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Amazon Basics Speedlights - $27.99 - Back in stock

Discussion in 'Hot Deals - Find a Great Deal? Share It Here.' started by gryphon1911, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
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  2. Would be interested to hear what you think of them.....
     
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  3. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 31, 2012
    Yes, please post a detailed review ...
     
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  4. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Yep...going to compare them against the Nikon SB's I currently use 26/28/600.
     
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  5. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 23, 2011
    Texas
    Use them for my realestate Photography business along with wireless triggers. They are great!!
     
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  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Ok...initial impression time!

    They arrived today in a plain brown box with an Amazon Basics sticker sealing the box. Words in different languages reads "Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras"

    Opening the box and you get a manual with instructions in 8 languages. The flash unit itself, a ripstop-like pouch for the flash and a little hot shoe stand. Everything wrapped up in that anti-static type plastic.

    The flashes are big. A few millimeters taller and wider than a Nikon SB-26. My SB-28 and SB-600 are much smaller in comparison.

    It takes 4 AA batteries. Used Eneloop Pros for the initial test and the flash fired up almost instantly and just popped away, even at 1:1. Manual claims that it could take up to 3 seconds to recharge after a full power pop.
    Guide number is listed at 33 @ ISO 100. Power is rated from 1:1 through 1:128 in 1 stop increments.

    The flash has a power port for external power, the standard one with 3 metal pins. It also has a PC sync port for off camera triggers. On the back part of the fresnel is a built in wide angle diffuser and a white bounce card.

    It states in the manual that the flash will sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, but can be woke by pressing the test button or by turning on the camera. I will have to test if this will power on by half pressing the camera or by waking the remote flash trigger.

    A bit of a shocker, but the hot shoe is metal. I was expecting plastic. While we are on the subject of plastic...this is one of the small let downs of the unit. The plastic seems flimsy, but not sure if that is because of the quality of the plastic or if it is just not supported well with an internal frame of some kind.

    All the buttons have a positive press and are labeled well.

    There are 3 modes. Manual (M), Slave 1 (S1) and Slave 2 (S2).
    Manual is what you expect it to be. You trigger the flash and it goes off.

    The slave modes are the interesting part. S1 is a built in optical slave. It fires as soon as it sees another flash fire off.
    S2 claims to understand TTL signals and in theory ignores the TTL preflashes and only fires at the "correct" time. I did a quick test with my Ricoh GR II in TTL flash mode and it appeared to do as advertised. I will need to test this a bit more to see if it really does work.

    The head does swivel and tilt, however, there is no lock. If you have a heavy mod on the flash, it will not be able to lock into an angled position or stay straight.

    I tested the optical slave as well as remote triggers. Radio triggers of choice were the Radio Popper JrX. Flash fired every time with no failures, probably did 20 low power pops and 10 full power pops.

    I'll use them on my next photoshoot, report back on that experience and if there are any specific questions, fire away! :D 
     
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  7. Apollo T.

    Apollo T. Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2016
    Northern New Jersey
    So your overall 1st impression would be—- pretty good?
     
  8. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I'd say yes. Obviously I'm going to hold out until I get a few shoots under my belt with them. For $27.99, I'd say they very well may be the steal of the century, so to speak.
     
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  9. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 31, 2012
    Thanks for the first impressions.
     
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  10. Santa

    Santa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Oct 13, 2016
    Tennessee
    Tom Staggs
    Can these be used as a slave for the Godex TTL 350 in both slave 1 and TTL?
     
  11. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I'm not familiar with Godox units you reference, hopefully someone else is and can answer this for you.
     
  12. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Just based on the Specs, I'd probably spend a couple bucks more per unit on the Neewer TT560s but they do seem pretty similar.
     
  13. very tempted on replacing my Canon 430EX II's with a pair of these for my small studio lights since they are not used much and live in the garage..
     
  14. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Sounds pretty cool. If you have cheap wireless flash triggers these would great to use.
     
  15. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Yesterday, I had a chance to finally use the Amazon flashes on a job.

    I eased into it slowly, as the last thing I want to do is compromise the integrity of a client paid shoot. What this means is that I used my Alien Bee's as a key and accent light and relegated the AmazonBasics Flash to hair light. I'll post a few sample pics either tonight or tomorrow from the shoot. I've not yet begun processing the images yet.

    So, how did it perform? Very well! Synced with the AB's just fine, very quite. I realized that there is no whine of the capacitors when it recharges, at least nothing in the same level like my Nikon SBs. I can appreciate the simplicity of the interface as well. I just needed to power it on and click the power adjuster. Ready to go.

    When I first did a test, I connected the Amazon flash to the hot shoe activator on my Radio Popper trigger. That worked fine. For this shoot, I needed to use the older RP trigger that requires the use of a cable. The PC sync port is tight and has a nice click to it. Unlike the older Nikon SBs where the cable can sometimes pop out...that is not going to happen with teh Amazon flash.

    So, real world test number one = success!
     
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  16. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Man...got busy! Finally had a chance to finish up the portrait session post processing.

    Nothing earth shattering, but here are three images. A lot of subjects had darker hair and the black background was eating their hair, so I used the AmazonBasics Flash as a hair light.
    This is the setup I used, quick cell phone snap:
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  17. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    802
    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    Help me I'm stupid/ignorant!

    Would these work well trying to get my feet wet using flash with my Oly 60mm macro lens? I've been meaning to try a diffuser and flash but just haven't gotten there yet. I figure if I start with something like this one it's no big loss if I decide it's not for me.
     
  18. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    For the money, its kind of hard to say no to you. lol.

    With the built in optical slave trigger, you wouldn't even need to invest in a wireless trigger at first if you didn't want to - you'd just need to be creative in getting the on camera flash going in the right direction - a bounce card or something similar. The trigger is on the front of the camera, under the flash head.
     
  19. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    It doesn't give a focal length? Looks like there is no zoom head on this one, so knowing the focal length for that GN would be helpful.
     
  20. exakta

    exakta Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jun 2, 2015
    No TTL...manual only, that's why they are so cheap. If the TT350 is the master and in manual mode, you can use these as optical slaves in S1 mode. They wouldn't be using the Godox radio connection at all.
     
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