Chinese lighting manufacturer Shanny have released the VN300, an ultra compact battery and mains powered, TTL and HSS enabled strobe. With Shanny 2.4GHz radio receiver built inside for use with Canon and Nikon camera systems.
Uniquely the VN300 can be powered by either 6 on-board AA batteries, regular speedlight external high voltage battery packs, or mains power via an optional AC adapter.
The compact flash unit also includes a 5W LED modelling light, and uses a miniature version of the Bowen’s S-type accessory mount.
Shanny are marketing the pocket sized VN300 as a 300Ws output strobe.
Though that figure is likely to be pretty optimistic, as 6 AA batteries would only provide and handful of shots with a strobe of that output. (Let alone allow the stated 3 second full power recycle times).
(Full power recycle times are as low as 1 second when using the optional AC power adapter).
The VN300 are housed in an anodized alloy case, and provide a full color TFT LCD display interface.
A 2.5mm sync port is provided, though there is no USB port for firmware updates.
SHANNY VN300 FEATURES
- 300Ws (Claimed) (Guide No. Not Stated)
- 5W LED Modelling Light
- Fan Cooled
- Proprietary Accessory Mount
- On board power – 6AA Batteries
- Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge – ?
- 0.01 – 3 Seconds Recycle Time
- Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi
- HSS to 1/8000th
- Second Curtain Sync
- FEC +/- 3EV
- FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
- Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
- Shanny 2.4GHz Radio Receiver Built-in
- ETTL & ITTL Radio Slave Modes
- Range – up to 30m
- 3 Groups – A / B / C
- 15 Channels
- Optic Slave Mode
- Flash Duration – 1/200s – 1/20000s
- Color Temperature – 5500K +/-200K
- TFT LCD Display
- Auto Memory Function
- Sound Prompt
- Overheat Protection
- 2.5mm Sync Port
- External HV Battery Port
- Weight Approx 0.75kg (Without Battery)
- Size – 72mm wide x 80mm high x 155mm long
The VN300 provide simple 1/4″ and 3/8″ standard threaded mounting holes in their base.
And a telescopic handle pole with a small ball head attached is also included with the strobe.
A reflector is included, and the VN300 use a propitiatory accessory mount similar to the Bowen’s S-type mount, though in miniature.
An adapter to provide a standard Bowens S-type mount may also be in the works though.
For alternate power sources the VN300 provide a standard Canon style high voltage external battery port, allowing speedlite battery packs like the Godox PB960 to be used.
With the external pack providing considerably more capacity, and faster recycle times than the on-board AA batteries.
An optional AC power adapter is also available (providing around 1 second full power recycle times).
The TTL and HSS enabled radio receiver built inside the VN300 use Shanny’s own 2.4GHz RF radio system, which is not compatible with other 2.4GHz radio systems from other manufacturers.
Shanny have their own compatible transmitter units and master flash units available for Canon and Nikon.
For Canon – the Shanny SN-E3-RF transmitter has no flash control interface, so control is via the Canon cameras flash control menu.
For Nikon – the Shanny SN910TX provide their own flash control interface, with a less limited group style interface where TTL and Manual groups can be mixed and turned ON and OFF individually.
The VN300 strobes provide both Canon and Nikon radio modes built-in. And both systems provide 3 flash groups.
SHANNY VN300 SPECS
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Shanny VN300 are available now from Shanny on Aliexpress for $375.
Shanny – Website