Today I have received a package – a new flash for Fuji. But no, not the EF-X500, but the Nissin i60A. Why this way? Because of several vactors.First, for EF-X500 I was waiting and waiting and waiting and… nothing. Second, the Fuji flash is still missing on the shops’ shelves, and already is outdated and obsolete – offers only optical remote control while others offer radio controlled strobes, like Nikon SB-5000 or… Nissin i60A. And third – today the EF-X500, which is still missing in shops, costs 2299 PLN. And Nissin i60A – 1326 PLN.
The flash is inside of the small cardboard box. I got used to huge boxes of Nikon speedlights, like SB-910, so I was a bit surprised.
Inside the box, we find the flash in nice pouch. On the above photo I show the palm with thumb just to give the scale for size.
Taking the flash from pouch we can finally see it. Looks a bit strange to me.
This strange look is especially visible from the side. But at least it doesn’t look as weird as Nikon SB-27 for instance.
The flash head can be raised up to 90 degrees. But bad news for shooting macro: it is not possible to direct it down.
The flash head can be rotated – in any direction up to 180 degrees. This is good thing in comparison with majority of other flashes, where in most cases in one direction it rotates 180 degrees, but in the other just 90 degrees. By the way – the above picture shows the video light just above the “Nissin” word. But there are no miracles – this is only symbolic light, suitable for slight shadow lighting but definitely not for the main light.
There is a built-in fill-in reflector, allowing to direct part of the light to the subject, while majority of the light goes up, to the ceiling. This reflector is in the upper part of the flash head.
And the diffuser is installed in the lower part of the flash head. It is quite nice solution – either reflector or diffuser can be pulled out independently, not like in Nikon flashes, where you have to pull the diffuser in order to get the reflector pulled out.
Together with flash we get also the soft box. It’s construction allows for simultaneous use of soft box and fill-in reflector.
In addition we gest also the flash stand, which can be used to place the flash on a flat, horizontal surface, or mount it on the light pole as it has standard thread.
The control panel is very simple and easy to use. For basic use you don’t need to read the manual. But if you want to pair this flash with the Nissin Air 1 Controller, I strongly suggest reading it anyway.
The first impressions? The flash is surprisingly solid. I expected cheap, crappy plastic, but nothing like that at all. This is really a solid piece of hardware. And works very silently. In comparison with whistling Nikon flashes, it is almost hard to hear it. It isn’t very fast in loading, but for me it is still more than enough fast.
I haven’t had time to do any deep testing, but at least I have checked that Nissin i60A works perfectly with X-T1, X-T2 and X-Pro2.