On-Camera Flash for Canon, Nikon, or Sony USER GUIDE

USER GUIDE
On-Camera Flash
for Canon, Nikon, or Sony
NS-DCF200C/NS-DCF200N/NS-DCF200S
Note: Camera flashes are designed for specific camera
makes. For example, you cannot use the Canon flash
(NS-DCF200C) with a Nikon or Sony camera.
Before using your new product, please read these instructions to prevent any damage.
Insignia On-Camera Flash
Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Package contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Flash body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Control panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
LCD panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Installing batteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Low battery warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Attaching your flash to a camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Attaching your flash to the stand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Turning your flash on and off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Power management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Selecting a flash mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Using the TTL auto-flash mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Taking a picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Using flash exposure compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Using high-speed sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Using second-curtain sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Using the Manual flash mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Flash output range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Using the Optical S1 secondary flash setting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Using the Optical S2 secondary flash setting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Using high-speed sync settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Using the Stroboscopic mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Calculating the shutter speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Using other functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Using the auto-focus assist beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Using bounce flash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Creating a catchlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Setting flash coverage in manual zoom mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Using the wide panel to extend the flash coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Customizing function settings (C.Fn). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Understanding protection functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Over-temperature protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Protection error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Maintaining. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Legal notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
One-year limited warranty - Insignia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of a high-quality Insignia
product. Your NS-DCF200C (for Canon cameras),
NS-DCF200N (for Nikon cameras), or NS-DCF200S (for Sony
cameras) represents the state of the art in advanced
on-camera flash technology and is manufactured for
reliable and trouble-free performance.
Important Safety Instructions
To prevent damage to your flash or injury to you or to
others, read the following safety precautions in their
entirety before using your flash.
1 Read and understand all instructions before using.
2 Keep these instructions.
3 Always keep this product dry. Do not use in rain or in
damp conditions.
4 Do not leave or store your flash in places where the
ambient temperatures are over 122°F (50°C), for example,
in an automobile. Otherwise the electronic parts may be
damaged.
5 This product contains high-voltage electronic parts.
Touching the high-voltage circuit inside it may result in
electric shock. Do not disassemble. Should repairs
become necessary, this product must be sent to an
authorized maintenance center.
6 Stop using this product if it breaks open due to a drop or
strong impact. Otherwise, electric shock may occur if you
touch the electronic parts inside it.
7 Do not fire your flash directly into the eyes (especially
those of babies) within short distances. Otherwise, visual
impairment may occur. When taking pictures of babies,
keep your flash at least 3.3 ft. (1 m) away from them.
Using bounce flash to reduce light intensity is also
recommended.
8 Do not use your flash in the presence of flammable gases,
chemicals, and other similar materials. In certain
circumstances, these materials may be sensitive to the
strong light emitting from this flash unit and fire or
electromagnetic interference may result.
9 Overheating occurs if you use your flash continuously
without letting it cool down. We advise that you let your
flash cool for about 10 minutes after 30 continuous
full-power flashes.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Features
• Designed for:
• Canon cameras with hotshoe (NS-DCF200C)
• OR
• Nikon DSLR cameras with hotshoe (NS-DCF200N)
• OR
• Sony cameras with Multi Interface Shoe mount
(NS-DCF200S)
• Increased brightness and versatility compared to
built-in flash
• Compact design for easy transportation
• High-output design for maximum performance
• Full feature set for maximum flexibility
• TTL compatibility for seamless integration with
camera focus and metering system
• Backlit LCD screen for visibility
Package contents
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Insignia On-Camera Flash
Carrying Case
Stand
User Guide
Flash body
Catchlight
panel
Wide panel
Flash
head
Battery
compartment
Optical
control
sensor
Focus assist
beam
Mounting
foot
LCD panel
Battery compartment
Lock ring
5
Control panel
ZOOM select
button
MODE select
button
High-speed
SYNC button
MODE
test
button/
flash ready
indicator
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAVE
SLAVE
triggering
button
SET
Power
button
Select dial
C.Fn custom
function
button (press
for 2 seconds)
SET button
LCD panel
TTL autoflash
Zoom
display
TTL autoflash
mode
Focus
length
High-speed sync
Flash
exposure
compensation
amount
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Manual flash
Manual
flash mode
Manual flash
output
Stroboscopic flash
Stroboscopic
mode
Number of
flashes
Flash
frequency
7
Installing batteries
Note: Using premium batteries, such as non-rechargable
lithium or high-output rechargable batteries, will
noticably reduce flash recycle time and improve battery
life.
1 While pressing in on the
battery compartment
cover, slide the cover
down, then lift the cover
to open the
compartment.
2 Insert two AA batteries
(not included) into the
battery compartment.
Make sure that the + and
– symbols on the
batteries match the
symbols in the battery
compartment.
3 Replace the battery
compartment cover.
8
Battery
compartment
cover
Cautions:
• Batteries should not be exposed to excessive heat, such
as sunshine, heat registers, or fire.
• Battery chemicals can cause a rash. If the batteries leak,
clean the battery compartment with a cloth. If
chemicals touch your skin, wash immediately.
• Make sure that batteries are disposed of correctly. Do
not burn or incinerate.
Notes:
• Do not mix batteries of different types.
• Do not mix old and new batteries.
• Remove batteries when the charge is depleted.
• If your flash is not going to be used for an extended
period of time, remove the batteries.
Low battery warning
If the battery power is low,
the icon blinks on the
LCD. You need to replace
the batteries.
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Attaching your flash to a
camera
1 If the camera has a plastic protective cover on the
hotshoe, remove it.
2 Rotate the lock ring on your flash’s mounting foot
counter-clockwise as far as it will go to make sure that the
lock ring is completely loosened.
3 Slip your flash's
mounting foot into the
camera's hotshoe. Make
sure that the foot is all
the way into the
hotshoe.
4 Rotate the lock ring on
the flash’s mounting
foot clockwise until it
locks in place.
5 To remove your flash,
rotate the lock ring
counter-clockwise to
loosen your flash, then
slide your flash out of
the hotshoe.
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Attaching your flash to the
stand
1 Rotate the lock ring on your flash’s mounting foot
counter-clockwise as far as it will go to make sure that the
lock ring is completely loosened.
2 Slide your flash’s mounting foot into the slot on the stand.
3 Rotate the lock ring on your flash’s mounting foot
clockwise until it locks in place.
4 Set the stand on a flat, stable surface.
OR
Screw the bottom of the stand into a standard camera
tripod.
Turning your flash on and off
Cautions:
• Turn off your flash if it will not be used for an extended
period of time.
• We recommend that you do not disable the Auto Power
Off function when your flash is used off camera.
1 Make sure that the batteries are installed. See Installing
batteries on page 8.
2 Press the (power) button for one second to turn on
your flash.
If you set up your flash as the master flash, your flash
turns off after about 90 seconds. To turn on (wake) your
flash, press the camera shutter halfway or press any
button.
If you set up your flash as a slave flash, your flash turns off
after about 60 minutes. To turn on (wake) your flash, press
any button.
3 Press the
button again to turn off your flash.
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Power management
When you set up your flash as the master flash, your flash
turns off after about 90 seconds of inactivity. To wake your
flash, press the camera shutter button halfway or press any
flash button. You can turn off the auto power off function.
1 Press the ZOOM/C.Fn button for two seconds until the
C.Fn menu is displayed. For the location of the
ZOOM/C.Fn button, see Control panel on page 6.
2 Turn the select dial to select ST, then press the SET
button. The setting blinks.
3 Turn the select dial to select ON or OFF, then press the
ZOOM/C.Fn button.
Note: When you set up your flash as a slave flash, your
flash turns off after about 60 minutes of inactivity.
Selecting a flash mode
Your flash has three flash modes:
• TTL (auto-flash)—Your flash and camera work
together to calculate the correct exposure for the
subject and background. For more information, see
Using the TTL auto-flash mode on page 13.
• Manual (M) mode—Lets you manually adjust your
flash output from 1/1 full power to 1/128th power in
one-third stop increments. For more information, see
Using the Manual flash mode on page 16.
• Stroboscopic (Multi) mode—Lets you take a rapid
series of flashes to capture multiple images of a
moving subject in a single photograph. For more
information, see Using the Stroboscopic mode on
page 18.
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To select a flash mode:
• Press the MODE
button one or more
times. The flash
mode displayed on
the LCD changes
each time you press
the button. You can
select TTL (auto-flash
mode), M (Manual
mode), or Multi
(Stroboscopic mode).
MODE
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAV
SET
Using the TTL auto-flash mode
In TTL mode, the camera and your flash work together to
calculate the coect exposure for the subject and the
background. In this mode, multiple functions are available,
including:
• Flash exposure compensation (FEC)
• High-speed sync (HSS)
• Second curtain sync
To select TTL mode:
• Press the MODE
button one or more
times to select TTL.
MODE
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAV
SET
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Taking a picture
1 On the camera, press the shutter button halfway to focus.
2 On the camera, fully press the shutter button. Your flash
fires a pre-flash that the camera uses to calculate
exposure and flash output the instant before the photo is
taken. Then the camera takes the picture.
If the flash output value is set to the maximum, Hi appears
on the LCD for three seconds. Adjust the camera’s aperture,
shutter, and ISO parameters if underexposure appears.
If the flash output value is set to the minimum, Lo appears
on the LCD for three seconds. Adjust the camera’s aperture,
shutter, and ISO parameters if overexposure appears.
Using flash exposure compensation
The flash exposure compensation (FEC) function lets you
adjust the flash output from -3 to +3 in 1/3 step increments.
FEC is useful in situations where you need to make minor
adjustments based on the environment.
1 Press the SET button.
MODE
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAVE
The
(FEC) icon and
the flash exposure value
are highlighted on the
SET
LCD.
2 Turn the select dial to
select 0.3 (1/3 step), 0.7
(2/3 step), or +0 (no
flash exposure
compensation).
ZOOM
SYNC
MODE
SET
SLAVE
ZOOM
SYNC
SET
3 Press the SET button to
save the setting.
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Using high-speed sync
High-speed sync lets your flash automatically synchronize
with the camera shutter speed. This function is convenient
when you want to use aperture priority for fill-flash
portraits.
1 Press the SYNC button to turn on high-speed sync. The
icon appears on the LCD.
2 On the camera, set the shutter speed to high-speed sync.
For instructions, see the documentation that came with
the camera.
Notes:
• With high-speed sync, the faster the shutter speed, the
shorter the effective flash range.
• You cannot use high-speed sync with the Stroboscopic
flash mode.
• Try to avoid using high-speed sync flash because over
use shortens the flash tube’s lifetime.
Using second-curtain sync
With a slow shutter speed, you can create a light train that
follows the subject. Your flash fires right before the shutter
closes.
• Set the camera to rear mode.
Note: For the Canon flash (NS-DCF200C), you can also
turn on second-curtain sync by pressing the SYNC button
until appears on the LCD.
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Using the Manual flash mode
In Manual mode, you can manually adjust the flash output
from 1/1 full power to 1/128th power in one-third step
increments. Use a hand-held flash meter to determine the
flash output you need.
1 Press the MODE button
one or more times to
MODE
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAV
select M (Manual mode).
SET
2 Turn the select dial to
choose the flash output
amount you want.
Flash output range
The following table shows how the stop changes in terms of
the f/stop when you increase or decrease the flash output.
For example, when you decrease the flash output to 1/2,
1/2-0.3, or 1/2-0.7, then increase the flash output to more
than 1/2, the LCD displays 1/2+0.3, 1/2+0.7, or 1/.
Figures displayed when reducing flash level 
1/1-0.3 1/1-0.7
1
1/2+0.7 1/2+0.3
1/2-0.3 1/2-0.7
1/2
1/4+0.7 1/4+0.3
**** ****
1/4
**** ****
 Figures displayed when increasing output level
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Using the Optical S1 secondary flash
setting
The S1 secondary flash with optical sensor mode makes
your flash fire synchronously when the main flash fires. This
produces the same effect as using a radio trigger to create
multiple lighting effects.
• To turn on the S1 mode, press the SLAVE button one
or more times until S1 is displayed on the LCD.
Note: S1 optical triggering is only available in Manual
flash mode.
Using the Optical S2 secondary flash
setting
If the camera has a pre-flash function, the S2 secondary
flash with optical sensor mode makes your flash ignore a
single pre-flash from the main flash. Your flash fires in
response to the second, actual flash, from the main flash.
• To turn on the S2 mode, press the SLAVE button one
or more times until S2 is displayed on the LCD.
Note: S2 optical triggering is only available in Manual
flash mode.
Using high-speed sync settings
High-speed sync lets the flash automatically synchronize
with the camera shutter speed. This function is convenient
when you want to use aperture priority for fill-flash
portraits.
1 On your flash, press the SYNC button to select
high-speed mode. The
icon is displayed on the LCD.
2 On the camera, adjust the shutter speed to to high-sync
mode.
Notes:
• With high-speed sync, the faster the shutter speed, the
shorter the effective flash range.
• You cannot use Stroboscopic mode when using
high-speed sync mode.
• Try to avoid using high-speed sync flash because it
shortens the flash tube’s lifetime.
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Using the Stroboscopic mode
In the Stroboscopic (Multi) mode, the camera takes a rapid
series of flashes to capture multiple images of a moving
subject in a single photograph.
You can set the firing frequency (number of flashes per
second expressed as Hz), the number of flashes, and the
flash output.
1 Press the MODE button
one or more times to
MODE
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAV
select Multi
(Stroboscopic mode).
SET
2 Turn the select dial to
choose the flash output
amount you want.
E
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAVE
SET
MODE
ZOOM
SYNC
S
SET
3 Press the SET button to select the flash frequency setting,
then turn the select dial to set the number.
4 Press the SET button again to select the number of
flashes setting, then turn the select dial to set the
number.
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Calculating the shutter speed
When you use Stroboscopic mode, the shutter remains
open until the firing stops. Use the following formula to
calculate the shutter speed and set the speed on the
camera.
Number of Flashes / Flash Frequency = Shutter Speed
For example, if the number of flashes is 10 and the firing
frequency is 5Hz, the shutter speed should be at least two
seconds.
Notes:
• The Stroboscopic flash mode is most effective with a
highly reflective subject against a dark background.
• We recommend using a tripod and a remote control.
• A flash output of 1/1 and 1/2 cannot be set for the
Stroboscopic flash mode.
• You can use the Stroboscopic flash mode “bulb.” Bulb
mode is useful for shooting pictures in low light levels
(such as at night) because it keeps the shutter open
longer to let in more light.
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If the number of flashes is displayed as “––” the firing
continues until the shutter closes or the battery is
exhausted. The number of flashes are limited as follows:
Maximum Stroboscopic flashes:
Flash output/Hz
1
2
3
4
5
2
1/4
6
3
2
2
1/8
14
14
6
4
3
1/16
30
30
30
20
10
1/32
60
60
60
50
50
1/64
90
90
90
80
80
1/128
90
90
90
90
90
Flash
output/
Hz
6-7
8-9
1/4
2
2
2
2
1/8
3
3
2
2
2
1/16
8
5
3
3
3
1/32
40
12
5
5
5
1/64
70
60
20
10
10
1/128
90
80
70
30
20
20
10-19 20-50 51-90
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Using other functions
Using the auto-focus assist beam
In poorly-lit or low-contrast shooting environments, the
built-in auto-focus assist beam automatically lights to make
auto-focusing easier. The beam lights only when
auto-focusing is difficult and turns off as soon as
auto-focusing becomes correct.
If you want to turn off the auto-focus assist beam, set the AF
(auto-focus) function to OFF on the C.Fn menu. For more
information, see Customizing function settings (C.Fn) on
page 25.
Notes:
• If the auto-focus assist beam does not light, the camera
has a correct auto-focus.
• When you are not attaching your flash to a camera, the
auto focus assist beam does not light up.
• On some interchangable lens Sony cameras, the auto
focus assist beam does not light. This is normal
operation.
The effective range of the auto-focus assist beam is:
Position
Effective Range
Center
Periphery
2.0 ~ 13.1 ft./ 0.6 ~ 4 m
2.0 ~ 8.2 ft./ 0.6 ~ 2.5 m
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Using bounce flash
By pointing the flash head toward a wall or ceiling, your
flash bounces off the surface before illuminating the
subject. Bounce flash can soften shadows behind the
subject for a more natural-looking shot.
To set the bounce direction, hold the flash head and turn it
toward the surface you want to use to bounce the flash.
-7° to 90°
270°
Notes:
• If the wall or ceiling is too far away, the bounced flash
might be too weak and result in underexposure.
• The wall or ceiling should be a plain, white color for high
reflectance. If the bounce surface is not white, a color
cast may appear in the picture.
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Creating a catchlight
With the catchlight panel, you can create a catchlight in the
subject’s eyes to add life to the facial expression.
1 Point the flash head
upward by 90°, then pull
out the wide panel. The
catchlight panel comes
out at the same time. For
the location of both
panels, see Flash body
on page 5.
2 Push the wide panel
back in.
3 Position the flash head as described in Using bounce flash
on page 22.
Important:
• Point the flash head straight ahead, then upward by
90°. The catchlight does not appear if you swing the
flash head left or right.
• For the best catchlight effect, stay about 4.9 ft. (1.5 m)
away from the subject.
Setting flash coverage in manual
zoom mode
You can set the flash coverage automatically or manually.
You can set the flash coverage to match the lens focal
length from 24mm to 105mm.
In addition, you can use the wide panel to expand the flash
coverage for a 14mm wide-angle lens. See Using the wide
panel to extend the flash coverage on page 24.
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• In manual zoom mode,
press the ZOOM/C.Fn
button, then turn the
select dial to change the
flash coverage. If AU is
displayed, the flash
coverage will be set
automatically.
ZOOM
SYNC
SLAVE
SET
Important:
• If you set the flash coverage manually, make sure that it
covers the lens focal length. Otherwise, the picture will
not have a dark periphery.
• When the (low battery) indicator is displayed, the
zoom focal length is always 24mm.
Using the wide panel to extend the
flash coverage
When your flash is in manual zoom mode, you can use the
built-in wide panel to extend the flash coverage for 14mm,
wide-angle lenses.
1 Pull out the wide panel
and place it over the
flash head. The
catchlight panel comes
out at the same time.
2 Push the catchlight panel back in. The flash coverage is
extended to 14 mm.
Note: When the wide panel is over the flash head, the
ZOOM/C.Fn button does not work.
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Customizing function settings
(C.Fn)
You can adjust the following settings:
Custom
function
menu
option
Function
ST
Auto power off
(standby mode)
AF
AF-assist beam
BL
Backlight control
Setting
Settings &
description
ON
ON
OF
OFF
ON
ON
OF
OFF
10 sec
Off in 10 seconds
OF
Always off
ON
Always on
1 Press the ZOOM/C.Fn button for two seconds or longer
until the C.Fn menu is displayed. For the location of the
ZOOM/C.Fn button, see Control panel on page 6.
2 Turn the select dial to select a function, then press the
SET button. The setting blinks.
3 Turn the select dial to select a setting, then press the SET
button.
4 Press the ZOOM/C.Fn button to exit the menu.
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Understanding protection
functions
Over-temperature protection
• To avoid overheating and damage to the flash head,
do not fire more than 30 continuous flashes in fast
succession at 1/1 full power. After 30 continuous
flashes, let your flash cool for at least 10 minutes.
• If you fire more than 30 continuous flashes, then fire
more flashes in short intervals, the internal
over-temperature protection function may be
activated and make the recycling time over
10 seconds. If this occurs, let your flash cool about
10 minutes.
• When the over-temperature protection is started, is
displayed on the LCD.
The number of flashes that will activate the overheating
protection based on the power output level are:
Power output
Number of flashes
1/1
30
1/2 +0.7
40
1/2 +0.3
50
1/2
60
1/4 (+0.3,+0.7)
100
1/8 (+0.3,+0.7)
200
1/16 (+0.3,+0.7)
300
1/32 (+0.3,+0.7)
500
1/64 (+0.3,+0.7)
1/128 (+0.3,+0.7)
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1000
The number of flashes that will activate over-temperature
protection in high-speed sync triggering mode are:
Power output
Number of flashes
1/1
15
1/2 (+0.3,+0.7)
20
1/4 (+0.3,+0.7)
30
1/8 (+0.3,+0.7)
1/16 (+0.3,+0.7)
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Protection error messages
Your flash provides additional real-time protection to secure
your flash and your safety.
Error messages and descriptions are:
Displayed on
the LCD
Meaning
E1
A failure has occurred on the recycling system so
that your flash cannot fire.
Restart your flash. If the problem still exists, call
Best Buy Customer Support. The Customer
Support phone number is on the back cover.
E3
The voltage on of the flash tube is too high. Your
flash needs to be serviced or replaced. Contact
Best Buy Customer Support for information about
servicing or replacing your flash. The Customer
Service phone number is on the back cover.
Maintaining
Most users will not have to provide any maintenance to a
flash. Contact Best Buy technical support for help if
problems or questions arise.
• Unauthorized service voids the warranty.
• Shut down your flash immediately should abnormal
operation be detected.
• To clean your flash, wipe it down with a dry cloth. Do
not use solvents or harsh cleaners, as this can damage
the finish or cause internal damage.
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Troubleshooting
My flash will not charge.
• Make sure that the batteries are installed correctly. See
Installing batteries on page 8.
• Make sure that the batteries are not dead. Replace the
batteries. See Installing batteries on page 8.
• If the icon blinks on the LCD panel, the battery
power is low. Replace the batteries. See Installing
batteries on page 8.
My flash does not fire.
• Your flash is not attached securely to the camera.
Attach your flash securely to the camera. See
Attaching your flash to a camera on page 10.
• The electrical contacts on the flash mounting shoe or
the camera hotshoe are dirty. Clean the contacts by
turning off your flash, removing your flash from the
camera (if attached), then wiping the electrical
contacts on the flash mounting foot and the camera
hotshoe with a clean, dry cloth.
The power turns off by itself.
• If your flash is set as the master flash, it automatically
turns off after 90 seconds of inactivity. Press the
camera shutter button halfway or press any flash
button to wake it up. To turn off the auto power off
function, see Power management on page 12.
• If your flash is set as a slave flash, it automatically
enters sleep mode after 60 minutes of inactivity. Press
any flash button to wake it up.
Auto zoom does not work.
• The camera flash is not attached securely to the
camera. Attach your flash securely to the camera. See
Attaching your flash to a camera on page 10.
The flash exposure is underexposed or overexposed.
• You used high-speed sync. With high-speed sync, the
effective flash range is shorter. See Using high-speed
sync on page 15.
• Make sure that the subject is within the effective flash
range displayed.
• You used Manual flash mode. Set the flash mode to
TTL or modify the flash output. See Selecting a flash
mode on page 12.
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Photos have dark corners or only parts of the target
subject are illuminated.
• The focal length of the lens exceeds the flash
coverage. Check the flash coverage you set. Your flash
has a flash coverage between 24mm and 105mm,
which fits medium-format cameras. Pull the wide
panel out to extend the flash coverage. See Setting
flash coverage in manual zoom mode on page 23 and
Using the wide panel to extend the flash coverage on
page 24.
Specifications
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Type
Compatible cameras
Guide No.
(1/1 output @
105 mm)
Flash coverage
Flash duration
•
•
Canon cameras with hotshoe (NS-DCF200C)
Nikon DSLR cameras with hotshoe
(NS-DCF200N)
• Sony cameras with Multi Interface Shoe
mount (NS-DCF200S)
36 (m ISO 100)
•
•
(24 to 105 mm) (14mm with wide panel)
Auto zoom (flash coverage set automatically
to match the lens focal length and image
size)
• Manual zoom
• Swinging/tilting flash head (bounce flash): 0°
to 270° horizontally and -7° to 90° vertically
1/350 to 1/20000 seconds
Exposure control
Exposure control
system
Flash exposure
compensation (FEC)
Sync mode
Stroboscopic flash
TTL auto-flash and manual flash
Manual FEC: ±3 stops in 1/3 stop increments
High-speed sync (up to 1/8000 seconds), first-curtain
sync and second-curtain sync
Provided (up to 90 times, 99Hz)
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Auto-focus assist beam
Effective range
(approx.)
Center: 2.0 ~ 13.1 ft. (0.6 ~ 4 m)
Periphery: 2.0 ~ 8.2 ft. (0.6 ~ 2.5 m)
Power supply
AA batteries (2)
Recycle time
Full power flashes
Power saving
Sync
triggering
mode
Premium batteries, such as non-rechargable lithium or
high-output rechargable batteries, will noticably
decrease flash recycle time and improve battery life.
Alkaline batteries can also be used.
Approx. 0.1 ~ 2.2 seconds (Panasonic eneloop Ni-MH
batteries)
Red LED indicator lights when the flash is ready.
Approx. 210 (2500mA Ni-MH batteries)
Power off automatically after approx. 90 seconds of
idle operation. (60 minutes if set as slave)
Hotshoe, optical triggering
Dimensions
W×H×D
Weight without
batteries
30
5.5 × 2.4 × 1.5 in. (140 × 62 × 38 mm)
7.1 oz. (200 g)
Legal notices
FCC Part 15
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation of this product 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.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply within the limits for a class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced technician for help.
FCC warning
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
with the FCC Rules could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
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One-year limited warranty Insignia
Definitions:
The Distributor* of Insignia branded products warrants to you, the original purchaser of this
new Insignia-branded product (“Product”), that the Product shall be free of defects in the
original manufacturer of the material or workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the
date of your purchase of the Product (“Warranty Period”).
For this warranty to apply, your Product must be purchased in the United States or Canada
from a Best Buy branded retail store or online at www.bestbuy.com or www.bestbuy.ca and
is packaged with this warranty statement.
How long does the coverage last?
The Warranty Period lasts for one year (365 days) from the date you purchased the Product.
Your purchase date is printed on the receipt you received with the Product.
What does this warranty cover?
During the Warranty Period, if the original manufacture of the material or workmanship of
the Product is determined to be defective by an authorized Insignia repair center or store
personnel, Insignia will (at its sole option): (1) repair the Product with new or rebuilt parts; or
(2) replace the Product at no charge with new or rebuilt comparable products or parts.
Products and parts replaced under this warranty become the property of Insignia and are not
returned to you. If service of Products or parts are required after the Warranty Period expires,
you must pay all labor and parts charges. This warranty lasts as long as you own your Insignia
Product during the Warranty Period. Warranty coverage terminates if you sell or otherwise
transfer the Product.
How to obtain warranty service?
If you purchased the Product at a Best Buy retail store location, please take your original
receipt and the Product to any Best Buy store. Make sure that you place the Product in its
original packaging or packaging that provides the same amount of protection as the original
packaging. If you purchased the Product from a Best Buy online web site (www.bestbuy.com
or www.bestbuy.ca), mail your original receipt and the Product to the address listed on the
web site. Make sure that you put the Product in its original packaging or packaging that
provides the same amount of protection as the original packaging.
To obtain warranty service, in the United States call 1-888-BESTBUY, or in Canada call
1-866-BESTBUY. Call agents may diagnose and correct the issue over the phone.
Where is the warranty valid?
This warranty is valid only in the United States and Canada at Best Buy branded retail stores
or websites to the original purchaser of the product in the county where the original purchase
was made.
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What does the warranty not cover?
This warranty does not cover:
• Customer instruction/education
• Installation
• Set up adjustments
• Cosmetic damage
• Damage due to weather, lightning, and other acts of God, such as power surges
• Accidental damage
• Misuse
• Abuse
• Negligence
• Commercial purposes/use, including but not limited to use in a place of business or in
communal areas of a multiple dwelling condominium or apartment complex, or
otherwise used in a place of other than a private home.
• Modification of any part of the Product, including the antenna
• Display panel damaged by static (non-moving) images applied for lengthy periods
(burn-in).
• Damage due to incorrect operation or maintenance
• Connection to an incorrect voltage or power supply
• Attempted repair by any person not authorized by Insignia to service the Product
• Products sold “as is” or “with all faults”
• Consumables, including but not limited to batteries (i.e. AA, AAA, C etc.)
• Products where the factory applied serial number has been altered or removed
• Loss or Theft of this product or any part of the product
• Display panels containing up to three (3) pixel failures (dots that are dark or incorrectly
illuminated) grouped in an area smaller than one tenth (1/10) of the display size or up to
five (5) pixel failures throughout the display. (Pixel based displays may contain a limited
number of pixels that may not function normally.)
• Failures or Damage caused by any contact including but not limited to liquids, gels or
pastes.
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY
FOR BREACH OF WARRANTY. INSIGNIA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR THE BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ON
THIS PRODUCT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST DATA, LOSS OF USE OF YOUR PRODUCT,
LOST BUSINESS OR LOST PROFITS. INSIGNIA PRODUCTS MAKES NO OTHER EXPRESS
WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT, ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES FOR
THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF AND
CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED
IN DURATION TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE AND NO WARRANTIES, WHETHER
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WILL APPLY AFTER THE WARRANTY PERIOD. SOME STATES, PROVINCES
AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY
LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU
SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE
TO STATE OR PROVINCE TO PROVINCE.
Contact Insignia: 1-877-467-4289
www.insigniaproducts.com
Insignia is a trademark of Best Buy and its affiliated companies
Distributed by Best Buy Purchasing, LLC
7601 Penn Ave South, Richfield, MN 55423 U.S.A.
©2017 Best Buy. All rights reserved
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www.insigniaproducts.com
1-877-467-4289
Insignia is a trademark of Best Buy and its affiliated companies
Distributed by Best Buy Purchasing, LLC
7601 Penn Ave South, Richfield, MN 55423 U.S.A.
©2017 Best Buy. All rights reserved.
Made in China
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