Nissin MG8000 Extreme flashgun review: is this the best flashgun ever?

Nissin MG8000 Extreme flashgun review: is this the best flashgun ever?

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.

Nissin MG8000 Extreme flashgun review: is this the best flashgun ever?

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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.

Score: 4/5


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  • Umberto Amante

    “I bought a Phottix Mitros based on a review plus the Pottix rep
    boasting about how good the flash is. It’s just not good. So I bought a
    Nissin Extreme MG8000 and found out what it’s like to have a flash that
    can keep up with event photography in both TTL and master mode. My first
    $300 MItros failed and went back for repair. Now it works but can not
    keep up with the recycle time I need
    when shooting. I use Yongnuo YN-560EX for wireless slave flash and the
    Nissin triggers them every time but the Mitros does not. If you are
    doing portrait work the Phottix might be ok but the recycle time is
    ridiculous. I spent $300 on the Phottix and then spent another $500 to
    get a real flash in the Nissin MG8000 so I guess you can see how much I
    do not recommend the Phottix. I can shoot about 500 shots with the
    Nissin before I have to change to a fresh battery pack (a genius
    solution to the battery handling mind you). I can shoot very few with
    the PHottix before I just put it back in it’s fancy case.”

  • Heather G. Art

    Is it normal for the downloaded instructions to come with adverts and poor English grammar?