Nissin’s latest flashgun, the MG8000 Extreme, costs more than your average flashgun… but it also promises much more than your average flashgun. Does it live up to its hype? Find out in our Nissin MG8000 Extreme flashgun review.
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Nissin flashguns have traditionally offered plenty of poke for a relatively small outlay. However, with a price tag more at home on the most exotic Canon or Nikon flashguns, the MG8000 Extreme had better have a different ace up its sleeve.
Its secret is hidden away in the shape of a new quartz flash tube design. Whereas a conventional xenon tube will eventually overheat when fired continuously, the cool-running MG8000 can survive 1000 consecutive full power flashes without issue.
Of course, your batteries or model will probably have thrown in the towel during such an onslaught, but it nevertheless makes this a highly desirable flashgun for demanding users.
Also impressive are a high guide number rating of 60 and its fast three-second recycle time for the first 200 full-power shots fired, though the vents required to keep the flash head cool mean there’s no space for an internal diffuser or bounce card.
Instead, Nissin include a separate diffuser dome, while a secondary mini front flash makes a nifty fill light when bouncing the main head.
The MG8000 Extreme is available for Canon or Nikon cameras and there is full TTL metering with both.
You also get advanced wireless TTL options for configuring the MG8000 as a slave flash, or incorporating it into a group of flashguns.
Everything’s controlled by a small colour display panel which does the job but isn’t as clear as some rivals. Nissin’s cheap-feeling plastics and switches also lack finesse, but otherwise the MG8000 is a tempting buy.
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