Flash System Recommendation (Not too many bells and whistles)

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  1. M.R.

    M.R. TPF Noob!

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    Hi

    I'm new here.
    I tried to google a bit, but google doesn't seem to do the trick.

    I'm looking for flash system that I can use on multiple camera brands.
    I've noticed in my research lots are limited to certain brand.

    I want the system to be
    Useable on location/Accu/Battery
    Accessory friendly (S-type Bowens mount?)
    Decent light quality
    Robust
    Future friendly/Start small and expand in the future

    I don't need
    The latest technology
    Lightweight (not necessarily, but of course handy)

    Handy if it can be used for several types of photography outdoors/studio/portrait/product/etc.

    Wondering if there are certain older second hand types of sets that I should look for.
    Is older second hand flash set worth it? Things to look out for with flash heads/systems when buying second hand?


     
  2. pixmedic

    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ive had good experience with yongnuo.
    its a relatively cheap made-in-china system, but their last few iterations have been fairly sophisticated, even utilizing TTL for Nikon and Canon. I use the same flashes and triggers that i got for my Nikon cameras on my Fuji cameras. they wont TTL, but i mostly used them on manual anyway so it wasnt a big deal. for manual use the flashes and triggers will work with any camera that has a hot shoe mount.
    the newest flashes have built in radio controllers, but i still have the older ones that require separate transmitters.
    ive had them for several years now and they seem to be fairly reliable. i cant say they are batting 1000, but they are easily 95% as good as my OEM Nikon flashes were at 1/3 (or less) the price.
     
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    JBPhotog No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Unfortunately, there is a bit of a contradiction in your
    'wants' and 'don't needs' since most the battery style strobes with Bowens mount are the latest technology. Virtually all the flashes are decent light quality, meaning good Kelvin but modifier can influence the character of the light. I would steer away from speed lights that are camera specific, there are many inexpensive hot shoe only types that you can use with modifiers of many brands. If you want to go strobe then there too are a bunch of choices with dedicated triggers that are not that expensive. Start with a budget and see how much to can get and give up then decide if that works for you.
     
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    Godox is the better-engineered MIC speedlight brand that has, in some ways, taken the lead that Yongnuo use to have.

    SEE their official site: GODOX PHOTO EQUIPMENT CO.,LTD
     
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    Although from 2017 a good overview between the two systems, even more relevant today as Godox has made a number of advancements.

    I own 4 Yongnuo 560 II’s bought many years ago, I too wouldn’t invest further into their ecosystem. I have bought a few Godox products and so far they are just fine.
     
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    Sorry, going to steal a question quick. Interesting to hear about Godox vs Yongnuo. I was just looking at getting a YN560 IV, but after seeing this I looked up a Godox around the same price and found the TT600, would you advise to go with the TT600? I'm not familiar with flashes really, was just looking for a cheap option to start learning how to use flash correctly.
     
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    Yes. I use 3 of them in my setup.
     
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    ac12 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    To get camera brand independence, you have to give up TTL.
    The wiring for each camera brand is different.
    Having said that, IF the transmitter/trigger can simply be changed, example Nikon to Olympus, then you do have some degree of brand independence. You just have to change the transmitter, but the rest of the kit is not affected.

    The 'on-location' can be tricky.
    • Do you have AC power at the site?
    • If not then you need battery. But direct battery or via an inverter? And does the unit have an AC option, for when you are near AC power?
    A few of us use older pack units. And they are transportable. But they need to be plugged into AC.
    I use Speedotron black and brown line units. I started with the affordable brown line and move to the black line as I could find units that I could afford.
     
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    Here’s a video posted today on Yootoob comparing Yongnuo and Godox from FJH Photography if this helps.
     
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    Video is 100% on-point...
     
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    Direct, DC battery, or 115-120 volt AC via a battery and sine wave inverter
     
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