And if not, they would either have to build a radio receiver into the head itself, or update future AD200 to allow communication with a remote zoom head.

    • John Wilson 3 weeks ago

      HI Earle!

      The spec says it has a PC sync port so you can fire it directly from a camera. What you can’t do is set it up without a wireless controller – which is a bit odd.

      • Earle 3 weeks ago

        Thanks John, I missed that in the specs.

  4. Becker 3 weeks ago

    The flash looks quite interesting as a powerful flash used with the camera, like the old Metz 45 or 60. Also the concept for using different types of batteries is really good.
    BUT:
    Has nobody seen the flash duration time? It starts with 1/167s, so with full power the time is quite long and could not be used for sports or other action. That is a very big fall back and shows, that the used hardware is nothing special. To get higher output with long flash duration is not so difficult. I will buy such a flash to do extreme pictures, standard pictures could ge done with standard flashes…

  5. Sam 3 weeks ago

    I’m digging the actual physical dials to set channel and group. A small point but it’s nice to have direct input sometimes.

  6. Sam 3 weeks ago

    The ops manual can be downloaded (English) from the Nissin USA web site.

  7. Michael Quack 2 weeks ago

    Can’t share the enthusiasm about this flash or the grossly overpriced snake oil Profoto A1.
    On camera flash is a dated technology, and a visual language people don’t like anymore today.
    Two flash tubes can reduce burn times, and they might increase recycle times, if both are fuelled by individual capacitors when operated at half power or below. It might also leave room for one stop more into the low end power setting.
    All that said, you get two AD200 with one AD-B2 twin bracket including a much more powerful pilot light for less than what this flash costs. So, interesting details they came up with, but nevertheless stillborn in spite of the existing competition.
    Profoto capitalizes on people who have more money than photographic skills, Nissin can’t compete with Profoto’s seven digit marketing campaign for the A1. Which means that in contrast to Profoto, price/value *is* an issue. I don’t think this will fly.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Michael you seem to be unaware there is a whole (quite large) industry of wedding and even photographers that rely on on-camera flash for a large part of their work. (For various reasons physically locating the light source off camera can be completely impractical).

      And a large part of the art of it involves bouncing the flash off external surfaces so that the result is not the light produced by direct on-camera flash.

      And that’s also why there will also always be a market for more powerful flashes like this.

  8. adam 2 weeks ago

    I love the idea of this flash but I do wish godox made it and it was half the price. Might end up grabbing one anyway though.

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