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NissinMG8000 Extreme Speedlight for Nikon iTTL
 
4.3

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

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      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

      Best Uses

        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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        (6 of 6 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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