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Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras

B&H # NIND866MKIIN MFR # ND866MKII-N
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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 198' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (18mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left 90° & Right 180°
  • Wireless Master/Slave TTL Functionality
  • Color Display & Multi Flash Mode
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5.5 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed,1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries

The Nikon i-TTL compatible Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash, with a Guide Number of 198 (ISO 100 in feet at 105mm), provides photographers with the power needed to light up a wide variety of shooting situations. It provides an easy-to-read, two-way color display which helps ensure intuitive operations. The Mark II has been upgraded from the previous model, with a re-designed zoom head that's "whisper quiet", a metal foot for the mount, and a flash tube with increased heat tolerance. The fill-in subflash power ratio range has been increased, now offering a range from 1/1 to 1/128, and the range of the wireless sensor has been improved.

The Mark II also has auto-rotation so it stays upright even when turned for vertical framing. It features the "MY TTL" mode for adjustable default level, and a manual motor zoom of 24-105mm. It is designed with clip-on capabilities, built-in wide-angle diffuser and catch-light reflector for added versatility. It's powered by four (4) LR6 rechargeable batteries, (Lithium, NiMH or Oxyride--not included), and when it is operated with a Nissin Power Pack Pro 300 (not included), users have 300 full-power flashes. It boasts a recycling time of about 3.5 seconds.

The Di866 is a high-powered flash unit, great for serious photographers who will appreciate its features.

Wireless TTL
Adjustable TTL default level
Auto rotation view color display
High Speed Synchronization (HSS)
External auto-exposure sensor
Multi AF assist light
Eight F-stops, from F2 to F22 with compensation capability
Fill-in sub-flash
External auto-exposure sensor
Multiple focus points are supported
Sub-flash fill-in while the main flash turns for bounce lighting
High voltage power pack yields recycle time less than 1 sec
MY TTL level setting
Battery Magazine quick loading system
Built-in Wide Angle Diffuser
Built-in Catch-light Reflector
Quick battery loading with original battery magazine
Eight F-stops, from F2 to F22 with compensation capability
FP flash function synchronizes to all high shutter speed over 1/250sec
315V high voltage power series connector
Firmware update service via USB port
Comes with full Nissin USA warranty
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 196.85' (60 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head 0° to +90°
Swivel Head 270°
Coverage 18 mm - 105 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal PC
Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 5.5 seconds
Flash Duration 1/300 - 1/30000 sec
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
Skip Preflash
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 3 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.3 x 2.9 x 4.3" / 13.4 x 7.4 x 11.0 cm
Weight 13.4 oz / 380 g without batteries
Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras
  • Soft Case
  • Flash Stand
  • Limited 2-Year USA Warranty
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    NissinDi866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras
     
    4.2

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Good power output (13)
    • Consistent output (7)
    • Durable (6)
    • Fast recycling (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (11)
      • Fill flash (10)
      • Portraits (9)
      • Night photography (5)
      • Photojournalism (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good product so far

      The flash has been very good at a substantial price difference compared to the nikon sb900.

      I have only had the product about two weeks but I tested it remote and on...Read complete review

      The flash has been very good at a substantial price difference compared to the nikon sb900.

      I have only had the product about two weeks but I tested it remote and on camera the day it arrived and everything worked fine. The user interface is easy to comprehend.

      Last week I put the unit through a substantial use at my church's Vacation Bible School. I took 80+ portrait shots using a two flash set up with my sb600 and the Di866. Everything worked fine. After the portraits over the next four nights I shot a variety of flash situations including bounce and fill. The Di866 worked well in every case.

      Even though I have only a limited use so far I am very satisfied with the Di866.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon

      Maximum output is excellent. Recycle times are very respectable if not quite as fast as Nikons SB910. Build quality is fair and what I expected which is short of the SB910, but certainly...Read complete review

      Maximum output is excellent. Recycle times are very respectable if not quite as fast as Nikons SB910. Build quality is fair and what I expected which is short of the SB910, but certainly good enough for most work. The downsides are: When used on a D800 in auto or TTL mode the on camera flash compensation adjustments work, but not to expectations. EG.. -3 seems to reduce output by no more than 1 stop. +1 is barely noticeable. The 2nd downside is that the Di866 MKII is not fulling compatible with my Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 units. They trigger fine, but must be run in manual mode. Something I can live with, but it is inconvienient versus using iTTL with my Nikon flash units. Over all it's a value for the money spent, you just should test it's limitations in your work flow to ensure you can live with them.

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      5.0

      this is a good flash

      By earl

      from hillsborough n.c.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

        Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

        i use this for portraits.
        i have never had any overhrating ,
        when i bought it i was told it was compatible to the sb 910, some people say the sb 900, what ever its very powerful, i use it with soft boxes no problem.

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        5.0

        Description is Right On!

        By hotshotphotoguy

        from Tunkhannock Pa

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

          I found it easy to use in fast changing lighting environments making adjustments quickly and accurately.

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          5.0

          Great Flash !

          By Cheri

          from Belford, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

            I'm so happy I figured out how to use the Nissin as a Master with one slave. Onward to more slaves !

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            4.0

            Di866 Mark II Heaven

            By Adrian

            from Brooklyn

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                This speed light integrates well with the Nikon system. Its ease of use is astounding. I'm very happy with this purchase!

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                4.0

                Great Flash For The Price

                By upstatephotog

                from Galway, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful Output
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Slow Recycling

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                First, I would like to say that for the price, this is a fantastic strobe. I use it mainly for portraits and wedding photography. The top reasons to purchase this flesh are (1) The Price (compared to the cost of the Nikon model, (2) The flash power. This little unit puts out a lot of power, and has no problem lighting distant subjects even if you bounce or diffuse the light source and (3) The menus are simple and easy to navigate.

                Things that are not so great about the flash.
                (1) Recharge time is not as swift as Nikon models
                (2) Noisy. Flash emits a high pitched sound consistently when powered on. In a crowded environment this is not really noticeable, but it's still there. Having talked to other photographers who use this flash, I've come to understand this is normal for this unit.

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                2.0

                Di866 Mark II (Nikon) Updated Review

                By Lone Ranger

                from Santa Rosa, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                  This is an update on the "Lone Ranger" review that I recently wrote. The flash malfunctioned on me and I had to send it back. I've got a new one (same model) coming today, but I'm very concerned about it malfunctioning as well.

                  The first one stopped syncronizing correctly when mounted on my Nikon D7100. I tried resetting the flash and the camera, but it still wouldn't fire correctly. It worked perfectly the first day I had it...

                  I've since seen a few posts on the web about this flash malfunctioning on other people.

                  Maybe this is just a one-off, and hopefully the new one will not be a problem... I will update my review again...

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                  5.0

                  Di866 Mark II review

                  By LONE RANGER

                  from Santa Rosa, California

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • No Pocket For Flash Foot

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                  Very nice flash. More powerful than the Nikon SB-910 and $220 cheaper. Good build quality. Full i-TTL support for my Nikon D7100. I'm very happy with this flash. Works great on-camera and off-camera. I use it both ways. They should have added a little pocket inside the case for the plastic foot adapter.

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                  5.0

                  Great Flash, quick recovery

                  By Iron Mom NC

                  from Wilmington, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                    I have been very satisfied with this flash, it is very comparable to the Nikon 900 series.

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                    1.0

                    Professionals: DO NOT BUY

                    By emadriss

                    from albuquerque, NM

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash

                      Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                      This has the makings of a very good flash with one fatal and important flaw. I like the output - much higher than the SB-800 and the bounce pattern is more even and flattering. I really like the menu system - easy to learn and use with very few button pushes. The build is good and it works flawlessly as a remote with other Nikon flashes. Excellent recycle time with 3rd party battery packs. So what is the problem? On 2 very important events (good thing i had my other Nikon flashes as backups!) with only moderate flash usage, the flash stopped working because of the thermal cutoff system. The flash was not being used at full power and there is no way to turn the thermal cutoff system off, unlike in the SB-900. So the flash is useless for professional use. Nissin is coming out in October with a flash that will eliminate this problem but it may cost as much as the Nikon SB-910. Professionals looking to save some money on speedlites need to look elsewhere else.

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                      3.0

                      Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon

                      By IdahoJim

                      from Boise, Id.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                      • Compatibiity

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                      Maximum output is excellent. Recycle times are very respectable if not quite as fast as Nikons SB910. Build quality is fair and what I expected which is short of the SB910, but certainly good enough for most work. The downsides are: When used on a D800 in auto or TTL mode the on camera flash compensation adjustments work, but not to expectations. EG.. -3 seems to reduce output by no more than 1 stop. +1 is barely noticeable. The 2nd downside is that the Di866 MKII is not fulling compatible with my Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 units. They trigger fine, but must be run in manual mode. Something I can live with, but it is inconvienient versus using iTTL with my Nikon flash units. Over all it's a value for the money spent, you just should test it's limitations in your work flow to ensure you can live with them.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome!

                      By Ambar V

                      from San Antonio, TX

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                          I'm currently using this flash as a transmitter. My lighting wishes have come true. This flash has done everything I've needed and its very easy to use. Since I just got it I don't have any complaints but I'll be sure to update if I do.

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                          5.0

                          So far so good !!

                          By photobooth45

                          from Essex,MD

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                            All around general..so far so good ,really good !!!

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                            4.0

                            Copious, tasteful placement of photons

                            By Watermargin

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Powerful Output
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Night Photography
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                            This electronic flash unit is powerful yet gentle, sort of like a good laxative.

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                            5.0

                            Great

                            By DM

                            from Georgia

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Powerful Output

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                              Lots of power for a lot less than the Nikon. Seems to work perfectly with my D200 and as a wireless master or slave. Doesn't come with any accessories except the stand.

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                              5.0

                              SB-800 replacement

                              By daver

                              from Plano, Texas

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                I bought the Di866 to augment my Nikon SB800s for multiple speedlight setups. Little did I know that I would find the Di866 is superior in many respects. The only downside is the Di866 does not support the Nikon TTL-BL mode for balance fill flash. But the other improvements completely offset this.

                                Build quality is excellent; at least as good as the SB800. The Di866 puts out 1 /1/3 stops more light (GN 200) than the SB800 and 1 2/3 more than the SB900. The menu is much easier to use. Batteries can be changed in seconds with a spare battery holder. The sub-flash can be used to provide a soft fill when the head is up for bounce. Re-cycle time is at least as fast as the SB800. It doesn't take two hands to swivel the head or flip up for bounce like the SB800. Color temperature is constant regardless of output.

                                I will buy at least two more of the units.

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                                4.0

                                Good lite for the money

                                By Chuck

                                from Massachusetts

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Cost
                                • Durable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Small menue window

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Low Light
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                Got this lite to add to my ailing SB800s. Descent build, power & recycling. Can use same external power packs as SB800s. Menu is OK but small, would be better without the color stuff & bigger like nikons, etc. Metal foot & pc connector add to the quality.

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                                3.0

                                Overheats

                                By Rebecca Clarke

                                from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Harsh Color
                                • Overheats

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time

                                Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                This flash is an excellent alternative to an SB900 in all aspects except 1... it overheats quickly. 10-20 flashes can make it overheat and unusable. It appears that there is no way to turn off the warning like in a SB900. I probably will order the SB900 instead next time.

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                                5.0

                                Good product so far

                                By JD

                                from Alva, FL

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Good price value
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Night Time
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                  The flash has been very good at a substantial price difference compared to the nikon sb900.

                                  I have only had the product about two weeks but I tested it remote and on camera the day it arrived and everything worked fine. The user interface is easy to comprehend.

                                  Last week I put the unit through a substantial use at my church's Vacation Bible School. I took 80+ portrait shots using a two flash set up with my sb600 and the Di866. Everything worked fine. After the portraits over the next four nights I shot a variety of flash situations including bounce and fill. The Di866 worked well in every case.

                                  Even though I have only a limited use so far I am very satisfied with the Di866.

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                                  Required item: Batteries are not included, and are required to power your flash.

                                  Varta -  High-Energy 1.5V AA LR6 Alkaline Battery (4-Pack)
                                  • You Pay: $2.99
                                   
                                  Bolt -  CBP-N2 Compact Battery Pack for Nikon SB-900 & SB-910 Flash
                                  • You Pay: $74.95
                                   

                                  Flash Diffusers

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                                  Vello -  Universal Bounce Diffuser
                                  • You Pay: $9.95
                                   

                                  Softboxes

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                                  Vello -  Ringbox Ringflash Adapter
                                  • You Pay: $89.95
                                   

                                  Bouncers

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                                  Vello -  Light Bouncer Kit for Portable Flashes
                                  • You Pay: $14.95
                                   

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                                  Vello -  5" Snoot/Reflector for Portable Flash
                                  • You Pay: $22.50
                                   

                                  Flash Mounting

                                  Vello -  Compact Shoe Stand for Universal Shoe Mount Accessories
                                  • You Pay: $7.95
                                   

                                  Sync Cords & Flash Remotes

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                                  Nissin -  SC-01 Coiled Universal Off-Camera Shoe Cord (5'/1.5m)
                                  • You Pay: $42.50
                                   
                                  Vello -  Off-Camera TTL Flash Cord for Nikon Cameras (6.5')
                                  • You Pay: $32.95
                                   

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                                  LensCoat -  LensCoat FlashKeeper (Black)
                                  • You Pay: $24.95
                                   
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