The Nissin Speedlite Di466 sports a strong clicking movement through the different vertical angles of the head. It does, however, lack any swivel movement.
It has a built-in reflector and diffuser, but no LCD. All buttons are intuitive and you can switch between the various modes using a colour-coded lighting system – the button for this is situated top-left on the back of the flashgun. Manual mode is active when the light is red, slave option when green and TTL mode when the light is off. Flash power is selected via a plus and minus inscribed pad located to the bottom-left.
There is an autofocus assist light, and the Di466 is only one of two models in the test that has a hotshoe stand – a must for off-camera flash. There’s non-TTL wireless shooting using a camera’s pop-up flash as a master and the Di466 as a slave. It also comes with a handy protective sack.
Despite the qualities this flashgun possesses we did hit a hurdle when testing it with the Canon 60D, as it simply wasn’t compatible in manual mode. This is an issue with the Speedlite Di466 and other camera models, so do check for compatibility before you part with your cash and buy this flashgun.
- Price: £82 (Secondhand price as of June 2016)
- Listed guide number: 33
- Tested guide number: 22
- Listed recycle time: 4.5secs
- Tested recycle time (NiMH @ full power): 4.9secs
- Tested recycle time (Alkaline @ full power): 5.2secs
- Flashes per charge (NiMH @ full power): 267
- Flashes per charge (Alkaline @ full power): 225
- Focal length coverage: 24-105mm
- Wireless optical slave: Yes
- AF assist beam: Yes
- Fill-in reflector: Yes
- Wide-angle diffuser panel: Yes
- Power controls: 1/1 – 1/32
- Available to fit: Canon, Nikon, Four Thirds
- Bounce angles: 0, 45, 60, 75, 90 degrees
- Dimensions: 67x105x95mm
- Weight: 240g
- Visit: www.nissindigital.com
This review was first published in the Spring 2012 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.