Nissin blow away rivals with new ‘machine gun’ flash

Japanese manufacturer Nissin Digital have announced a new speedlight, the MG8000 Extreme, capable of 1,000 consecutive flashes without overheating.

Nissin MG8000 Extreme

Japanese manufacturer Nissin Digital have announced a new speedlight, the MG8000 Extreme, capable of 1,000 consecutive flashes without overheating. The flashgun was first unveiled at the CP+ trade show in Japan this month and is poised to outperform even the industry-leading Nikon SB-910 and Canon 580EX II.

Nissin MG8000 Extreme

Wielding a quartz flashtube – found more commonly in studio lights than in system flashes – the MG8000 apparently handles heat much better than rival products from Nikon and Canon. For the first 200 shots, the recycle time is three seconds, which then increases to up to seven seconds but without any drop in light intensity.

Nissin MG8000 Extreme

Owners of this “machine gun” speedlight are treated to a full colour display, a tilting, swivelling head, metal hotshoe foot, full Nikon or Canon TTL, advanced wireless control (master and slave) and a secondary fill flash. There is an input port for external battery packs and a USB port for firmware updates. You can zoom from 24 to 105mm and adjust intensity down to 1/128 of full power.

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Where to buy

Nissin reps say the projected price is around 50,000 yen, or £400 (source) on shelves in the next month or so. The Nissin MG8000 Extreme is listed by Park Cameras (UK) for pre-order at a “Competitive Price TBC”.

A list of Nissin distributors is available on the manufacturer’s web site.

Would you switch from Canon or Nikon flashes to a third party offering like this one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
  • JackAllTog

    Both 3 & 7 second recycle time sounds long, i wonder how many full power flashes it can give when charged – just one?

    Also if its using studio flash techniques – how long is the light pulse at lower powers?

  • JackAllTog

    If my translator works:
    Frequency of radiation: Approximately 150~1,500 time (at the time of internal battery use)
    flash duration: 1/600~1/30000

    lovely quick flashes 🙂

  • scott

    3 seconds to full on an internally loaded batteries is pretty quick, and certainly no slower than OEM. The fact it can do that for over 100 flashes is amazing.

    Yes, only one full power flash per charge. That is the definition of a full power flash, completely dumping the charge.

  • jerry

    can anyone tell me if this recycle time will change with the external battery pack? It usually goes to one second with an external pack on the Canon’s and Nikon’s. That would be great if the Nissan does this too. je

    • David A. Selby

      Yes, it should go down to around one second on a battery pack, as with Nikon & Canon flashguns.

  • VisX

    I have 2 Nissin 866 flashes for Nikon. One of them became faulty after a few months. In which it will always flash in full power no matter what setting. I got a replacement from the distributor. And then months later, same problem. 🙁

  • Zesix

    I have the same problem with my Nissin Di866 Mark II (4): dead after 2 months. Won’t even turn on.

    I also have problems with Canon 580EX II (8) and Metz 58AF-1 (3)- all doing the same thing.

    Switched to ATG Gold QFlash/Metz 60&70 Series and ATG Nissin Pro (aka MG8000) mean no more problem.

  • Yeah? and what about Hi-sync speed and 2nd curtain sync?
    I wasted hard earned money with a Di622 before that couldn’t sync past 160.
    And then it died.

  • As I was typing somebody posted a link to the Nissin site, and it said both Hi-speed and 2nd curtain sync are supported. I just hope this one lasts.

  • The interesting question is: what guidenumber will it have at 35mm?