Posts Tagged ‘Nissin Di866’

After couple of months of hetic schedules and assignments, personal and work wise, finally i was manage to start my blog again. Time again to clean the cobb web and put some fresh flower pots next to the window.

So for today, let me share some of the photos taken at my recent assignments. Enjoyed! and hoped to see you back here again.

Celebrating Kian Seng + Lay Hoon

wedding photo

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Celebrating Choon + Pei Pei

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Celebrating Chin Yang + Bee Gaik

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I had plenty of fun during these assignments and i know the couples did too. Stay tuned as i will create a new post soon (not w months of few weeks, should be within the next few days :))

Until then…


Yen’s a close friend of mine and her grandmother’s birthday was coming up so she asked if I could take a few snaps for her. I happily obliged – her grandmother’s one very feisty lady with a lot of character and they’ve a big family so it was a  fun experience shooting the dinner at Starview. Took this opportunity to use high ISO and a few shots using Nissin Di866.











Finally…. i know it was a tough decision but i believe i had choosen the correct one.

At the beginning, I had to choose between Nikon SB900, Metz 58AF or Nissin Di866, took me a while to think through all my options and asking myself what I were looking for and where I am heading with this. After weeks of soul searching and googling, I know this much is true.

1) I really wanted to learn more about strobe & studio lightning. Not that I dont like having a Tamron 90mm f2.8 by my side but I should explore my Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 before i made another lens purchase.

2) Getting a SB900 will be awesome since I can make full use of Nikon CLS system, but hold on… D5000 doesnt have a master build-in into the pop up flash. If I have a SB900, how do I trigger? I would need a wireless trigger or trigger using optical trigger (another flash). And if i spend RM1.6k buying a flash that can only be trigger using optical trigger (assume that I dont want to spend more on a pocketwizard or phottix Aster), it kinda sucks right? A wireless trigger will be more flexible and does not relly on line of sight to trigger the second flash.

3)Fine, then get SB600 and Phottix Aster and do wireless trigger….technically, SB600 is lower in power when compare to Nissin Di622, again it make no sense to get a SB600 if i need more power …

4)If you compare Di866 with Metz 58AF, Di866 is slightly more powerful in Guide # 60m at 105mm compare to 58mm at 105mm(Metz) and although Metz 58AF’s features are slightly better, will that worth paying additional RM600~RM700…i dont think so.

Di866 side to side comparison with my old Nissin Di622

Nissin Di866 has a colour digital screen

Nissin Di866 come with a sub-flash that can be activated when the head are set to bounce position.


* Usable camera : CANON digital camera, NIKON digital camera
* Guide Number (ISO100) : 60m, 198ft. (105mm), 40m, 132ft. (35mm)
* Focal length Coverage : 24~105mm (18mm with wide angle diffuser)
* Power Source : 4 x AA battery
* Recycle Time : 0.1-5.5 sec. (Alkaline, NiMH)
* Number of Flashes : 150-1500 times
* Flash Duration : Manual mode 1/300 (Full Power) , TTL mode 1/300-1/30000 sec.
* Energy Saving : Auto power off  Off, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60 mins
Stand-by mode  30 sec.
Display off  Display screen switch off
* Color Temperature : 5600K
* Flash Power Control System : Full Auto  E-TTL, E-TTL II (for Canon), i-TTL (for Nikon), Ev compensation adjustment on camera
TTL  E-TTL, E-TTL II (for Canon), i-TTL (for Nikon), [Advanced] Ev compensation, Manual zoom, Sub-flash allowed
Auto Aperture Flash  F1.4-F16 (ISO100), 1/3 Ev steps, [Advanced] Manual zoom, Sub-flash allowed
Manual Power  Full-1/128, 1/3Ev steps, [Advanced] Manual zoom, Sub-flash allowed
Multi-flash  Frequency-90Hz, 1-90 times, Power 1/8-1/128
* Wireless Remote flash Slave:
Slave  Digital Slave / Film & Studio Slave, [Advanced] Sub-Flash Allowed
Wireless TTL  Master / Remote, 4 Channels,  3 Groups (A, B, C), Modes: Off/ TTL/ Manual, TTL Flash Ratio Adjustable
* Ev Compensation on flash : -0.3 – +3.0, 1/3Ev steps
* My TTL setting :  -0.3 – +3.0, 1/3Ev steps
* Bounce Function : Upward 90 degree, Left 90 degree, Right 180 degree
* Sub-flash: Manual Full – 1/8, 1Ev steps
* FE/FV Lock : [FEL] OR [*] Button for Canon, [AE-L] OR [AF-L] for Nikon
* Rear curtain sync. : Yes
* High speed sync. : Yes
* Red eye reduction mode for Nikon: Yes
* Slow sync. mode for Nikon: Yes
* Red eye reduction mode + Slow sync. mode for Nikon : Yes
* AF assist light distance : 0.7-10m
* Operation Control mode : Color Display (Auto Rotation)
* Firmware Upadate Terminal : USB
* X terminal : Yes
* External power pack socket : Nissin Power Pack PS-300, Canon original pack, Nikon original pack (except Nikon SD-9)
* Accessories : Soft Pouch, Flash Stand with Tripod screw
* Dimension : 134 x 74 x 110 mm
* Weight : 380gr. w/o battery

Apart from getting this, I am getting a Phottix Aster, a couple of receivers, light stands & umbrella. I will not get any softbox for this moment due to budget and secondly, umbrella give a wider area coverage when you bounce the light. Softbox has to wait…Further more, I still have my DIY Beauty Dish that i half complete, maybe its time to whip them out and make some modification.

Here’s a video on Umbrella vs Softbox….enjoyed.

I had posted before on the availability of a Firmware upgrade for Nissin Di622 here. The latest update as below when I wrote to them again. So looks like we have to wait for a little longer 🙂


Dear Chris

The firmware is ready for Nikon model only. But we are having problem with our update kit. Nissin HK has advised us the steps.

I shall keep you informed once the upgrade is availabe at our office.

Thank you and regards
Schmidt Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd



Nissin had introduced a new flashgun for Nikon camera a few months ago. The all new Di866 Professional Speedlight has an external auto-exposure sensor with 8 f-stops from f/2 to f/22 with compensation potential. And something addtional – fill-in sub flash, which will be activated by main flash when a bounce card in used.

The recycling time is around 3.5s and supposed to offer up to 150 full-power flashes per set of batteries. This is the first time Nissin incorporate a USB port for firmware upgrade. Bravo to Nissin 🙂

Apart from the USB port, there are 2 other connectors, the PC jack for synching with non-hotshoe cameras or triggering studio strobes/radio triggers and the powerpack connector.18250-zoom

Price Range:

Around RM9xx-RM10xx

G.No (Guide numbers):

Main flash 60(ISO 100, m) or 84(ISO 200, m) at 105mm lens angle coverage
Sub flash 12(ISO 100, m) or 17(ISO 200, m) for 35mm lens angle coverage

Power Source:

Battery magazie – 4 x LR6, (Lithium, NiMH and Oxiride are usable)
Power Pack – Nissin Power Pack Pro 300 (NiMH exclusive battery cluster)

Camera Synch:

TTL hotshoe (on camera flash)
PC cord service connector (off camera flash)
Wireless TTL, and Slave synchronization (off camera flash)*

* this mean Nissin Di866 will work with PT-04 (ebay-trigger), I had also confirmed this with Nissin Distributor in Malaysia. Attached the sample email i received from Nissin Support:


Regarding your questions, we would like to answer as follows:

The current Nissin flashes (including Di622) are not support X-contact trigger. That is the reason why it cannot trigger by any wireless flash system (including the PT-04 you mentioned).
Wireless flash system is only trigger though X- Contact. And we are planning to release it with firmware update in the end of September to the beginning of October.
Please send it to our distributor for update once released.

We’ve released the X-contact for Di866, which means should be ok under Av/M/Multiple mode.

Thank you.


This is also good news for owner of Nissin Di622. By upgrading your Di622 firmware, you will be able to sync up with a Radio Wave Trigger such as PT-04 (ebay trigger) !!!:) And to add on, the cost of upgrading is FREE if you purchased the Nissin flash from their Distributors. (In Malaysia, it is under and should be around September to October)

so in the mean time, check out the video about this new flash…..