Kenko AI AB600-R flashgun has a head so clever it could qualify for Mensa

Kenko AB600-R
(Image credit: Intro 2020)

Kenko - a brand usually associated with lens filters and teleconverters - is out to dazzle the flashgun market with this, its first ever flashgun: the AB600-R AI. We wrote about the arrival of this new strobe last year, but we are not told that the hotshoe flashguns have now gone on sale in both Nikon and Canon fittings.

The 'AI' part of its model name gives you a clue as to its standout feature - like Canon's trailblazing Speedlite 470EX-AI, it boasts an Auto Bounce head that automatically calculates and moves the head to give you optimal bounce angle for more flattering flash illumination. The feature works whether your camera is in landscape or portrait orientation, and it can bounce sideways off a wall, or upwards off a ceiling.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.