One of the Best Wireless Flash Solutions for Fuji Shooters

One of the Best Wireless Flash Solutions for Fuji Shooters

Fuji is, at this point, the last major manufacturer to not have TTL, high-speed sync, and wireless control support from most major lighting manufacturers. Profoto and Elinchrom have now made wireless remotes specific to Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus. Fuji, even with their new medium-format monster, the GFX 50s, has yet to get such love from the lighting community. While I can imagine that something is in the pipeline from these manufacturers for Fuji, nothing is certain and many of us need something to work with right now. Enter the Nissin Air system.

At first you may think, "Nissin, really?" Yes, really. They have a very affordable kit at $299 that gives you a speedlight and a wireless trigger that allows you to have wireless power and zoom control, as well as TTL and high-speed sync with Fuji cameras. That's awesome and everything, but that means I have to buy all new flashes from Nissin if I want those features for my Fuji, right? Wrong. Nissin also manufactures receivers that solve (most) problems that Fuji shooters have. For $69 you can get a receiver for any of the flash manufacturers and sync it to your Fuji remote. That means that Nikon flashes, or any flash that is Nikon compatible, can be attached to the Nissin receiver for Nikon and fired and controlled from the Nissin transmitter for Fuji.

There are some caveats, such as not being able to use high-speed sync with non Fuji flashes connected to the system. But if you get the Di700 and receiver combo for that $299, that gives you your high-speed sync. The extra Nikon flashes that can be added into the system for very little cost give you the option to have a multiple light setup. If you absolutely have to have high-speed sync with every flash, extra Di700 flashes are only $259, making this system less expensive than any other full featured speedlight system available regardless of which camera you shoot with. For those of you that are GFX owners, you may like to know that the Nissin system functions with it as well as the X-Series cameras. 

A lot of photographers these days are switching from Nikon or Canon systems to Fuji, and for good reason. But switching can cost a lot of money. For anyone working with flash regularly, the cost is even higher. Canon shooters can feel it the worst if they've invested into the RT wireless system. What the Nissin Air system allows, however, is for you to use any existing flash with the new Nissin transmitter on your Fuji and still have wireless control. If you own a few SB-800, SB-900/910, or 600EX-RT flashes and don't want to replace them once you make the jump, get the Nissin Air and a few receivers. And even if you're already a Fuji shooter and just want to get into flash, I highly recommend this system for its ease of use and versatility.

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16 Comments

Chris Jones's picture

Godox announced a month ago that their tt350 flash is available for preorder and that they will be making a remote for fuji soon which will also support ttl and hss. That will be on the cheaper side but soon we fuji shooters will have options. I wonder if fuji has been slow to put this out due to the fact a big upside to having a x100 is using the leaf shutter to fake hss.

Given that the X100 series is a very part of their range then, sanely, no. They originally had a deal to produce a flash with Metz, I believe. Since then, who knows?

A leaf shutter doesn't "fake HSS". It's a much better solution because you are able to use the flash at full power instead of having to throttle back so the flash can fire 8 times. So it's more the case that HSS fakes a leaf shutter. Badly. If Fuji made an X100 with a decent converter to give a 100mm tele for headshots then I'd use it as my main camera.

Motti Bembaron's picture

True, with leaf shutter there is no need for HSS, the flash shoots once at any shutter speed.

Luca Eandi's picture

Commenters on the B&H page are still saying Nissin HSS does not work for Fuji, and that was consistent with my research last month. That's what's kept me from switching from a Cactus setup. Has it been confirmed that these have received a firmware update that activates HSS with Fuji? If so, I'll probably make the jump over to this system. I find it to be the most user-friendly.

Spencer Lookabaugh's picture

I can confirm that the HSS works as long as you have the Nissin brand flashes for Fuji. "Adapted" Nikon/Canon flashes don't support it. That is one bonus to the Cactus system, but I find the Nissin products to be way more intuitive and user friendly.

Did you acctualy use the flash yourself in HSS? All other sorces indicated there is a firmware update coming to enable HSS? And uou have to give it to service to be able to update firmware, as there are no support for updating by USB? Maybe it could work in manual mode?
Also if you write about a product maybe looking trough the user manual, and for these products there currently are nothing about HSS for FUji version, for like Sony there is.
Come on this is fake news or what?

Luke Adams's picture

I own this set-up for my Nikon D750, and it's pretty slick. However, the receiver totally locks up/freezes every time after taking a shot in manual mode. I then have to power down/up the flash and receiver again. So, I'm pretty much stuck using the TTL mode. I'm generally fine with that, and you can make adjustments +/- 2 stops, but just a little heads up about reliability. I emailed Nissin, and predictably, no repsonse. I will take it back to the camera store soon as it should still be covered under warranty.

Lenzy Ruffin's picture

The Yongnuo trigger/receivers that I bought when I shot only Canon work exactly the same with my X-T2. I can't say if HSS (doubt it) or TTL (seriously doubt it) work because I don't use either. But for manually controlling up to three flash groups independently, the Yongnuo system for Canon flashes (and Yongnuo knockoffs of Canon flashes...I use both) works just fine. I suspect the same holds true for their Nikon triggers/receivers.

If you're not using TTL and HSS, then I suspect any radio trigger will work - because you're not using manufacturer specific features.

Lenzy Ruffin's picture

Funny you should comment on this just now. I just discovered this morning that the latest firmware update for the X-T2 breaks third-party flash functionality. My 600 EX RT and my Yongnuo 568 II no longer work on-camera or via the Yongnuo trigger/receiver system. I got lucky that I could do what I needed to do this morning with window light and an ISO bump.

That's weird and interesting. You can't trigger the 3rd party flash at all???

Now I think of it, there was an update to the XE2 that broke compatibility with at least one independent raw developer - rawtherapee. And the update wasn't marked as touching raw files at all...

Lenzy Ruffin's picture

It no longer triggers the flash at all. Not my name brand Canon flash or the knockoffs. They were all working before the update.

By "it" you mean the combination of the radio trigger and the XT2? Or are you claiming the XT2 won't fire a flash fitted to the hotshoe? Either way, have you contacted Fuji?

Jim Chadwick's picture

As of July Nissan have released their firmware update that implements HSS with the Fuji X-T2.

Motti Bembaron's picture

You mean Nissin.. :-)

Just trying out the Air 1 Fuji (on XT2) with a Canon Air R (on my old 600 EX-RT & 430EXII) and have to say so far impressed. Full power control (though this doesn't change on LED readout on back of Flash which initially made me think it wasn't working) and HSS at 1/8000s. This will help ease the burden of transition from Canon to Fuji no end!