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Sigma EF-610 DG SUPER Electronic Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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- Flash Stand (FS-11) Uses 4 AA batteries
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EF-610 DG Super Flash
Make Any Lighting Situation Work
The newest addition to the Sigma line of flashes is the most powerful one yet, now offering a Guide number of 61 which translates into 61/m (200/ft) and designed to work with the latest TTL auto exposure systems of all the most popular digital and film SLR cameras. Advanced features and high performance allows photographers to express their intentions accurately. The EF-610 DG SUPER's auto zoom function automatically sets the optimum illumination angle in accordance with the lens' focal length in a range from 24mm to 105mm. When the built-in Wide Panel is used, the flash can cover an angle of 17mm. For bounce flash the flashgun head can be tilted up by 90 degrees, to the left by 180 degrees, or to the right by 90 degrees. It can also be tilted down by 7 degrees allowing ease of use for close-up photography. Among the advanced features of this flash is a modeling flash function, multi-pulse flash, TTL wireless flash, FP (high speed) flash, rear-curtain Synchro flash and manual flash mode, which allows the photographer to set the flash power level by up to eight stops. The Auto Power-Off function automatically shuts off the LCD panel to help save battery power. When the flash gun is fully charged, a confirmation "ready' light will be emitted.
Dimensions (W X H X D): 77mm×139mm×117mm / 3.0in. X 5.5in. X 4.6 in.
Weight: 330g (11.6oz.) (without batteries)
Since 1961, and with the recent introduction of Sigma Global Vision, we have worked toward one single, simple goal: To hold ourselves to the highest standard of design & manufacturing of imaging products. Photography is all we do. And it’s all we’ve done. So you can rest assured that it’s something we know extensively and care deeply about. You have a vision. We’ve made it our mission.
- Greater control & range then a pop up flash
- Advanced features, modeling flash & wireless TTL
- Carrying case & flash st& (FS-11) included
|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||4.6 x 5.5 x 3 inches|
|Item Weight||0.73 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Limited Warranty|
|Mfg Warranty Description Labor||1 Year Limited Warranty|
|Mfg Warranty Description Parts||1 Year Limited Warranty|
|Mfg Warranty Type (i.e. Parts, Labor)||Labor+Parts|
|Platform||Not Machine Specific|
|Shipping Weight||1.59 pounds|
|Special Size Type||none|
|Style Name||Canon Digital SLR Cameras|
|Supported Battery Types||AA|
Carrying Case Flash Stand (FS-11) Warranty
Top customer reviews
So, after going back and forth between this and the Metz AF 58, I decided to give the Sigma a try. Delivery was prompt, the pouch and stand that are included are nice enough. The large range of motion on the head's tilt and swivel is nice. It can do a full 180 clockwise and 90 degrees counter clockwise and has a pretty standard up and down range of motion as well. The display screen is nice and it's light up function is nice as well. That's about where the pros ended however.
1) It's really awkward to set up for slave operation. The included manual has about 4 lines that are less than clear. Eventually I was able to set it up, but it took some googling. Second, not only does it have to be attached to the hot shoe to set up, which is inconvenient enough, but you constantly have to make sure that the metering controls are running. ie you have to half depress the shutter nearly the entire time you are setting the flash up.
2) Even when set up, it is HIGHLY undependable as a slave unit. I'd say it only fires about 1 out of 4 times as a slave unit. I had it side by side with my Metz AF 50, and my Metz fired EVERY SINGLE TIME, while the Sigma would just sit there like a knot on a log. I can point my D7000 on camera flash dead at it from a foot away and it will only flash about 1/2 the time.
3) It occasionally will just randomly unset itself as a slave unit, which requires putting it back on the camera to reset it.
4) As a commander unit, it just plain doesn't work. It seems like it simply can't create the pulses fast enough (ie the super slow recycle time others have noted) to actually be a fully functional commander unit for Nikon's CLS. This was the primary reason I bought it.
5) while the guide number seems impressive, if you actually meter it with a Sekonic light meter, it's nowhere near being as powerful as Sigma claims it is. This is using high quality, fully charged Sanyo Eneloop batteries.
6) the build quality is 'meh' at best. At the price point I didn't expect a lot build quality wise, which was fine, but I did want to mention that for completeness sake
7) The plastic hot shoe is very 'sticky' in my camera's hot shoe. I always feel like I am having to force it out. Compared to the smooth glide in and out with the AF 50 and I'm always worried I'm going to break the plastic hot shoe with how hard I have to force it in and out of the camera.
8) THe red 'ready' light comes on before it is actually fully charged. So not only is the recycle time long, but you have no actual way of knowing when it's actually ready.
I don't know if I just got a bad copy somehow, but this unit is getting returned and I'm just going to suck it up and buy the Metz AF 58. If you intend to use this as a part of Nikon's CLS, save your money. If you just intend to leave it attached to your camera's hot shoe, then it is fine. But if that's all you're going to use it for, you can buy $50 flashes that do that.
The flash is strong enough for its price point and has numerous features and settings, including wireless control. Here's where it gets iffy: it's got quite a few functions but the manual is a bit convoluted. There is a bit of a learning curve, so for beginners, the best option is to set it to the 'auto' setting where the device will try to match the flash strength with your lens's focal length. It's not perfect but in a situation where the rest of your body is too busy trying to adjust to a moving object, it helps to have one less thing to manage.
In a regular-life situation (i.e., you are physically moving around), using anything but the automatic setting is difficult. Several button presses are required to manually adjust settings and there is a bit too much functionality when you just need it to work in the heat of the moment. However, leaving it in automatic DID turn out to be great. I took this to an outdoor concert in Seoul in below-freezing weather and it performed admirably. Even from about 10m/30ft away in dim lighting, the flash produced noticeably better results than without the flash. My recommendation is just to leave this flash on auto and manually adjust your DSLR/lens.