for Sony cameras
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Thank you for purchasing a Nissin product
Before using this flash unit, please read this instruction manual and
refer your camera owner’s manual carefully to get a better
understanding of the proper operation to enjoy flash photography.
Nissin i60A type Sony is designed for Sony cameras, with the latest TTL flash
control system. Please note that i60A are not usable with other branded
cameras for TTL operation.
SPECIAL FEATURES
The i60A is very compact in size, it can still deliver a high power output of 60GN
(at ISO 100, 200mm zoom head position). Also, you can connect your i60A to an
external power source to reduce the flash recycle time during constant high power
output.
Combined with the Color LCD display and selector dial design, the i60A gives the
user the most convenient way to take full control of the flash.
The i60A with wireless flash shooting using Nissin Air System/ radio transmission.
Flash protection function:
When the red LED lamp starts blinking, it means that flash is overheating.
The LED turns red when charging.
When the LED lamp turns green, the flash is charged and ou can start to shoot.
Remark:
Nissin Air System (NAS) is designed for Nissin flash and
Nissin commander.
Compatible cameras
Please refer Nissin’s compatibility chart shown at its home page for details and
recent updates: http://www.nissin-japan.com or http://www.nissindigital.com
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SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
These safety instructions refer to important information on how to use this product
safely and properly. Please read the following instructions before using the product.
WARNING
This symbol refers to the possibility of personal injury, death or property
damage if not followed as described.
The flash unit contains high voltage electric parts. Do not try to open or repair the flash unit.
Return it back to the repair service station or the store where you bought it from.
Do not touch the inside parts from the opening when the unit was dropped or broken.
Do not shoot the flash directly to the eyes at short distance. It may damage the eyes.
When taking a flash picture, especially toward a baby, it is recommended to keep the flash unit
at least 1 meter (3.3feet) away from the subject. Or use diffuser or bounce the light to the
ceiling or wall to soften its intensity.
Do not place the flash unit near any flammable gas, chemicals or such liquids. It may cause fire
or electric shock.
Do not touch the flash unit with wet hands or use in the water. The flash unit carries high
voltage inside and it may cause an electric shock.
Do not shoot the flash unit directly at the driver of automobiles or such vehicles.
Do not set the flash window close to the human body and shoot, which may get scalded.
Place the batteries correctly in position. Placing the batteries in wrong polarity may cause
leakage, exothermic heat or explosion.
Do not use the included Carabiner for Climbing.
CAUTIONS
This sign refers to conditions which may cause damage or defect.
Do not leave or store the flash unit in the temperature over 40ºC/ 104ºF, such as in the
automobile.
The flash unit is not water resistance. Keep the unit away from rain, snow and humidity.
Do not use benzene, thinner or other alcoholic agents to clean the unit.
Do not use this flash unit with cameras which are not recommended in the compatibility list at
official website, otherwise it may damage the camera’s circuitry.
Remove the batteries when not in use for a longer period of time.
Do not have a heavy impact to the flash unit, nor throw it onto a hard surface floor.
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Names of the Components
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1 Fill-in reflector
9 Color monitor
2 Flash head
10 Pilot button (Test flash button)
3 Light diffusing panel
11 Mode dial
4 Video light
12 Control wheel and button
5 Remote/ Slave sensor
13 Power button
6 AF-assist light
14 Unlock button
7 Battery pack adapter
15 Battery compartment door
8 Mounting foot and Hotshoe contacts
Accessories:
Soft box
Flash stand
Pouch
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Basic Operation
Inserting batteries
Usable batteries - Alkaline batteries, Lithium batteries or NiMH batteries.
1. Open the battery compartment door
and insert 4 x size AA batteries as
shown by the picture.
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2. Make sure the + and - battery contacts
are correctly inserted at the battery
compartment.
3. Close the battery compartment door
and slide it back in place.
When the recycle time becomes longer than
30 seconds, replace the batteries with fresh
ones or recharge the batteries (rechargeable
batteries).
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NOTE
It is recommended to use all 4 batteries of the same brand and type, and replace
them all at the same time.
Wrong insertion of each battery would not make electric contact.
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Basic Operation
i60A has an energy saving power off function
To save battery energy, i60A automatically switches to stand-by mode, in A mode,
TTL mode & Manual Power mode, in about 2 minutes of idle use; in SD mode, SF
mode & Wireless TTL Slave mode, in about 5 minutes of idle use.
While i60A is in the stand-by mode a Pilot button blinks every 2 seconds showing
the flash unit is in stand-by mode. To turn on i60A again, press the camera’s shutter
button halfway or press any button of the flash unit.
In case i60A is not in use for over 60 minutes, the unit is completely turned off.
To turn on i60A again, take the first step of turning the flash unit on.
Protect overheating function
i60A is automatically turned off when repeating hi power full flash continuously over 20
to 30 times to protect the flash circuitry from overheating. It will automatically recover
after 15 minutes of inactivity. The pilot button will blink in the red color every 1.5
seconds.
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Mounting i60A on the camera
1. Slide the mounting foot of i60A into the
hotshoe of the camera.
2. Make sure that the mounting foot will lock
(with a “click”) when it has been inserted
completely.
Removing i60A from the camera
Press the unlock button and slide the mounting
foot of i60A off the hotshoe of the camera.
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Turn on the flash unit
Press the On/ Off switch and Pilot button
turns red, showing the unit is turned on.
In a few seconds, the Pilot button turns
green. The i60A is ready to shoot.
For a test flash, press the Pilot button.
To turn off the flash unit manually, press
the On/Off switch once.
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MENU DIAL
i60A Flash Mode and Functions
Rotate the dial to select a function.
Video light
Built in video light with 9 steps of
output level adjustment.
Full Automatic
Mode
Flash light is fully controlled by the camera
for the most proper exposure.
TTL Program
Mode
Flash light is automatically controlled
by the camera but the flash exposure value
can be compensated.
Manual Setting
Mode
Selecting the desired manual power
on the flash unit.
Slave Film
Slave Digital
NAS mode
A: Group A B: Group B C: Group C
Wireless TTL
Slave Mode
Optical mode
Sony:
A: RMT TTL B: RMT2 TTL C: RMT M
Canon, Nikon & Four Third:
A: Group A B: Group B C: Group C
(Optical mode not available for Fujifilm system)
Optical mode will activate automatically
when no NAS signal, or 6 seconds after
disconnected from other NAS device.
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Video Light
Set i60A to the camera’s hotshoe and press the on/ off switch to power on.
Rotate the Function dial to
mode.
You can select the power by rotating the Power dial, 9 steps of output level
can be adjusted .
NOTE
LED video light lighting time approx. 3.5 hours in full power batteries.
Manual zoom
Press the on/ off switch to power on.
Manual Zoom: In M, SD, SF, Wireless mode
Hold the Manual zoom button for 1 second to enter the changing mode.
Turn the outer dial to change the zoom head position.
Press M.zoom 1 second again to operate the camera.
The manual setting you selected is memorized and remains unchanged when power on.
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Shooting i60A automatically
(Full Auto),
(Program), S (Shutter priority),
A (Aperture priority),
Portrait,
Sunset,
(Manual),
Landscape,
Close-up,
Moving-subject,
Night view
In all of the camera's shooting modes listed above, i60A will fully
work in TTL (ADI/ P-TTL) automatic-flash system.
Set i60A to the camera’s hotshoe and press the on/off switch to
power on.
Rotate the mode dial to “A” position
i60A is now set for the camera’s automatic flash control system.
Press the shutter button of your camera halfway to focus the subject.
Shutter speed, aperture and flash mark (
camera’s view finder.
) are indicated in
Take the picture. i60A is fired and the result is immediately shown
on the camera’s LCD display.
When you change the focal length, the power zoom flash head of
i60A responds without delay and immediately sets its position to
match the lens focal length you selected.
The flash illumination coverage of i60A responds to the lens focal
length of 24mm to 200mm (35mm Full-Frame camera standard).
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Joy of Flash Photography
TTL flash power compensation
With the latest TTL flash control system, the flash power level is always
automatically controlled by the camera for the most appropriate exposure. If
you wish, if you can soften or weaken the flash light, or give more light to the
subject without changing the environmental or background exposure effect.
The i60A can make it possible to quickly adjust the exposure for each
particular flash picture as needed.
Set i60A to the camera’s hotshoe and press the on/ off switch to power on.
Rotate the Function dial to “TTL” mode.
To set the Flash power compensation level rotate
the Control wheel to the power level you desire.
TTL flash power compensation is provided in 12 steps
by 1/3 Ev increments for -2.0, -1.7, -1.3, -1.0, -0.7, -0.3, 0,
+0.3, +0.7, +1.0, +1.3, +1.7 and +2.0 Ev.
Take a picture and the subject is shown with required lighting effect by keeping
the background exposure level as originally expected.
On some cameras, the TTL flash power compensation setting is provided in its
menu mode. When setting the TTL flash power compensation on your camera,
any compensation which is also set on the i60A will be counted in addition to the
compensation you selected in the camera’s menu mode. ( i.e. Having a +1
compensation set on the flash and a +1.3 compensation set in the camera would
yield a total compensation of +2.3 EV.)
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Manual Exposure Flash
In some occasions, or for special expression, you may need your own flash
exposure instead of the automatic controlled exposure. You can set i60A for
non-automatic flash mode, and select the desired flash power.
Set i60A to the camera’s hotshoe and press the on/ off switch to power on.
Rotate the Function dial to “M” mode.
You can select the power by rotating the Control Wheel :
1/256 – 1/1 (Full) power.
Red color bar represent 1 step, White color bar represent 1/3 step
Set the camera shooting mode to either [ AV ](Canon), [ A ](Nikon) or [ M ].
Select your desired F--stop and / or shutter speed. Point at the subject and
press the shutter.
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Wireless Slave Flash
i60A has a wireless remote flash system as a slave unit. You can enjoy
creative flash photography with multiple lightings from the various directions.
3 slave modes are provided, Slave Digital (SD) for digital pre-flash system;
Slave Film (SF) for analogue flash system and Wireless TTL slave
for
wireless remote. All channels and groups A/B/C may be used.
SD: In this mode, i60A synchronizes to the
pre-flash system. The master flash is to be
set at TTL (E-TTL for Canon, i-TTL for
Nikon) mode.
You can select the power by rotating the Control
wheel from 1/256 – 1/1 (Full) power.
Press the lock button once to lock this condition
on your flash. (Press it again to release the lock)
SF: In this mode, i60A synchronizes to the
traditional single flash system. The master
flash is to be set at manual mode. Studio
lighting system synchronizes to this mode.
This mode is also available for open flash,
and for a standard flash in the market.
You can select the power by rotating the Control
wheel from 1/256 – 1/1 (Full) power.
Press the lock button once to lock this condition
on your flash. (Press it again to release the lock)
Wireless Remote - Optical Transmission : In this
mode, i60A synchronizes to the wireless remote
flash system. For remote All channels and with
groups A=RMT-TTL/ B=RMT2-TTL/ C=RMT-M
digital flash.
You can select the group by rotating the dial then
press Set button.
Control the power compensation (RMT-M) by
rotating the power dial.
Press the on/ off switch once to lock this condition
on your flash. (Press it again to release the lock)
Press the Set button to leave the group.
NOTE
Optical mode will activate automatically when no NAS signal,
or 6 seconds after disconnected from other NAS device.
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Wireless Remote Flash
Wireless Remote - Radio Transmission (NAS)
NAS
Using i60A with a NAS shooting function makes it easy to shoot with advanced
wireless multiple flash lighting, in the same way as normal ADI/ P-TTL
autoflash shooting.
Once i60A linked to NAS, function are control directly by the NAS master. User
only need to select the group on i60A
You can select the group by rotating the mode dial
Group A
NAS: TTL mode
Group B
Group C
NAS: Manual mode
NOTE
The Nissin commander attached to the camera is called master unit.
i60A will be switched to Radio Transmission Mode (2.4GHz transmission)
once connecting to NAS Commander, all functions will be controlled through
NAS Commander. Otherwise, Optical Transmission mode will be enabled by
default.
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Shooting the subject
Set the camera for flash shooting mode. Point at the subject and
shoot. The slave flash will synchronize to the master flash and
gives additional lighting from the different direction you desired.
The flash unit will sleep after 5 minutes of idle, simply press any
button on the master flash to wake up the flash unit again.
Automatic shut off function is however in effect. It automatically
turns-off when not in use for over 60 minutes.
The zoom setting position is
automatically set for the focal
length of 35mm while using
i60A as a slave unit.
HSS High-Speed Synchronization
i60A supports shutter speeds up to 1/8,000 second.
In A, M, TTL mode:
Enable on i60A
ON: Hold the button for 1 second to activate or,
OFF: Hold the button for 1 second to deactivate.
In Wireless Remote Mode - Optical Transmission:
Enable High-speed sync on Master Unit.
In Wireless Remote Mode - Radio Transmission (NAS)
Enable High-speed sync on Commander (please refer to NAS
Commander user’s manual).
High-speed mode use higher flash energy. To protect the flash
from overheat. The recycling time will be extended to a minimum
7 seconds.
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Fill-in flash and Light diffusing panel and Soft box
For short distance or portrait flash photography, if the light is not too
sharp or too strong to the subject, use the fill-in reflector flash or diffuse the light with the supplied soft box.
If the subject is close (within 2 meters), turn the flash head
90° upward and pull out the fill-in reflector as shown in the
picture.
Take a picture as usual. A blink of fill-in flash freshens up
the subject in natural image.
This small blink of flash is also useful when taking
a picture of a baby without scaring him.
Place the Soft box onto the flash head to soften the light
output and reduce the shadows.
This technology is also useful to eliminate the shadow on
the subject under the tree.
For portrait photography, pull out the light diffusing panel
and place it over the flash window as shown in the
picture. The diffusing panel makes the flash light softer.
Since the light diffusing panel expands the lighting
area, it covers the range of 16mm focal length lens.
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Bounce lighting
When lighting a subject in front of the
wall, an unnecessary sharp shadow
may appear on the wall behind the
subject resulting in a disappointing
picture. Bounce the light off the ceiling
or wall to soften the light on the subject,
and the shadow will fade.
The flash head turns upward to 45° >60° >75° >90°.
The flash head sideway to left 30° >60° >90°>120°>150° >180° or to right 30°
>60° >90° >120° >150° >180°.
Or mixing it upward/ sideways, you can set it in multiple directions as shown.
When the flash head stays at turning or tilting position, the zoom setting
position of i60A is automatically set at the position for a 50mm focal length lens.
The wall or ceiling in this case should be a flat surface and white color is
preferable. Colored ceiling or wall may reflect its color on the subject.
AF assist light emitter
Under a low light condition, or in a dark place, the AF assist light will
automatically emit the beam and illuminate the subject, so that the camera
can easily focus on the subject in darkness. The beam is however not
shown in the picture.
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External Power Pack Socket
When using an external power source, the number of
flashes is increased and the recycling time is shortened.
The following external power packs are available as an
option.
Nissin Power Pack PS 8
1.6 seconds
Nissin Power Pack PS300
1.6 seconds
Sony FA-EB1AM
about 3.8 seconds
i60A is automatically turned off when repeating flash continuously
over 20 to 30 times to protect the flash circuitry from overheating. It
will automatically recover after 15 minutes of inactivity. The pilot
button will blink in the red color every 1.5 seconds.
Please note that the basic operation is controlled by the main
batteries(battery magazine) in the flash unit and when the main
batteries are exhausted, the flash control system does not work.
Replace the batteries when recycle time becomes longer than 30
seconds by main batteries only.
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Flash Power Lock
When the back ground of the main subject is too bright, the
camera’s exposure reading system adjusts the flash light intensity
for such back ground condition and it results in the main subject
being underexposed. Or in case the main subject is not placed in
the center of the viewfinder, the flash picture may result in the aimed
targeted subject being under or over exposed.
You can lock the correct flash exposure for the targeted subject in
such a condition. This flash exposure pre-set remains locked in,
even if you change the aperture or zoom the lens in and out. This
mode can only be set on the camera.
Flash Exposure Level Lock FEL Lock
Focus the subject.
Aim the viewfinder center over the main
subject and press [ FEL ] button on some
cameras.
Pre-flash is fired to pre-set the correct light
amount for the main subject.
Remarks: FEL only works on P, A, S & M
mode.
(It depends on different type of camera, please check you camera
instruction manual.)
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Specifications
Type
Guide no. (at ISO 100 in m)
Focal length coverage
Power Source
Battery storage
Recycling Time
Number of flashes (Approx.)
LED video light lighting time
(Approx.)
Flash duration
Color Temperature
Exposure control
Wireless Mode
EV compensation on flash
Bounce position
Flash exposure control
For Sony system
GN60 (at 200mm zoom head position)
GN27 (at 35mm zoom head position)
24mm – 200mm (16mm when using built-in diffuser)
Four size- AA batteries
Directly insert into the body
0.1- 5.5 seconds
220- 1500 flashes (2000mAh rechargeable battery)
3.5hrs (full power batteries)
1/800 - 1/20,000 Sec
5,600k
Sony: PTTL
2.4Ghz Nissin Air System radio wireless,
Optical wireless TTL slave,
non-TTL Slave (SD, SF mode)
+/- 2EV in increments of 1/3 of EV
Up: 0-90°, Down: 0°, Left: 180°, Right 180°
1st curtain synchronization, High speed
synchronization, redeye reduction, slow synchronization
(depends on camera),
FE/ FV lock (set on camera)
AF-assist beam effective range 0.7 – 5m
Operation panel
Color LCD with dial control
Manual mode power ratio
1/256- 1/1 with 1/3 step selection
Video light
Built in video light with 9 steps output level adjustment
Mode
Auto, Manual, SD, SF, Wireless with A, B, C & channel
selection (2.4Ghz Nissin Air system & optical) (*4)
High speed sync
Yes (up to 1/8,000s)
External power pack socket
For Nissin power pack & original factory power pack
Accessories
Soft case, flash stand (with screw), Soft box, Carabiner
(not for climbing)
Dimensions
Weight
112(H) x 73(W)x 98(D)mm/4.4(H)x 2.9(W)x 3.6(D) inchs
300g/ 7.16oz (without batteries and soft box)
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Guide Number table
Guide No. at manual exposure mode (ISO 100 in meters)
Zooming
Position
Flash Power Level
Full
1/2
1/4
1/8
1/16
1/32
1/64
1/128
1/256
24mm
27
19
13
10
7
5
3
2
2
28mm
29
20
14
10
7
5
4
3
2
35mm
32
23
16
11
8
6
4
3
2
50mm
39
28
20
14
10
7
5
3
2
70mm
42
30
21
15
11
7
5
4
3
85mm
45
32
23
16
11
8
6
4
3
105mm
50
36
25
18
13
9
6
4
3
135mm
54
38
27
19
13
10
7
5
3
200mm
60
42
30
21
15
11
7
5
4
Trouble Shooting
The flash unit does not start charging.
Batteries are not correctly installed
>>> Install batteries to correct direction.
Batteries are exhausted
>>> Replace the batteries if the recycle time is beyond 30 seconds.
The flash unit does not fire.
The flash unit is not firmly clipped on the camera
>>> Mount the flash unit firmly on the camera's hot shoe.
The flash unit is automatically powered off
>>> Turn on the switch again.
The flash picture is overexposed or underexposed.
A reflective object or strong lighting is near the subject
>>> Use FE or Fv lock.
The unit is set for manual exposure mode
>>> Set to TTL mode or other power level.
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Warranty
In case of the following reason of the defect, it may void the warranty.
Please refer the respective warranty condition for details which depends
on the country of purchase.
1. The product is not used in accordance with the instruction of the owner’s manual.
2. The product is repaired or modified by the one who is not an authorized repair
service.
3. When the product is used with the cameras not applicable, lens, adaptors or
such accessories produced by the third party.
4. Fault or defect caused by fire, earthquake, flood, public pollution and such
natural accident.
5. In case that the product is stored in dust, moisture, extremely high temperature
or such poor condition.
6. Scratch, blemish, crush or worn out by a violent use or treatment.
7. Guarantee card without name of place purchased or date of purchase stamped,
or no guarantee card.
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http://www.nissin-japan.com
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http://www.nissindigital.com
Design and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
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