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Manual Flash units with output control. Any?

Discussion in 'Fuji X Flash and Artificial Lighting (LED, etc.)' started by pharyngealized, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. pharyngealized

    pharyngealized Premium Member

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    Hi guys. I've been using an old quantaray flash with a wireless remote.
    It has Full and 1/16 intensity switch.
    I wonder if there are any other flashgun units manufactured that have a physical dial or some other switch to have a wide range of control, say, from 1 to 1/64.
    Thank you.
     
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    Nissin i40
     
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    The Nissin Range are a good value option and pretty full featured. I have been using Cactus Wireless Trigger (V6II) and Cactus RF60x flashguns... these work very well and have good manual exposure range and HSS
     
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    Some of the old Metz flashes like the BCT-40 MZ series give you manual settings down to 1/256 but I wouldn't use them on a modern camera due to their high trigger voltages (300+V). However, I found them safe to use on my Yongnou CF-603 C-II remote triggers.
     
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    I use Yongnuo YN-560 iii flashes and a YN-560 TX (Canon version) flash controller.

    On the X-t1, this combo allows full manual remote control of the flash units, no TTL though. I believe the same applies when you have just a YN-560 iii mounted on the hot shoe, if you need only one on-camera flash.

    + Output level from 1/1 to 1/128 (with 0.3 and 0.7 increments)
    + very easy to set and change multiple units from the controller that is mounted on the hot shoe of the camera (i.e. you don't need to access individual flash units)
    + (very) cheap
    + excellent value for money

    - color balance shifts slightly at different output settings (you need to re-set your manual WB setting if color accuracy is crucial)
    - some issues with warranty and support in the US (many importers, not very clear where you need to ship for warranty service)
     
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    As mentioned above. The Yongnuo YN-560 flashes have buttons that let you manually cycle the flash duration from 1/128 to 1/1 .

    But they are not flash guns. They have a ISO 100 GN of 58. They do not support TTI.

    Yongnuos are inexpensive ($77) but fairly robust. I banged them around on light stands, dropped them, etc. I had to replace one unit due to this sort of mis-hadling. At that price they are almost consumables. Otherwise they are extremely reliable as long as their batteries have a decent charge.
     
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    Thank you, chaps. I need to specify, I am looking for an old inexpensive flash that has a dial or a switch to regulate intensity of the output.
    I have small transceiver units, no TTL... just manual. I find that even 1/16 on my Quantaray is often too bright for certain situations.
    Did anyone manufacture flashes in the past that had something similar to a dial in nissin flashes?
     
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    While it's really intended to be used off camera, the Lumopro LP180R goes from full to 1/128 power in 1/3 stops.
     

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