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 to 270 degrees
- 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 photos. 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)
Power light will appear red when fully charged and green when charging.
- 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 from 0 to 90 degrees and can rotate up to 270 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
|Item Dimensions||7.48 x 2.16 x 2.95 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.01 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
Included stand has a tripod mount which is very useful.
Optical trigger is very sensitive and has a wide catchment area, meaning the flash does not have to be line-of-sight with the flash on your camera to trigger. You can turn down your on-camera flash or diffuse it heavily and this unit will still fire.
The only downside to this unit is it's lack of TTL metering (meaning it has to be manually adjusted) and radio wireless control (meaning you have to fire your on-camera flash to trigger it remotely). However no flash at this price point has those features. This is unbeatable for the money.
TTL/ETTL (I'm primarily a Canon shooter so am not sure what the Nikon/Sony equivalents are) is a "through the lens" metering function that will automatically adjust the settings of the flash to reflect ambient light conditions etc. Due to the way it works it also takes into consideration any filters you may have on your lens to give a more natural flash exposure. If you adjust your aperture, the flash will automatically adjust to compensate. This basic flash unit doesn't have any of that for any of the camera systems. It is a purely manual flash however it does have a few features that you might not expect in a flash this cheap and as 2 slave modes.
The amazon basics flash features a 90 to 270 tiltable flash head, Manual, Slave 1 and Slave 2 modes, manually adjustable flash from 1/1 down to 1/125, a standard PC input sync port and also a wireless triggering sensor. Built into the flash is a pull out and drop down diffuser and a "bounce" card (which is really just that, a piece of reflective card). Along with this you a hot shoe stand so that you can mount the flash separately to a tripod/stand and a fairly thin carrying bag. The carrying bag is enough to keep dust etc. off the flash but not much else.
As with virtually all flash guns it takes 4x AA batteries to operate (which are not included) and if you want to take advantage of the PC port for remote triggering then you will need to buy a cable suitable for your specific camera body.
If you have never used a manual flash before it may take a little getting used to. As a generic starting point I would set the flash to 1/15 or 1/30, take a shot and then adjust up or down a stop from there. Obviously this is assuming you haven't changed your aperture, shutter speed or ISO on your camera. After a while you will get a feel for what settings you need in which lighting conditions and at what camera setting you are using. The more you use it, the better you will become. Just like using your camera itself.
Slave functionality works well and as expected. The flash will trigger from either your built in camera flash or a remote primary that you have setup. I tested this using my 1DX Mark 2 with a pair of Yongnuo wireless triggers tied to my primary flash (A Yongnuo flash unit) which then triggered the amazon basics unit as a slave. This allows you to light your scene from different angles with multiple units and works well.
The flash itself is quite sturdy however I did have some difficulty when trying to close the battery door after putting the batteries in. The door hinge didn't seem all that sturdy and I was a bit hesitant to put too much pressure on it.
Apart from that small niggle, this is an excellent basic flash unit especially for the money and highly recommended.
Three modes, M, S1 and S2 are great, and M allows you to select your choice, and I tried it all the way and can tell you that even at the lowest setting, it is pretty bright. At the highest setting you might temporarily blind someone. The only annoying thing is the red light signifies it is charged and ready to shoot. Green means it is charging. It seems like it should be the other way around.
Bottom Line: Great Flash, Great Features, I would purchase again.
BTW, I use mine with a Canon 5D Mark II.