Welcome to our ultimate Neewer Vision5 review that we have decided to publish after seeing so many people reaching out for advice on the lighting unit. Due to the Vision 5 being such an excellent studio flash strobe we only predict that its popularity is going to increase over time as will the number of people reaching out for advice on it.
Our hope is that this article will help any of our readers looking to improve their photography studio lighting rig as well as give us something to link people to when we see them reaching out about it on social media.
Now, although we feel that the price tag for the Vision 5 is fair it can be a pain if you are on a tight budget or considering picking up multiple lights for your studio. Thankfully, you can usually pick up a refurbished (Click here to check for product prices and availability) system and save a fair bit on the list price but this can be rare.
Additionally, due to being such a solid studio flash the Neewer Vision 5 has an excellent reputation within the photography that only shows signs of getting better as more people pick it up. Due to its popularity, there are a fair few reviews (click here to read some of them) online that you can read to get an external insight into the lighting units performance by third-party studio owners who either currently are or recently have used it.
The Neewer Vision5 has been designed from the very beginning to be able to pack as much functionality and as many features as possible into its small body as possible in an attempt to make it a sort of one-stop shop for all of your studio based flash photography needs.
It has been designed to be natively compatible with many popular cameras currently available on the market that have a build-in 2.4g transmitter system but the included wireless trigger with the flash unit can be used to trigger it if your camera is not natively compatible. At the time of writing, the system is fully compatible with the following cameras:-
- Nikon D7000
- Nikon D700
- Nikon D750
- Nikon D810
- Nikon D90
- Nikon D4
- Nikon D610
- Nikon D5
- Canon 450D
- Canon 700D
- Canon 750D
- Canon 7D
- Canon 5D2
- Canon 5D3
- Canon 6D
- Canon 7D2
- Canon 1D3
- Canon 1D4
- Canon 5D4
- Canon 5DS
- Canon 1DX
- Canon 700D
- Canon 70D
The built-in receiver on the Neewer Vision5 comes with eight different channels to allow you to customize your studios flash right exactly how you see fit. Although we will be covering the interface for the system in a section later in the article, we would just like to quickly mention that it is very easy to set up and get working with minimal experience.
The internal Li-ion battery allows you to use it without a regular power source but in the vast majority of situations for studio flash photography, we would imagine that you would be powering the strobe light from a dedicated wall socket anyway. This allows for a 400w full power flash even when running in its 1/8000th of a second high-speed sync mode without having any performance issues at all.
If you are using the internal battery to power the Neewer Vision5 due to photographing at an external venue then you can expect around five hundred flash activations from a fully charged battery. Just keep in mind that the variable recycle time (0.01-2.8 seconds) on the flash will burn through the available battery power faster with shorter recycle times.
The overheating control system in the flash unit also helps to ensure that you are able to keep capturing your flash based photographs for longer. This helps to nudge the Vision5 ahead of the competition as even at this price point, some of the overheating systems on the studio lighting systems fall short in our opinion.
One of our favorite things about the Neewer Vision5 is that is build quality really is second to none and blows the competing flash strobes out the water, especially the competing products with similar price tags. Although predominantly made from high-quality plastics, the unit does not feel cheap and its professional finish makes it look the part to fit right in with any professional studio rig.
The plastics used for the lighting systems body have been specifically chosen to keep the unit as lightweight as humanly possible to allow you to easily mount it on walls, ceilings or tripods around your studio without issue. Additionally, the plastic is also very robust and durable ensuring that if your lighting rig is accidentally knocked over, it will be able to hold its own and not take any serious damage.
Interface And Control System
As we mentioned earlier, the navigation menu and control system on the Neewer Vision5 is very easy to use even if you are new to studio flash units. The photograph above shows the simplicity of the six button system as well as the navigation screen. If you are able to operate any modern smartphone then setting this flash unit up will be a breeze.
The backlit LED screen on the unit also allows you to quickly and easily tweak any of its settings on the fly even if you are working in low light conditions without having to waste any time. The navigation menu is clean too allowing you to quickly and easily work your way to any key settings that you may have to tweak mid-shoot.
The flash mode button on the unit is also easy to reach allowing you to cycle through the various functions such as TTL, Guide Number, and Manual flash within seconds. All in all, we feel that Neewer has done an excellent job of producing a clean interface that will minimize wasted time when using the unit helping to save time and money over the course of a photography session, especially if you have models on site or a client looking in.
That concludes our Neewer vision5 review, as you may have guessed, we are massive fans of this lighting kit and feel is will make an excellent addition to any studio photographers camera accessories while helping to improve their flash photography performance. Once mounted on a light stand in your studio, it takes a matter of minutes to complete the initial set up of the light and then you are good to go and can get on about capturing the best photographs possible.
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