I’m searching for a tiny flash that can stay on top of a canon 5D Mark II even when packed away and basically live on the camera. Ideally something as small as the FlashQ remote trigger. How good the flash is is less important.

The intent is to have a flash always on the camera when needing one when not expecting it.

What is the closest I can get to such a product?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Like Fuji’s EF-X8? 3.bp.blogspot.com/-FucfKyRvfjo/U2pPHNdJvuI/AAAAAAAAN3g/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Belle
    Mar 1, 2018 at 11:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe, an option at least if it will work on a canon camera. Would it do that? \$\endgroup\$
    – lijat
    Mar 1, 2018 at 11:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ Can’t edit anymore, but don’t get that flash for anything but the Fuji X-T series, it doesn’t work on anything else. Just wondering if that’s what you’re looking for. \$\endgroup\$
    – Belle
    Mar 1, 2018 at 12:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Metz Mecablitz 26 AF-2 perhaps? (Not sure if that's best, hence comment. Anyone, feel free to use comments in your answer in any way) \$\endgroup\$
    – Belle
    Mar 1, 2018 at 12:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why not use a very small flash, such as the already suggested 26 AF-2 or the Speedlite 270EX II? granted, they may be a bit big for staying on top when having the camera in a bag - but if the camera is in a bag, then you might just as well put the flash in it, too ;-) also, How good the flash is is less important is only true if it is any good at all - a flash that does not work most of the time isn't necessarily better than no flash. \$\endgroup\$
    – flolilo
    Mar 1, 2018 at 14:28

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There is nothing available as small as the "flashq" that works as a flash.

The Canon 90EX as it is the smallest flash available that is fully compatible with your 5D Mk II. It has just a little less power than most built-in flashes

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Canon 90EX

Power: Guide No (ISO 100) 30'/9m (at 24mm)
Size: 1.7" x 2.0" x 2.6"
Weight: 2.570 oz. with two AAA cells (1.8 oz. empty)

The 270EX or 270EX II is also fully compatible with your 5D Mk II, is only slightly larger, but has much more power. It also recycles faster and has a tilt-up head for bounce flash.

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Canon 270EX

Power: Guide No (ISO 100) 89'/27m (at 50mm) 72'/22m (at 28mm)
Size: 2.6" x 2.6" x 3.0"
Weight: 7 oz. with two AA cells (5.6 oz. empty)

The 220EX is also a pretty good option. It recycles faster because it uses 4 AA batteries but that also makes it a little bit larger and heavier.

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Canon 220EX

Power: Guide No (ISO 100) 72'/22m (at 28mm)
Size: 3.6" x 2.6" x 2.4"
Weight 9.0 oz. with 4 AA batteries. (5.6 oz empty)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Accepting this as the answer that there is no such flash seems to be the case. Thanks \$\endgroup\$
    – lijat
    Mar 2, 2018 at 15:11

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