Amazon Basics Speedlights - $27.99 - Back in stock

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  1. gryphon1911

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  2. Rick Waldroup

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    Thanks for the link, Andrew. The price is unbelievable if the quality is anywhere being decent. I don't often use a flash, but when I do (usually for meet-and-greet situations), it is always in manual mode and almost always off camera. Hey, let us know your opinions on it after you receive it. A couple of these as second and third lights would be great at this price.
     
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  3. gryphon1911

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    The winter weather may have delayed the delivery, but it is looking like I will have them here Tuesday.
     
  4. Rick Waldroup

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    Thanks, Andrew. I look forward to hearing about your initial experience working with the units.
     
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  5. ajramirez

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    I am considering picking some up. I have been working with three (3) Sunpak 383s which work well but are old.
     
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  6. Rick Waldroup

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    I went ahead and ordered one. I had a few bonus points saved up on my Amazon account and that dropped the price down to $18.00 with free shipping. You can't beat that for a deal. Andrew, let's compare notes later on and Antonio, we'll let you know how things turn out.
     
  7. gryphon1911

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    Absolutely! I will put my other blog posts on the back burner and get these things reviewed once I get them in! :D
     
  8. Tim Williams

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    Hey their worth that just to use as a manual slave. You can never have to many of these little life savers when you need one.
     
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  9. gryphon1911

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    Ok...initial impression time!

    They arrived today in a plain brown box with an Amazon Basics sticker sealing the box. Words in different languages reads "Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras"

    Opening the box and you get a manual with instructions in 8 languages. The flash unit itself, a ripstop-like pouch for the flash and a little hot shoe stand. Everything wrapped up in that anti-static type plastic.

    The flashes are big. A few millimeters taller and wider than a Nikon SB-26. My SB-28 and SB-600 are much smaller in comparison.

    It takes 4 AA batteries. Used Eneloop Pros for the initial test and the flash fired up almost instantly and just popped away, even at 1:1. Manual claims that it could take up to 3 seconds to recharge after a full power pop.
    Guide number is listed at 33 @ ISO 100. Power is rated from 1:1 through 1:128 in 1 stop increments.

    The flash has a power port for external power, the standard one with 3 metal pins. It also has a PC sync port for off camera triggers. On the back part of the fresnel is a built in wide angle diffuser and a white bounce card.

    It states in the manual that the flash will sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, but can be woke by pressing the test button or by turning on the camera. I will have to test if this will power on by half pressing the camera or by waking the remote flash trigger.

    A bit of a shocker, but the hot shoe is metal. I was expecting plastic. While we are on the subject of plastic...this is one of the small let downs of the unit. The plastic seems flimsy, but not sure if that is because of the quality of the plastic or if it is just not supported well with an internal frame of some kind.

    All the buttons have a positive press and are labeled well.

    There are 3 modes. Manual (M), Slave 1 (S1) and Slave 2 (S2).
    Manual is what you expect it to be. You trigger the flash and it goes off.

    The slave modes are the interesting part. S1 is a built in optical slave. It fires as soon as it sees another flash fire off.
    S2 claims to understand TTL signals and in theory ignores the TTL preflashes and only fires at the "correct" time. I did a quick test with my Ricoh GR II in TTL flash mode and it appeared to do as advertised. I will need to test this a bit more to see if it really does work.

    The head does swivel and tilt, however, there is no lock. If you have a heavy mod on the flash, it will not be able to lock into an angled position or stay straight.

    I tested the optical slave as well as remote triggers. Radio triggers of choice were the Radio Popper JrX. Flash fired every time with no failures, probably did 20 low power pops and 10 full power pops.

    I'll use them on my next photoshoot, report back on that experience and if there are any specific questions, fire away! :D
     
  10. Rick Waldroup

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    Thanks, Andrew. Mine arrives tomorrow.

    I am interested in the fact that you used radio poppers to fire the flashes. I was under the assumption the flash would only fire optically. I do not have any gigs coming up in the next few weeks, so if you use them at your next photoshoot, by all means, let us know how it went.
     
  11. gryphon1911

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    Yep, they can be fired from the hotshoe or from the PC sync port on the side as well as optically. Color me pleasantly surprised! :D