Not sure if you saw my recent initial review of the Nissin i40 speed-light with multi-function shoe for the A7 cameras (and A99) …
Report: i40 flash on A7 Cameras
I did a comparison of specifications between the Nissin i40 and Sony's new HVL-F43M … with the primary objective being size for use on my A7R (I already have a HVL-F60M for my A99 Wedding Camera).
Nissin i40 Compact Flash for Sony Cameras ND40-S B&H Photo Video
Sony HVL-F32M TTL External Flash HVL-F32M B&H Photo Video
Based on the specifications, I selected the Nissin i40 which can be had now as opposed to pre-ordering the Sony model. Price for both are about the same … under $300.
A few differences helped make the decision:
The i40 is smaller mostly noticeable in height. While the Sony is slightly slimmer (2.6" verses 2.75" Wide: the B&H specs are wrong for the i40), it is twice as tall when in the down direct flash position (4.7" verses 2.4" high) Both are about the same depth.
In essence size is okay for both with the i40 presenting a bit more well balanced relationship on an A7 camera.
The main issue with the Sony model is that it only takes 2 AA batteries. This is a non-starter for Wedding photography IMO and experience. The Nissin takes 4 AAs which helps it recycle faster, and more importantly … last longer.
I also did not like that the Sony model only rotated 180º in one direction, and 90º in the other … just something else to remember when in the heat of shooting.
My Nissin report points out the cons of the i40 … with Wedding work being the bias of evaluations.
Hope this helps a little,
Just in case someone here is in need of one or both of these the part numbers are as follows:
- Shoe Cover 443840401
- Shoe Cap (875) 443873402
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