I've always owned Nikon brand speedlights. I've owned a few sb600s, 800s and I briefly owned a sb900 and for the most part, I never had much to complain about. They worked without issues as long as I shot within their capabilities.
When I decided to sell my lighting setup (Alienbees) I initially planned on keeping my Nikon speedlights. After researching the Flashpoint system and purchasing the Flashpoint Xplor 600 I decided to try the Flashpoint zoom to see how it stacked up. After playing around with it and seeing how easy it worked with its big cousin the Xplor I sold my Nikons and picked up a second.
Here are a few things I like about the Zoom Li-On.
1. The Lithium Ion battery! This is a God send No more charging and keeping track of double a batteries. Flashpoint claims its capable of 650 full power flashes per charge and its recycle times are faster. IMO every brand of speedlight needs this.
2. This is a bit of a combo bonus. Its high speed sync ready. Meaning there's no need for any additional adapters, it will sync to 1/8000 of a second and its capable of being a master to other flashpoint lights via 2.4 GHz. I've tested this, it will trigger a slave from a different room, through walls I event went outside and it triggered through brick.
3. It works as an optical slave. I was able to trigger it via Cls from my Nikon cameras, tho the max sync speed is limited to 320 of a second.
4. Last but not least the price. Adorama sells them new for $179.00. This is a noticeable difference vs brand name gear. The Adorama used section is worthy of a look. They can be found slightly cheaper there.
Now for the things I don't like.
The menu and setups can be a little confusing. One of my lights didn't come with an instruction book and the other one came with the wrong book. After toying around with them I got more familiar. In the pic above you'll notice the color difference in the lcd. The green indicates master mode and the orange represents slave...isn't that cool?
The build quality seems pretty solid. I was initially surprised how sturdy they felt. I won't be doing any drop test with mine so, ill have to update this post if anything happens.
The pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to the R2/Flashpoint Zoom. I'm happy with my purchase and if you're looking to join the Flashpoint family I highly recommend them.