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A hot shoe flash is a removable flash that is mounted on a camera's hot shoe.

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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

Since I have a wireless flash I figured I may as well get a tripod adapter and some sort of diffuser so I can supplement strobes, and especially use it off-camera at locations I wouldn't haul ...
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Why is the lower part of the picture black when using a Canon flash on a Nikon D700?

I haven't used external flashes before and a friend has let me borrow her Canon flash on my Nikon d700. Problem is, when I use it the lower part of the picture is black. The percent of the lower part ...
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Are there any accessories that can protect my camera from high voltage flash guns?

I use some older flashes that have a lot higher trigger voltages and may damage my newer cameras if used in the hot shoe mount. Therefore as a precaution I use the PC sync with them instead and mount ...
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flash for a beginner? [duplicate]

I am a photography buff. I got my first DSLR camera 5 months ago ...and I need a flash to improve night-portraits and indoor shots! the problem is that I don't have enough information about external ...
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Can I use a high-voltage flash with the Cactus v5 trigger that is mounted on the camera?

Can I use a high voltage flash (with a trigger voltage over 5V) on the Cactus v5 transceiver that is mounted on the hot-shoe of my Canon 550D? I know that I can mount the trigger on the camera and ...
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How to achieve auto focusing with a non-TTL flash (YN-560 II) in low light situation?

I recently bought a new YN-560 II hotshoe flash but found that it has neither TTL nor assist beam for focusing in low light situations. The problem now is that I'm starting my career as a night ...
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What should I pay attention to when buying a second hand flash?

I am planning on buying a second hand ETTL flash for my Canon 550D. What are things I should pay close attention to when buying a second hand flash? For example: is there a parameter, comparable to ...
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What are the most important features to look for in a low budget hotshoe flash and why?

When trying to get started with flash photography, there are a lot of new options, features and techniques that a photographer gets thrown in to. When starting on a budget, what features will give a ...
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Why isn't my camera's internal light meter adjusting for my external flash?

I have a Canon T3 / 1100D and I just bought a Neewer TT560 Speedlite external flash which connects to my camera's hot shoe. The camera's light meter adjusts appropriately when the internal flash is ...
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What external flash trigger voltage is safe for the Sony NEX?

I have an NEX-6 and I wanted to use an external flash connected to the hot shoe. I have a canon speed light 580EX I was told I may need to watch out for the different voltages, as the flash may ...
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Will a Keystone KE-3800 flash unit damage a new DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR? I was wondering if an old flash (specifically "keystone ke-3800", which I haven't been able to find in Google) will work on my ...
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What is the most effective way to get soft light from hotshoe flash indoors?

I'm thinking of getting a flash for better indoor pictures. I was looking at the 430EX Speedlite as a good unit in budget, but still having lots of capability. How do I use this most effectively ...
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Why won't my Canon Speedlite 430EX II AF Assist come on?

I just purchased the Canon Speedlite 430EX II and for the life of me I can't get the AF Assist light to come on! I shoot in manual on my 5D Mark II, and I have set the flash on ETTL. The guide says ...
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Should my flash zoom match my lens focal length or its 35mm equivalent?

I have a camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Should my flash zoom match my lens's actual focal length or its 35mm equivalent? I am hoping that someone can shed some scientific light to this matter.
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Is the HF-DC1 flash light a good choice for my Canon EOS 400D?

I want to buy an external flash light for my Canon EOS 400D. Is HF-DC1 good enough or is it designed for more compact cameras? Any suggestion on alternatives?
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How can I optimise the lifetime of a Nikon speedlight?

I have an SB-800. It's the newest Nikon strobe that will work with my F5. My F5 will probably outlast me (it probably has another 100,000 shutter actuations in it and I use less than 10 rolls a ...
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How to verify that Nikon SB-28DX AF-assist is working?

I have a Nikon SB-28DX which I am using with an F5. I understand from the instructions how to turn the AF-assist illuminator off. But, how do I verify that it's working? Does it still work with ...
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR?

I have been using my dad's old Metz mecablitz 18 B1 flash for a while with my Canon 7D and had no trouble with it, but just received some advice from a friend that using old flashes can fry the ...
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How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a flash?

How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a conventional hotshoe flash? I haven't been paying attention to the LED panels, but they've been on the market long enough so that I'm ...
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What will I gain for the higher price of SB-600 vs SB-400 on a Nikon D90?

I have a Nikon D-90 and I am an non-professional photographer doing kids photography indoors, and family pictures while travelling with family. I have the following: 18-105mm VR – Kit Lens with ...
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How does the power of a flash relate to the duration of the flash pulse?

Specifically for my Nikon SB-700, but also for flashes in general — how does the power setting relate to the duration of the pulse? Basically, is the power normally controlled by cutting down on the ...
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Cons of using a manual flash on-camera as well?

Can we use a manual mode flash (specifically the Lumopro LP 160) On-Camera as well ? What are the cons of this ? The only one I can think of is no TTL support. Note : I will be using this with a ...
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How can I get proper flash exposure in AV mode without using ETTL?

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and normally shoot with natural light (I try to stay away from flash). However, I am taking on more situations where I need to use my hotshoe flash (Canon Speedlite 580 EX ...
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Does a flash work well with regular alkaline batteries?

In doing research prior to purchasing my first flash for my DSLR system I have come across a wealth of information, including this post that outlined many great points in selecting the best ...
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What third party Speedlites work best with Canon?

I am currently picking out a flash (speedlite) for Canon XSI. There is a number of third party flashes available from manufacturers other than Canon. They all claim to be Canon compatible but I have ...
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How do I start using a hotshoe flash?

I've just been given a Sigma EF-500 DG ST flash unit. I've not really had much experience using flash. How can I get started? Are there any good learning resources?
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Can a Nikon/Canon flash be used on the other brand of camera?

I was just thinking about this problem and was wondering if anyone knew if/how to use a competing flash unit (EX or SB series) on a Nikon or Canon (respectively) camera. I would assume a lot of the ...
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What flash options are there for the Pentax system?

I am a relative newcomer to the photography world and am slowly building up a set of gear based around my Pentax K-x. Next on my list of priorities is a flash. As I have virtually no experience in ...
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What is sync speed?

When referring to flash exposure, what does "max sync speed" mean?
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Why do hotshoe flashes use fresnel lens, but studio strobes do not?

I notice that hotshoe flashes (e.g. Nikon SB-800) typically have a Fresnel lens system to focus the light, but studio strobes (e.g. Photogenic Powerlight 1250) do not. What's up with that?