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Nissin MG8000 Extreme Speedlight for Nikon iTTL

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Product Highlights
  • Supports Nikon iTTL Flash System
  • GN 198' (60m) @ ISO100, 105mm Setting
  • Heat Resistance & Quartz Tube Design
  • Built-In Sub-Flash Below Main Flash
  • TTL, Manual, Av & Multi-Flash Modes
  • 24-105mm Focal Length Coverage
  • Wireless Remote Flash Slave
  • Lift & Rotate Bounce Head
  • Auto-Rotating Color Display
  • Mini-USB / X-Terminal Interface

The MG8000 Extreme Speedlight for Nikon DSLR Cameras from Nissin is a feature-rich and versatile off-camera hot shoe flash that is designed for Nikon flash systems. Compatible with Nikon iTTL, the MG8000 can be used as either a Master or Remote Slave flash alongside these camera systems or other Nikon speedlights.

Its heat resistant materials and quartz tube design are designed to provide high heat resistance, allowing you to shoot rapidly at full power without the effects of overheating. Therefore, you won't have to miss out on great shots or expressions just because you're waiting for your flash to cool down.

In addition to the benefits of heat resistance, the flash also has a built-in sub-flash below the main flash head that can be used to fill-in the harsh light cast by the main flash head. When bouncing the light of the main flash up into a ceiling you can get some shadows under the eyes or chin of your subject, which can be corrected for with the light of the sub-flash.

The MG8000 has four different modes, including TTL, Manual, Av and Multi-Flash. These, and all functions, can be selected and customized using the auto-rotating color display right on the back of the flash. Its simple user interface and auto-rotation allows you to easily change settings whether the flash is vertical or horizontal, and quickly see which mode you are using at a glance, based on the menu's color.

To use the flash with the latest Nikon cameras you may need a firmware update, but even this is done easily with the built-in mini-USB port that can plug right into a computer for a quick update. You can check the compatibility chart from Nissin by clicking here.

In addition to the mini-USB port there is an X-terminal socket for flash synchronization, as well as an external Power Pack socket for Nissin Power Packs. You can also power the flash by four "AA" batteries all loaded in the same direction via the quick-loading magazine, so you can insert the batteries correctly every time, even in poor lighting conditions.

If you're looking for an easy alternative to an external flash made by camera manufacturers, the MG8000 comes with plenty of the usual features found on theirs, but also some that are unique and may prove a better option depending on your style and lighting needs.

Supports Nikon iTTL Flash Systems
Whichever side you're on in the Canon vs. Nikon debate, the MG8000 is ready for either. While this model has support for Nikon iTTL camera flash systems, other models are made for Nikon iTTL. It can be used jointly with Nikon brand flashes as either Master or Remote (Slave), and also supports digital, analog or studio flash under both of Manual and Av priority modes.
GN 198' (60m) @ ISO100, 105mm Setting
The MG8000 has a guide number of 198' (60m) at its 105 mm setting, and 132' (40 m) when set to 35 mm. This is measured by the distance between the flash and subject - distance to the camera is not relevant.
Heat Resistance & Quartz Tube Design
High heat resistance materials and a quartz tube design reduce the heat-generating effects of the camera flash significantly, emitting full power without overheating problems. Capture the important moments reliably, and in rapid succession, while set at high power without having to worry about overheating.
Built-In Sub-Flash Below Main Flash
The MG8000 Extreme provides an extra small flash (GN 39' / 12 m) below the main flash. This small flash fills-in the light when you're bouncing the main flash. Typically, bouncing the light may shadow the underside of your subject's face, and this fill-in flash corrects for that and brightens up the shadows. The power ratio of Sub-Flash can be set from 1/1 to 1/128 seconds.
TTL, Manual, Av & Multi-Flash Modes
The MG8000's TTL mode supports Nikon iTTL flash systems where the light is automatically controlled by the camera but the exposure value can be compensated. Manual mode provides flash power that can be adjusted manually at 22 different levels; from full power to 1/128 power at every 1/3 stop. The appropriate distance to the subject is shown in the display according to the aperture value set on the camera. Av priority means the flash can be automatically controlled by the built-in photo sensor instead of TTL metering. The aperture can be set from f/1.4 to f/16, and the distance at the currently set aperture is shown in the display. Finally, Multi-Flash mode means the power ratio can be set from 1/8 to 1/128 to suit your needs in any given situation.
24-105mm Focal Length Coverage
The MG8000 is designed for use with a wide range of focal lengths between 24-105mm. Whether you're taking a group or event photo of many subjects or a zoomed-in close-up with a portrait lens, your flash will work its best with those lenses within this range.
Flash Duration 1/300-1/30000 sec
When set to full power in Manual mode the flash duration is 1/300 seconds. If you need it even faster, you can switch to TTL mode and set it between 1/300 and 1/30000 seconds for greater control and versatility.
Wireless Remote Flash Slave
When using your flash with Nikon's systems you can also use it as either a Master or Remote Slave flash unit. As a Slave flash the MG8000 can be set to Digital Slave, Film Slave, or Sub-Flash Allowed for advanced techniques. In Wireless TTL mode it can be a Master or Remote Slave with up to 4 channels and 3 groups (A, B, C).
Lift & Rotate Bounce Head
Twist the flash head up to 90° left or 180° right, and tilt it upright up to 90° for a wide range of lighting techniques, for vertical or horizontal shots.
Auto-Rotating Color Display
The Color Display will automatically follow the angle of the camera or light stand it is attached to in different positions, and its user-friendly interface comprises of six different menus: Auto, TTL, Manual / Av, Multi, Wireless TTL (Master / Remote) and Custom Setting.
USB / X-Terminal Interface and Firmware Upgradeable
Use the MG8000 Extreme's X-terminal socket for flash synchronization, and USB port to update the latest firmware.
External Power Pack Socket and Quick-Loading Battery Magazine
In addition to the USB and X-terminal sockets, you can combine the high-performance MG8000 with the Nissin Power Pack PS300 to speed up the flash recycle time and achieve high power rapid bursts of flash. The MG8000 Extreme has a battery magazine system that allows all four "AA" batteries to be inserted in the same direction, so that the batteries can be correctly inserted without fail even in poor light conditions.
Equipped with Flash Diffuser
With the equipped flash diffuser you can greatly expand the flash illumination angle and additionally soften the shadows created by the flash. This is great for portrait photography, or anytime you need softer lighting with less harsh contrast.
TTL Adjustment
The TTL exposure level is accurately calibrated for standard balance in accordance with Nissin's standard. However, if any adjustments are required, or you would like to set your own level, it can be adjusted between +3.0 and -3.0 Ev in 1/3 increments.
Multi-Flash and Power Ratio
Expose multiple times in a single frame with the repetitive style of Multi-Flash mode. The power ratio can be set from 1/8 to 1/128.
Rear Curtain Sync and High-Speed Shutter
In Rear Curtain sync the flash fires at the end of the exposure, and by using this function at slow shutter speeds a moving subject will appear in blurred motion with a sharp image of them caught by the flash at the end. High-Speed sync is recommended for daylight flash photography when a lot of bright ambient light is present and fast shutter speeds are desired.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 198' (60.35 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Vari-Power 1/8 - 1/128
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes, 180°
Coverage 24 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-ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in .33 EV steps)
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 3 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.1 x 5.8 x 5.0" / 7.9 x 14.7 x 12.7 cm
Weight 14.67 oz / 416 g Without batteries
Nissin MG8000 Extreme Speedlight for Nikon iTTL
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    4.3

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    Pros

    • Fast recycling (3)
    • Good power output (3)

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        4.0

        great flash, but...

        By Nelson Santos

        from Newark NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Heavy
        • No Gels
        • No Wide Angle Diffuser

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Nissin MG8000 Extreme Speedlight for Nikon iTTL:

        I currently own 2 SB800 and a SB700. I bought this flash and it came with the Nissin PS-3000 for free (a $300 item). Its teoretically a great deal, but lets see how it performs in the field. I have shot 3 weddings so far, and so far so good,except for a few things. I will start with the positive first:The built quality of this flash pars with the SB910. Its definitely a big improvement from the SB800. The power output is higher, the quality of light is better (maybe because of the size of the flash head), and the recycle time is faster even without the powerpack. Something i really like it the fact that this flash actually has "2 flashes", meaning, it fires the flash from 2 outputs: 1- from the actual flash head 2- from a small flash source located right above the "Nissin" logo above the read focus assist beam projector in the front of the body of the flash. This is great if you like to bounce the flash off the walls. Lets say youre facing your subject, and you point the flash head 90 degrees to the right in order to bounce it off the wall on your right. The flash will still fire a small fill fash straight ahead, filling a little the subject, always creating a small catch light, and helping remove shadows from under the eyes. The flash recycle time with the power pack is excellent, and it delivers a very consistent output. Allows me to shoot couples walking down the aisle with no miss fires. I usually allow at least 1.5 seconds between shots just to be safe. I use the powerpack during ceremony, park and reception only (meaning, no use at bride's house). I went through the event without draining the powerpack, but for some reason i did have to change the batteries on the flash about half way into the reception, eventhough i had the flash connected to the powerpack.The flash is extremely easy to set up, independently of the mode you want to use. The colored digital screen is awesome! Really easy to navigate the menus.Now the "not so great" thingsThere is something that might or might not be an issue, depending on what you use. The flash head doesnt have a "lock" or "hold" button, meaning that you can just grab the flash head and rotate it without pressing any button. this is great as it allows you to move the position of the flash head really easy and quick, but if you use a heavy diffused like the Gary Fong ones, you flash head might not hold in place. I havent tried yet, just saying.If you have a nikon flash, you will right away notice that the MG8000 "is missing" a bounce car, the wide angle diffuser (that u pull out of the top of the flash head) and, the most important, the color correction gels! This is a big downside in my opinion. I love how the SB700 comes with the CTO and flurescent gel caps, extremely easy to use. The Nissin doesnt come with it, and im affraid they are not sold for this model since the is no adaptors for it. You can always use the Rosco gels, which im forced to use now. Not a big deal.The bounce card is also not a big deal since this flash has the built in fill flash that works great... and a bounce card can always be added to it. Not having the wide angle diffuser might or might not make a difference, depending on how you shoot. Something i should mention: On my third wedding, i did notice some miss fires in TTL MODE. I was inside the hotel room, shooting each girl posing with their back to a big window in order to create a high key shot, and a few times the flash completely overexposed the picture. Im assuming its because that bright light comming from the window was throwing the ttl reading off, but that could also be the lens of even the camera, as the reading is done through the lens. Something i found strange was the fact that my flash died half way into the reception. It went back to normal after i changed the batteries on the flash. The powerpack still had plenty of charge. I assume that even if connected to the PS-3000, the flash will still use the AA rechargable batteries.The powerpack is definitely a little too heavy and bulky compared with other models, but hey, it came for free! The problem with the powerpack it that it doesnt show you how charged or how dead it is!Overall its a great product, never stopped due to overheat (which always happened to my SB800), and with a free powerpack, it was irresistable!

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        5.0

        GREAT UPDATE

        By Jhphto

        from Queens, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Bulky

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          Comments about Nissin MG8000 Extreme Speedlight for Nikon iTTL:

          I recently purchased this flash on sale with the battery pack for free. This has been truly unbelievable. I thought "I would never pay that much for a flash". Well I paid for the flash and got the battery pack for free. So far, its been working like a champ. This is a great update from the sb800. If you want easy controls with lots of power then please don't look any further. This flash keeps going and going. its only 2 button pushes to get to different functions. I never knew how to setup a remote flash on my sb800 until I youtubed a tutorial. In about less than 10 mins I knew how to set up 80% of the functions. With the MG8K, its dummy proof; Its clear cut. Not to mention this thing as an extra builtin flash (probably for fill). Easy to setup and less than 10 minutes to figure out. In conclusion, if you want to spend the about the same price for a sb910, cause you want to stick with the brand then so be it. If you want something that does everything the sb910 does with extras and simplified, then look no further. I'm highly esteemed about this flash system. Only thing is the bulk and its a little heavy but I have a D3, so I'm used to the weight.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good solid flash

          By Matt

          from San Francisco

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Nissin MG8000 Extreme Speedlight for Nikon iTTL:

          The MG8000 is powerful, has sturdy construction, and has intuitive controls.

          Unfortunately, unless you purchase the Nissin battery pack (which is expensive) the recycle time using rechargeable AA batteries is about the same as other flashes (about 1 second).

          The head of the flash unit is larger than normal flash units because it contains vents. This means that ordinary flash diffusers may not fit. By way of example, my Gary Fong collapsible lightsphere and snoot required significant modification to fit on the flash unit.

          The flash works off camera very well as a slave.

          The flash is very powerful and well built.

          The flash also performs FP flash on Nikon at high shutter speeds.

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