MeiKe MK420: a Li-ion radio-enabled TTL flash for Sony

The MeiKe MK420 Speedlite, a future wireless TTL flash for Sony, has been announced.

MeiKe MK420 Speedlite

The MeiKe MK420 Speedlite, a future wireless TTL flash for Sony, has been announced.

The device, which is still in development, will have a built-in 2.4GHz radio transceiver, enabling master and slave control and high-speed synchronisation at up to 1/8000 second with Sony cameras.

MeiKe MK420 Speedlite

Users can opt between Li-ion battery packs or common AA batteries to power it. While AAs are easier to find, flashes powered by lithium batteries, such as the Godox Ving series, tend to have faster recycle times and last longer between charges. Having both options means you can use AAs as backups and don’t have to worry about your flash becoming a paperweight if a proprietary battery pack were discontinued.

MeiKe MK420 Speedlite

The MK420 specs include a 2-Watt “assistive LED light”. As well as providing conventional autofocus assist functionality, if it is like the MK320 then it might work as a modelling or video light too.

MeiKe MK420 Speedlite

So far the company has only provided us with 3D renders of the MK420, but MeiKe tell us they “would launch it in the market formally” in two or three months’ time (i.e. summer 2016). They may be testing the market’s response to the concept to determine the scale of production. While Sony may have announced its own TTL radio triggers, there is no sign of them making a lithium flash yet.

Features

  • Guide number (GN) 42
  • 2.4GHz master and slave control
  • High-speed synchronisation up to 1/8000 second
  • TTL, manual and RPT (repeat/stroboscopic)
  • Optical slave sensor (S1/S2 modes)
  • –7 to 90 degree vertical tilt
  • 0 to 270 degree horizontal swivel
  • Option of AA or 8.4V lithium batteries

What do you think about the MeiKe MK420? Is this something you might consider buying? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

For more information on MeiKe products, visit mkgrip.com.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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