Caler 580RF is Jinbei’s answer to the Yongnuo YN560 IV

Jinbei has introduced a simple manual speedlight with a built-in radio transceiver, called the Caler 580RF.

Caler 580

Chinese studio lighting giant Jinbei has introduced a speedlight with a built-in radio transceiver. The Caler 580RF is a manual-power flashgun that can trigger or be triggered by Jinbei’s 2.4GHz wireless system. Like Yongnuo’s Speedlite YN560 IV, you can use it as a radio master or a slave without buying separate transmitters or receivers. There is also a non-radio version, the Caler 580.

Caler 580

The Caler 580RF is Jinbei’s third “small flash” (after the MF100 and MF200) but the first to use a standard speedlight form factor. It runs on four AA batteries, with support for external battery packs, like Jinbei’s own Caler MF-22 and MF-44, to speed up recycle times. Controls are via a backlit LCD panel on the rear. There is a fake AF-assist panel on the front, suggesting Jinbei plans TTL versions in the same shell for the future.


  • Guide number (GN) 58
  • Manual power from 1/1 to 1/128
  • 24–105mm electronic zoom head
  • Recycle time up to 3 seconds
  • Optical slave
  • Stroboscopic mode: 2–100 flashes at 1–50 Hz
  • Supports external battery packs
  • PC sync port
  • 2.4 GHz master/slave

The radio function offers up to 999 groups with 8 channels for each group. You can use the 580RF as a master to trigger other 580RFs, or use Jinbei’s TRS-V transmitter on your camera to make quick remote power adjustments. The TRS-V is the same device used to communicate with Jinbei’s other studio lights, so you might be able to synchronise studio lights and small flashes in the same lighting setup.

Jinbei TRS-V radio transmitter

The Canon-style external power port permits the use of high-voltage battery packs to keep your AAs going longer and to reduce the recycle times. Jinbei sells two packs of its own, called the MF-22 and MF-44. There is also a Prontor/Compur (PC) sync jack on the side of the 580 and 580RF.

Caler 580 and Caler MF-22

Pricing has not yet been announced and these flashes do not appear to be on sale yet. For more information, visit the Caler 580 product page.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.