Decent manual flash (on-camera or wireless), but no E-TTL
Executive summary: Flash performance is impressive and consistent. Importantly, the flash does not include E-TTL technology. Consequently, this flash should be used primarily as a manual flash in a fixed setting, where the distance between the camera and subject is static (e.g., studio setting) and there is no need to vary the flash power level between shots. The flash may either be used in manual mode (i.e., on-camera hot-shoe) or as a wireless slave. It is a bit heavy so I prefer to use the flash in slave mode. Continue reading for my more detailed review.Verbal-unboxing: The speedlite flash arrived very well packaged, inside a plastic sleeve and a padded case, all inside a retail box. Also included were a plastic stand (black), a hard plastic diffuser (translucent), the aforementioned soft, padded case (black exterior, orange interior), and an 18-page set of comprehensive, though poorly-edited instructions. The speedlite arrived in excellent condition, apart from a few minor imperfections/marks in the red plastic cover of the flash sensor. The flash requires 4 x AA batteries (not included). The flash has a port for an external power adapter (not included), which is useful for a more permanent installation (e.g., in a studio setting), and a PC sync port for physical flash synchronization. The pictures in the item description are accurate.Pros:+ Ease of use. The flash may be operated atop the camera (using the hot-shoe) or remotely (in slave mode). When affixing the flash to the hot-shoe, there is a locking plate on the flash to prevent it from falling off from movement of the camera. When operating the flash remotely, there is a nifty and stable stand into which the flash slides. Incidentally, the bottom of the stand has threads that seem to indicate that it can be mounted onto a tripod mount, however I have not tested this. The flash is turned on/off by holding down the "on/off" button for two seconds. The same button, if pressed briefly, toggles the display backlight. Once turned on, the flash will charge almost instantly. Once the capacitor is fully charged, the flash/pilot light will turn on. If it does not, this likely means that the batteries do not hold sufficient charge and should be changed.+ Modes. The flash may be set to the following modes:Manual: For hot-shoe operation.Slave (S1): For slave operation. Master should be set to manual, without any TTL pre-flash.Slave (S2): For slave operation. Master may be set to TTL mode, as TTL pre-flash will be ignored.Multi: Burst flashes (e.g., strobe effect), to capture multiple images of a moving object in the same photo. The number of flashes, frequency of flashes, power level, and zoom level (i.e., coverage) may all be set. Repeated use of this mode should be avoided to prevent the flash from overheating.+ Power levels. Light power (i.e., exposure) may be adjusted, between 1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1/1, in stepped increments of 0.3 EV.+ Flash coverage. Light coverage may be adjusted by varying the flash's head zoom level, which ranges from 18mm to 180mm angular coverage. For instance, 18mm will result in a broader/wider angle of coverage, while 180mm will result in a narrower/telescopic angle of coverage.+ Case. The padded case includes a thin compartment to fit the stand. The case also features a button-down cover, and a D-ring on the right hand side that may be used to attach the case to a strap/hook. The back of the case has two flaps that can be opened/closed together using velcro (e.g., to affix around a strap).+ Soft bounce. The flash includes a soft bounce diffuser, to help create a more natural-looking light and fewer shadows.+ Auto-standby / Auto-off. When the flash does not fire for 60 seconds, the flash will automatically enter standby mode to save power. Similarly, when there is no activity for 30 minutes, the flash will automatically turn off altogether. It is also recommended that one physically remove the batteries when placing the flash in storage for an extended period of time.Cons:- No E-TTL. E-TTL flash technology is used by Canon systems to pre-meter exposure immediately before the photo is taken based on a pre-flash, and automatically adjust flash settings to compensate. Unfortunately, this flash is not compatible with E-TTL technology. Consequently, the flash is restricted to manual mode or TTL technology, meaning that flash exposure is set either manually or metered at the time of the actual photo (as opposed to beforehand), respectively.- No remote custom flash settings. There is no ability to remotely adjust custom flash settings from the camera itself. My camera cannot find the flash wirelessly, likely because it is incompatible. This means that settings must be adjusted on the flash device itself. This is fine if one is using constant flash settings (e.g., where there is a fixed distance between camera and subject), but if one constantly needs to alter the settings (e.g., where there is variable distance between camera and subject), it can be tedious. The latter would be solved by an E-TTL compatible flash.Neutral:o Instructions. The instructions describe the basic operation of the flash, but could really do a better job of explaining the functions. One likely needs prior knowledge of how to use an external flash to make sense of the instructions. For someone just starting out, you should have your camera instruction manual handy because one needs to configure the camera flash settings to properly operate the external flash in slave mode.o Specifications:Weight (with stand and batteries): 490g (This is quite heavy when added to a DSLR in hot-shoe mode. The flash alone weighs a third of my entire mobile DSLR setup. Hence, I prefer to use the flash in slave mode.)Friendly request: PLEASE click “YES" in the feedback below if this review was in any way helpful to you. I write these reviews to help other consumers — my way of giving back. My reward is you benefiting from my review.
External flash of exceptional value - lack of TTL function is disappointing
This is my review of the K&F Concept High Speed Speedlite Flash for Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. To be honest, before getting this product, I had high expectations – having been a product tester on Amazon for a while now, I understood that $79.99 was a price point that was relatively high in “Amazon currency” as I like to call it. My expectations were met for the most part, with some aspects being surprisingly better and some being worse than expected.Just before I get the review started, I would like to disclose that I am no professional photographer, and I have a beginner to intermediate understanding of photography and cameras. Keep this in mind when reading my review.☯ COMPACT REVIEW▅ ▇ PROS+ Very well-built & robust+ Metal hot shoe lock is secure, but not too tight+ External flash is very secure when lock is tightened+ Feels very nice and solid & heavy in the hand, but not to the point where it’s overweight.+ Built-in bounce card & wide-angle diffuser(wide-angle diffuser is unnecessary for any lens narrower than 18mm)+ 8 steps of manual control with 1/8th stop increments(1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1/1)+ Very intuitive controls with tactile rubber buttons+ Screen text is CRISP with bright LED backlighting+ Tilts vertically from 0 to 90 degrees+ 270 degree head rotation+ Manual zoom available+ Max 180mm zoom range+ High speed sync: the K&F flash manages to go up to 1/10000s, and with faint lines on 1/20000s.+ 2.9s recycle time+ Features 3 modes: Manual mode, S1 mode, and S2 mode+ S1 mode is SUPER sensitive and fires every time, as long as you give it time to charge.+ S2 mode – will only fire once your master and 1st slave have fired.+ Very nice, high quality fabric pouch included – great for travel & carrying around+EXTREMELY helpful instructions manual – I was able to learn most of the flash’s features during my testing from the manual.+ Blue LED indicator for notifying the user when the flash is charged+ PC Cord Socket available+Charge beep feedback to notify flash is ready for action▁ ▃ CONS- No TTL function- 4 AA batteries required are not included(I got them at my local dollar store for about $2. No big deal.)- No PC Sync cord included- No battery level indicator- No automatic (auto zoom) mode- No master unit control▇▇ VERDICT ▇▇This external flash is perfect for beginning or intermediate photography enthusiasts – the flash offers enough functionality to get some quality shots, at a price point that is reasonable, and then some. I remember a time when I went into a Best Buy store to find out that external flashes for DSLRs from Canon or Nikon or other famous brands cost more than $150 – it’s quite amazing that there’s products like the K&F external flash these days, bringing flattering quality and functionality at an affordable price....***Note that I received this product at a discounted price for testing and review purposes. I aim to produce reviews that are helpful for the average consumer, and also helpful for manufacturers in improving their products. I do NOT promise positive reviews.
The flash is very bright and I would recommend it. It is battery powered
Originally, I thought it came with 2 lights. The flash is very bright and I would recommend it. It is battery powered, and it doesn't come with it. It does feel heavy on the camera while using it, however, it can be something that you can get used to. It does give pictures a good flash and would continue using it.
Universal Flash Light well worth buying it
K&F Concept Flash Speed.I used this product with my canon still camera, photo attached.Build Quality.Its medium quality material but is perfectly justified for price. I have seen Sony and other better quality but there are quite pricey. It is made of good plastic material.Usage Experience.• It was easy to fit on the cannon camera.• It was ready to function straight way without adjusting settings• Big LCD Screen to display relevant information• Its manual is well detailed, you can use the level of flash throwing out considering the distance and light of object and surrounding and yes to save battery life too.• There is a comprehensive guide book but I normally prefer to learn while using it :)• Good for beginners, small parties, outside and well lit areas with short distance.• Fully tilt function to focus your light and control the amount the light of flash you throw considering other objects while photographing• I had no speed issues with this flash using my cannon camera.• I took a lot of pictures in many different settings and I never had any heat up issue, I can see it’s a good quality product at this early age.Negatives• Its not like top built quality but it is well worth compared to price.• It's good for starters with short distance photography and well lit area• I had slight compatibility issue with one of canon camera but it was not a massive issue.ConclusionIt is an excellent product for new users or short distance well-lit area but it has given me an excellent photography experience. I also shared this product with my colleague who is a professional photographer. He highly recommend this product to me for my personal and holiday use. He could not find any fault but he recommend some extra accessories and some tips to get best out of this Flash.I will give 4.0/5 compare to big flash gunsOr 5/5 as value for money.
Great value for money, case is awesome and the device feels professional...
I was sent this product for free in return for my honest and unbiased review. In that case I feel these deserve a 5 star rating as it is only £35 which i feel is very low in price for what you get. The included case itself can go for that much from companies such as Manfrotto etc. I think it's great value for money however I would have liked it to come with batteries but what can you do aha. It feels very professional and is quite compact compared to others I've seen.Opening up the box you are met by the case holding the light. Underneath this you get a cover for the light, instruction manual and then a tripod mount which looks kinda cool and something I plan to use in the future. The light is adjustable which is a given, but this is quite easy to do which helps even beginners get the perfect shot.Overall i am very happy with the product. I would recommend this product to any photographer on a budget as this is fairly low in price and does the job very well. The LCD is easy to understand as even has a back light on it which I can see as being rather helpful. I have added some photos of the device, if they or this review as a whole was helpful, please let me know, thank you...