schrieb am 16.08.2014
Jinbei (Goldenshell) produces many cheap flash units and the specifications often differ only slightly (digital or analogue, display, remote control, flash power, modelling lamp, build quality). It can be hard to pick the one that’s best for you. They keep changing specifications and models. For the money, this DM2-400 is a surprisingly capable little flash unit. It’s no powerhouse, but the flash output should be enough for all kinds of photography.
The unit automatically dumps power when you dial down the flash power. That’s a nice feature. The flash power can be dialled down to 1/64 over seven stops, a neat feature for a budget mono head. This means you can adjust the flash power very accurately. Also, you can use a large aperture without using filters, because you can set the unit to very low power. Personally, I really like the simple red led display. It makes it easy to adjust the flash power very accurately.
The description on this website says this DM2-400 has a very silent build in cooling fan. The DM2-400 sure is silent, but that’s because it doesn’t have a build in cooling fan! I haven’t tested it yet, but I assume that this unit will easily overheat and shutdown if you use it intensely for a prolonged period of time. A lot of components, including the outer shell, are made of plastic. Unfortunately the tripod mount is made of plastic too. It’s the one part that I would have made out of metal. It doesn’t feel sturdy and I think it’s best to handle it with care.
The Bowens S-type bayonet is very versatile. There are a lot of affordable accessories available like reflectors, snoots and softboxes. The modelling light is only 50 Watt and practically useless when there’s some ambient light. In a darker environment like at night or in a darkened room or studio it might be of use. Of course, you can always use the display of your camera, but it could be a deal breaker.
Overall, this Jinbei DM2-400 is a decent studio flash. You get some very nice features for your money. If you can live with the weak points like the modelling light and the build quality, I can recommend it.
schrieb am 10.01.2014
Habe den Studioblitz heute erhalten und gleich einige Testschüsse gemacht. Was soll ich sagen: Ich bin begeistert! Solide, handlich und tolle Blitzleistung mit sehr gleichmässigem Licht. Das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis ist unschlagbar.
Toll auch das man es auf 1/64 runter regeln kann und das nach Änderung der Blitzleistung der Blitz sich automatisch entlädt, so daß man direkt beim nächsten Schuß die richtige Belichtung hat.
Absolute Kaufempfehlung für kleines Geld.