Independent Japanese flash manufacturer Nissin has announced it is to introduce a new wireless flash system that uses radio transmission. The first gun to be compatible with the company’s Nissin Air System (NAS) will be an adapted version of the Di700 flash unit. The Di700A will have the same specification as the GN48m/157ft current model, but will also feature a 2.4GHz radio transmitter that will be able to communicate with other NAS guns and the Nissin Commander Air 1 command unit from a distance of up to 30m. The Di700A head, which has a 24-200mm zoom head and a top sync speed of 1/8000sec, will be equipped with three channels so it can be controlled in groups with up to 21 other heads.

The new Nissin Commander Air 1 is designed to sit in the hotshoe of compatible cameras and will be able to remotely control and trigger NAS equipped flash guns. The commander can deal with three groups of flashes, and can apply up to +/-2EV TTL flash exposure compensation. It allows 8 steps of manual output control, high speed synchronization as well as 1st and 2nd curtain triggering.

Both Di700A and Commander Air 1 will be available in Canon and Nikon fits this month, with Sony compatibility promised for May. For those with Nissin guns who want NAS functionality the company has said that there will be a radio receiver arriving 'in the future'.

The new Nissin Di700A will cost $238/£209.94, and the Commander Air 1 will be $75/£59.94, but the pair together in a kit will be $258/£239.94.

For more information visit the Nissin website, where you can also download a compatibility chart in PDF format.

Press release:

Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 announced

Kenro Ltd, the UK distributor of Nissin Flash guns and accessories, has announced a new version of the popular Nissin Di700.

The new Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System Flash guns.

Radio transmission is more flexible than optical systems as it doesn't rely on line of sight and is less susceptible to angle and obstacle limitation, plus coverage of the new Nissin Air System is up to 30m.

Transmission Channels and radio transmission IDs can be set to prevent misfiring in the event of signal interference on the same channel.

The Nissin Commander Air1 can control 3 groups of new Nissin Di700A flash (maximum 21 guns).

Nissin Commander Air 1 Functions:

  • Select Dial with a simple user of interface
  • Support TTL compensation ± 2EV
  • 8 steps of Manual output
  • Manual zoom coverage 24 - 200mm
  • High-speed synchronization 1/8000 sec
  • 1st and 2nd curtain synchronization
  • AF assist light
  • 8 Channels
  • Capacity approx. 3,000 flashes
  • Uses 3 x AAA batteries

Nissin Di700A Functions:

  • Stylish design and simple operation
  • A wide range of zoom angles from 24-200mm
  • Guide No: GN48 at 105mm zoom head position (at ISO 100 in metres)
  • Rotating lock release button
  • Recycle time 0.1 - 4 secs
  • Number of flashes approx. 200 - 1500
  • High-speed synchronization up to 1/8,000 seconds shutter speed
  • Wireless TTL slave for A/B/C groups
  • Standard & 3.5mm PC sync terminal
  • Quick-loading battery magazine - BM-02
  • Compatible with Power Pack
  • Uses 4 x AA batteries

The Di700A and Air1 are available in Canon & Nikon fits in March, with Sony Fit due in May.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "The Nissin brand has really come of age with the introduction of high quality flash guns that compete head on with leading camera manufacturers' dedicated units. Not only are Nissin flash guns very high spec but offer excellent value for money."

"The new Nissin Air System comes hot on the heels of the award-winning Nissin i40 flash launched last year, and we are expecting just as much interest from photographers in this new wireless flash system."

"While the Di700A gun has its own built-in receiver, Nissin is also planning to launch a radio receiver for non-NAS flash guns that will simply fix to the flash's hot shoe. Watch this space!"