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Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR? Well here’s the $27.99 AmazonBasics Electronic Flash.

AmazonBasics Electronic Flash

  • 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

AmazonBasics Electronic Flash $27.99

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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 01:19:16 PM »
Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?

No thank you.

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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 02:12:24 PM »
Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?

Are you sure it's the cheapest?  Have you seen one of these?   ;D
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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 04:00:29 PM »
ettl-ii ?
2nd curtain sync in wireless mode?
RT radio wireless?

if yes, count me in. if no, keep it.

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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 04:58:28 PM »
Its probably a good tool for someone with a fixed setup where the manual output can be preset, and then just placed in slave mode.  Obviously, its not going to be settable thru the camera.

I have some of the old Sunpak large flash units that have slave modules included and can be used in manual or preset to a fixed output.


I also have a high tech Nikon flash unit, far more light output than a cube ;)   I remember using those press 25 bulbs, they were painful to the eyes, not only because of the brightness, but the long duration.  I have quite a few still.
 
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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017, 05:52:24 AM »
I think it is a good deal for the hobbyist looking to learn about using an external flash.

Certainly not intended for any strobist power user, but then it is not intended for such use.
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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 06:52:35 AM »
ettl-ii ?
2nd curtain sync in wireless mode?
RT radio wireless?

if yes, count me in. if no, keep it.

Even if it does have that, there's no way I'd consider it with only 8 levels of flash brightness control...

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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 06:52:35 AM »

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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 09:25:58 AM »
ettl-ii ?
2nd curtain sync in wireless mode?
RT radio wireless?

if yes, count me in. if no, keep it.

Even if it does have that, there's no way I'd consider it with only 8 levels of flash brightness control...

If it had a 4 stop range in half stops, it would still be highly useful as a cheap way of adding splashes of colour on backgrounds or adding some hair light in a portrait. With 8 full-stop settings, it'd be tricky to get the balance right between flashes.
Anyone asking me would be recommended to add three dollars and get the Neewer with 1/8 stop power levels: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LEAYXY/ref=psdc_3109929011_t1_B01I09WHLW
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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2017, 09:33:57 AM »
ettl-ii ?
2nd curtain sync in wireless mode?
RT radio wireless?

if yes, count me in. if no, keep it.

Even if it does have that, there's no way I'd consider it with only 8 levels of flash brightness control...

If it had a 4 stop range in half stops, it would still be highly useful as a cheap way of adding splashes of colour on backgrounds or adding some hair light in a portrait. With 8 full-stop settings, it'd be tricky to get the balance right between flashes.
Anyone asking me would be recommended to add three dollars and get the Neewer with 1/8 stop power levels: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LEAYXY/ref=psdc_3109929011_t1_B01I09WHLW

Well that's a fair point, for splashes and other accents, it could be just fine.

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Re: Do You Want the Cheapest Flash Money Can Buy for Your Canon DSLR?
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2017, 09:33:57 AM »