GROUP TEST

If you’re af­ter power com­bined with con­trol and crafty tricks aplenty, these pro-spec flash­guns have a lot to of­fer. We put them to the test and de­liver our ver­dict

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Four top flash­guns are put to the test this is­sue – which one should you con­sider when you need con­trolled light­ing?

At a glance, it might seem out­ra­geous that a top-end flash­gun from the likes of Canon and Nikon costs con­sid­er­ably more than an en­try-level DSLR from the same com­pany, com­plete with a kit zoom lens. Delve a lit­tle deeper, how­ever, and it soon be­comes ap­par­ent that these flash­guns are highly technical pieces of kit, wrap­ping ad­vanced fea­tures and top-level specifications into pre­mium-grade con­struc­tion.

For starters, all of the flash­guns we’ve cho­sen for this group test boast a pow­er­ful max­i­mum out­put, rang­ing be­tween Gn 55 and 64 (‘Guide num­ber’ at ISO 100 in me­tres). They have bounce and swivel heads with mo­torised zooms that stretch to match a fo­cal length of 200mm at the long end, when used with a full-frame cam­era. Ad­vanced flash modes are sup­ported in every case, en­abling you to fire the flash mul­ti­ple times dur­ing a long ex­po­sure.

As well as fully ded­i­cated flash with au­to­matic, through-the-lens me­ter­ing, there’s some­thing of a feast on of­fer when it comes to wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity for off-cam­era flash. All of these flash­guns of­fer in­frared master and slave modes, for trig­ger­ing mul­ti­ple flash­guns with the op­tion of as­sign­ing them to sep­a­rate groups. Better still, the Canon and Nikon mod­els on test fea­ture RF (Ra­dio Fre­quency) as well as in­frared con­nec­tiv­ity, en­abling a greater range and the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate through ob­sta­cles or around cor­ners.

De­spite un­der­cut­ting both of the cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers’ flash­guns for cost in most world re­gions, the Hah­nel lit­er­ally dou­bles up on flash po­ten­tial and comes com­plete with a ded­i­cated RF trans­mit­ter and trig­ger­ing sys­tem. Let’s take an in-depth look at all the op­tions.

“These are highly technical pieces of kit, with ad­vanced fea­tures and top-level specs”

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