Newest Review: ... it doesn't feel like it will fall apart in your hands, there are certain elements of it that don't inspire a lifetime of hard use- the f... more
spend a little extra and get the 430ex
Member Name: clarkjames
Advantages: it can emit light
Disadvantages: it's underpowered and always gets the exposure wrong
Since the demise of jessops you probably won't be able to get this flashgun anymore
and that's a good thing, because it's terrible.
Light is light is light, of course, so the light produced by this is no better or worse than the light of any other flash-gun. But what is noticable, is the clunky controls and poor build quality.
it is a cheap product, a good deal, but a false economy. Although it doesn't feel like it will fall apart in your hands, there are certain elements of it that don't inspire a lifetime of hard use- the flip up flash defuser is one of these parts that feels weakest. The rest of the flash feels inferior to a canon 430ex. I've been using my 430ex's for years, so although you pay more they last longer and are better flashes, the jessops flash might last you a year, and that's only if you can live with it's massive failings as a flashgun.
The reason I got this product was that it supports TTL (automatic exposure), but it frequently underexposes (all canon flashes never get it right 100% of the time but it's about 85% right, this jessops gun is maybe 40% right) and when you flip up the head to bounce of a ceiling it gets even more confused and never gets it right without manual intervention. For a product with one function this is completely unacceptable, unless you happen to shoot things you can control, but for those once in a lifetime moments you will be frustrated by this gun.
Power is also an issue, even my 430ex struggles sometimes, but this being less powerful than that (guide number of 36 rather than 43) means that you're frequently running out of power- so don't expect to use this to flood a room with light.
For all those reasons I can't recomment the jessops gun, if you're on a budget then buy used, the canon flashes are so solid they there's almost no risk buying a used one.
Summary: a poor product, stay well away
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