Nissin Di866II Digital Flash for Canon Digital SLR & Powershot Hotshoe Cameras, Guide #198, with Zoom, Bounce & Power Ratio Features - Full 2 Year USA Warranty

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About Nissin Di866 II

The Nissin Di866 Digital Flash is designed for digital SLR cameras with many world's first and highest features in the class of clip-on type flash unit. Many featurers are installed, yet, the easy reading color display keeps the simple usability of Nissin's design concept. It is compatible with Canon digital SLR cameras and powershot hotshoe cameras.

The Nissin Di866 II is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits and more.The Nissin Di866 II is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Nissin Di866 II is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nissin Di866 II: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Good power output, Lightweight and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good power output (17),Fast recycling (16),Easy to use (15),Versatile (14),Consistent output (13),Durable (12),Lightweight (8)
Heavy (5)
Best Uses:
General purpose (15),Fill flash (12),Portraits (11),Night photography (8),Photojournalism (8)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (12),Pro photographer (5),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Nissin Di866 II Features

  • Auto rotation view color display
  • Fill-in sub-flash
  • 315V high voltage power series connector
  • Wireless TTL
  • Firmware up-date service via USB port
  • External auto-exposure sensor
  • Multi AF assist light
  • High Speed Synchronization (HSS)
  • MY TTL level setting
  • Battery Magazine quick loading system
  • G.No.60 (ISO100 in meter at 105mm) and G.No.198 (ISO100 in feet at 105mm)
  • Display always stay upright even flash unit turns for longitudinal frame
  • A small sub-flash fill-in while the main flash turns for bounce lighting
  • High voltage power pack enable the recycle time less than 1 sec.
  • Can update the firmware through USB port
  • Eight F-stops, from F2 to F22 with compensation capability
  • Multiple focus points are supported
  • FP flash function synchronizes to all high shutter speed over 1/250sec
  • 2 sec. loading by Nissin original battery magazine
  • TTL default level is adjustable

Nissin Di866 II Specifications

Main flash: 60 (ISO 100, m) or 84 (ISO 200, m) at 105mm lens angle coverage
Sub flash: 12 (ISO 100, m) or 17 (ISO 200, m) for 35mm lens angle coverage
Canon digital SLR cameras and Powershot hotshoe cameras
Power Source
Battery magazie: 4 x LR6, (Lithium, NiMH and Oxiride are usable)
Power Pack: Nissin Power Pack Pro 300 (NiMH exclusive battery cluster)
Recycling time
3.5 sec. by Battery Magazine with 4 x NiMH
0.5 sec. by Nissin Power Pack Pro 300
Number of flashes
150 full power flashes per set of NiMH batteries
300 full power flashes by Nissin Power Pack Pro 300
Camera Synch.
TTL hotshoe (on camera flash)
PC cord service connector (off camera flash)
Wireless TTL and Slave synchronization (off camera flash)
Power zoom
24 -105mm
Manual motor zoom
Manual power ratio
8 levels from 1/1 through 1/128
TTL flash power compensation
Auto shut off energy saving
Wide angle diffuser
Catch-light reflector
Fast recycle
3.5 sec.
Nissin warranty

Nissin Di866 II Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


its a lexus badged as toyota

so far better than 580EXII :)


Most Liked Negative Review


I wanted to like this flash.

This flash sounded perfect for what I wanted. Good output. Ettl both on and off-camera (with the new pocket wizards). About half the price of Canon's 580II. However, it was not to be. I went through two of these flashes. First was DOA and the second died in about 2 weeks of minimal use. Great concept. Terrible product.

Reviewed by 24 customers


I'm getting better with it . . .


from Minnesota  -  Photo Enthusiast

There is a manual for this thing, but it doesn't come with the unit. You have to hunt it up from Nissin on line. When I first got the flash, it didn't seem like it was working with my Canon camera at all. Subsequently I've reread the flash manual, reread the camera manual, watched some you tube instruction, and I'm finally beginning to understand the complex dance between camera and flash. When I use this unit correctly, it does beautiful work. No reliability issues so far, I've had it for about a year, but not a heavy user. Recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Flash doesn't shut down like sony


from Massachusetts  -  Pro Photographer

if heavy user sony flash will shut itself down for potential overheating way too often, that would slow me down on my shoots waiting for flash unit to allow me to shoot again, this flash no issues, doesn't have as good of connection as sony, I'd highly recommend.


Nissin gives biggest bang for the buck !


from The Colony, TX.  -  Photo Enthusiast

This review is for the original Mark I model for Canon. I have 2 Nissin Di-866 Pro flashes & they are the best for the money. Only the Nissin & Metz has a 2nd fill-in flash. All 2nd fill-in flash heads are manual, no one makes a TTL 2nd fill-in flash head. I have used my Nissin Di-866 Pro flashes with umbrellas, softboxes, diffusers, 2.4ghz wireless radio triggers & have never got a bad result ! Since the Mark I models are not made anymore I will be buying my 3rd Nissin Di-866 pro flash and it will be the Mark II model. And YES there is a USA company in New Hampshire named MINOX USA that handles anything needed for the Nissin Brand Flashes, and they are great ! And yes Nissin flashes will work w/Canon Rebels, T1, T2, T3 as well as the D-series ie...40d, 50d, 60d, and the 7d Canon Dslr bodies.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Adorama plays games


from New York,ny  -  Pro Photographer

Bought this new,menus button was defective..brought it back.for exchange and they tried to give me demo/ used ones and said these 4 were the only ones left in the store...refused to give me a new product. What we're all stupid. Next rime, I go to B n H.


Problems 1st Day. Need to exchange....


from Canton, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just received my Di866 Professional Mark II and am disappointed in two things: 1. The subflash, the reason I chose this flash in the first place, does not work in any mode. Followed all instructions to the letter.... nothing. Will need to see if Adorama will exchange it for me on Monday. Sucks because that will probably cost me money. 2. Firmware update can't be used because it requires a driver to be installed that can't seem to be found anywhere, and I am an advanced PC user that can usually find any driver I need for anything. We'll see if Adorama can exchange this on Monday as I will be really disappointed if I have to send it to China for repair. I will update when I have more info.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Trial and error-the only way to learn


from West Des Moines, IA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Unlike the more expensive flash models from Canon, there are no detailed instructions on how to use this flash (aside from a few pages). As far as I know, there are no books available through Adorama, [@] or any of the other websites. That is the biggest thing I hate about this flash. Otherwise, I would use it--I like the idea about it being a master flash controlling other flash units. But I had way too much trouble with this unit.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from CHARDON, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast


(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


better to save up for a nikon flash


from seattle  -  Pro Photographer

I had big hopes for this flash. The interface is much easier than my sb800 but sadly it won't sync with my Pocketwizard mini tt1 system, nor is the ittl as accurate as the nikon flashes. If you're only doing on-camera then it might work fine for you but iTTL is not as good

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


You get what you pay for--


from West Des Moines, IA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased the one which is Canon-compatible. The biggest problem with this flash unit (as opposed to the ones made by Canon) is the lack of instructions on how to use it with my Canon XSi Rebel. I had to do too much guesswork, too much trial-and-error; half of the time the flash did not work. There is an excellent book (I think it's published by Wiley) on how to use the Canon flash units, but I could not find anything on how to use this unit. I was very disappointed with this unit.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Fine product


from NYC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I used when extra light is required..


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
LLOYD J  Recommendation from Adorama sales staffas a good starter unit
Shopper  does this flash unit tilt and swivel?
DONALD H  Yes, the flash head tilts and swivels. Speedlights dot net has a good review of the flash with full details about the first version of this flash. This is from that review. The flash head is not secured with a safety lock and can be moved around without pressing on a release button. There is enough resistance to prevent any inadvertent adjustment, and the head nicely snaps into the predefined steps (45 deg, 60 deg etc). The head can be swiveled from -90 to +180 degrees (usually, flash heads go from -180 to +90). In the vertical axis a position between zero and +90 degrees can be set. What’s missing is a close-up position (typically minus 7 degrees tilt) for the flash head, and it should also be noted that other professional speedlights including the latest Canon and Nikon units allow a full 360 degrees swivel instead of the 270 degrees on the Di866. My personal feelings are that this is a very high quality flash and except for the sensor size zoom correction of the 580EX II it has all the capabilities of a Canon 580EX II plus it has both a dumb optical slave mode and a second optical slave mode that ignores E-TTL pre-flashes. These two optical slave modes make it possible to easily use an off-camera Di866 combined with cheap manual power control only hot-shoe flash units with optical slaves or with studio strobes. This is impossible with the Canon 580EX II unless you add an optical slave hot-shoe adapter. I have no reservations about recommending this flash or its baby brother, the Di622 II.
KEVIN F  Can you control it wirelessly through the LCD on the 7D via the popup flash? Also, what is the warranty?
DAVID G S  not sure kevin have not tried that mode, i think it has a one year warrantly, i know the first one i bought stopped working with a week, and they sent me a return slip and sent me a replacement right away, so far so good on the second one, i am still getting used to all of the settings but have only tried in on the hotshoe, sorry, hope you enjoy, let me know if you get an answer, the photoman
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