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AmazonBasics Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras
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- External flash for taking professional-looking photos in low-light conditions; compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras
- 3 flash modes for versatility: M, S1, S2 (Manual mode, Slave mode 1, and Slave mode 2)
- Standard PC synchronous port (input) for off-camera connecting; wireless sensor for triggering flash from a distance
- Tilts up to 90 degrees; rotates up tp 270 degrees; Guide number 33 (ISO 100/1M).
- 8 levels of flash-brightness control; automatic saving function retains current flash settings; hot shoe stand and carrying bag included
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AmazonBasics Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras
When it comes to low-light photography, the electronic flash makes it easier than ever to take professional-looking. Compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, the electronic external flash offers exceptional convenience for novice and professional photographers alike.
Note - This product requires 4 AA batteries (not included)
- 3 flash modes: M, S1, S2
- Standard PC synchronous port (input)
- Sensitive wireless sensor
- 8 levels of flash-brightness control
- Automatic saving function retains flash settings
- Hot shoe stand and carrying bag included
3 Flash Modes
No need to always shoot flash from on top of your camera. The versatile AmazonBasics unit offers three flash modes, including the option to use it off-camera as a slave. The three flash modes include M, S1, and S2 (Manual mode, Slave mode 1, and Slave mode 2).
M mode works by setting the flash on a camera’s hot shoe to activate. Pressing the camera shutter triggers the flash.
S1 mode offers an off-camera option, which allows for a variety of lighting effects and works in a manual-flash environment. An S1 flash fires at the same time as the master flash—similar to results when using a radio trigger.
S2 mode offers a second off-camera option that allows for a variety of lighting effects, but it works best in a TTL (through-the-lens) flash environment. An S2 flash fires at the same time as the master flash’s second flash vs. first flash.
User Friendly + Angle & Brightness Control
An automatic saving function retains the flash’s current settings for enhanced efficiency and convenience. The unit’s standard PC synchronous port (input) allows for easy off-camera connecting, and its highly sensitive wireless sensor makes it possible for the camera to trigger the flash at a distance.
The AmazonBasics Electronic Flash tilts at wide angles to ensure subjects are perfectly lit. The flash can be tilted vertically from 0 to 180 degrees.
Achieve the perfect amount of light thanks to the unit’s eight levels of brightness control. Simply press +/- to raise or lower the power to move between the following levels: 1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1/1.
In the Box
- Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras
- Hot shoe stand
- Carrying bag
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Fit onto the camera really easily and comes with the foot mount too. I have a Nikon D3500 and it fit perfectly.
It's quite heavy but not to bad once it's on your camera.
There's a plus and minus button to increase and decrease the intensity of the flash with a test button to allow you to see how intense the flash is.
Battery life is around 100 - 200 shots, depending on the flash intensity you're using; which isn't to bad because you can pick up a pack of 10 AA's for £1 in the pound shop.
Love my Godox, and love these as well!
You'll get a lot of flash for very little money!
bad - slave mode does not work wirelessly in bright light, only indoors very poor, so factor in price of a wireless flash transmitter if you want to use outside in daylight.
It need 4 x AA batteries, although it also has the rather weird Canon power supply socket (and a PC coax sync cable), should you need either of those, and there's a little table stand that also has a metal tripod thread. I'm sure most people will use batteries and the hot shoe mount on their camera.
The head can be pointed forward, vertically, or at three other positions between 45 degrees and vertical. There's a flash diffuser (particularly useful for close subjects) and a white flash bounce card to soften shadows.
The controls are pleasantly simple, but you'll probably need to experiment to get the best results. There's an on/off slider and eight brightness settings (from 128th brightness up to full power), which you cycle through using plus/minus buttons. You can select between three modes, and there's also a test button to fire the flash manually.
The three flash settings are - well, what you'd expect, really. There's manual, where you set the flash intensity manually, "slave 1" which lets you set the exposure using the manual settings on the camera (in fully manual mode), and "slave 2" which is really just a preflash cancel, so your camera can flash once to test the light and again to take the picture - and the Amazon flash will only flash the second time. The flash remembers the intensity settings in each mode, even if it has been turned off.
I have been using the flash in its most basic mode, mainly for fill-in and to "whiten" the lighting balance indoors. As digital cameras are virtually instant, I can take a couple of shots to bracket the exposure (the flash is also pretty quick, with a 3 second recharge cycle even at full power).
But the flash provides plenty enough light to take decent photographs in the dark if the need arises. As the brightness settings on the flash are equivalent to one aperture stop, I can choose a fixed aperture and shutter speed and adjust exposure using only the flash intensity.
It's not the world's most sophisticated flash, but for shooting using manual settings it works very well.
Battery life is around 100 - 300 shots, depending on the flash intensity you're using.
What is it, then? A universal hot shoe mount (works with a converter on my Sony/Minolta mount) multi angle head flash unit with a Guide Number of 33 at 100 ISO; with a diffuser and bounce card built in; that can be used as a slave unit and programmed to ignore the first flash of a TTL programme unit or fire on detection of a flash going off; connected by cable to the camera as an option; or stand alone on a foot that is drilled to connect to a light stand; that can be controlled over an 8 stop range (changes the duration of the flash and hence the amount of light that falls on the subject).
Guide numbers aren't all about asolute power, though they are indicators of that, as it is rare for a flash gun to be used at its limits. They are used for calculating f stops and or distances for given outputs to give acceptable exposures. As such it helps if the advertised GN is reasonably representative of the unit's output and I think this figure to be reasonably accurate.
Overall I think this excellent if you are looking to find out what a flash unit can do for your photography and or you are on a tight budget, or you are looking for a slave unit to complicate your existing setup, and am happy to recommend it.
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