Friday, August 7, 2009

Nissin Di866 Pro Flash

Nissin has been quite aggressive with their flashes these days, and a new one just came on the market, the Di866 Pro. From the looks of it, it has all the makings of a flash that strobist would use.

This is a link to their Japanese website, and here is the Google translated version.

From what I can tell, it is a powerful flash. The guide number is 40 @ ISO100 and 35mm. This is more powerful than the Nikon SB800 or SB900. It has a PC sync port, manual power adjustments to 1/128, and even Nikon CLS. From the manual, it can be a CLS master. This is one flash that is trying to take the place of the SB900.

At the time of this writing, RedDotPhoto is selling it at $410, which is a really good price if it works as it should and if the flash output is consistent and reliable. Here is a link to the quick manual and here is a link to the full manual.


  1. Thanks for the links, reviews are hard to find but the manual clears up a lot of questions.
    Again thanks

  2. I just found a simple review by someone in Malaysia...

  3. it has only 1/300 1:1 speed and WB is warmer.
    you'd have problems mixing sb's (1/1000s)

  4. Hi,

    I am Arnd Abraham from MINOX USA, exclusive Nissin distributor for the US. I was trying to get in contact with Strobist hrough several emails regarding product reviews etc. May be you can help me to move forward. Who is the right person to discuss product reviews and advertising on


    Arnd Abraham
    Director Sales & Marketing

  5. I ordered one of these last week off ebay. I'll be sure to let you know what i think of it when I get it ;)

  6. Does the Nissin Di866 have a plug to plug in a pocketwizard II? and what type, the same at the canon 580EX II?

  7. Based on the manual pg. 35, it has a X-terminal. If your cable fits the X-terminal, then it would work.