The same flash does not suit everyone. Some of us want something small, light and easy to use, others want a high-end model that is very powerful and equipped with advanced features. It's also true that some flash units are much more expensive than others, and if you have a DSLR entry-level, it does not make sense to spend more on your flash than on your camera.
What level of sophistication and price If you choose, a flash is an incredibly versatile accessory. It is extremely mobile and can have a major impact on the quality of the lighting in almost any scenario, from nocturnal shots to murky interiors to portraits on a sunny day.
TTL (Through The Lens) metering allows dedicated flash units to be combined with your camera to provide automatic exposure in all kinds of shooting conditions. It is generally easy to apply Flash Exposure Compensation if necessary to finely adjust the power setting, or to use the manual flash output when you prefer the control.
Mid and Upper Speedlights Mostly Have a Motorized Zoom Heads These can automatically track the focal length or zoom setting of the lens you are using, and reduce the light beam for telephoto shots to provide more flash output. For a particularly large wide-angle cover is usually included a fold-down reflector in the head of the flash.
Most flash units also have a pop-up and pan head. In this way, you can bounce off the light output from walls and ceilings instead of firing directly at the subject. This can lead to a much softer quality of light, which is far more flattering for portraits. The softness of the light increases with the size of the light source. So if you let the light of a small flash bounce off a large area like a white wall or ceiling, it effectively gets much bigger. The trade-off is that the intensity of the light reaching the target is reduced, so a flash unit with a higher maximum power rating or "guide number" is preferred.
Another option is to use the flash outside the camera. This makes it possible to create "modeling" with shadows, which makes the pictures much more three-dimensional than the typical "flash units" that can look very flat. Many modern flash units have a wireless master / slave connection for the flash outside the camera. This allows you to trigger the flash via an infrared connection from a compatible DSLR or in some cases via a radio frequency (radio frequency) trigger. You can also use multiple wireless flash units to create more exotic lighting effects. Let's take a closer look at the top 1
Best Speedlites for Canon DSLRs in 2018
Canon offers a range of Speedlite flash units for a variety of price ranges and requirements, ranging from small to small and simple models to optimize options. We will all first look at it in ascending order and then move on to the most attractive Canon flash units from independent manufacturers such as Hahnel, Metz, Nissin and Phottix.
. 1 Canon Speedlite 270EX II
Small and simple, but with a few clever tricks
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 27 | Bounce (Degree): 0 to 90 degrees | Swivel (left / right): No Zoom range: 28-50mm (manual) | Wireless Master / Slave: Slave IR | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC | Batteries: 2x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 66 x 65 x 77 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 155g
Very compact and lightweight
Includes wireless slave mode
No pan and manual zoom only
No LCD screen
Small enough To push in a replacement bag, this is a greatly diminished flash unit that runs on two AA batteries instead of the usual four. There is also no LCD screen and no built-in controls. So you have to make all the settings via the flash control menu of the host camera. However, it is also compatible with the high-speed sync and rear curtain modes, allowing for TTL flash exposure compensation and the use of manual power settings. There is a manual push-pull mechanism to select 28mm or 50mm zoom settings, but no pan function. You can not bounce off the flash when photographing in portrait (upright) position, at least when the flash is mounted in the camera's hotshoe. On the positive side, the wireless slave mode is available for the flash outside the camera. The overall performance is good and in our tests the maximum output power is not much lower than the larger Canon 430EX III-RT with corresponding zoom settings. However, one drawback is that recycling after a full-power flash takes more than twice as long with just over five seconds.
. 2 Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT
Canon is the best flash unit for a reasonable price
(ISO 100, meter): Gn 43 | Bounce (Degree): 0 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 150/180 | Zoom range: 24-105 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Slave IR / RF | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC | Batteries: 4x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 71 x 114 x 98 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 295g
Intuitive Controls and Good Versatility
RF and Wireless-Slave Optical Modes
No Wireless-Master Optical Mode
Less powerful than some competitors
A This flashgun is a significant step after the Canon 270EX II and features a range of built-in controls and an LCD screen that allow intuitive and versatile operation without having to resort to the camera menus. It also offers a motorized zoom head with a range of 24 to 105 mm and adds bounce function from 0 to 90 degrees to the left or right by 150 to 180 degrees. The supplied accessories include a carrying bag and a tripod, a diffusion dome and a color matching filter to compensate for the flash output in tungsten lighting. The flash modes include high-speed sync and rear curtain options, but there is no programmable repeat mode. The biggest update to the Mk II is the addition of RF (Radio Frequency) communication, while maintaining the previous infrared slave mode. However, if you want to use the new flashgun as a wireless master, you can only do so in RF mode. This precludes pairing with most Canon flashguns because they only support optical transmission. There is slightly more power than the 270EX II, and recovering from a full-power flash is more than twice as fast when using 2.2-second NiMH batteries.
. 3 Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI
Artificial intelligence makes it smarter than most flashguns
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 47 | Bounce (Degree): 0 to 120 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/180 | Zoom range: 24-105 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Slave IR | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC | Batteries: 4x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 75 x 130 x 105 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 385g
Auto and semi-auto & # 39; AI Bounce & # 39;
Powerful maximum flash output
Very expensive for the price
In fully automatic & # 39; AI Bounce & # 39; mode The 470EX-AI uses Artificial Intelligence to turn its motorized head through a vertical rotation from 120 degrees and full 180 degrees left or right to move. It is compatible with cameras launched in or after the second half of 2014. It triggers a Vorblitzimpuls directly on the subject, then tilts vertically upwards and triggers a second Vorblitzimpuls on the ceiling. The flash unit then calculates the optimal bounce angle and moves the head accordingly. There is also a semi-automatic AI bounce mode, in which you can manually direct the flash head in the desired direction. Otherwise, the 470EX-AI is quite conventional. It lacks the radio communication (Radio Frequency) of the 430EX III-RT and both versions of the 600EX-RT. For the wireless flash outside the camera, it can therefore only be operated via an optical connection and only as a slave and not as a master. It also lacks a programmable repeat flash mode and a retractable reflector card. The maximum performance is slightly higher than that of the Canon 430EX III-RT, and recycling is similarly fast, but batteries only last about two-thirds as long.
. 4 Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
Canonic Lightning Gun with Outstanding Performance radiates power and sophistication
Gn (ISO 100, Meter): Gn 60 | Bounce (degree): -7 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/180 | Zoom range: 20-200 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Master / Slave IR / RF | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC, Repeat | Batteries: 4x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 79 x 143 x 123 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 435g
Top-end features and performance
Robust, weatherproof construction
Relatively large and heavy
Expensive to buy
Built to Satisfied The 600EX II-RT is a rugged, weatherproof construction that meets the needs of professional photographers. Upgrades to the 430EX III-RT include a nominal power of Gn 60, a bounce range that falls to -7 degrees, and cover the more common range of 0 to 90 degrees, an extended pan of 180 degrees both to the left and to the end on the right a larger zoom range of 20-200mm. A key innovation is that the 600EX II-RT can operate with both infrared and RF options in both master and slave wireless modes. HF connections increase the range from about 10 m to 30 m. This has the added benefit of being able to work around corners or through obstacles. In addition, it is more reliable than infrared in bright outdoor conditions. The Mk II is cooler than the original edition and increases the endurance of series shooting by up to 50 percent. As with most professional flash units, an external power adapter can be connected to keep the flash running longer. A programmable repeat mode allows for stroboscopic output that is not supported by Canon with low-quality flash units.
. 5 Hahnel mode 600RT
An innovative high-performance flash unit that pollutes the trend
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 60 | Bounce (degree): -7 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/180 | Zoom range: 20-200 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Master / Slave IR / RF | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC, Repeat | Batteries: Li-Ion | Dimensions (W x H x D): 64 x 76 x 190 mm | Weight (excl. Mats): 430g
Li-ion battery lasts longer
Built-in RF transceiver
Weatherproof seals are missing
Quite simple LCD screen and controls
This The Hahnel Blitz Pistol is available individually or as part of two optional kits. The "Wireless Kit" adds a Viper HF trigger with hot-shoe mounting, and the "Wireless Pro Kit" includes two flash units and the RF trigger. The flash itself has a built-in RF transceiver that allows you to work in wireless RF mode both as a master and a slave over an impressive range of up to 100 meters. The extra Viper-mounted shutter button with built-in controls and LCD display lets you use one or more off-camera flashes in wireless radio mode. A big difference to most flash units is that the Hahnel is powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery instead of the usual four AA batteries. This allows for an impressive 550 flashes of full power between recharging and very fast recycling speeds of just 0.7 or 1.5 seconds after a half or full power flash. Useful features include a 20-200 mm motorized zoom head, a fold-down 14 mm wide-angle diffuser and a retractable headlight / reflector card. There are a whole range of advanced flash modes, including high-speed sync, rear curtain, and programmable repeat functions (multiple flash during a single exposure).
. 6 Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1
A sensitive-feely flash unit at a great price
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 52 | Bounce (Degree): 0 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/120 | Zoom range: 24-105 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Master / Slave IR | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC | Batteries: 4x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 73 x 134 x 90 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 346g
Good range of wireless connectivity
Mono touch screen interface
Slow reuse after a full flash
No programmable repeat mode
On the first glance This Metz flashgun looks a bit basic without being controlled on board. The reason for this is the integration of an intuitive touchscreen user interface that reduces the button around the back. The motorized zoom head has a range of 24-105 mm, with the usual reflector card and a wide-angle diffuser, although the pivoting movement to the right is limited to 120 degrees. For off-camera use and multiple flash units, the Metz has both master and slave radio modes. Typical for flash units at this price point, there is no programmable flash mode. In our tests, the maximum performance at the given Gn 52 rating was noticeably lower than the Canon 430EX III-RT. The recycling speed is also a bit pedestrian and takes just over four seconds after a full flash when using NiMH batteries. Overall, however, it is an attractive flash unit for the price.
. 7 Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1
Technical data and characteristics at a competitive price
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 64 | Bounce (Degree): -9 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/120 | Zoom range: 24-200 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Master / Slave IR | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC, Repeat | Batteries: 4x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 78 x 148 x 112 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 422g
Advanced Flash Modes
Secondary Flash Tube
Slow Recycling with Alkaline Batteries
No weatherproof seals
This is the best-developed Metz dedicated flash, with a number of first-class features and a powerful Gn 64 output. Highlights include a zoom range of 24 to 200 mm, a bounce function of -9 to 90 degrees and the availability of master and slave radio operation. There is also an unusual secondary sub flash module, which is great for lighting when using the main head in jump or panning mode. As with the Metz 52 AF-1, the intuitive on-board control is based on a touch screen. This time, however, it is a color screen rather than a mono screen. Professional enhancements include a programmable repeat flash mode and a port for an optional external power supply. When NiMH batteries are used, the recycling speed after a full-power flash is quite fast at 3.4 seconds, but for alkaline cells, recycling takes more than twice as long.
. 8 Nissin Di700A + Air 1
This powerful and well-connected flashlight looks deceptively simple
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 60 | Bounce (Degree): 0 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/180 | Zoom range: 24-200 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Slave IR / RF | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC | Batteries: 4x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 75 x 140 x 115 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 380g
Complete with Hotshoe RF Trigger
Powerful maximum power
Onboard controls are fairly simple
Simple status lights
On the front panel Nissin's lightning pistol looks pretty simple, with built-in controls limited to a single set button and thumbwheel. Rudimentary adjustments can be made like TTL flash exposure compensation. However, for almost everything else, you need to access the host camera's menu system. A big attraction of this kit is that it comes with Nissin's sophisticated Air 1 Commander radio transmitter, which plugs into your camera's hotshoe. The flash unit itself operates in both infrared and RF slave modes. Additional slave optical modes include "Digital" and "Movie" options, both with manual power settings. With the digital option, pre-flash pulses are not considered when triggered, while the movie mode is triggered at the first light pulse. This is especially useful when working with studio flash heads. High speed sync and rear curtain sync are available, but there is no repeat flash mode for consecutive bursts within a single exposure. There's plenty of typing power, with a generous Gn 60 rating and a zoom of up to 200mm. The recycling speed is very fast with NiMH or alkaline batteries and is about two to three seconds.
. 9 Pixel X900
700 shots between each charge
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 60 | Bounce (degree): -7 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/180 | Zoom range: 20-200 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Master / Slave IR / RF | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC, Repeat | Batteries: Li-Ion | Dimensions (W x H x D): 73.5 x 192 x 61 mm | Weight (including mats): 420g
Impressive Li-on battery
OK button rotates with scroll wheel
No repair support on site
The price may be budget, but the specification of the Pixel X900 is certainly not. With an impressive Gn 60 rating at the longest zoom setting of 200mm, the head also has a vertical jump from -7 to 90 degrees and a full 180 degree tilt in both lateral directions. Like the Hahnel mode 600RT, the Pixel X900 has a rechargeable Li-Ion battery instead of the more typical four AA batteries. This allows the Pixel X900 to trigger 700 full power flashes before charging. The reuse times are also fast at just under 1.5 seconds for a full-power flash. Another useful feature is the built-in 4W LED lamp on the front of the flash if you want to illuminate your subject with constant light. The X900 can be used as a master flash for wireless shooting. It is also compatible with Pixel's KingPro transceiver. As you'd expect, there's a whole range of advanced flash modes, including high-speed sync, rear curtain and programmable repeat (multiple flash during a single exposure).
10th Phottix Mitros + TTL Transceivers
Power and connectivity are the major pluses of Phottix
Gn (ISO 100, meter): Gn 58 | Bounce (degree): -7 to 90 degrees | Schwenker (left / right): 180/180 | Zoom range: 24-105 mm (automatic) | Wireless Master / Slave: Master / Slave IR / RF | Additional flash modes: HSS, RC, Repeat | Batteries: 4x AA | Dimensions (W x H x D): 78 x 147 x 103 mm | Weight (Excl. Mats): 427g
Built-in RF transceiver
Programmable repeat flash mode
Slow recycling with alkaline batteries
Zoom range not as great as
This high-end Phottix's flash has a Gn 58 rating at the longest zoom setting, although it's only 105mm instead of the commonly used 200mm. The head also has a vertical jump from -7 to 90 degrees and a complete 180 degree turn in both lateral directions. A programmable repeat flash mode is available in competition with own brand flash units with their own specification. The robust construction has a weatherproof mounting foot. There is an RF radio link with master and slave mode. This is due to a built-in radio frequency transceiver rather than a simpler receiver. The HF work area is 30 m. The link is compatible with Phottix Odin and Stratos remote controls as well as other Mitros + blowguns. The recharge speed after a full-power flash with NiMH batteries is 3.5 seconds, but it takes twice as long for alkaline batteries.