Flash comparison

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 modelsEdit

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 RF60[1] 56m at 105mm Yes, 3.5mm 24-105mm 1/1-1/128 (1/3 steps) no yes yes 5s (3s with NiMH) yes Built-in radio receiver yes [nb 3]
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/ 196.9 ft 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 4] 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 5] 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 5] 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 6] 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 II[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 7] yes yes 6sec no
Sigma EF 500 DG Super[21] 50m/165 ft No 28-105mm 8 levels TTL[nb 7] yes yes 6sec yes
Sigma EF 530 DG ST[22] 53m/175 ft No 24-105mm 1/1,1/16 TTL[nb 8] 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 8] 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 YN465[28] 24m/80 ft (50mm ISO100) No fixed 1/1 - 1/64 (analog) E-TTL II (Canon) / i-TTL (Nikon) yes (-10 to +90) yes (-180 to +90) 2sec (1.2 with NiMH) no no
Yongnuo YN468 II[29] 21.1m/ ft (50mm ISO100, as measured; official is 33m at 35mm) PC 24-85mm (18mm diffuser) 1/1 - 1/128 E-TTL II (Canon) / i-TTL (Nikon) yes (-10 to +90) yes (-90 to +180) 1.8sec (1.0 with NiMH) yes no
Yongnuo YN560 [30] 58m (at 105mm) PC 24-105mm (18mm diffuser) 1/1 - 1/128 (with 1/3 steps) no yes (-7 to +90) yes (0 to 270) 3.0sec Yes (S1, S2) no
Yongnuo YN560 II [31] 58m (at 105mm) PC 24-105mm (18mm diffuser) 1/1 - 1/128 (with 1/3 steps) no yes (-7 to +90) yes (0 to 270) 3.0sec Yes (S1, S2) = YN560 + LCD [32] no
Yongnuo YN560 III [33] 58m (at 105mm) PC 24-105mm (18mm diffuser) 1/1 - 1/128 (with 1/3 steps) no yes (-7 to +90) yes (0 to 270) 3.0sec Yes (S1, S2) = YN560 II + RF603 built-in (2.4G radio receiver) [32] no
Yongnuo YN560 IV [34] 58m (at 105mm) PC 24-105mm (18mm diffuser) 1/1 - 1/128 (with 1/3 steps) no yes (-7 to +90) yes (0 to 270) 3.0sec Yes (S1, S2) = YN560 II + YN560TX built-in (2.4G radio controller) [32] no
Yongnuo YN565 [35] 54m (at 105mm) PC 24-105mm 1/1 - 1/128 (with 1/3 steps) E-TTL II yes yes (360) 3.5sec Yes (only when using Canon/Nikon master) no
Yongnuo YN568[36] 58m (at 105mm) PC 24-105mm yes yes (360) 3sec no
Yongnuo YN585 EX [37] 58m (at 105mm) PC 20-105mm (14mm diffuser) 1/1 - 1/128 (with 1/3 steps) P-TTL (Pentax) yes (-7 to +90) yes (360) 3.0sec Yes (S1, S2, SP [Pentax]) Rear-curtain sync, FEC, FEB, USB Port (firmware upgrade), Auto zoom, AF-assist beam no

List of discontinued modelsEdit

Name Guide number Sync connection Angle of coverage Variable power (manual) TTL Bounce Swivel Interval Optical slave Discontinued Other notes
Cactus KF36 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 580ex[38] 37m/140 ft (50mm ISO100)(or 58/190 ft at 105mm)[38] No [38] 17-105mm[38] 1/1-1/128[38] eTTL and Canon's infrared system[38] yes[38] yes[38] 0.1 to 3 sec for normal flash, 0.1 to 3 sec for quick flash[38] no[38] The flash foot is easily modified to include a sync connection
Lumopro LP120[39] 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[40] 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[41] 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[42] 38 (at 35mm) / 56m (at 105mm) at ISO100 Screwlock PC 24-105mm 1/1-1/128 i-TTL/CLS yes yes 6sec yes[43] October 2008[44] Built in wide flash adapter and bounce card.
Vivitar 283 36m/120 ft at ISO100 (at 35mm)[45] Vivitar Connector fixed (35mm) 1/1 [nb 9] no yes no 11sec no Auto Thyristor.
Vivitar 550FD 4.5m at ISO100[46]

24m at ISO100[47]

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

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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. ^ HSS Sympathy mode provides HSS support when working with TTL flashes
  4. ^ Available in Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/Samsung, Sony models
  5. ^ a b Available in Canon, Nikon/Fujifilm, 4/3, Pentax/Samsung, Sony models
  6. ^ 35mm zoom-head position, 20 C/68 F
  7. ^ a b Available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Pentax models
  8. ^ a b Available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax models
  9. ^ 1/1-1/32 with VP-1 http://www.photonomikon.com/index.php/vivitar-vp-1-varipower-adapter-review/

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