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If the built-in flash in your camera just doesn’t cut it anymore, it's time to look for an external flash. But how do you choose the right one?

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When choosing a flash, consider what features are important to you

First party flashes have guaranteed full compatibility with other devices from the same manufacturer; with third party flashes, some flash or camera features may be unavailable. Models at both ends of the price spectrum differ – aside from the guide number - in various parameters, such as remote control, continuous shutter, flash interval, power supply, flash grouping, or orientation and tilt.

 

Flashes can be divided into:

Which category to choose?

Most external flashes connect to the camera via the TTL system, which can be found on most advanced cameras. The guide number (GN) indicates the flash output, namely its ability to illuminate the subject. The general rule for good illumination and exposure is the following: the further away an object is, the higher guide number you need. Furthermore, aperture and ISO also play their role.

 

Flashes can be divided into three categories:

  • Amateur (low performance, low reach, GN - 20)
  • Semi-professional (fairly powerful, tilting, GN - 42)
  • Professional (high performance, rich features, GN - 60)

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Amateur - typical for their low guide number (low power output and reach). Generally can’t be titled. Tend to be fairly small.

Semi-professional - offer sufficient power and range combined with rich functionality. Unlike the amateur type, these are fully tiltable and omnidirectional. They are powered by four AA batteries.

Professional - offer maximum performance and a range of exciting features that distinguish them from semi-professional flashes (communication with other flash devices, strobe light, external power supply connector, etc.).

 

Camera flash control types

  • Manual (constant flash intensity)
  • Auto (flash output controlled by a sensor)
  • System (controlled by the camera, the devices exchange information to achieve optimal exposure)

 

A separate subcategory are the macro ring flashes, in which the lighting part forms a ring-shaped lamp surrounding the lens. This eliminates the shadow normally cast by the lens and ensures proper illumination of objects at a very small distance from the camera.

 

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Rollei professional external flash 56
Flash - compatible with Canon and Nikon, guide number 56, synchronisation of up to 1/8000s

The Rollei External Flash is a high-quality, sophisticated and contemporary device that is compatible with Nikon and Canon camera. Its main advantages include...

£132.90 excl.VAT £110.75
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Deluxe Range
Nikon SB-700
Flash - case + stand
Versatile, easy-to-use flash, compatible with Nikon SLR format DX and FX and Nikon Creative Lighting System. Incredibly intuitive control increases...

£263.90 excl.VAT £219.92
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Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT II
Flash - for Canon cameras
 Move your work with a Canon camera to the next level and buy a flash system from the same company. This is a powerful flash...

£528.90 excl.VAT £440.75
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Aputure TrigMaster II (2.4GHz) MXIIrcr-N
Launcher - receiver (Nikon)

The standalone Aputure flash receiver is a great tool for any photographer, whether they are a professional or simply a passionate enthusiast. When combined with the Aputure TrigMaster II MXII-N transmitter unit, it makes controlling your normal or studio flash easier than ever before...

£27.90 excl.VAT £23.25
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Nissin i40 for Fujifilm
Flash - wireless functionality

The Fujifilm Nissin i40 compact flash is ideal for both indoor and outdoor photography. With its light weight of 203g (without batteries), it is...

£179.90 excl.VAT £149.92
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Nissin i40 for Panasonic and Olympus
Flash - with a swivelling hinged head

Compact small size photographic flash Nissin i40 for Panasonic and Olympus is the ideal assistant for shooting indoors and outdoors...

£179.90 excl.VAT £149.92
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Nissin i40 for Sony
Flash

The compact Nissin i40 compact photo flash for Sony is ideal for shooting both indoors and outdoors. With its light weight of only 203g...

£179.90 excl.VAT £149.92
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Nissin i40 for Nikon
Flash

Compact Nissin i40 compact photo flash for Nikon is the perfect helper for indoor and outdoor photography. Thanks to its low weight of...

£181.90 excl.VAT £151.58
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Nissin Di700 Air for Sony - Flash
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£179.90 excl.VAT £149.92
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Nissin i60A for Sony - Flash
-28%
-28% £332.90
£239.90 excl.VAT £199.92
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Nissin i60A for Fuji - Flash
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Nissin i60A pro FT (4/3) Olymus, Panasonic - Flash
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Nissin Di700A + Air 1 for Nikon - Flash
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£219.90 excl.VAT £183.25
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Nissin Di700 for Canon Air
Flash - with integrated radio transmitter, Commander AIR 1 is not included

Nissin Di700 Air is an external flash with integrated radio transmission system. Compared to the latest popular Di700 model, it features identical parameters and is enhanced with the built-in NAS wireless transmission system...

£199.90 excl.VAT £166.58
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Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
Flash - for Canon cameras
A professional flash equipped with a built-in radio trigger unit features a reliable flash control located outside the camera at a distance of up...

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - Flash
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Canon SpeedLite 270EX II
Flash - for Canon EOS and Canon PowerShot G and S cameras

Compact flash that boasts high power and variability as it can also be connected to the camera as an external unit (with select Canon cameras it can...

£171.90 excl.VAT £143.25
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Canon Speedlite 430EX III - RT
Flash - for Canon EOS and PowerShot G and S cameras, integrated remote control

This Canon SpeedLite offers interesting lighting options with its radio trigger, which enables the flash to be activated at a distance of up to 30m...

£263.90 excl.VAT £219.92
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Canon MR-14EX II
Flash - Macro Ring for cameras
The Canon MR-14EX II is a powerful circular macroblock that solves all the problems with the illumination of detailed interior and exterior...

£528.90 excl.VAT £440.75
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Canon MT-24EX
System Flash -macroblock, two reflectors
The Canon Macro Twin Lite extends the macro shooting capabilities with the Directional Macro Lighting. Two separate flashes can be rotated around...

£855.90 excl.VAT £713.25
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Fujifilm EF-20
Flash - for Fujifilm HS20, X100, X10 cameras

Quality flash equipment is essential to any photographer. The compact accessory flash....

Fujifilm EF-20 - Flash
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£101.90 excl.VAT £84.92
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Nikon SB-300
Flash
Powerful flash compatible with Nikon digital SLRs and COOLPIX cameras hot shoe for accessory mounting. It has small size, low weight, which means...

£124.90 excl.VAT £104.08
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Flashes

Flashes

A Flash is used to illuminate subjects or scenes by creating a short burst of light. It is mostly used in low light conditions to illuminate subjects.

Compact cameras usually have a built-in flash, whereas digital SLR cameras allow various external flashes to be connected to suit different conditions.

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