Still waiting for Nikon to bring radio to the Creative Lighting System? Shenzhen-based flash maker Shanny has got so impatient that they did it themselves.
The Shanny SN910EX-RF is an i-TTL speedlight with master and slave control via 2.4GHz wireless signals. Shanny’s so-called W-CLS, or Wireless Creative Lighting System is (unless they know something we don’t) an aftermarket radio protocol for Nikon-compatible flashes. The SN910EX-RF is the for-Nikon equivalent to Shanny’s SN600EX-RF for Canon though there is no word on an SN-E3-RF-style controller for Nikon yet.
Using the SN910EX-RF, you have a capable on-camera TTL flash, or with several of them a wireless flash system with three independent flash groups and range of up to 50 metres. An on-camera SN910EX-RF acts as master and controls the power and settings of your remote SN910EX-RFs, as helpfully demonstrated by Shanny in their diagram below.
The radios in the SN910EX-RF are presumably similar to those in the SN600EX-RF and SN-E3-RF but they may or may not be compatible.
Shanny SN910EX-RF features
- GN 60m (Iso-100, 200mm)
- 1.8-second recycle time
- i-TTL, manual and RPT (stroboscopic) modes
- Manual control from 1/1 to 1/128 in ⅓-stop increments
- ±3 EV flash exposure compensation in ⅓-stop increments
- 20–200mm zoom
- Auto-FP Sync (HSS) to 1/8000 second
- 2.4GHz master and slave functions
- Three groups: A/B/C
- 50 metre range
- 15 channels
- S1 and S2 basic optical slave
- External battery port
- PC sync port
- Autofocus-assist lamp
According to the manufacturer, the Shanny SN910EX-RF is a “world first”. For its own W-CLS system, perhaps, but other radio-enabled Nikon flash options include the Phottix Mitros+, Nissin Di700A and Pixel X800N Pro.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but expect pricing on par with the Canon equivalent, the SN600EX-RF, which currently retails for US$125 to $150 on eBay. Edit: UKphotodistro has the SN910EX-RF listed for £170 including VAT.
A full hands-on review of the Shanny SN910EX-RF is in the works. For more information, visit szshanny.com.