I fell off the web for a few days, but when I got back on I noticed something really cool on Lighting Rumors. MeiKe had released a new, cheap mini TTL flash for Nikon cameras. With most 3rd party flashes getting bigger, receiving more features, seeing this small speedlight made me curious. I checked out MeiKe‘s website for more information but there was not much to see besides images. Physically, the MK-300 flash is reminiscent of the Nikon SB400. The flash element does not seem to tilt up though, This means no flash bouncing when on the camera. However, if you’re clever there are ways around that like using a short hot shoe cable.
The MeikE MK-300 has i-TTL exposure control and sports 22 levels of manually adjusted power. A stroboscopic (multi-flash/repeat) function is also available. There is an also a USB and a LCD screen plus much more controls than the SB400. The recycle time at full power is slow at about 6 seconds.
What interests me the most is the size. The MK-300 is easier to keep in your bag at all times. If you are a flash trigger user, there are a ton of possibilities opened up to you with this little flash. With a Ultrapod II or a Hot Shoe Cable, you can put this flash almost any where. The thing that interests me the most is the price. On EBay you can get one for around $59 USD and is also currently $20 off at HK-based retailer Link Delight, selling for $47.33.
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