Nissin i40 Compact Flash for Nikon Cameras

Nissin i40 Compact Flash for Nikon Cameras

Nissin i40 Compact Flash for Nikon Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 131' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (16mm with Panel)
  • LED Video Light with 9 Output Levels
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Wireless Slave TTL Functionality
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-4 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Nissin i40 overview

  • 1Description

The Nissin i40 Flash is a shoe-mounted, compact flash unit designed for Nikon cameras featuring i-TTL functionality. It features a guide number of 131' at ISO 100 and in the 105mm position for providing excellent coverage within a zoom range of 24 to 105mm, or down to 16mm with the built-in wide-angle diffuser. Also, this unit features an LED light suited for video work with 9 output levels.

For control of the light during use, the flash head is able to tilt upwards 90° and can rotate 180° in both directions, giving you complete 360° coverage. There is also wireless TTL functionality which will allow you to implement this flash off-camera in combination with other units.

The i40 features full manual control and a range of modes for getting the look you desire from your lighting. These include slow-speed, high-speed, 1st and 2nd curtain synchronization in addition to variable power from 1/1 to 1/256. The flash runs on 4 AA batteries and includes an external diffuser, soft case, and stand.

Guide number at ISO 100 of 131' at 105mm and 89' at 35mm position
Recycle time of 0.1 to 4 seconds
Approximately 220 to 1700 flashes on a single set of fully-charged batteries
LED run time of about 3.5 hours with new batteries
Color temperature of 5600K
Wireless slave i-TTL functionality
Exposure compensation from -2 to +2 EV in 1/2 step increments
AF assist beam with range of 2.3 to 16.4'
Flash duration of 1/800 to 1/20,000 second
Red-eye reduction modes
Two selector dials on the back of the flash for changing modes and adjusting power settings
LED light has 9 steps of output levels
UPC: 855747005111
In the Box
Nissin i40 Compact Flash for Nikon Cameras
  • External Diffuser
  • Soft Case
  • Flash Stand
  • Limited 2-Year USA Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Nissin i40 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 131.23'  / 40 m ISO 100 at 105 mm Position
    Exposure Control Manual, i-TTL
    Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/256
    Bounce Head Yes, 0 to +90°
    Swivel Head Yes, 360°
    Coverage 24 - 105 mm (Full Frame)
    Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 4 Seconds
    Flash Duration 1/800 - 1/20000 sec
    Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/2 EV steps)
    Power Source 4x AA Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.3 x 2.4 x 3.3" / 83.8 x 61.0 x 83.8 mm
    Weight 7.16 oz / 202.99 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 4.3 x 3.8"

    Nissin i40 reviews

    i40 Compact Flash for Nikon Cameras is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good flash. Poor customer service. Good flash but poor service from Nissin. The flash worked for 2 shoots for a total ofI purchased a flash and I have been bounced around between the distributor and Nissin. Neither want to assume the responsibility of repairing or replacing the flash. Nissin has now stopped answering my emails I have only sent them 5 emails in the course of 3 months. so it's not like I'm harassing them. Very bad customer service.
    Date published: 2016-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I've owned and/or used most of the recent Nikon flashes. My favorite has been the incredible SB 700 and the more limited little SB 400. The Nissin i40 is a blend of the two. It's a whole lot smaller and lighter than the SB 700 and a tad bigger than the SB 400. Its brilliance is its simplicity. A lot of options with no complicated menus to learn and remember. Plus the video LED. I've only taken it for a few test drives but I'm already in love with it. It seems fragile but only time will tell.
    Date published: 2014-05-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good and Simple I would use this as an on-camera or studio flash. The wireless feature works great (I have synced it with Commander on my Nikon D-750). The parts are cheap and plasticy (I had to return one of the flashes, but no biggie), but I guess most gear is not exactly military-grade anymore. The skinny is: easy to use and tote around, with enough light to let me be creative. That's about all I want in a flash.
    Date published: 2015-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific little flash unit! I just received my I40 yesterday and have been familiarizing myself with it. All in all it is a really great product. I have a Nikon SB-600 for my D-70s and my D-300, but this unit was way too heavy for use on my P-7000. I looked around for quite a while till I found the i40. This fit the bill perfectly for what I needed. I particularly like the little pop-up reflector for close-up work. The only feature that doesn't work with my P-7000 is the auto focus assist light which is okay because the little Nikon has one built-in. Attention to detail is also excellent with its form fitted case and soft box diffuser included at no extra cost. The only thing I would change is the shape of the case sot the flash could be stored in its upright position which would take up a lot less space in my camera bag. Another feature that I will probably get a lot of use from is the variable brightness LED video light. This flash is definitely a keeper and I would recommend it to anyone.
    Date published: 2015-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but powerful Tha Nikon SB-910 is a super flash unit but BIG. I sold mine since I hardly ever need all that power and got this very compact but powerful Nissin i40. This flash unit is extremely simple to use, works like a charm and has more power than I ever need for my flash photography. Highhly recommend it to those Nikon users who do not depend on or need very powerful flash units.
    Date published: 2015-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from TINY, PORTABLE, but very CAPABLE flash! An amazingly-TINY, highly PORTABLE flash that works well!I didn't really need this flash. I have 5 SB-800's, a SB-910, and SB-700, in addition to many manual flashes (Vivitar 285 to Yongnuo YN-560 iii).Why did I want it?1) It's tiny and very portable, and has features my very (expensive) high-end flashes have.You really need to see comparison photos to see just how much smaller this flash is from a regular one, so I have posted several photos with this review, in addition to some hopefully helpful shots using the flash.I can easily tuck this flash into a side pocket in my camera bag (Domke's or Lowepro Pro Messenger 160), or put it into a small fanny pack when shooting very light. Before I may have foregone even taking a flash, just in case.Its so small, I'd rather have 2-3 of these instead of my Nikons. I could carry a couple of these in half the space of the larger units. As most of my flash is done off-camera, I generally use the Nikon CLS system or with radio slaves for wireless operation, and I generally shoot with multiple flashes. It would be nice to carry several of these smaller units with half the weight and space in a smaller bag.2) It uses Manual dials for controls, something I still love on my old Vivitar 285's. The dials are highly intuitive, and user-friendly. I still haven't even glanced at the manual for this flash.One push of the power button starts up the flash. The same one-push shuts it offyou do not hold the button to shut downthat is used to control the manual zoom functions.Two click-stop dials control all the other functions. The smaller dial to the left is the main function dial, with selections for Video (a dual LED light on the front comes on), Sf, Sd (slave funtions), M (full manual exposure), A, TTL, and then three positions for the Nikon CLS system (to select either channel A, B, or C).The larger dial to the right serves three funtions. Firstly, when in TTL mode, you can use flash exposure compensation, with clicks in half-stops from 2 to +2 stops. When in the TTL mode, a LED light to the right of the dial confirms you are using the dial for exposure compensation. When in M mode, an LED to the left of the dial is lit, showing you that the manual settings are in play. You can set the flash power in clicks from 1/1 to 1/256 power. I like that a lot, as I use manual flash still quite regularly, even with a dedicated TTL flash. Going into menus and pushing a button while rotating dials and such is a pain, and then going back to the basic TTL is another pain. This system could not be easier and more liberating to use.The flash shoe is metal, and usesthe pin lock system, which clicks and locks when mounted, a push-button disengages the pin to release the flash. It seems to work perfectly and is very stable on the hotshoe of every camera I've tried so far.Even as tiny as the flash is, it still uses the standard 4AA batteries. There is not much space left for the electronics, I'd think. The door is hinged and has a metal mechanism. It seems too easy to open when picking up or playing with the unit, however it stays shut more tightly when batteries are installed.The flash head can be swiveled 180 degrees in both directions, it can be tilted the full 90 degrees in 4 click-positions in between. It has an outer sliding door that pushed up to reveal a bounce card. The little door has tiny magnets that hold the door in either the closed or open position. When open, you see a color graph for the manual zoom functions: Green for Auto, blue for 24mm, magenta for 50mm, cyan for 80mm, and orange for 105mm. As stated earlier, holding down the power button enables the manual zoom function, one long push for each manual mode. The main power LED changes color which corresponds to the zoom function.There is also a wide-angle diffuser that pulls out from the bottom and folds onto the flash head. It seems to work well mechanically and to provide the widest coverage for wide-angle lenses. A plastic diffuser (Stofen-style) mounts to the head for further soft-bounce use. It works fine, and clicks in place if you put in on the right way.There is no LCD screen with readouts, and I don't miss them. It could possibly be useful in low light, but you can see the settings in your camera viewfinder for the most part.A red LED on the front center, under the nameplate, blinks when in wireless modes. A light sensor is located here as well, which seems to work well. I prefer it be in the center, as many of my Nikon units it is on the side and gets covered up if holding the flash, or just seems to be on the wrong side when off-camera and positioned for the main flash or TX to reach it. The system seems to work every bit as good as my Nikons for off-camera CLS use. I often use the Nikon SU-800 transmitter in this case.In video mode, the dual LEDs put out a fair amount of light, which is then controlled by the power/compensaton dial from low to full power output. The light seems clean and balanced in the image. No funky blue color shift, its color-balanced well, so I may use this function more than I had even plannedfor a little on-camera fill for video or even stills. Its useful for aiding in focusing and seeing the subject in very dim lighting as well. The LED turns blue to the right when in this video mode. In every other function to dial LEDs are lit in white.Another great feature that I wanted this flash for: true high-speed sync (called HSS in the Nikon system). I have tested exposures shot in broad daylight with a little bit of flash-fill, shot at 1/2000 sec., with great results. Enabling higher shutter speeds to use lenses and wider apertures in bright light is very useful for me. For a few of the test pictures I have uploaded, these images were made with a Nikon D300s (my D4 works well too) whose top sync speed of 1/250 is expanded in HSS mode. Images were shot with a Tamron 60mm f/2 MACRO lens at very close distances to subject, at f/2.8 at 1/2000 shutter, balancing daylight well and also providing great exposure even at such a close subject range. I am impressed. Also, there is no buttons or mode to fool with to enable the HSS, it just works when it needs to (provided your camera body is capable and set right).A few niggles I might mention:when using rechargeable AA's, the two slots close to the back of the flash are tighter, making those two batteries harder to remove. This is not the case with regular alkalines or lithium AA's, only with the slightly fatter rechargeables (I have multiple eneloop and eneloop XX versions). I can easily remove them with a slight tap on the other side of the flash however.I really wish the flash head when tilted was flush with the rest of the flash (like almost all regular flashes are). I guess this is part of the design to keep it so small, but it would be even nicer and more compact to store if the head and body were flush. I much prefer to store the flash in my camera bag in the tilted position. That said, the design is just the opposite: the storage pouch has the flash head tilted down, and the diffuser is stored under the flash in a cube-shaped pouch. As small as it is, its more like using the space of a small prime in your bag.The bigger compensation dial, although having nice clicks, is a bit too loose for my comfort, making me worry that the dial could be unintentionally moved too easily in use or in storage.I actually like that there is no unlock button to tilt the head or swivel it. Its just another pain to deal with onmy Nikons, as long as the design is good and the indentations provide enough force to hold position well, which they do.ADDITONAL info for users that may use this flash in a manual setting on different camera brands:As I also shoot with the Fujifilm X system (X-T1), I had thought about getting this flash for the Fuji system (which the dedicated version is now available for). I decided to go ahead and get the Nikon version, as I use Nikons for my day-job. The added benefit of the wireless TTL system with the Nikon CLS is very useful to me, that function would not be available (at this time) for the Fuji system. I can happily report (as I had hoped) that the flash functions beautifully on the Fuji X-T1 in manual mode. It fires perfectly, and using the manual dial is very easy to set the right exposure quickly. I can also carry it with a couple of radio slaves for a very small flash system for the X-system. To those wanting this flash for the smaller mirrorless cameras, I can say it would be a great match as well. I cant comment in terms of function for other brands, but it does work well in manual mode for the Fuji X-T1, and the size looks absolutely perfect for this camera. The manual dials of the flash work in concert with such a camera as well.This Nissin i-40 flash is designed in Japan, and manufactured in China. It seems solid despite its tiny size. I would be worried if it was dropped onto a hard surface, but durability is in question with any product. I will report any faults or problems I have with the unit as I use it more. If this flash had the added benefit of a built-in radio RX it would be even more highly desirable.
    Date published: 2014-12-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, simple flash This is an amazingly versatile, yet easy to operate flash. It is refreshing to be able to control the flash's myriad functions without digging around in a menu. The video light is an interesting plus. I am very pleased with this product.
    Date published: 2014-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh ... WOW I am using Nikon D610 - it works with D610 wireless Commander just fine!!! - it is super SMALL and LIGHT. - it's controls at the back is REALLY easy to understand & to use. - it has constant light for video. - it comes with Diffuser, Stand and carry bag.
    Date published: 2014-07-06
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