For­get pop-up flash, here are some bright ideas for pow­er­ful but af­ford­able light­ing

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sun­pak pz42x £110/$140

The PZ42X’s bar­gain price is re­flected in its rel­a­tively limited fea­tures, such as slow re­cy­cling times and a lack of high speed sync (HSS) or wire­less slave fa­cil­ity. But it’s small, sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful and gets the ba­sics right.

gloxy gx-f990 n ttl £130/$195

This TTL flash­gun de­liv­ers a lot of bang for not much buck. Sold as the Viv­i­tar DF-583 Power Zoom Speed­light in the US, it of­fers a power out­put that matches the pricier Nikon SB-700, plus a strobe mode, HSS and a power-zoom head.

metz 44af-1 dig­i­tal £130/$190

Easy to use and pack­ing a slide-out wide an­gle dif­fuser and bounce card, as well as an AF as­sist il­lu­mi­na­tor, this rep­re­sents a good buy. Its colour bal­ance runs a lit­tle cool and its wire­less slave mode’s ba­sic, but it’s a ca­pa­ble ’gun.

nissin di700 £160/$260

A de­cent per­former, de­spite the slightly un­even cov­er­age across the frame. Re­cy­cling from a full-power flash takes 4.1 seconds and it comes closer to fir­ing at its promised power rat­ing (Gn 48) more of­ten than many other flash­guns.

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