I am quite a keen amateur photographer and have always tried to constantly try and upgrade my equipment to be able to improve my own personal photos. Having said this, I always used to buy a new camera every couple of years instead of improving other important equipment like tripods and flashes. This was actually the first flash that I bought costing around £200 at the time of purchase.
The flash came in a small box with a nice handle on top, similar to that of a McDonalds Happy meal but slightly smaller. Obviously, the quality of the item inside is far superior to that of a Happy Meal!
Inside the box, you get a Flash Users Manual which gives you an in-depth run-through of everything you can do with your new flash. This was very helpful in setting up the flash as for a first-time flash user, I was a bit clueless. Also, included in the box is the aftersales guarentee, a stand for the flash, a small leather case and obviously, the flash itself. The small leather case is of a good enough quality to keep the flash clean and safe whilst in transit as long as you are sensible with what you put it next to. The stand is just a round black plastic lid which the the flash clips on to. This allows you to show off your new flash in the corner of your room or to place it next to your shiny camera and create yourself a little photography corner.
So, let's talk about the flash. It is a clip-on flash which takes 2 AA batteries. As far as I know, this is quite common in most flashes and I found the batteries to last for around a month of usage which is acceptable. The flash itself clips on to the top of your camera. I personally use a Samsung NX10 which it fits on to perfectly. From this position, you can rotate the flash upwards or downwards to create different lighting effects. There are also three buttons on the back of the flash which allow you to change the intensity of the flash. I found this ideal when taking photos in the evening when the light levels are constantly changing and you need to quickly adjust how much flash you need depending on the angle of the shot. There is also an indicator which tells you how much flash you are using.
Overall, I found this to be a terrific flash which I have used solidly for 2 years now. It has been very reliable and sturdy although I have treated it well, trying not to drop it.....too much. The quality of the flash is terrific and it can light up a completely pitch black room to almost blinding proportions. I would highly recommend this flash to everyone as it will vastly improve the quality of images that you produce, especially if you are a fan of late night photography but always find your images to be slightly lacking in colour.