Gloxy GX-F990 N TTL

£130, $200

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Boasts some clever fea­tures at a great price

The Gloxy is a dis­arm­ingly in­ex­pen­sive flash­gun, yet has an im­pres­sive range of ad­vanced fea­tures, in­clud­ing an 18mm to 180mm mo­torised zoom head and pro­gram­mable re­peat mode – the lat­ter be­ing prac­ti­cally un­heard of in such a ‘bud­get’ flash­gun. The usual re­mote mount­ing stand and pouch are in­cluded, but the Gloxy also comes with a dif­fu­sion dome and a bonus set of colour fil­ters.

The max­i­mum power rat­ing of Gn 54 is pretty good and the con­trol panel is log­i­cal and easy to use. Build qual­ity feels good, too. The only real dis­ap­point­ment is that there’s no wire­less mas­ter or slave mode, so TTL me­ter­ing isn’t avail­able if the flash is taken off-cam­era. There is a more ba­sic op­ti­cal slave mode, which senses the out­put from a pop-up flash or an­other flash, and fires the flash at the power that’s been set man­u­ally.

Per­for­mance

In our lab tests, re­cy­cle speeds proved to be pretty brisk, even af­ter a full-power flash, but the max­i­mum out­put was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing com­pared with the claimed val­ues. We also feel that TTL ac­cu­racy could be bet­ter as there was slight un­der-ex­po­sure.

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