Irish photographic accessory maker HÃ¤hnel has released the Modus 600RT, their first flashgun. It is powered by lithium-ion batteries and has native support for the company’s 2.4 GHz wireless triggers, the HÃ¤hnel Viper and HÃ¤hnel Tuff TTL.
Lithium batteries have become increasingly popular as a power source for shoe-mount flashes, as they provide long life and fast charging times without the need for an external power pack. Built-in radio is also fast becoming a standard feature, with HÃ¤hnel hoping photographers will buy into their growing wireless flash ecosystem.
- Guide number 60 at Iso-100, 200mm
- “Extreme” Li-ion battery
- 1.5-second recycle time
- 550 full-power shots on a single charge
- TTL, manual and stroboscopic flash modes
- Built-in 2.4GHz transmitter and receiver, compatible with HÃ¤hnel Viper & Tuff TTL triggers
- High-speed synchronisation up to 1/8000 second
- 20â€“200mm zoom head
- Manual control down to 1/128 power
- Master or slave in one of three wireless groups: A, B or C (plus master group)
- USB port for firmware updates
The Modus 600RT looks a bit like a Canon 600EX-RT clone, but is offered at a far lower price point â€” around Â£230 for the flash itself, with bundles (including extra flashes and a Viper TTL transmitter) starting at Â£280. Spare batteries are Â£50. There are versions of the Modus 600RT for Canon, Nikon and Sony and you can mix and match the system with your existing flashes using extra Viper TTL radio receivers (Â£50 each).
For more information and a list of dealers, visit the manufacturer’s web site.