By Kevin Purcell
There is now an AmazonBasics Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras. It's a manual hot shoe flash so it's not limited to DSLRs or even just on-camera use, despite the name.
Supports (optical) slave mode, and even slave mode 2: firing on the second master flash so you can use two slave flashes together. Tilts up to 90 degrees; rotates up to 270 degrees. Eight levels of flash-brightness control; automatic saving function retains current flash settings. Hot shoe stand and carrying bag included.
No guide number specified. But....
It's a Chinese flash identical to the $32 Neewer VT560. It even has VT560 printed on the power control panel) which has a Guide Number of 38 (ISO 100).
Takes four AA size batteries, NiMH or Alkaline.
I wonder if Amazon will venture into the TTL flash market in the future. A rebadged Neewer VK750 II i-TTL for under $50, perhaps?
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Andre Y: "Something about lights at last! I like talking about cameras and lenses as much as the next photographer, but lights are a really underserved topic here, and they have far larger and more important effects on the final photo than the latest benchmark-busting camera or lens. Camera and lens differences are pretty trivial in light of what you can do with lights and their associated modifiers, yet we balk at paying anything for lights approaching what we paid for our cameras and lenses. A Profoto B1 and a couple of modifiers are about the same price as a Canon 5D Mark IV, and that's splurging on the lights as capable lights and mods are available for much less money. But used properly, they'll make any camera and lens shine their brightest, now and in the future. Which reminds me of tripods, but that's another discussion for another time...."
Peter: "Wow, that is cheap. I thought my Yongnuos were a steal at $68. I set up a three-light system with shoot-through umbrellas in my basement. I was amazed how much I learned about light so quickly. I agree that more posts about lighting would be a good thing."
Mike replies: So do you guys know of someone who could write those posts?