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Nissin Di700a and Air 1 with A7RII and A7II

Discussion in 'Lighting Forum' started by dmward, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. dmward

    dmward TalkEmount Veteran

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    David
    UPS delivered two Di700a speedlites and an Air 1 commander this afternoon.
    Early testing demonstrates that this is essentially the same capability as the 600EX-RT with Canon that I used from its inception until abandoning Canon for Mirrorless.

    My immediate test confirm that it works in standard as well as HSS modes.

    I have not determined if its possible to use a flash on camera as the master for the other groups. That's my ideal setup. Using the commander on camera with three groups off camera is a nice capability but somewhat less useful.

    With the Canon 600EX-RT system, when using the STE3-rt on camera I often used 4 groups. The Nissan Air System offers only 3.

    At the moment I'm encouraged with the results. Definitely the best speedlite option I've found for Mirrorless systems since abandoning Canon.
     
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  2. dmward

    dmward TalkEmount Veteran

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    David
    Further research confirms that the speedlites can only be remotes for the radio triggering. That's a huge oversight.

    However, they are inexpensive enough to still be favored over the Mitros + from Phottix, at least until Phottix gets the Odin II done and available for Sony ISO hot shoe.
     
  3. metalmania

    metalmania TalkEmount Regular

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    I got one too. Simply great for my needs. I only use it for outdoor, with left hand holding it (or with a monopod) and right hand taking photos. For studio setup, I'd rather go with manual setups using Yongnuo flashes and triggers.
     
  4. dmward

    dmward TalkEmount Veteran

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    David
    The Nissan NAS system is a welcome option for the Sony cameras. I found that using TTL in 2, 3 or 4 light setups for headshots works well on location because its easy to change ratios and power without having to go to the lights.
    I know that its possible to do that with manual strobes. I have Cheetah Lights with remote power control which I've been using since I sold off my Canon kit.

    This Nissin kit looks promising. The no on camera flash is an inconvenience that I can work around in a fashion similar to what I've done with the Cheetah Lights. Basically, the same as your solution; holding the fill light in left hand while shooting with right hand.
     
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