Tumax Digital Studio Slave DSS688 speedlight released

A new universal off-camera hotshoe flash has been released, the Tumax DSS688.

Tumax Digital Studio Slave DSS688

Tumax Digital Studio Slave DSS688

Krakow: Polish distributor Delta (trading as Foto-Tip) have released a new universal slave flash, the Digital Studio Slave DSS688 by Tumax. Designed for use in off-camera lighting, the speedlight offers a range of synchronisation options and manual power control.

The DSS688 flash head tilts 90°, swivels 270°, zooms from 28-85mm and has a guide number (GN) of 45 at the 85mm setting. A pull-out bounce card and snap-on diffuser are included. The unit normally takes four AA batteries but can be run on a 6V DC power source via a socket in the side of the body.

As well as an Iso hotshoe foot, the Digital Studio Slave features a Prontor/Compur (PC) triggering port and an optical slave mode that can detect up to nine pre-flashes. What’s more, there is a 3.5mm output port allowing photographers to “daisy-chain” flashes together with 3.5mm-PC cords and fire them in unison. With such a variety of triggering options the DSS688 bears resemblance to the “Quad Sync” LumoPro LP160 released back in June.

Manufacturer specifications

  • Guide number of 45 (metres, Iso 100, 85mm setting)
  • Focal lengths of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm
  • Tilt positions of 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
  • Swivel from 180° left to 90° right
  • Power settings 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
  • Auto exposure (not TTL) settings f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8
  • Photocell modes S0-S9
  • Recycling time from 0.3 – 7 sec
  • Power supply of 4*AAs or 6VDC input
  • 80 full power flashes per charge
  • Dimensions: 72 * 132 * 102mm
  • Net weight: 270g

For further information, visit the manufacturer’s product page or the original press release (in Polish).

Where to buy

The Tumax DSS688 is available from Foto-Tip’s web site and eBay store for 299 PLN / 124.99USD / £79.99 including a two year warranty.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.