What vintage/modern flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1? I'm going away for vacation and I need something other than a tripod for low-light situations.

  • I used to use a Canon Speedlite 533G with my A-1 – dav1dsm1th May 22 '14 at 5:03
  • @dav1dsm1th, better than the 199a? That's what I'm presently looking at, however, a better option is always appreciated. – NoahM May 22 '14 at 15:18
  • Couldn't say, as I only had experience with the 533G - but I was never disappointed with it. – dav1dsm1th May 22 '14 at 15:19
  • Don't know if I want to walk around with a flash that doubles the size of my camera, I'm looking more at shoe-mount flashes, either hot or cold. – NoahM May 22 '14 at 15:22
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    Just looked at some info on the 199a and it appears to be just as integrated to the A-1 as the 533G, so I think you can be confident it's a good piece of kit. mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/SLRs/a1/… – dav1dsm1th May 22 '14 at 15:29

Everything with a standard hotshoe should work. Flashes are pretty universal, even today, you can buy a Nikon flash and use it on a Canon camera all day long.

The flash should support a manual mode though. The A-1 doesn't have TTL (what is used to sent data about exposure to the flash, telling it how powerful the flash should be).

  • *In manual mode – dpollitt Aug 22 '14 at 0:57

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