The Pixel King Pro, and King X, ITTL and HSS enabled radio triggers for Nikon DSLR cameras, are now available from the Pixel Ebay store for $157 a set, and they should start reaching stores and Amazon etc shortly.
The King Pro and King X are a major upgrade from the previous Pixel King for Nikon (which were really very limited in function), and with a full ITTL pass through hotshoe, the King Pro offer functionality not really seen before in any other current radio triggers available for Nikon.
Remote flashes can be controlled in a mixture of ITTL and remote manual groups, while a flash mounted above the transmitter on camera, can also be used in full ITTL or manual.
Functionality is very similar to the recently released Canon version, which you can see a full review of here.
New or updated features are marked with a + before them.
- - FSK 2.4GHz
- + 300 Meter Range
- + More Stable and Reliable Processing and Software
- + Built in Interface allowing fast changes of flash settings in 3 Groups
- + Interface allows Mixing ETTL and Manual Groups
- + Interface allows FEC adjustments in + or – EV, as well as ratios A:B and A:B C
- + Interface allow fast flash head Zoom Settings for each group
- + FEC up to 5 stops +/- FEC
- + ITTL Pass Through Hotshoe allows an ITTL or Manual flash mounted On-camera
- - FP HSS to 1/8000th with compatible speedlites
- - Second Curtain Sync Supported
- - FEL (Flash Expousre Lock) supported
- - Super Sync up to 1/8000th with compatible monolights
- + USB Port for Firmware Updates – Now quicker and easier, and supports Windows and Mac
- + King Pro is a Transceiver, so it can be Transmitter or Receiver (provides back up transmitters)
- + More Efficiency and Longer Battery Life
- + Shutter Release Function
- + Remote Camera Triggering
- + 15 Fixed Channels and 1 Auto Channel
- + Metal Frame Structure inside the King Pro for Greater Strength
- + 1/4″ 20 Threaded Metal Bracket Mounting Point
- + New Attached Battery Door
- + More reliable Gold Plated Battery Contacts
- + 2 color LED Backlite for Master and Slave
- + Dedicated Test Fire Bottons
- + Separate Group Selection Buttons
- + USB and Sync Port Dust Covers
- No AF assist Light (though YN-622N may work on top of TX as AF an assist light)
- No FEB or Multi Flash Mode
- No individual FEC adjustment for flash on Camera (camera set FEC works but adjusts all groups)
- No A-B-C Group Buttons on rear interface, making adjustments more difficult than needed.
- No other compatible manual triggers, like the Pixel Opas and Bishop
I have had a quick hands on look at the King Pro for Nikon, but not being all that experienced with Nikon gear I have sent them off to a crack team of Nikon users who are currently putting then through their paces.
A couple of things I noted different from the Canon version –
– Firstly the screen has already been updated and the pixels are much more of a black color (or shade), so they are easier to see without the backlight on. But the screen is also even more clear and contrasty with the green backlight on now as well. I would suspect this update is likely already in the Canon versions now too.
– The second difference is that there are + or – 5 stops (10 stop range altogether) of Flash Exposure Compensation available on the controller, compared to +/- 3 stops on the Canon version (though Canon do add to the cameras FEC settings, providing up to +/- 6 stops together)
Other things to note -
– The new King Pro and X are now also fully compatible with the previous King for Nikon as well.
– Pixel have also provided a list of third party flash compatibility here. It seems the later YongNuo TTL flashes are not compatible, while some Oloong and Metz are.
– Pixel may still be tweaking firmware to iron out bugs and compatibility with different cameras etc. The latest firmware can be found here – http://www.pixelhk.com/down/kingpronikon/
And make sure to update the previous Kings if you would like compatibility with those – http://www.pixelhk.com/down/KingNikon/
We will try and put together a review of the King Pro and X for Nikon once they have been given a good run. For now the Canon review here has a lot more detail of the general functionality of the King Pro and King X.
NOTE 15/3/2014 – As of firmware V104 (and earlier) the Pixel King Pro for Nikon can not read the ISO from the camera!
So if the the flash power is set in manual mode 1/4 for example, and the ISO value is changed on the camera (from 100 to 6400) the same light output will appear in the images, regardless of ISO changes. This may be rectified in a later firmware versions.
Price and Availability -
Pixel HK website – King Pro Nikon