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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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Aputure Amaran AHL-HN100
Photo lighting - macro & halo light flash (Nikon)

£64.90
excl.VAT £54.08

In stock 2 pcs
Order Code: APR1012
Aputure Amaran Halo AHL-HC100
Photo lighting - ring macro-light/flash (Canon)

£68.90

excl.VAT £57.42

In stock 4 pcs
Order Code: APR1011
Nikon SB-N7 Black
External Flash - for Nikon V1/V2

£133.90
excl.VAT £111.58

In stock 2 pcs
Order Code: OI505c2
Nikon SB-5000
External Flash - Nikon V1/V2

£549.90
excl.VAT £458.25

In stock 2 pcs
Order Code: OI505c3
Rollei professional external flash 58F for NIKON and CANON SLR cameras
External Flash - guide number 58, the ability to shoot the flash head

Rollei professional external flash 58F for NIKON and CANON SLR cameras - External Flash
-9%
£137.90
-9% £151.90
excl.VAT £114.92

In stock > 5 pcs
Order Code: ROLL45b3
Rollei Professional External Flash 56F/For NIKON and CANON SLR Cameras
External Flash - Reference number 56, swivel head flash

£123.90
excl.VAT £103.25

In stock > 5 pcs
Order Code: ROLL45b2
Rollei professional external flash 56F for SONY SLR cameras
External Flash - guide number 56, the ability to shoot with the flash head

£123.90
excl.VAT £103.25

In stock 1 pcs
Order Code: ROLL45b1
Aputure TrigMaster II (2.4GHz) MXIIrcr-S
Launcher - receiver (Sony)

Aputure TrigMaster II (2.4GHz) MXIIrcr-S - Launcher
-7%
£27.90
-7% £29.90
excl.VAT £23.25

In stock 2 pcs
Order Code: APR1041
Aputure TrigMaster II (2.4GHz) MXIIrcr-N
Launcher - receiver (Nikon)

£28.90
excl.VAT £24.08

In stock 5 pcs
Order Code: APR1039
Fomei LED RING SMD 23W
Photo lighting - circular, power 23W, kit includes: LED circular light, AC adapter, carrying bag, camera holder

£147.90
excl.VAT £123.25

In stock > 5 pcs
Order Code: FOM016b
Nissin Di700 Air for Sony
External Flash

Nissin Di700 Air for Sony - External Flash
-29%
£179.90
-29% £252.90
excl.VAT £149.92

Last 2 pieces in stock
Order Code: NSN014a9
Nissin i60A for Sony
External Flash

Nissin i60A for Sony - External Flash
-28%
£239.90
-28% £332.90
excl.VAT £199.92

Last 2 pieces in stock
Order Code: NSN014a5
Nissin i60A for Fuji
External Flash

Nissin i60A for Fuji - External Flash
-28%
£239.90

-28% £332.90
excl.VAT £199.92

Last piece in stock
Order Code: NSN014a4
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT II
Flash - for Canon cameras

£552.90

excl.VAT £460.75

In stock 2 pcs
Order Code: OC490v6
Canon SpeedLite 270EX II
Flash - for Canon EOS and Canon PowerShot G and S cameras

£168.90

excl.VAT £140.75

In stock 1 pcs
Order Code: OC490v2
Canon MT-26EX-RT
Flash - macroflash, two flashlights

Canon MT-26EX-RT - Flash
-70%
£984.90
-70% £3,305.90
excl.VAT £820.75

In stock 1 pcs
Order Code: OC505c
Nikon SB-700
External Flash - case + stand

£271.90

excl.VAT £226.58

In stock > 5 pcs
Order Code: OI501c
Nikon SB-300
External Flash

£123.90

excl.VAT £103.25

In stock 2 pcs
Order Code: OI502c
Nikon SB-500
External Flash

£206.90

excl.VAT £172.42

In stock 3 pcs
Order Code: OI504c9
Nikon LD-1000 White
External Flash - suitable for macrophotography and shooting video at short distances

£74.90
excl.VAT £62.42

In stock 1 pcs
Order Code: OI508b
Olympus FL-LM1
External Flash

£44.90
excl.VAT £37.42

In stock 1 pcs
Order Code: OL323e
METZ MB 44 AF-2 Digital Nikon
External Flash - tilting and rotating head, high-speed sync

£186.90
excl.VAT £155.75

Last 2 pieces in stock
Order Code: OM959b
Panasonic DMW-FL360LE
External Flash - for Panasonic Lumix cameras

£241.90
excl.VAT £201.58

In stock 1 pcs
Order Code: ON106c
Rollei Professional External Flash 56
External Flash - compatible with Canon and Nikon, reference number 56, synchronisation of up to 1/8000s

£132.90

excl.VAT £110.75

Last piece in stock
Order Code: ROLL45a

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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