Shot a wedding with my trusty Fujifilm X-T2 and Magmod on a tiny little Nissin i60A Flash. The flash unit is alright for small family functions but it cannot withstand rapid fire and continuous shooting above 3 burst shots.

Even at 1/250 shutter speed, the image will have a black bar as the flash can’t output fast enough.

Remembering back in the days of Nikon, one thing going for is it’s flash system. Able to fire rapidly at 1/500 without issues.

Giving up on Nissin, I’ve decided to see if can find an original Fujifilm Flash head, whose performance is as good as in the days of Nikon.

Found my solution.

Fujifilm EF-X500

It’s 2019 and this 2016 model was RM2000+ (without battery pack), and this seller was offloading it with it’s battery pack for free, selling only for RM999!

Got a screenshot of it’s selling price on Shopee.

After some research, many find that Fujifilm’s Master/Slave capability was only using line-of-sight rather then the proven radio trigger. Each has it’s uses, but the masses rather have radio. Thus the price drop over the years.

Since my usage requires only a single flash head, this was quite a good deal for me. Big head, TTL, movie light, and to top it off, a battery pack.

It would look something like this…

In technical terms, with it’s the battery pack, it runs on 4+8 AA batteries. It should all have the same capacity, fully charged and battery pack plugged it from the start of the event. It will treat all 4+8 batteries as one that will enable fast recharge and longer battery life.

While testing, I tried shooting at 1/1000, at ISO1600 F/2.8 with both Nissin and the Fujifilm Flash.

Nissin i60A, 1/1000, ISO1600, F2. 8

The Nissin i60A fails miserably.

Fujifilm EF-X500, 1/1000, ISO1600, F2. 8

The Fujifilm EF-X500 fulfills my expectation.

I’M SOLD!

Firstly the Fujifilm Flash lights up the whole image, secondly I was waving my hand, and it captures it sharp and clear!

Now I can’t wait to try it out. God speed!