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A list of flash guns, for easy comparison of strobes, from different manufactures. The list is intended to supplement the list of photographic equipment makers.

List of current models[edit]

Name Guide number[nb 1] Sync connection Angle of coverage Variable power (manual) TTL Bounce Swivel Interval[nb 2] Optical slave Other notes HSS
Cactus KF36[1] ACTUAL DATA 30m/100 ft at 50mm (overrated as 37m/140 ft) Yes, proprietary jack 28-105mm 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/16 no yes no 10sec no Vivitar 285HV clone
Canon Speedlite 270EX II[2] 27m No 28/50mm  ?[citation needed] E-TTL II yes (0/60/75/90) no 3.9 sec Yes (only when using Canon master) Yes
Canon Speedlite 320EX[3] 32m No 24/50mm  ?[citation needed] E-TTL II yes (0/60/75/90) yes (+90, -180) 2.3 sec Yes (only when using Canon master) Yes
Canon Speedlite 430EX II[4] 43m/141 ft at 105mm zoom-head position No 24/28/35/50/70/80/105mm (plus 14mm diffusor) 1/1-1/64 (1/3 steps) [1/1-1/128 when used as slave] E-TTL II yes yes (+90, -180) 3.7 sec (AA-Alkaline), 2 sec (AA-NiMH) Yes (only when using Canon master) Yes
Canon Speedlite 580EX II[5] 58m/190 ft at 105mm zoom-head position Yes 24-105mm (14mm diffusor) 1/1-1/128 (1/3 steps) E-TTL II yes yes (360) 3.5 sec Yes (only when using Canon master) Can be used as wireless (optical) controller for other Canon flashes Yes
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT[6] 60m/ 196.9ft at 200mm zoom-head position Yes 20-200mm (14mm diffusor) 1/1-1/128 (1/3 steps) E-TTL II yes yes (360) 3.3 sec Yes (only when using Canon master) Can be used as wireless (optical) controller for other Canon flashes Yes
Lumopro LP160[7] 42m/140 ft Miniphone+PC 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 105mm 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 no yes yes 4 sec (AA-NiMH) Yes
Metz mecablitz 36 AF-4 digital[8] 36m/118 ft no 28-85mm (manual) TTL[nb 3] yes yes 5 Yes Metz service Firmware update
Metz mecablitz 48 AF-1 digital[9] 48m/158 ft no 24-105mm (18mm diffuser) 25 levels E-TTL II[nb 4] yes yes 3.5 Yes (only E-TTL/i-TTL slave) Can update firmware over USB,

High Speed Sync

Yes
Metz mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital[10] 58m/190 ft no 24-105mm (18mm diffuser) 25 levels TTL[nb 4] yes yes 3.5 Yes (only E-TTL/i-TTL slave) Can operate as E-TTL/i-TTL master

Can update firmware over USB Has secondary reflector High Speed Sync

Yes
Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight[11] 30m/98 ft[nb 5] No 24-85mm, 18mm with flip down diffuser 1/1-1/64 i-TTL/CLS yes yes 3.5 sec Yes (only when using Nikon master) Yes
Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight[12] 34m/111.5 ft Screwlock PC 14-200mm 1/1-1/128 TTL/i-TTL/CLS yes yes 4sec[13] yes Yes
Nissin Di622[14] 44m/145 ft @105mm PC 24–105 mm 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 i-TTL (Nikon)

E-TTL/E-TTL II (Canon)

yes yes 5sec yes, both i-TTL and basic slave Nikon and Canon versions

Can update firmware over USB

Nissin Di622 MARK II [15] 44m/145 ft @105mm PC 24–105 mm 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 i-TTL (Nikon)

E-TTL/E-TTL II (Canon)

yes yes 5sec yes, both i-TTL and basic slave Nikon and Canon and Sony versions

Can update firmware over USB

Nissin Di866[16] 60m/198 ft @105mm (overrated) PC 18, 24-105mm 1/1-1/128, 1/3 EV i-TTL/CLS (Nikon)

E-TTL/E-TTL II (Canon)

yes yes 5.5sec yes, both i-TTL and basic slave Nikon and Canon versions

Can update firmware over USB Has sub-flash

Pentax AF-200FG[17] 20m No 28mm 1/1, 1/2, 1/4 TTL no no 4sec no
Pentax AF-360FGZ[18] 36m X-Sync 24-85mm 1/1-1/64 PTTL yes yes 6sec yes
Pentax AF-540FGZ[19] 54m X-Sync 24-85mm 1/1-1/64 PTTL yes yes 6sec yes Headsize: 70x45mm/2.75x1.77"
Sigma EF 500 DG ST[20] 50m/165 ft No 28-105mm 1/1,1/16 TTL[nb 6] yes yes 6sec no
Sigma EF 500 DG Super[21] 50m/165 ft No 28-105mm 8 levels TTL[nb 6] yes yes 6sec yes
Sigma EF 530 DG ST[22] 53m/175 ft No 24-105mm 1/1,1/16 TTL[nb 7] yes yes 6sec no
Sigma EF 530 DG Super[23] 53m/175 ft No 24-105mm (17mm diffuser) 1/1-1/64 (Sigma/Canon 1/1-1/128) TTL[nb 7] yes yes 6sec yes
Sony HVL-F58AM 58 at 105 mm Yes (proprietary for external HVL-F56AM or HVL-F58AM only) 24-105mm (16mm diffuser) Yes (1/1-1/32) TTL/ADI, Wireless TTL/ADI Yes Yes 3-5 Yes(Body only/Or HVL-F58AM/HVL-F20AM on Sony A900 or HVL-F58AM on Sony A700) HSS, Battery booster connector, Wireless Ratio Control Yes
Sony HVL-F42AM 42 at 105 mm no 24-105mm (16mm diffuser) Yes (1/1-1/32) TTL/ADI, Wireless TTL/ADI Yes Yes 3-4 Yes(Body only/Or HVL-F58AM on Sony A900 or on Sony A700) HSS Yes
Vivitar 285HV[24] 42m/140 ft Yes, proprietary jack 28-105mm 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/16 no yes no 10sec no
Yongnuo YN460[25] 25m/85 ft (50mm ISO100) No fixed 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 no yes yes 5sec yes no
Yongnuo YN460 II[26] 36m/120 ft (50mm ISO100) No fixed 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 no yes yes 5sec yes no
Yongnuo YN462[27] 24m/80 ft (50mm ISO100) No fixed 1/1 - 1/64 (analog) no yes yes 5sec no Same as YN460, but with analog power selector and no optical slave sensor no
Yongnuo YN565[28] 54m (at 105mm) PC 24-105mm (14mm diffusor) 1/1 - 1/128 (with 1/3 steps) E-TTL II yes yes (360) 3.5sec Yes (only when using Canon/Nikon master) no

List of discontinued models[edit]

Name Guide number Sync connection Angle of coverage Variable power (manual) TTL Bounce Swivel Interval Optical slave Discontinued Other notes
Canon Speedlite 580ex[29] 37m/140 ft (50mm ISO100)(or 58/190 ft at 105mm)[29] No [29] 17-105mm[29] 1/1-1/128[29] eTTL and Canon's infrared system[29] yes[29] yes[29] 0.1 to 3 sec for normal flash, 0.1 to 3 sec for quick flash[29] no[29] The flash foot is easily modified to include a sync connection
Lumopro LP120[30] 30m/100 ft Miniphone+PC 28mm, 50mm, 85mm (manual) 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 no yes yes 6.5 sec (AA-NiMH) Yes
Sony HVL-F56AM 56 at 85 mm yes (proprietary for external HVL-F56AM or HVL-F58AM only) 24-85mm (17mm diffuser) Yes (1/1-1/32) TTL/ADI, Wireless TTL/ADI Yes Yes 5-6 Yes(Body only/Or HVL-F58AM on Sony A900) HSS, Battery booster connector
Sony HVL-F36AM 36 at 85 mm no 24-85mm (17mm diffuser) No TTL/ADI, Wireless TTL/ADI Yes No 5-6 Yes(Body only/Or HVL-F58AM on Sony A900) HSS
Nikon SB-26 AF Speedlight[31] 18m (at 18mm) / 50m (at 85mm) at ISO100 Screwlock PC 18 - 85mm 1/1 - 1/64 TTL yes yes 3sec yes Built in wide flash adapter and bounce card.
Nikon SB-28 AF Speedlight[32] 18m (at 18mm) / 50m (at 85mm) at ISO100 Screwlock PC 18 - 85mm 1/1 - 1/64 TTL yes yes 3sec no Built in wide flash adapter and bounce card.
Nikon SB-80DX AF Speedlight 14m (at 18mm) / 50m (at 85mm) at ISO100 Screwlock PC 14 - 105mm 1/1 - 1/128 TTL yes yes 3sec yes Built in wide flash adapter and bounce card.
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight[33] 38 (at 35mm) / 56m (at 105mm) at ISO100 Screwlock PC 24-105mm 1/1-1/128 i-TTL/CLS yes yes 6sec yes[34] October 2008[35] Built in wide flash adapter and bounce card.
Vivitar 283 36m/120 ft at ISO100 (at 35mm)[36] Vivitar Connector fixed (35mm) 1/1 [nb 8] no yes no 11sec no Auto Thyristor.
Vivitar 550FD 4.5m at ISO100[37]

24m at ISO100[38]

No fixed 1/1 TTL yes no 7sec no Auto Thyristor.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At ISO 100 and Maximum zoom at F = 1.0. Manufactures value unless otherwise noted.
  2. ^ Normally given as the time it takes from full power to full power shot, with fresh alkaline batteries
  3. ^ Available in Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/Samsung, Sony models
  4. ^ a b Available in Canon, Nikon/Fujifilm, 4/3, Pentax/Samsung, Sony models
  5. ^ 35mm zoom-head position, 20 C/68 F
  6. ^ a b Available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Pentax models
  7. ^ a b Available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax models
  8. ^ 1/1-1/32 with VP-1 http://www.photonomikon.com/index.php/vivitar-vp-1-varipower-adapter-review/

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://'
  2. ^ http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_270ex_ii#Specifications
  3. ^ http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_320ex#Specifications
  4. ^ http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_430ex_ii#Specifications
  5. ^ http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_580ex_ii#Specifications
  6. ^ http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_600ex_rt
  7. ^ http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,14648.html
  8. ^ http://www.metz.de/en/photo-electronics/mecablitz-models/system-flash-units/mecablitz-36-af-4-digital/product-information.html
  9. ^ http://www.metz.de/en/photo-electronics/mecablitz-models/system-flash-units/mecablitz-48-af-1-digital/product-information.html
  10. ^ http://www.metz.de/en/photo-electronics/mecablitz-models/system-flash-units/mecablitz-58-af-1-digital/product-information.html
  11. ^ http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Flashes/4802/SB-600-AF-Speedlight-Unit.html
  12. ^ http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/speedlights/sb-900/index.htm
  13. ^ http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Flashes/4807/SB-900-AF-Speedlight.html#Tech%20Specs
  14. ^ http://www.nissindigital.com/en/Di622.html
  15. ^ http://www.nissindigital.com/en/di622mii.html
  16. ^ http://www.nissindigital.com/en/Di866-1.html
  17. ^ http://www.pentaximaging.com/accessories/AF200FG/
  18. ^ http://www.pentaximaging.com/accessories/AF360FGZ/
  19. ^ http://www.pentaximaging.com/accessories/AF540FGZ/
  20. ^ http://www.sigma-photo.com/flashes/flashes_flashes_details.asp?id=3256
  21. ^ http://www.sigma-photo.com/flashes/flashes_flashes_details.asp?id=3257
  22. ^ http://www.sigma-photo.com/flashes/flashes_flashes_details.asp?id=3266
  23. ^ http://www.sigma-photo.com/flashes/flashes_flashes_details.asp?id=3263
  24. ^ http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/02/return-of-classic.html
  25. ^ http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157613840658452/
  26. ^ http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157623115375550/
  27. ^ http://www.flickr.com/groups/yongnuo/discuss/72157619125315257/
  28. ^ http://speedlights.net/2011/08/28/yongnuo-yn-565-ex-flash-review/
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j http://downloads.canon.com/cpr/software/camera/580EX.pdf
  30. ^ http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,12311.html
  31. ^ Nikon Autofocus Speedlight SB-26 User Manual
  32. ^ Nikon Autofocus Speedlight SB-28 User Manual
  33. ^ http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/ProductDetail.page?pid=4801
  34. ^ http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/08/unlock-superslave-in-your-nikon-sb-800.html
  35. ^ http://nikonrumors.com/2008/10/27/nikon-drops-sb-800-flash.aspx
  36. ^ http://www.cameramanuals.org/flashes_meters/vivitar_283.pdf
  37. ^ http://www.tedfelix.com/Photography/Technique.html
  38. ^ http://www.bhphotovideo.com/FrameWork/charts/comp_vivitar_flash_1.html

27. http://www.jasphoto.com/gear/strobist-strobes.htm