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Jun 15, 2012 by | Posted in Cameras

What flash best suits my needs for a Sony A330 DSLR camera?

I am by no means a professional photographer, however I am learning and enjoy taking nice photos. I am looking for a flash that allows me to take night photos at close distance without catching the lens, causing a shadow. I also want to take slightly longer distance night photos. I don't want to spend a fortune. Any advice will help. Many Thanks.

Jun 15, 2012 by | Posted in Law Enforcement & Police

Can the police do this?

Are the police allowed to set up speed cameras in unmarked cars? I am asking this because I would have thought not after the uproar that made them have to make all speed cameras visible as this would not be for prevention but rather a money making effort. I was driving yesterday and coming off a motorway and the exit spirals around so you cannot see what is around the corner then on the bend obscured was this black car on the hard shoulder of the slipway with it hazard lights on and a third yellow light flashing inside. The apparatus inside looked like a camera or at least I assume it was in the brief look I got. I can only assume this is what it was. The question is totally hypothetical however as speed camera or not I was not speeding. I'm not sure if it was the police or even a speed camera but I should rephrase my question anyway. Can the legally do this?

STEPHEN | Jun 15, 2012
Yes. They did it, therefore they can do it.
nas88car300 #20 doesnt lose his way to checkers | Jun 15, 2012
yes they can they can even sit on top of overpasses and then call a car ahead of them to pull you over
Maad | Jun 15, 2012
YES.
United | Jun 15, 2012
Yes There is nothing to stop them doing this

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128 pages

On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography

Creator: Neil Van Niekerk | Photography - 2009-08-01

With this guidebook, photographers learn how to create stunning, professional images while avoiding the common pitfalls of using an on-camera flash.

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
With this guidebook, photographers learn how to create stunning, professional images while avoiding the common pitfalls of using an on-camera flash. Techniques for using simple accessories?such as bounce cards and diffusers as well as how to improve a lighting scenario by enhancing it rather than overwhelming it?show photographers how to master this challenging aspect of portraiture. For wedding and environmental portrait photographers who must work in ever-changing lighting scenarios, executing these tips to evade flat, lifeless images with harsh shadows, washed-out skin tones, cavernous black backgrounds, and other unappealing visual characteristics results in not only better images, but happier clients and more sales.



160 pages

Master's Guide to Off-Camera Flash, Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers

Creator: Barry Staver | 2012-02-01

By emphasizing basic principles of good lighting and how to apply them, an informative guide explains different types of light, flash basics and the benefits of on- and off-camera lighting techniques, in a book that includes practice ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
By emphasizing basic principles of good lighting and how to apply them, this informative guide shows advanced amateur photographers and professionals how to improve their photographic skills. After explaining different types of light, flash basics, and the benefits of on- and off-camera lighting techniques, it discusses how to use this information to increase the ?gasp factor”?that powerful, emotional response that compels the viewer to take a second look at a photograph. Also included are assignments meant to help solidify this new flash knowledge for the photographer in order to put it into practice. As a bonus, the book contains inspirational stories demonstrating real-world applications of the techniques from a photojournalist with decades of experience.



128 pages

Portrait Photographer's Handbook

Creator: Bill Hurter | 2007-08-01

Bounce Flash Exposure. The best way to determine exposure is to fire a bounce test and review it on the camera's LCD. If the scene requires more flash at the exposure settings you've established, add flash output in 1/a-stop increments ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
Combining time-tested practices with contemporary methods, this guidebook details the fine art of capturing formal and casual posed images. With advice and guidance from the finest and most decorated portrait and wedding photographers in the country, this instructional discusses subjects such as lighting in the studio and on location, improving improvisational shooting techniques, and how to retouch images in the post-production process to create truly flawless looks. A chapter addressing the common problems in taking portraitures—from working with subjects with glasses to subjects that vary in size, facial features, and skin tone—is also included.


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Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Canon 2805B002 Speedlite 430Ex Ii Flash.The fully swiveling bounce head zooms automatically over a range of 24mm-105mm. Its Wireless E-TTL II compatibility permits it ...

Flash Photography with Canon EOS Cameras - Part I.
Instructions on how to use Speedlite electronic flash units with Canon EOS cameras.

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A flashtube, also called a flashlamp, is an electric arc lamp designed to produce extremely intense, incoherent, full-spectrum white light for very short durations.

The Art Of Working With On-Camera Flash at Weddings ...
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  • Neewer

    Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm  Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (898 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Neewer

    Impressed for the price

    ***NOTE*** THIS IS A MANUAL FLASH...YOU CANNOT USE YOUR CANON CAMERA FLASH MENU TO CONTROL THE FLASH.I must say, I didn't have high expectations for this flash. I checked some of the reviews and they were mixed, but reviews are a small part of the reason I make a purchase. The flash is pretty well built for the price range, and seems like it will last for a long time. The optical slave NEVER misses, and it's extremely sensitive even when it's turned in the opposite direction of the master flash. Even though I'm a professional Photographer...to me...Light is light no matter where it comes from. If your flash cost you $500...can I use this flash an create the same image?...You bet I can...How you use your equipment is more important than what equipment you have. Don't get me wrong though...more expensive pieces of equipment usually have more options and allow you certain freedoms, but ehhh...learn with the cheap stuff, and once you see your limits with this... 5/5 Sylvester The Photographer Potter "Sylvester ... (New Jersey -- USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe (Electronics) ***NOTE*** THIS IS A MANUAL FLASH...YOU CANNOT USE YOUR CANON CAMERA FLASH MENU TO CONTROL THE FLASH.I must say, I didn't have high expectations for this flash. I checked some of the reviews and they were mixed, but reviews are a small part of the reason I make a purchase. The flash is pretty well built for the price range, and seems like it will last for a long time. The optical slave NEVER misses, and it's extremely sensitive even when it's turned in the opposite direction of the master flash. Even though I'm a professional Photographer...to me...Light is light no matter where it comes from. If your flash cost you $500...can I use this flash an create the same image?...You bet I can...How you use your equipment is more important than what equipment you have. Don't get me wrong though...more expensive pieces of equipment usually have more options and allow you certain freedoms, but ehhh...learn with the cheap stuff, and once you see your limits with this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 20, 2011

    For a straight forward on or off camera flash, the TT-560 works great!

    The Godox TT560 (released in America from NEEWER) is a Speedlite that has received positive reviews from budget photographers in Asia. Released in Jan. 2010, there is not much known about this flash and because it was around the same pricepoint as YN-560, people flocked to the Yongnuo flashes for their budget strobist needs.Well, in August 2011, the TT560 went from $60 to the $40-range and many who noticed the price drop, flocked to Amazon to purchase this flash.While the photos and video of this flash have shown pretty positive photos from our Asian counterparts, their reviews were positive because it gave quite a bang for the buck and it was easily accessible.So, let's take a look at the TT560 Neewer (Godox) Speedlite.I. UNBOXING AND SETUPThe TT560, similar to Yongnuo's YN-560 comes in a black pouch, stand and instructions.Comparisons can be made in look of the TT560 as it has a reflection board and built-in... 4/5 Dennis A. Amith (kndy) (California) - See all my reviews, August 17, 2011

    it's OKAY for the price

    positives:(1). comes with a built in bounce card and wide angle diffuser (you dont even need this with anything narrower than 18mm)(2). 8 steps of manual control in 1/8th stop increments (1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1/1)(3). has an auto overheat shutoff(4). has a PC sync cord so it can be used with PC capable light meters and cameras.(5). the controls are super simple, bright, and easy to see even at a glance(6). rotates 270 degrees and tilts from 0 to 90 degrees(7). it feels nice in the hand. heavy but not bulky or overweighted. doesn't feel cheap, the hot shoe locking screw is secure but not too tight. there's no rattling or any sort of movement that's unwanted. stays securely on your hot shoe.(8). HAS A SLAVE MODE. the slave is super sensitive and fires every time if you give it time to recharge (.1s for 1/164 and 5s for 1/1) and it even has a "slave 2 mode" that will fire only once your master and 1st slave... 3/5 walker - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe (Electronics) positives:(1). comes with a built in bounce card and wide angle diffuser (you dont even need this with anything narrower than 18mm)(2). 8 steps of manual control in 1/8th stop increments (1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1/1)(3). has an auto overheat shutoff(4). has a PC sync cord so it can be used with PC capable light meters and cameras.(5). the controls are super simple, bright, and easy to see even at a glance(6). rotates 270 degrees and tilts from 0 to 90 degrees(7). it feels nice in the hand. heavy but not bulky or overweighted. doesn't feel cheap, the hot shoe locking screw is secure but not too tight. there's no rattling or any sort of movement that's unwanted. stays securely on your hot shoe.(8). HAS A SLAVE MODE. the slave is super sensitive and fires every time if you give it time to recharge (.1s for 1/164 and 5s for 1/1) and it even has a "slave 2 mode" that will fire only once your master and 1st slave... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 7, 2013
    Red charging indicator lamp flickers in every 1s; it indicates low battery.
    Compatible with Canon Digital EOS and Nikon DSLR cameras
    For a test flash, press the test button. After use, press the ON/OFF to OFF to power off.
    Power Management: Switch to the ON, the flash will start charging (the charging indicator is dim).
    The flash unit has 8 steps of power output control which indicated by 8 pieces of LED.


  • Yongnuo

    Yongnuo Professional Flash Speedlight Flashlight Yongnuo YN 560 III for Canon Nikon Pentax Olympus Camera / Such as: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark, EOS1D Mark, EOS 5D Mark, EOS 7D, EOS 60D, EOS 600D, EOS 550D, EOS 500D, EOS 1100D

    Photography (Yongnuo)

    Rating (376 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Yongnuo

    Hands down, a GREAT Investment!

    This flash is excellent for SO MANY REASONS! If you are just beginning in photography, you should check out this flash. If you are a pro and you need either a back-up, a slave, something to experiment with, and/or if you love to work in manual, you should check out this flash. Yes, it doesn't have any automatic functions, but for the price to feature ratio, you get more than enough to up your game with flash photography.I have been shooting as a pro for about 2 years now. Before that, when photography was just a hobby, my first flash was the . Even though it helped, it was not by much however, my knowledge of strobist photography was non-existent at the time. After a while, I graduated to the... 5/5 J. Patterson "JP4DESIGNZ" (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews, May 22, 2013

    Amazed! EDIT: Not anymore :/

    First off, I am a professional photographer for the last 7 years. I've been working with Canon only equipment but in this economy the opportunity to get a flash for a fraction of the original Canon was too tempting to pass by....and I am amazed at how well this flash works right out of the box.So far I've used it in a studio setting as a backlight (slave, with a little octabox attached to it) and it worked like a charm. Full output is fantastic for bigger events. With the Yongnuo wireless transmitter this is amazing for fashion shoots on location, headshots etc. As a lightstand, I'm using my Manfrotto tripod, works like a charm as well.If you understand how to model your light and shoot in manual you get an amazing flash for a great value. I'm about to order 2 more for on location lighting.Also props to the shipper, product came well packaged 20 days earlier than expected!! That's service!EDIT 7/12/13Unfortunately the flash... 3/5 JB - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) First off, I am a professional photographer for the last 7 years. I've been working with Canon only equipment but in this economy the opportunity to get a flash for a fraction of the original Canon was too tempting to pass by....and I am amazed at how well this flash works right out of the box.So far I've used it in a studio setting as a backlight (slave, with a little octabox attached to it) and it worked like a charm. Full output is fantastic for bigger events. With the Yongnuo wireless transmitter this is amazing for fashion shoots on location, headshots etc. As a lightstand, I'm using my Manfrotto tripod, works like a charm as well.If you understand how to model your light and shoot in manual you get an amazing flash for a great value. I'm about to order 2 more for on location lighting.Also props to the shipper, product came well packaged 20 days earlier than expected!! That's service!EDIT 7/12/13Unfortunately the flash... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 9, 2013

    Buy Four and a Nice Steak Dinner! (On Canon)

    Let me start this review off simply. BUY THIS. Is it as good as the more expensive alternative? It very, very, very nearly is. It's the right price, it has surprisingly good build quality, excellent recycle time (better than my Canon), and consistent results.This is my second Yongnuo unit (I have the 2 also) and unless I end up having more money than I care to count, I may never buy another Canon unit. Don't get me wrong, the Canon IS better, but $300 better? Absolutely not. My first Yongnuo was bought as a cheap second unit for a specific job that I didn't want to invest too much in. It has, since then, become my primary unit. I have two 430 EXII units that I use as backups now.My concern with most low price alternatives from China are usually quality related. This flash has taken several spills already (see my upcoming review of my new sandbags to avoid that) and hasn't skipped a beat. It's build quality is EXCELLENT. I can't say that part enough... 5/5 Jay Mittener - See all my reviews, June 20, 2013
    List Price: $99.99
    The High Sensitivity Wireless Triggering Sensor: The high sensitivity wireless triggering sensor inherits from YN560, which makes the Slave function ( S1, S2, RX mode).
    New Charging Socket for External Power Pack: YN560III provides charging socket for external power pack, to meet your higher demand for charging recycle.
    New Power Zoom Function: By pushing the button on the speedlite, it can make the flash covered length range from 24mm to 105mm.
    Large-size LCD display. The YN560-III is equipped with large-size LCD screen, with clear and intuitive view, easy to use.
    It using Yongnuo RF-602 / RF-603 2.4G ultra-long range wireless flash system. The lead flashing distances up to 100 meters / 328 feet above.


  • yongnuo

    Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58.

    Photography (yongnuo)

    Rating (783 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    yongnuo

    Comparison to YN560 (mk I), Canon 580EX II

    EDIT: A problem that I didn't experience at first - while the LCD screen is bright and easy to read in most situations (looking straight at it), I found out that it's not so easy to read from other angles. For example, if you put it on an umbrella swivel (for an umbrella, beauty dish, softbox, etc..) and have it angled it can be impossible to read. If tilted 90 degrees forward, it appears as if everything lights up on it (the LCD screen uses something similar to a digital alarm clock - so it looks like "1/188" which allows the "88" to light up certain parts to form different numbers. So it could be 1/1, 1/2.. 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128) Again, the problem is that at odd angles (like 90 degrees forward) it appears as "1/188" instead of what the actual power is. On the other hand, tilting it 90 degrees backwards it will look blank.. so the viewing angle isn't great and creates some readability issues. Another example is if it's sitting lower to the ground and you're looking at it from a... 5/5 MiRSD - See all my reviews, March 23, 2012

    Works like a champ!! Canon 5d mark iii + remote trigger

    0 5/5 Macbook Guy "MacbookGuy" (Atlanta, GA) - See all my reviews, June 19, 2012

    Significant variance in color

    I bought one unit to try it out, and it worked great. So I bought two more. They all work great, well built, reliable. If you configure it correctly per the manual it does not time out. Very happy with the units except last night I discovered an odd color when I was using two Yongnuos with my Elinchrom studio flash in a three flash setup. I lit a model with the key light being a Yongnuo through a softbox, the Elinchrom providing fill, and another snooted Yongnuo lighting the background.The Elinchrom fill provided nice, vibrant color in the model's blonde hair. The Yongnuo key light created an odd, muted cast in her hair that was very muddy and unattractive. One half of her face looked great and the other half looked terrible. This is the first time I noticed it so I decided to do a color comparison between my six flashes (Two Canons, three Yongnuo's and a studio unit). I shot an Xrite colorchecker chart with each flash using the same exposure (measured by the histogram as... 3/5 John - See all my reviews This review is from: Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58. (Camera) I bought one unit to try it out, and it worked great. So I bought two more. They all work great, well built, reliable. If you configure it correctly per the manual it does not time out. Very happy with the units except last night I discovered an odd color when I was using two Yongnuos with my Elinchrom studio flash in a three flash setup. I lit a model with the key light being a Yongnuo through a softbox, the Elinchrom providing fill, and another snooted Yongnuo lighting the background.The Elinchrom fill provided nice, vibrant color in the model's blonde hair. The Yongnuo key light created an odd, muted cast in her hair that was very muddy and unattractive. One half of her face looked great and the other half looked terrible. This is the first time I noticed it so I decided to do a color comparison between my six flashes (Two Canons, three Yongnuo's and a studio unit). I shot an Xrite colorchecker chart with each flash using the same exposure (measured by the histogram as... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 12, 2013
    List Price: $149.00
    This feature can give you warning before it's too late, and not only after the power is out, it's also YONGNUO first full-manual flash with this function.
    Black
    The Same Features as the 1st. generation YN-560
    2.36 x 7.48 x 3.07
    The flat, one-piece plastic screen has been replaced.


  • Chromo Inc.®

    Chromo Inc. Rechargeable Ultra-Bright LED 36 Camera / Video Light Flash with Hot Shoe and Tripod Adapter for Canon , Sony , Nikon and Other DSLR Cameras

    Photography (Chromo Inc.®)

    Rating (39 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Chromo Inc.®

    An inexpensive lighting solution for consumer camcorders & more

    Customer Video Review Length:: 3:44 MinsThe Chromo 36-LED video light is a simple solution for getting light onto a scene that lacks enough ambient light to enable recording video of decent quality. It is what I would consider a low-end lighting solution but is quite adequate for what it is.If you've ever tried to get good quality video using a typical inexpensive camcorder or digital camera with video recording capability in low light situations, you quickly discover how poor the video quality is. Low light for most lower-end consumer camcorders results in abysmal video quality...typically very grainy, splotcy and muddled video. For a minimal cost, this light will provide adequate light to make the difference between unuseable video and not too bad video.The 36-LED array operates at a color temperature of 6500K and is powered by a 1200mAh Li-ion battery. An AC wall-charger is included. I found that the light provided useable brightness for just under an hour. It remained... 4/5 M. Erb - See all my reviews, June 16, 2013

    Good, Price, Bright Lights

    0 5/5 barbara cooper - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Chromo Inc. Rechargeable Ultra-Bright LED 36 Camera / Video Light Flash with Hot Shoe and Tripod Adapter for Canon , Sony , Nikon and Other DSLR Cameras (Electronics) I just got my T3i, Needed some lights for video shoots, figured I would try this out and the light is super bright, works great, no problems at all. Just ordered 2 extra batteries for 5 bucks (NP-80) so I can have a little longer life, even though I dont know how long this battery lasts, I just figured it would be smart to have extras on hand. Great Buy! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 7, 2013

    cheap accessory. wish I'd gotten the cheaper one.

    0 3/5 myklwave - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Chromo Inc. Rechargeable Ultra-Bright LED 36 Camera / Video Light Flash with Hot Shoe and Tripod Adapter for Canon , Sony , Nikon and Other DSLR Cameras (Electronics) Chromo 36 led camera light feels like it came out of a vending machine. The on/off switch feels like its about to fall off. The door that holds the battery in has a nub on it that must be in place for the light to turn on. Bad news cause its just begging to break. Battery charger smells like burnt electronics fresh out of the box.This is a replica of a camera accessory. A toy. Look for something else. I'd return it if it wasn't such a hassle.On the plus side, the battery comes charged.The light is bright and fairly neutral. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 27, 2013
    List Price: $49.95
    Price: $15.95
    You Save: $34.00 (68%)
    36 LED lighting system is 50x brighter than average bulbs (approx. 600 lumens)
    Professional quality LED bulbs last over 50,000 hours.
    Includes removable Rechargeable Lithium Battery and AC charger
    Mounts via Shoe Mount or Tripod socket with the included universal bracket
    Special Diffuser Lens Ensures Even Light Dispersion <> Built In Rechargeable Batteries + AC Charger, Video Bracket Included


  • Neewer

    NEEWER® NW680/TT680 Speedlite Flash E TTL Camera Flash for Canon 5D MARK 2 6D 7D 70D 60D 50D T5I T3I T2I SL1 AND All other CANON DSLR Cameras

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (82 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Neewer

    An excellent flash that helps my indoor photography a lot!

    Customer Video Review Length:: 5:52 MinsI have purchased a Canon 7D camera and I love it. I have had a great time shooting photos of sporting events, family gathering and parties. My only real disappointment was the pop up flash on the camera and how quickly it depleted the battery of the camera and its slow recovery rate after a lot of photo shots. I also could not do bounce flashes which work great for shooting people at parties or events.I hadn't purchased a flash yet and when I was asked to review this flash I eagerly accepted as I wanted to see the difference it made in my photography. The flash kit comes with the flash, a flash stand a set of user instructions and a nice carrying bag. I won't go into my entire video review as it is easy to watch and see the powerful features of this flash. I have to say that I was impressed by all of the features and settings that I could make using this flash and I love having the ability to use a bounce flash and highlight my subject from... 5/5 jjceo (Greenwood, Indiana) - See all my reviews, October 9, 2013

    Big Size, Small Price

    As a T3 owner/user and not a pro, I am perfectly happy with NEEWER's product - sent to me as a 'for review' item but there was no request that a positive review would be posted in exchange. The may reason I am happy is clearly 'price'.The NW680 does almost everything Canon's own, except maybe for lacking a Slave Mode and, as far as I can tell, and I am NOT a pro, it does it equally well. Yes, it's a little bulkier and maybe not as good looking as some of the Canon Speedlite equivalents but you could buy three or four of NEEWER's for the amount you'd pay for Cannon's least expensive equivalent.SETUP AND OPERATIONThanks to the nice instruction manual, setup was a breeze. Yes, you must supply your own set of AA alkaline batteries (and I am still using the initial set after taking a couple hundred photos with it) but that's not surprising considering the product's low price.Mounting and getting it to work with the camera was a breeze... 5/5 A. Dent "Aragorn" (Minas Anor, GD) - See all my reviews, November 4, 2013

    Great Flash, Right Price

    I purchased this camera for My Canon Rebel T3i; the last flash I had was a SUNPAK manual bounce flash for my old Pentax K1000 (no megapixels, just film!). Having recently purchased my T3i, I was resorting to using folded paper on the built-in flash to soften the brightness (while adding bounce ) to my photos; it worked pretty well, but there were signs of synchronization issues (imagine that!). anyway, I could not bring myself to pay $400+ for a Canon flash for the functionality I wanted - so after reading reviews and other information on this flash, I purchased one. I attached the camera, put my camera in auto mode, turned on the flash and camera, and took a few pictures, and viola! No messing around with settings - worked right out of the box.I've noticed a vast difference in the quality of the flash photos I've taken.. No more harsh flash, and with experimenting with the bounce, you will get varying effects on your subject and yes, warm tones!The LED screen is clear... 5/5 J. DeNicola (Central NY, USA) - See all my reviews, February 2, 2014
    Multi flash mode: easy to record a chain of fast-changing moves
    Wide apcel, extending flash coverage to14mm, creating soft and natural illumination
    E-TTL II flash mode: easy and fast to snap special moments
    Flash recycling: 0.1-5s, compatible with external power pack
    Reflection card, giving a highlighted point on eyes


  • Neewer

    Neewer TT520 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (182 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Neewer

    Nice flash!

    Okay, first off I am not a pro-photographer so I can't tell you how this flash compares to higher quality type, but from my perspective this delivers all that's promised. Also as an added bonus it includes a built-in wide panel and a reflection board, which give some really good results. Just wanted to mention that because I did not see it in the description. I shoot with a T3I and it works perfectly in sync with the camera. One thing I can't comment on is how it works wirelessly, but when it's used in manual mode it has lived up to my expectations. Changing angles is easily achieved and it also marks the degrees (45,60,75,90) which is nice when you're unsure. All in all, in my opinion, this is the flash to get when photography is a hobby, a learning experience, and/or an every day use (kids, family, etc) . Hope this helps.P.S. One thing I forgot to mention, this flash does NOT work in live view. Canon makes it so that only their flashes are designed to let you fire while... 5/5 JM - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer TT520 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe (Electronics) Okay, first off I am not a pro-photographer so I can't tell you how this flash compares to higher quality type, but from my perspective this delivers all that's promised. Also as an added bonus it includes a built-in wide panel and a reflection board, which give some really good results. Just wanted to mention that because I did not see it in the description. I shoot with a T3I and it works perfectly in sync with the camera. One thing I can't comment on is how it works wirelessly, but when it's used in manual mode it has lived up to my expectations. Changing angles is easily achieved and it also marks the degrees (45,60,75,90) which is nice when you're unsure. All in all, in my opinion, this is the flash to get when photography is a hobby, a learning experience, and/or an every day use (kids, family, etc) . Hope this helps.P.S. One thing I forgot to mention, this flash does NOT work in live view. Canon makes it so that only their flashes are designed to let you fire while... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, September 10, 2011

    Much Better Then The Price

    I recently bought one of these units to replace a broken Nikon SB 800. I am a professional studio photographer who rarely shoots with a speed light and just needed a bare bones replacement for fill light on the occasional Red Carpet or event I may shoot. Zoom head, super fast recycle and other bells and whistles were unimportant to me and so I was reluctant to spend several hundred dollars to replace the SB800.When I order this unit I expected a flimsy build and honestly expected it would be a unit that would last a while and eventually I would wind up giving in and buying another Nikon Speed light. Well when i unpacked it I was pleasantly surprised. The build was tough, the unit has some heft to it and feels solid in your hand. Manual controls were straight forward and easy to deal with even on the fly. Output seems to be consistent and fast enough for my needs. I tried to over heat the unit but it never felt hot and never shut down. Battery life also seems to be good, i... 5/5 VegasVisionStudios - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer TT520 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe (Electronics) I recently bought one of these units to replace a broken Nikon SB 800. I am a professional studio photographer who rarely shoots with a speed light and just needed a bare bones replacement for fill light on the occasional Red Carpet or event I may shoot. Zoom head, super fast recycle and other bells and whistles were unimportant to me and so I was reluctant to spend several hundred dollars to replace the SB800.When I order this unit I expected a flimsy build and honestly expected it would be a unit that would last a while and eventually I would wind up giving in and buying another Nikon Speed light. Well when i unpacked it I was pleasantly surprised. The build was tough, the unit has some heft to it and feels solid in your hand. Manual controls were straight forward and easy to deal with even on the fly. Output seems to be consistent and fast enough for my needs. I tried to over heat the unit but it never felt hot and never shut down. Battery life also seems to be good, i... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, February 18, 2012

    THIS FLASH IS AWESOME!

    0 5/5 AMEdison - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer TT520 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe (Electronics) I cant believe the power that is in this Flash! I am a professional photographer, and wanted a second shooting flash for events I shoot. I was weary because of the price, but boy oh boy was i wrong! The first event I photographed I used this Neewer Flash 80% of the time. It never died as the Speedlite 430 Canon flash repeatedly needed batteries changed throughout the event. I used this flash on 3 events without changing the battery...no lie! Its worth every penny! Please consider! You wont be disappointed! Thanks to the manufacturers! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, June 12, 2012
    The TT520 vertically rotates 0~90 degrees, and it horizontally rotates 0~270 degrees.
    Compatible with Canon Digital EOS and Nikon DSLR cameras
    This flash has a guide number of 33 (ISO 100), a color temperature of 5600K+200K, and 4 AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable) power the unit.
    One flash may last 1/800s~1/2000s depending on the 1/8 - stop increment selected. One one set of batteries, expect 100-1500 flashes (AA alkaline batteries used) and a recycle time of approx. 0.5-5s (AA alkaline batteries used).


  • Canon

    Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

    Photography (Canon)

    Rating (686 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Canon

    Indoor miracles

    I had been holding off on purchasing an external flash for my XTI for months, making up all sorts of excuses as to why I shouldn't own one. It's too big, I'll never use it, $200+ for a flash of light is obscene and on and on the excuses went. My wife surprised me by getting me one for my birthday and after using it for 6 months I couldn't be happier. How did I ever live without this thing?I take a lot of pictures indoors of my son. He's a 9 month old boy that's not quite ready to be outside all the time. I've got the 50mm 1.8 but it just isn't fast enough in the dim lighting of our home and the on camera flash is worthless. Ever since I got this flash I'd say that 80% of the pictures I take indoors and outdoors are taken with this flash. Below is a list of all of the pro's and cons I could come up with.Pros:- Fast recycle time. I can take several burst shots in 1 second and the flash fires each time. You won't miss many pictures because the flash isn't... 5/5 Canon man "Work hard, have fun, make history." - See all my reviews This review is from: Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Camera) I had been holding off on purchasing an external flash for my XTI for months, making up all sorts of excuses as to why I shouldn't own one. It's too big, I'll never use it, $200+ for a flash of light is obscene and on and on the excuses went. My wife surprised me by getting me one for my birthday and after using it for 6 months I couldn't be happier. How did I ever live without this thing?I take a lot of pictures indoors of my son. He's a 9 month old boy that's not quite ready to be outside all the time. I've got the 50mm 1.8 but it just isn't fast enough in the dim lighting of our home and the on camera flash is worthless. Ever since I got this flash I'd say that 80% of the pictures I take indoors and outdoors are taken with this flash. Below is a list of all of the pro's and cons I could come up with.Pros:- Fast recycle time. I can take several burst shots in 1 second and the flash fires each time. You won't miss many pictures because the flash isn't... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, August 19, 2009

    Low light focus

    I use this external flash unit with my Canon Rebel xTi. The flash does a great job calculating the amount of light it needs to release to expose the photo, making grossly over exposed or underexposed photos a thing of the past. The ability to bounce the flash off of medium height white ceilings gives you great looking photos to the point where I now prefer using my flash instead of relying on high ISOs, fast lenses and low aperature numbers. Although flash photography is a tricky subject, the casual shooter can leave this flash in automatic mode and get wonderfully exposed photos. However, in my opinion, the BEST PART of this external flash is that it enables you to focus MUCH faster than the built in flash and this is reason alone to pick up the Speedlite 430EX II. Previously, when shooting in low light settings, the camera/lens would struggle to focus and the flash would emit several highly annoying test flashes. The Speedlite has no problem finding and focusing on your subject in... 5/5 Neil (NY) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Camera) I use this external flash unit with my Canon Rebel xTi. The flash does a great job calculating the amount of light it needs to release to expose the photo, making grossly over exposed or underexposed photos a thing of the past. The ability to bounce the flash off of medium height white ceilings gives you great looking photos to the point where I now prefer using my flash instead of relying on high ISOs, fast lenses and low aperature numbers. Although flash photography is a tricky subject, the casual shooter can leave this flash in automatic mode and get wonderfully exposed photos. However, in my opinion, the BEST PART of this external flash is that it enables you to focus MUCH faster than the built in flash and this is reason alone to pick up the Speedlite 430EX II. Previously, when shooting in low light settings, the camera/lens would struggle to focus and the flash would emit several highly annoying test flashes. The Speedlite has no problem finding and focusing on your subject in... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, January 2, 2009

    A great flash for Canon DSLR cameras

    I own this flash as well as it's bigger brother, the . The two models are targeted at slightly different audiences and the biggest advantage of the 430 is the price. The 430 doesn't do everything the 580 can do, but unless you're a pro photographer or a very serious amateur, you probably wont miss those features.First, why would you want an external dedicated flash when your camera may already have a built-in pop-up flash? If you've got a Canon "Rebel" series body, you'll notice you already have a flash. But check Canon's higher-end bodies and you'll notice that they do NOT have a pop-up flash. There's a good reason for that. Pop-up flashes are awful. They're low-budget, under-powered, and inflexible. Serious photographers wont use them (which is why they... 5/5 T. Campbell (Dearborn, MI USA) - See all my reviews, November 3, 2010
    List Price: $299.00
    Zoom head full frame: 24mm-105mm, virtually silent operation
    Superior build quality, including a metal foot for added strength
    1-Touch Quick-Lock Mechanism for easy attaching/detaching flash from camera
    Full flash control possible on camera menu, with compatible EOS digital SLRs
    Approximately 20% faster recycling time, compared to previous 430EX II


  • Opteka

    Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, & Other External Flash Units

    Photography (Opteka)

    Rating (501 reviews):
    (3.5/5)
    Opteka

    Great Gadget

    0 5/5 Irene Spargrove "Newshound" (Columbus, Ohio USA) - See all my reviews, June 19, 2008

    Total Loss - Not Recommended.

    I ordered this diffuser very recently, and was anxious to try it out when it arrived. (Good delivery time, by the way.) I was very surprised to discover that the package contents did not match what was described on the package. The diffuser is supposed to strap onto the flash unit by first wrapping the flash head with a "friction band", and then the assembled (I assume by some method involving velcro) diffuser, which has had a velcro strap threaded thru loops on the diffuser, is placed over the friction strap and tightenes to hold the diffuser in place. These instructions are clearly printed and illustrated on the packaging.Problems:1. No loops on diffuser.2. No friction strap.3. No way to assemble the diffuser.4. The only possible method of attaching this thing to the flash unit is by the supplied 4 velcro "loop" patches which are apparently to be somehow glued to the flash unit (of course, unacceptable!). These would be grabbed by "hook"... 1/5 G. Collins (Kansas City, KS USA) - See all my reviews, March 21, 2010

    It works.

    0 4/5 K. Rank (Boise, id United States) - See all my reviews, May 9, 2008
    List Price: $9.95
    Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser
    Folds down flat for easy storage and portability
    Provides soft even flash illumination
    Dimensions: 3.5" X 5"
    One size fits all. Attaches with the included velcro strap and grip band


  • NEEWER®

    NEEWER 6"x8" Softbox / 20x15cm Dome Light Translucent Soft Flash Box Portable For Flash, Speedlight, NEEWER TT520 TT560 TT660, Nikon SB-900 AF, SB-800 AF, SB-700 AF, SB-600, SB-400 AF, Canon Speedlite 380EX, 430EX, II, 550EX, 580EX, II, 600EX-RT, Vivita Flash, Sunpack, Nissin,Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonica Lumix Flashes

    Photography (NEEWER®)

    Rating (37 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    NEEWER®

    Even light dispersal, fits many flashes

    0 5/5 Lisa Campbell (Pittsburgh, PA United States) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: NEEWER 6"x8" Softbox / 20x15cm Dome Light Translucent Soft Flash Box Portable For Flash, Speedlight, NEEWER TT520 TT560 TT660, Nikon SB-900 AF, SB-800 AF, SB-700 AF, SB-600, SB-400 AF, Canon Speedlite 380EX, 430EX, II, 550EX, 580EX, II, 600EX-RT, Vivita Flash, Sunpack, Nissin,Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonica Lumix Flashes (Electronics) The portable diffuser does a great job at softening the flash. It's well built and flexible enough for many sizes of flashes. There is a ring of vinyl coated Velcro that allows the user to adjust the snugness of the attachment. The extra panel depth in the center us a nice touch. It evens the light where the flash is strongest. I recommend this product. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, October 18, 2013

    Love it!

    0 5/5 Tracie - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: NEEWER 6"x8" Softbox / 20x15cm Dome Light Translucent Soft Flash Box Portable For Flash, Speedlight, NEEWER TT520 TT560 TT660, Nikon SB-900 AF, SB-800 AF, SB-700 AF, SB-600, SB-400 AF, Canon Speedlite 380EX, 430EX, II, 550EX, 580EX, II, 600EX-RT, Vivita Flash, Sunpack, Nissin,Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonica Lumix Flashes (Electronics) This was such an awesome find! it works great at diffusing light. I love how it folds up flat for storage. Product arrived promptly from this store. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, November 17, 2013

    You get what you pay for

    0 3/5 Alexandra Grey - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: NEEWER 6"x8" Softbox / 20x15cm Dome Light Translucent Soft Flash Box Portable For Flash, Speedlight, NEEWER TT520 TT560 TT660, Nikon SB-900 AF, SB-800 AF, SB-700 AF, SB-600, SB-400 AF, Canon Speedlite 380EX, 430EX, II, 550EX, 580EX, II, 600EX-RT, Vivita Flash, Sunpack, Nissin,Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonica Lumix Flashes (Electronics) Definitely a great, cheap, and easy to carry softbox for on the go. The only down side is it really doesn't want to stay on the flash without putting up a serious fight. If it were to stay on for more than a few minutes at a time (if that), it would be a must have. Product was too low priced to be concerned about returning. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, December 2, 2013
    Professional Lighting Made Easy
    Simple design makes installation easy and convenient.
    Pops open and is ready for action in seconds
    Portable , light-weight, innovative design is ready for use in any situation.
    Fold-flat construction easily fits in your pocket or camera bag for quick and easy portability.


  • ePhoto

    ePhoto 2 x off Camera flash Photography Umbrella Flash Shoe Mount Swivel Flash Adapter

    Photography (ePhoto)

    Rating (87 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    ePhoto

    For the price - incredible!

    **UPDATE AT THE END OF REVIEW 03/12****FINAL UPDATE AT THE END OF REVIEW 07/13**Okay so before I comment on these, I wanted to give some qualifications. I am a semi-professional photographer, who shoots mainly weddings, although I do a lot of portrait work in my spare time. I have used these both indoors and out, and they come on every shoot with me.CONSTRUCTIONLet's start with this, repeat after me: "I spent less than a hundred bucks on these..." Ok, we are ready to proceed. These are not professional quality stands. They don't weigh much, and a misplaced foot could bend almost any part of the construction. That said, for the price range I was pleasantly surprised! I have worked with kits in the past costing 10x what this one did, and it's only when you get into the thousands that you see quality really change. In fact I compared these with a five hundred dollar kit...there wasn't much difference in quality. The stands themselves are fine, but as... 5/5 The Reviewer Formerly Known As... - See all my reviews, July 25, 2011

    Horrible flash mount position

    0 3/5 B. Pace "bpace07" (Birmingham, AL) - See all my reviews, March 25, 2011

    Great for the price

    This set was the cheapest I could find for how much was included. Most other sets did not include a carry case, or choice of umbrellas like this one did.The construction is certainly not the best available, but you wouldn't expect it to be for this low price. The parts are metal, however, which is important. When I was looking for a set to buy, I read reviews on a lot of them saying that a lot of parts were made of plastic and would just break. Although there is some plastic, the majority of this set, and the most important parts, are all made from metal.One complain I have is actually how light it is. The stands are really easy to knock over because they are so light (even indoors... I wouldn't use these outside with any breeze), but if you just set something heavy on the bottom, that helps a lot.The carrying case is amazing. I don't know what I would do without it.Shortly after receiving this item, I was using it on a photoshoot,... 4/5 Laurel - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ePhoto 2 x off Camera flash Photography Umbrella Flash Shoe Mount Swivel Flash Adapter (Electronics) This set was the cheapest I could find for how much was included. Most other sets did not include a carry case, or choice of umbrellas like this one did.The construction is certainly not the best available, but you wouldn't expect it to be for this low price. The parts are metal, however, which is important. When I was looking for a set to buy, I read reviews on a lot of them saying that a lot of parts were made of plastic and would just break. Although there is some plastic, the majority of this set, and the most important parts, are all made from metal.One complain I have is actually how light it is. The stands are really easy to knock over because they are so light (even indoors... I wouldn't use these outside with any breeze), but if you just set something heavy on the bottom, that helps a lot.The carrying case is amazing. I don't know what I would do without it.Shortly after receiving this item, I was using it on a photoshoot,... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, December 28, 2010
    2 x 33" White Umbrellas
    2 x 33" Silver reflective umbrellas
    2 x Flash Shoe Mount Bracket
    2 x 7ft light stands
    1 x Carrying Case



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