Pow­er­ful flash­guns

Eight con­ve­nient but po­tent light sources to help your shots shine

Digital Camera World - - CONTENTS - Matthew Richards

We put eight of the best-per­form­ing flash­guns through a rig­or­ous group test

The ad­justable and di­rec­tional light from a flash­gun can do any­thing from fill­ing in the shad­ows for sunny-day por­trai­ture to de­liv­er­ing a com­plete light­ing so­lu­tion for in­door or late-night pho­tog­ra­phy. A lit­tle light can go a long way.

All of the flash­guns we’ve cho­sen for this group test are pow­er­ful mod­els that are rich in fea­tures. As such, they have im­pres­sive ‘guide num­bers’ (a mea­sure of their max­i­mum light out­put); bounce, swivel and zoom heads to en­able greater ver­sa­til­ity and con­trol over light­ing; and full ded­i­ca­tion for var­i­ous cam­era sys­tems. This en­ables au­to­matic TTL (Through The Lens) flash me­ter­ing, and the abil­ity to con­trol flash pa­ram­e­ters di­rectly from your cam­era.

Other fancy fea­tures in­clude wire­less slave and pos­si­bly ‘master’ modes for link­ing two or more flash­guns for com­plex light­ing set­ups; and ad­vanced flash modes that can typ­i­cally com­prise high-speed sync, rear cur­tain, red-eye re­duc­tion and maybe even a pro­gram­mable strobe mode, for fir­ing a se­ries of flashes within one long ex­po­sure. Let’s go into the light...

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