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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:12 am 
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The Nissin Di866 Professional can indeed work wirelessly with Canon products, but it cannot "see" the signals as readily as Canon Speedlites, in my experience, so it is best used as the Master flash. (In hindsight, I would rather have purchased a pre-owned 580EX for about the same price I paid for the Di866 Professional.) This is based upon using a 580EX and ST-E2 as Master units to control the Di866 Professional and Canon Speedlites. I have yet to try using the pop-up flash of a 7D as the Master flash.

In my experience, the lower portion of the remote/slave Nissin must be facing the Master Canon device fairly directly, whereas a remote Canon is less demanding in this regard. Of course, the presence of objects to reflect the signal would probably help a remote/slave Nissin to better receive the signal.

Another thing I noticed is that the Nissin behaved inconsistently at one location, when used as the only flashgun, mounted on my 40D. The scene had much confused ambient light from disparate sources, and was at night. I am not sure if this was a problem with the camera or the Nissin, or a perfect storm of events that might have caused problems, regardless, but the Nissin
has not misbehaved on either of my 7D cameras. (Notably, I was using a 24mm 2.8 lens that vignettes rather badly; let's keep in mind that in TTL modes, the flashgun is reading information gathered through the lens, and responds accordingly.)

I have not tried the strobing as shown by Jiko, so cannot address that question.

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To clarify my above post, the Mark II version of the Di866 is the one dubbed "Professional" by Nissin, as I understand it. (I just closely compared the original and Mark II at the Amazon site.) My wife disposed of the Nissin box and papers while "organizing" things; the flashgun itself is not labelled as Mark II, just Di866 Professional. Luckily for me, the menu is very intuitive, so I can live without the papers.

The Nissin Di866 Professional lives-up to its guide number, being slightly but notably brighter than a 580EX, when I test each in a large dark room, with the same camera and lens. I do not yet own a 580EX II for comparison.

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In my opinion, the 580 is really for pro use. There are sockets to hook things up to and it is weatherproof. There is also a dial for changing the settings, so this is faster than using the buttons. There is a bit more power, a larger head, and I believe a bounce card. It will obviously act as a master, but you can easily trigger it other ways.

If you don't need the above features, the 430 will be more than good enough. I find it more advanced than what I currently need. The TTL is useful, but the zooming flash tube isn't greatly required at the moment.

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I recently, finally, acquired a 580EX II! Canon USA was conducting a factory rebate program until 04 February 2012, with several lenses and flashguns. My budget could not nearly accommodate the lenses on my wish list, so I purchased the 580EX II. Soon afterward, I had to shoot photos in the rain, and it was comforting to know the II is weather-sealed better than its predecessor. The gasketing and the extra coverage at the foot, to better cover the flash shoe, are obvious differences.

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