Hong Kong: Following the demonstration of theirÂ FN-920 and FN-950 prototypes at Photokina, photographic supplierÂ MeiKe have released a manual flash, the MK930, to the market. Armed to the teeth with manual modes, optical slaves and power zoom, it sits next to the YN-560 for Strobist-friendly features, but at the slightly lower price point of US$69.99 shipped. Yongnuo’s YN speedlight range has now been improved with metal feet and increased reliability. Can MeiKe compete with their first venture into off-camera flash? Or will it turn out merely to be a poor imitation?
- Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128 power, plus “fine tuning”
- Electronic zoom: 24/28/35/50/70/85/105mm
- Prontor/Compur (PC) synchronisation port
- Two optical slave modes (claimed range 15m outdoors, 30m indoors)
- Supports 8 fps continuous shooting when set below 1/8 power
- Compatible with Nikon SD-8A type external battery packs
- Overheating protection
- Power saving mode
- Plastic flash foot with locking ring
- Looks like a Nikon SB-900 to the untrained eye
It is worth noting that the YN-560 takes Canon-type battery packs, whereas the MK-930 takes Nikon ones. Yongnuo YN-560s numbered YN12840000 onwards have metal hotshoe feet, whereas the MK930’s feet appear to be made of plastic.
|Guide Number||58 (105mm)|
|Power levels||Full – 1/128|
|Modes||Manual, S1, S2|
|Swivel||0 – 270Â°|
|Tilt||0 – 90Â°|
|Batteries||4 * AAs|
|Flash Duration||1/200~1/2000 sec|
|Recycle speed||~3 sec|
|Dimensions||200 * 75 * 57mm|
Where to buy
The MeiKe MK930 costs US$69.99 shipped and is available now on eBay, or you can get it for $59.00 plus postage from LinkDelight’s online store.