Best camera flash for portrait photography: 6 models tested and rated

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Nissin MF18 Macro Flash

Best camera flash for portrait photography: Nissin MF18 Macro Flash

Price: £280, $440
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The self-contained Nissin MF18 has a Guide Number of GN16 (ISO100) and provides slightly greater maximum output than either the Ray Flash or Orbis with a flashgun.

It comes with a range of adapter rings for mounting the flash ring tube directly onto lenses with filter threads of 52-77mm, although wide-angle shooting results in extreme vignetting.

The flash tube is driven from a controller that sits in the camera’s hotshoe. This has plenty of onboard controls, accessed via an intuitive menu that uses a colour LCD, similar to that of the Nissin Di866 MkII.

Pros… Good onboard controls, easy attachment
Cons… Notches on the flash tube can be seen in catchlights
WE say… It produces an even lighting effect

Score: 3/5

PAGE 1: Ray Flash Adapter
PAGE 2: Rotolight RL48-B Creative Colour Kit
PAGE 3: Orbis Ringflash
PAGE 4: Nissin MF18 Macro Flash
PAGE 5: Bowens Ringlite Converter
PAGE 6: Lencarta Safari Li-on Ringflash Kit
PAGE 7: 5 things to look for in a flashgun for portrait photography


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