Most photographers would recommend owning the most powerful speed or flash you can afford on the basis that it has a lot of power when you need it, and when you don’t you can simply dial back the power. I can see the logic in this, however before going and splashing out on a high powered speed light you should stop and ask yourself the question “Am I ever going to need the amount of flash power these powerful speed lights kick out?”
If you are only ever going to use a high powered speed light at, let’s at one quarter of its maximum power and less there really is no need to part with so much money. The powerful speed lights are expensive and if you don’t need all the power there is no point in paying for it.
There was a time when if you wanted a speed light full of features (manual mode, TTL mode, HSS mode, stroboscopic mode etc.) you had to buy a top end speed light. Fortunately, times have changed and the low powered speed lights now have all the features of the high powered speed lights. The low powered speed lights are now also made to the same high quality standards. Nowadays, if you want the features but don’t want (or need) the power one of the low powered speed lights should be at the top of your list.
There are advantages in having one of the low powered speed lights and these include:
There are a few different models of low powered speed lights around to choose from, however the one I use is the Godox TT350. Before buying the Godox TT350 I looked at the other main players, compared and contrasted them, researched them etc. and in the end the Godox TT350 ticked the most boxes. Below are the specifications of the Godox TT350:
GUIDE NUMBER (35MM @ ISO 100) – 36M/ FOCAL LENGTH COVERAGE – 24MM – 105MM/ RECYCLING TIME – 0.1 – 2.2 SECS/ ETTL - YES/ EV COMPENSATION ON FLASH - +/- 3EV/ SLAVE - YES/ VERTICAL TILT – 0 – 90 DEGREES/ HORIZONTAL TILT – 0 – 90 DEGREES/ DIMENSIONS – 140MM X 62MM X 38MM/ APPROX PRICE $USD/£GBP - $85/£70/ POWER – 2XAA BATTERIES
And here’s a short video clip exploring the Godox TT350 demonstrating why I ended up buying it.
The Godox TT350 is available for Canon cameras from Adorama, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK) and eBay
The Godox TT350 is available for Nikon cameras from Adorama, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK) and eBay
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