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Nissin Di866 flashgun for Alpha

Kenro, the UK distributor for Nissin, has announced that the powerful and fully featured wireless twin-head Di866 Professional Speedlite is now available in Sony hot shoe fit.

Initially launched in September 2009 with a Canon or Nikon fit, the Di866 is specifically designed for use with digital SLR cameras and comes with many ‘world’s first’ features. This new flash unit is simple to use and can also be fired wirelessly where it can be used as a master or receiver.

Check availability and price in your camera fitting from B&H Photo Video here

With a guide number of 60m (ISO 100 @ 105mm) the Di866 features Nissin’s original ‘My TTL’ user adjustable TTL light output level and is firmware upgradable thanks to an onboard USB port.

The gun also features high speed synchronisation and a fill in sub-flash (12m100 ISO), which is activated while the main flash is bounced and also has a built-in wide angle diffuser and catch-light reflector.

The flash gun comes with an auto-rotate colour display that stays upright whichever way the unit is tilted. The display utilises user-friendly icons to enable ease of operation.

“The Di866 has been a hit with photographers and journalists alike, with one reviewer describing the flash as ‘the most powerful hotshoe flashgun available,’ and I think everyone who uses the flash will agree with that statement,” says Kenro managing director, Paul Kench. “I’m delighted we are now able to offer this unit to Sony users.”

See for details of your nearest stockist, or call Kenro on 01793 615836 for more detail.

6 comments to Nissin Di866 flashgun for Alpha

  • Yeah, in Sweden it is about the same price as Sony HVL-F43AM…
    I want HSS, wireless and high GN – maybe the Sony is a better choice?


  • So DK, did you get around to test this beast?
    I’m thinking of a powerful flash for my A700.

    Thanks in advance!

    Sebastian / [SiC]

    • Yes, I have tested it, and I can confirm that it is a very good piece of equipment – especially it slave functions which allow use with a wide range of cameras. The report actually appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Photoworld, which is accessible to subscribers. One of the best features of the Nission is that you can set it up on a bracket attached to a NEX-5 or 3 (or 5n, or C3) and program the flash to fire in sync with the NEX flash. It is a very well-made flash with more working functions than anything else. My only issue was the price, which is higher than most independent flashguns (in the UK, anyway).

  • Dusty

    I’m anxiously awaiting the results!


  • admin

    It has now arrived for test, but I can not do this immediately I’ve got some other deadlines before April 1. Plan to get on to it ASAP. My main problem with tests is that I can never unpack the gear until I am ready to do the necessary studio photos of it, or dust and fingerprints wreck my pix. Have to break it out wearing surgical gloves to be sure of usable product shots.

  • Dusty

    It seems like the cheapest full featured non-Sony flash, but the specs do not state that it will do ADI.

    Have you tested an samples of this flash?