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Canon 430EX II Speedlite Flash Review

430EX II speedlite review on Rebel cam front leftThe 430EX Mark II is the current mid-range flash from Canon.

It does everything you expect from an accessory flash: you get a very good range and it works in all camera modes with all shutter speeds your camera offers. Canon’s ETTL(II) flash exposure protocol adjusts everything automatic: flash strength and flash reflector zoom.

One thing, however, does not work with a traditional speedlite: lighting in video mode. A flash needs to recycle between the shots and therefore can’t keep up with the 30 frames per second needed for video.

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Nissin Di-866 Flash Review

Di866 for Nikon D90The Nissin Di866 flash is a professional flash and constitutes a lower priced alternative to the flagship models 580EX II from Canon and the Nikon SB-900.

It’s a lot cheaper (by more than $150) but still fully loaded with professional features like wireless master mode, PC sync port and an external power connector.

The flash was introduced in 2008 as Nissin’s top speedlite model. Mid-range offerings include the Di622 / Di622 Mark II, as well as the Di466 (which is positioned between entry-level and mid-range, technically).

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Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Review

SB-700 flash on Nikon D80With the SB-700 speedlight, Nikon offers a new middle class standard for flash photography, complementing the professional SB-900.

The new model replaces the old SB-600 from 2004. Priced at $329 it’s an expensive flash but it comes with a rich feature set.

The SB-700 flash even changes the rules of the game as it introduces the top-grade feature of a wireless master mode to the middle class. Yes, you can control other speedlights with this new flash, that’s something the precursor was not capable of.

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Yongnuo YN-468 Flash Review

YN-468 speedlite for review on cam Nov 3, 2011: The new YN-468-II has been released and is available now! Get it from here: YN-468 II, or read more about the new features on the YN-468-II page.

Until November 2011, the Yongnuo YN-468 was the latest addition to the Yongnuo 46-x flash lineup and their 6th model overall.

It is a “strobist” flash (visit strobist.com) with a manual mode down to 1/128 (a first for Yongnuo) and the 2 optical slave modes from its precursors, but it is above all an E-TTL(II) flash that works together with Canon DSLR camera bodies – e.g. the Rebel series – for automatic flash exposure, zoom reflector adjustment and other advanced features.

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Yongnuo YN-465 Flash Review (digital AF speedlite)

YN-465 on Cam for in-depth reviewIf you’re looking for a digital flash for under 100$ your options are pretty limited; there is certainly nothing you could buy new from Canon or Nikon for that budget.

But how about a TTL flash for under 75$? With an additional “M” mode for “strobist” photography on top? That’s what you get with the Yongnuo YN-465!

The YN465, the first TTL model from the Chinese photo accessories company, is basically a TTL-enabled YN460. It is available in a Canon E-TTL (II) version or as a Nikon i-TTL model.

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Yongnuo Speedlite YN-467 Review (Canon / Nikon Flash)

YN-467 review pic on Nikon camThe YN467 is the 2nd below-$100 digital TTL flash model from Yongnuo and available in both Canon and Nikon versions.

It’s an upgraded YN-465, featuring an auto zoom reflector covering 24-85mm (or around 16-56mm for APS-C bodies). The 2 optical slave modes – known from the YN-460 (II) – are also back on the list. Finally, you can set a flash exposure compensation on the unit direct, and not only on the camera body.

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Yongnuo YN-560 Speedlite Review (Manual Flash)

Yongnuo YN560 On Light StandThis is the in-depth review for the Yongnuo YN-560 speedlite, a manual-mode only flash designed for photographers who don’t need automatic exposure control.

Introduced in the summer of 2010 as an upgraded model of the YN-460 Mark II and improved in many ways, it is well worth the around $65 to $75 it costs on eBay or amazon.

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