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Review – Nissin Di622 Speedlight (for Canon)

Nissin Di622 Flash (available for Nikon and Canon)

Once in a while, great products come out in the market that not only offers quality but also great value. The Nissin Di622 external camera flash, available for both Canon and Nikon mounts is just that. While most OEM products are well worth their weight in dollars, many camera equipment are beyond the beginnere27s limited budget.

With repeated advice in my site to beginners to get a flash before anything else after their first camera kit, it’s about time that we review a low-cost, high-quality flashgun that’s out in the market today.

The Nissin Speedlite Di622 is manufactured by one of Japan’s oldest camera flash manufacturers, Nissin Marketing.  The Nissin Di622 (Di622 hereon out) is a mid-level flash model for the Nissin brand and it’s intended to match up against the mid-level offerings of Nikon and Canon (SB-600 and 430EXII, respectively) in terms of output and features.

NOTE: AN UPDATED NISSIN Di622 MARK II is available, read my full review here.

First the specs:

Usable camera – CANON digital camera, NIKON digital camera

Guide Number – 44m, 145ft. (ISO 100), 62m, 205ft. (ISO 200)

Variable power 6 levels:  Full – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 powers

Flash exposure control E-TTL and E-TTL II for Canon cameras / i-TTL for Nikon cameras

Power source 4X LR6 or equivalent Mi-MH, lithium, oxyride batteries

Recycling time 0.2 -4.7 sec., with fresh alkaline batteries / 0.2 -4 sec., with Ni-MH batteries

Energy saving system 5 minutes to stand-by mode, 30 minutes to shut down

Number of flashes 200-1500 flashes by fresh alkaline batteries

Illumination angle Digital lens : 16mm (14mm with wide angle diffuser) / by zooming reflector to – 18 – 24 – 35 – 47 – 57 – 70mm

Traditional lens : 28mm (20mm with wide angle diffuser) to – 28 – 35 – 50 – 70 – 85 – 105mm

Turning head 90-degrees upward, 90-degrees to the left, 180-degrees to the right

Slave mode Slave sync : with respect to the digital pre-flash system

Power level : same as the variable power above

AF Assist light Infrared LED for distance of 0.7 to 6 meter.

Color temperature 5,600K (same as daylight)

Flash duration 1/800sec. to 1/20,000sec.

Camera contact Hotshoe only (not compatible with the traditional hotshoe system)

Accessories included Shoe stand, pouch

Dimensions 77(W) x 130(D) x103(H) mm / 30(W) x 51(D) x 40(H) inches

Weight 315g (without battery) / 11oz

The main attraction for the Di622 is the cost. At roughly US$150 a unit,  it’s at least 40% cheaper than the equivalent Nikon or Canon unit, and it’s fully compatible with each brand’s TTL flash metering system.

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