Hahnel Modus 360RT flashgun review

The Hahnel Modus 360RT flashgun packs a wealth of high-end features and performance into a compact, lightweight build

Hahnel Modus 360RT flashgun
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Feature-rich flashguns tend to be big, hefty affairs that make for a somewhat top-heavy combination in the hotshoe of a fairly small mirrorless camera. The Modus 360RT redresses the balance with its compact, lightweight build. Even so, there’s a lot shoehorned into its diminutive frame, including RF and optical wireless master/slave modes, high-speed sync and programable stroboscopic modes, and it even has a secondary LED lamp, all powered by a high-capacity Li-ion battery pack. However, maximum flash power isn’t overly generous.

Pros

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    Wide-ranging dedication version

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    Big features, small build

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    Built-in RF transceive

Cons

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    Modest maximum power output

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    Old-fashioned control panel

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    Only 270-degree overall swivel

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The Hahnel Modus 360RT is a smart, small flashgun that won’t weigh you down, but it’s not lacking in high-end features, making it a very versatile bit of kit. It’s available in a variety of dedicated versions to suit Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and Micro Four Thirds cameras, all complete with automatic TTL (Through The Lens) flash metering. It’s very much a downsized edition of the fully-grown Hahnel Modus 600RT Mk II, yet retains all of the key attractions while adding a couple of extras. It’s actually quite amazing how much Hahnel has managed to pack into this compact flashgun, as we’ll come to in ‘key features’.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.