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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Withdrawn: Nissin Di866 II Flash Monolight Bracket Canon 580EX II alternate

 Item updated in the last 24 hours Item price reduced in the last 24 hours   Nissin Di866 II Flash Canon 580EX 430EX II Monolight Alternate Mint

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Price: $195.00
Payment method: PayPal
Item condition: 10 Preowned equipment, but appears as new
Shipping instructions: Priority Mail (Continental US only) and PayPal Fee included

I have a Nissin Di866 MkII flash for Canon. It is in mint condition (used a few times as a monolight) and includes the original Nissin soft pouch and stand. I've also printed out the instructions in color. I'm selling it as it is a backup and one more than I really need.

The flash is highly rated and has some features the 580EX II doesn't have, including a color LCD screen that flips depending on the flash orientation. In addition to being able to act as a master or slave in the Canon Wireless ETTL II system, the Di866 II also has a built in optical slave that can be set to respond to the first or the second (if a pre-flash is used) flash burst. Those two features were the reason I got it to use as a monolight.

Based on ratings, the Di866 II is also more powerful than the 580EX II - which I can attest to. I have both a 580EX II and 430EX II. To keep the flash from becoming obsolete as Canon upgrades the ETTL II flash system or builds features into newer camera bodies, the Di866 II allows the flash to have it's firmware updated via a USB port.

You have to send it in to the USA distributor (Minox in New Hampshire - great to deal with) and they do it for free (you pay the shipping). It has firmware, which is what I need for my Canon 60D. I believe there is a newer version for the latest cameras like the 5D MkIII.

I've added a unique custom bracket that allows the flash to be used on it's side mounted on top of a light stand just like a regular monolight. It can be tilted up/down at any angle and used with an umbrella as the mount itself has a slot for it. The flash can be mounted on the bracket from either side. I had no trouble firing the flash with an infrared flash trigger that was invisible to the naked eye.

The umbrella and stand are for reference only and not included.

I would prefer to be contacted with a PM. I'm retired and around, so I usually can respond quickly. I'm a newcomer to the FM site so I thought it would be appropriate to share my Ebay transaction record as a reference. You can check my user name ("Bob_Pochman") where I have over 800 feedbacks that were 100% positive - with most of them coming a while back where that really meant something.

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Dec 14, 2013 at 06:28 PM

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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Withdrawn: Nissin Di866 II Flash Monolight Bracket Canon 580EX II alternate

I'm interested but have a question (i'm totally new to flash photography)... Can i put the flash on a stand and have the camera figure out the right exposure and power of flash to use or do i have to set up the flash manually?

Dec 16, 2013 at 06:17 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Withdrawn: Nissin Di866 II Flash Monolight Bracket Canon 580EX II alternate

The answer is yes - if you have the right camera. Canon uses a Master Slave wireless system that lets the camera figure the right setting and transmit it to the camera. The trick is that you have to have both a master and a slave to make it work. Some canon flashes can be both a master and a slave and some can only be a slave. The Nissis Di866 II is like the Canon 580EX II in that it can be a master or a slave.

Most canon cameras DON'T have a built in master capability, but some do. If you have one that does (I have a 60D, which does) all I have to do is set the Nissin to ETTL II slave mode and it does what the 60D tells it to. If your camera doesn't have that capability you need to have two flash units (with the right capabilities) and set the one on the camera to be the master and the other to be the slave. Then you have wireless ETTL II control of both flash units. If you only have two flash units you can get a long (25') off camera cord and set the master flash far from the camera body (as in a typical studio setting).

I've tried to make a complicated issue simple, but you can google "Canon ETTL II Wireless" and likely find out a lot more. I hope this helps. If you can be more specific as to the camera you have and what you are trying to do I might be able to narrow my focus a bit.

Dec 16, 2013 at 06:32 AM
John Skinner
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Withdrawn: Nissin Di866 II Flash Monolight Bracket Canon 580EX II alternate

BUMP for a great flash unit.

I have 6 of these and they walk all over the 3 SB-900's in my second bag.

Dec 23, 2013 at 09:33 AM

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