Author: Ed

V850 First Review.

I have received my Cheetah V850 flash. It is well built and is about the size and weight as a Nikon SB-900. The V850 has the same output as the SB-900. I used a calibrated Sekonic L-758DR set to iso 200, zoom set to 50 mm and 10 feet from flash to light meter. The V850 gave an f-stop of 14 and so did the SB-900 and SB-800. Build quality is as good as or better than the SB-900. It is a totally manual flash and so you adjust the flash power rather than the flash or camera doing it for you. There are several key features with the V850. First, it uses a Li ion battery with a capacity to give over 600 full power flashes on a single charge. The V850 kit includes a battery charger for the V850. The Li battery is removable and replaceable. Also the recycle time between full power flashes is 1.5 seconds. No battery pack is required as is needed for the SB-900 to achieve high number of flashes and fast recycle time. The second key feature is you can change the power of the flash wirelessly by using theĀ  Cheetah transmitter and receiver. You can also trigger the flash with the transmitter and receiver. This makes it very convenient to adjust and measure V850 output when you are using a flash...

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