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Great bargain, Works as described (mostly)
on March 4, 2012
The description about being fully automatic seems a bit misleading. It does not automatically adjust at all for range and has no sync capability to match camera settings. At the price offered, I did not expect any of this. But, some first-time buyers may not be as aware.
Despite being mostly manual, it does seem to automatically adjust well for varying lighting conditions due to the built-in light sensor. Settings include manual (which actually means always full-power), low-power automatic, and high-power automatic. The lens can be adjusted to four variations, from narrow to broad beam. It seems to diffuse the light okay. But, when lacking an ideal ceiling to bounce the beam off of, you will need to add your own diffuser.
The angle adjusts from 0° (horizontal) to 90° (vertical). And, the added ability to swivel left or right is nice to have in awkward or unique circumstances and may be indispensable when shooting vertical.
My only complaint appears to be the battery cover. The cover's design seems too ... cheap. Also, it's tiny and not attached. It stands a good chance of getting lost if you ever need to change-out the batteries on location.
Since this flash had no camera sync capability, it paired well with a cheap wireless trigger system, which also does not accommodate the ability to sync. I bought a two-node system [..] for $30 that works great with this flash. It freed up my camera and has to be the cheapest portable wireless lighting system money can buy. The only thing that won't fit in my bag are stands and diffusers. I'm buying another identical flash today.