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    Question Advice on purchase of budget flash.

    Hey

    I'm looking for a cheap but reliable external flash for my Sony A230 system. Can you guys name me a few reliable ones? And how strong they are compared to pop-up flash.

    I've researched and found a few of these brands: Sunblitz, Speedlite. They range from $55-$150. Are they any good?

    And what do I have to look out for in external flash before purchasing them? I'll be using for automotive photography

    Thanks in advanced!
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    Default Re: Advice on purchase of budget flash.

    An external flash is definitely better and has stronger output as compared to the pop-up flash.

    How much do you know about flash photography? Do you need TTL? Some of these 3rd party flashes do not have TTL and little control.

    There was a thread recently on flashes for Alpha, maybe you would like to look at that in the Sony sub-forum.
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    Default Re: Advice on purchase of budget flash.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmad0420 View Post
    Hey

    I'm looking for a cheap but reliable external flash for my Sony A230 system. Can you guys name me a few reliable ones? And how strong they are compared to pop-up flash.

    I've researched and found a few of these brands: Sunblitz, Speedlite. They range from $55-$150. Are they any good?

    And what do I have to look out for in external flash before purchasing them? I'll be using for automotive photography

    Thanks in advanced!
    From your signature I see you are trying to become pro. If that is the case, don't waste time and money on flashes too cheap. Readjust your budget and get a proper flash.

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    Default Re: Advice on purchase of budget flash.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmad0420 View Post
    Hey

    I'm looking for a cheap but reliable external flash for my Sony A230 system. Can you guys name me a few reliable ones? And how strong they are compared to pop-up flash.

    I've researched and found a few of these brands: Sunblitz, Speedlite. They range from $55-$150. Are they any good?

    And what do I have to look out for in external flash before purchasing them? I'll be using for automotive photography

    Thanks in advanced!
    They are much stronger than pop-up flash for certain, but not 'floodlight' strong.
    Be careful of the hotshoe mount when buying 3rd party. Make sure it's for Sony system. The hotshoe design is different from Canikon.

    'automotive photography' is still very vague. You want to light up the entire car at night?
    then you're looking at big budget...

    If you're shooting in daylight (like your recent Skyline GT-R shoot), then flash may not be necessary, but rather more reflectors, diffusers, etc. But hey I'm guessing here coz I've not photographed a car before...
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    Default Re: Advice on purchase of budget flash.

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    From your signature I see you are trying to become pro. If that is the case, don't waste time and money on flashes too cheap. Readjust your budget and get a proper flash.
    2nd that~... no point in getting those 3rd parties and realise it has incompatibiities issues and such.. get a proper one instead...
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    Default Re: Advice on purchase of budget flash.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmad0420 View Post
    And how strong they are compared to pop-up flash.
    There is this thing called Guide Number (GN), listed in the specs of all flashes. Be careful when comparing, some 3rd party makers change a bit their measurements to make the GN look higher. The GN of your popup flash is listed in the manual or online reviews.
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