Thursday, April 7, 2011

New stuff: Nissin Di466 Flash

I seem to shoot a lot in the dark. I can't think of any good reason for this, but I've noticed most of my photos are at night, or indoors, or indoors at night. I hate built-in flash, so I almost always leave it off, relying on my favorite, bright lens instead, Panasonic's lovely 20mm f/1.7. But sometimes, I really need a flash. So I decided to take the jump and buy a real flash for my little camera. I got this: the Nissin Di466.

The real draw is the budget price. It's just P6,500 from Digital Walker. (It's $139 or P6,000 from Amazon, so it's a pretty fair deal.) And it's made for micro four thirds cameras. There are precious few options right now for micro four thirds users, so it was either this or Olympus' flashes, which are way more expensive. The little FL-14, which looks a little weak to me, starts at $199.

I'm still not a fan of flash photography, but I'll admit that it has its uses in the right situation. So far so good with the Di466. It's plenty powerful for a lot of situations. And it's made my 14-42mm kit lens useful again. I've avoided using it in dark situations, but now I don't have to anymore. 

It runs on 4 AA batteries, which can be a bummer to charge, but that's not unusual for flash units. I like how there's a built-in card to bounce the flash off, and you can tilt the flash head all the way up to 90 degrees.

Not too many great photos with the flash yet, but I'll try to post some when I've shot enough for a post.

P.S. I know I've been gone from blogging for a month now! Have a lot of catching up to do. Tech never stands still...

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