Chinese lighting manufacturer Nicefotoâ€”the company behind the pioneering N-Flash series of wireless studio flashesâ€”has introduced three new lines of studio heads: A, B and C, all of them mains powered and with built-in radio triggering and TTL support.
There is very little to distinguish Nicefoto’s A, B and C series, except the physical shell and the energy levels available. All models in all series have the same backlit LCD control panel, a grab handle, a Bowens S-fit accessory mount and are made of aluminium alloy. All have 10W, 5500K LED modelling lamps and two built-in cooling fans. The flash tubes are all user-replaceable. All have manual power control down to 1/128 power and a built-in 2.4 GHz wireless receiver, allowing TTL when used with either the TX-N02 (for Nikon) or TX-C02 (for Canon) radio transmitters.
Recycle times are similar across the board, too. Most are just under 1 second at full power, or slightly above for the more powerful models.
None of these heads support high-speed synchronisation. But, in the studio you probably won’t need it. The trigger is the same as that used for Nicefoto’s other recent TTL flashes, including the modular K-series and the self-contained N6, which we recently reviewed.
Nicefoto A series
Nicefoto B series
Nicefoto C series
Though lots of manufacturers are producing portable flashes with TTL, not all of them support mains power. Some that do include the Profoto D2, Godox AD600 (with AD-AC adapter) and Jinbei HD-610/RoveLight HD610 (with AC adapter).
Most of these are 600J or below. The introduction of the Nicefoto B10 TTL.M makes it the most powerful mains-powered TTL studio flash on the market, jointly with the Profoto D2 AirTTL 1000. Of course, some photographers might question the benefit of adding TTL â€” typically used on location â€” to a studio lamp that needs to be plugged into the mains.
One benefit would be that you don’t have to use these features in the studio, but you still have a very capable studio head, which can then be taken on location with a battery inverter or extension cords on occasion.
Not all models have gone on retail sale yet, but here are some listings we’ve found.
For more information, visit the Nicefoto web site.
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