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5.0 out of 5 stars Order this thing post haste, December 5, 2013
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This review is from: NEEWER® TT850 *LI-ION BATTERY* Flash Speedlite For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax , Olympus and all other SLR DSLR CAMERAS Professional Photography, 650 Full Power POPS with single Li-ion battery! 1.5s Recycle time!(World's First Li-ion Battery Powered Speedlite Flash!) (Electronics)
Fantastic. Really, this is an amazing flash, at a very good price. You should probably buy it. No seriously, add to cart. Click the button. Get the one day shipping, have a drone drop it off, whatever, because you need to be using this thing post haste.

You should already be aware, but in case you're not, this is a manual flash. Meaning you will have to manually adjust your flash power and or exposure. There's no magic TTLf on the shelf figuring it out for you. If you are not familiar with how to use a manual flash, it is not difficult to figure out, and it's something that you should know anyway. It'll make you a better photographer. Learn the basics first, then buy an 8 zillion dollar brand name flash with hubble focus assist and A1ETTL-9000 i-dont-have-to-do-anything metering. But still keep this flash, because it will still be crazy useful.

Some awesome things about this flash:

It's solid. It's plastic on the outside, but there is most certainly metal directly underneath. The battery door and the hot shoe are both obviously constructed to last. You can probably use it to hammer nails into the wall, to hang the beautiful photos you take with this flash.

You can get a remote that lets you control all the flash functions from your camera, as well as trigger the flash. I've ordered the remote but haven't received it yet.

It has a lithium ion battery. This is a big deal. It holds a lot of juice for a long time and delivers it to the flash very quickly. This means you can shoot a lot and don't have to fumble with AA batteries. It also means that if you absolutely need to rely on it, you need to order a spare battery, which are not available at the time of this review. I just ordered another flash. Seriously, it's $99 bucks. The recycle time is never more that a second or two, and unlike many inexpensive flashes, it makes absolutely no sound when it is charging. Bangerang.

Hot dang, you can turn the sleep function off! Most cheap flashes like the Yongnuo, etc, only let you turn the sleep function down. This is uncool if you like to setup off camera flashes long before an event, and end up having to run over granny as you leap to get to your off camera flash because it turned off right before the important bit started.

The zoom is electronic. The specs say "manual zoom" so I was expecting to have to physically slide the head of the flash. But you set the zoom using the thumbwheel and it changes just like the expensive ones. I suppose by manual, they mean it won't automatically adjust to the lens. Well yeah, it's a manual flash. In my day, flash, 40 pounds, uphill, adjust, cement.

The flash ready beep is less annoying than most. So if you're the type of person that constantly needs to be reassured, you can get your fix in a way that's less annoying to the rest of us.

It's bright and a quality distribution of light. I can't tell the difference between it and a 580EX-II.

It does stroby things. You can tell it how many times to fire and at what rate in hz and it will do it. Maybe useful if you want to hold a budget rave in your apartment.

Negative things:

On the negative side, mine came with a euro power plug, and I live in the US. I have a zillion power plugs that will work, but it's still kind of lame. It's neat though, because it kind of looks like a robot gopher face.

In closing, why are you still reading, and not ordering this thing? You cannot go wrong for a hundred bucks, it's worth easily twice that, so buy two, and you can do all kinds of extra creative things and you'll become a super famous photographer, and when sports illustrated hires you to shoot the 2040 robot olympics, you can thank that one guy who wrote that amazon review and told you to buy that manual flash.
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2013 3:08:31 PM PST
Peter A says:
Like he said! All the right features for a manual flash with remote!

Got the EU cord like everyone else! They sent an adapter quickly, no problem! Then I found my Nikon charger uses the same size plug, so I've got extras.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 2:24:59 PM PDT
Anonym says:
Finally a review thats fun to read. Thanks for that! They should send you a free one for making me buy two on the spot!

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2014 10:10:54 AM PDT
photomonkey says:
This is an 860TTL flash. This comment is a re-post from the 850 flash.
The flash IS great but the comments refer to another product.

Posted on May 17, 2014 10:35:28 AM PDT
Hilarious review!! Yeah i htink this relates to the 850, but still. Hilarious review.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 8:41:38 AM PDT
Please Note:

At this time (June 16th, 2014) Amazon has "combined" the reviews of the non-TTL model 850 flash and th eTTL model 860 flash.

Apparently, Amazon thought that the two models were "close enough" so that they could make the products "different attributes of the same flash," hence, it is impossible to tell whether the reviewer is referring to an 850 or an 860.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 6:32:00 PM PDT
Hi, could you maybe write a few short sentences about the flash in terms of long term durability and reliability? How is the flash holding up, especially the battery? Did or do you have any issues with it?

I plan in buying a flash for my FUJI XPro1 and a small review from your side would help me a lot.
Thank you in advance.
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