SHANNY VN300 – Compact 2.4GHz TTL Strobe Released

 

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.

 

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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).

 

SHANNY VN300

 

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

 

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

 

SHANNY VN300

 

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.

 

SHANNY VN300

 

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.

 

SHANNY VN300

 

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).

 

SHANNY VN300

 

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

 

SHANNY VN300 SPECS

 

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PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Shanny VN300 are available now from Shanny on Aliexpress for $375.

 

Shanny – Website

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10 Comments
  1. Edgars 6 months ago

    Looks good for strobist!

  2. Niels Gram 5 months ago

    A 300Ws strobe powered by 6 AA batteries… is this a joke ?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 months ago

      Hi Neils,

      I think Shanny felt like they had to call it something like 300Ws to compete with the AD360II. Maybe if the AD200 was established already they would have said 200Ws.

      I would guess its likely more around 120 – 150Ws.

  3. Anthony 5 months ago

    There are so many innovative small flash systems coming out that are perfect for editorial and light commercial work its making an upgrade really hard to choose. This Shanny system looks great but would have been better if it had been powered by Lithium ion batteries. The ability to plug it in and use batteries makes this an another interesting system. The problem is I don’t know anything about the Shanny and the quality of there products. The Pixel x900 series looks great except you are stuck with less power and a small linear flash tube. on the plus side it can be used on camera at events. Also I have been really happy with Pixel products. The Godox AD200 has modular flash heads, more power and lithium ion batteries. it really seems to have everything I want except it cant be used on camera. plus I have not been very happy with the quality of my Godox 860’s and 850’s. This is going to be a really tough choice.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 months ago

      Hi Anthony,

      What do you mean by the quality of the Godox flashes? Besides their design flaws (stiff head etc) they are generally the better option as far as build quality and reliability.

      • VisX 5 months ago

        I have 2 V850 and 2 PB960 (for AD360/180).
        1 of the V850 battery and 1 of the PB960 battery failed on me after a few sessions (fully charged but only less than 1/4 of the quoted capacity). The replacements I’ve bought seem to work fine so far.

        I’ve waited and only bought my 2 V850 after Godox said they have identified and fixed the battery issue. I never knew there was a battery issue with the PB960. My PB960s are “Neewer” brand.

        So that is my experience of Godox’s quality and reliability.

      • Anthony 5 months ago

        I have had a lot of problems with my Godox 860’s and 850’s I have 2 of each. I have had battery failures which their customer service took care of. The transmitter dial has very little relationship to the numbers and letters on the receivers so I always have to spend the first 10 minutes on a shoot finding the correct frequencies . But the biggest problems are they over heat all the time and the TTL is useless when you bounce the 860’s flash even when it’s set manually to 50mm. I bounce my flash about 90% of the time when I am using on camera flash. Plus the flashes aren’t holding up well, I have had the flashes for less than 2 years and they are looking pretty rough. I just got back from a shoot for a local magazine and one of my 860’s started firing on its own and making a buzzing electrical short noises. I have had a Pixel Mago longer and it has been working fantastic and its a cheaper flash. It has become my main event flash. I have 8 of the Pixel Opas transceivers and they have worked flawlessly for close to 4 years now and they still look great. I might have just bought the Godox flashes too early in its production run before all the bugs were worked out.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 5 months ago

          Thanks Anthony.

          I had one of the XTR-16 clip on receivers play up where it would fire the flash randomly and make the flash make terrible noises. It was just the one receiver though.

          The built-in transceiver of the current flashes really tidies everything up. I’m hoping to trade all my V850’s for AD200 eventually if they work out well, so no more external receivers to deal with.

          Dealers would have a more accurate idea, though from the feedback I get the Godox flashes on a whole have had very minimal reliability complaints compared to the others. Godox desperately need a more refined on-camera master flash (with much better heat resistance etc), though they are generally out if front at the moment with overall reliability from what I’ve seen.

          Shanny let a lot of people down with their speedlites for a number of reasons, though at least a this point we have a much better idea of what to expect from Shanny. No firmware updates whatsoever would be one thing to be aware of (the VN300 doesn’t even include a USB port now).

  4. Alexander 5 months ago

    Interestingly, the small size and the omega lamp is good, but the flash looks more like the prototype.
    And very bad remote control system for Canon.

  5. Danr 5 months ago

    $375!!! i’m laughing my ass off here.

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