Sigma

EM-140 DG

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

£329/$379

www.sigma-imag­ing-uk.com Rather than us­ing two semi­cir­cu­lar flash tubes that en­cir­cle a lens, Sigma’s of­fer­ing con­tains two fairly small straight tubes on op­po­site sides of the cir­cu­lar flash head. In the­ory this doesn’t make for the soft­est re­sults, but in prac­tice its light is only marginally harsher than the Nissin’s, while TTL ex­po­sure me­ter­ing and colour ren­der­ing are pretty ac­cu­rate.

The flash is con­trolled by a bulky com­man­der unit that re­sem­bles a flash­gun. Build qual­ity is good, but the plas­tic hot­shoe mount is dis­ap­point­ing. The fid­dly, dated con­trols and un­in­tu­itive dis­play also take some get­ting used to.

There’s no short­age of fea­tures, though. You get a mod­el­ling/AF-as­sist lamp, wire­less TTL flash con­trol and high-speed-sync ca­pa­bil­ity, plus in­de­pen­dent out­put ad­just­ment for each flash tube from the max guide num­ber of 14 down to 1/64 power.

The flash comes bun­dled with 55mm and 62mm lens adap­tors, with ad­di­tional sizes up to 77mm avail­able sep­a­rately.

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