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

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What is sync speed? [duplicate]

When referring to flash exposure, what does "max sync speed" mean?
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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon CLS?

Does Canon have its own version of the creative lighting system?
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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 camera....
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How do I set up a Godox X2Tc to control a Canon Speedlite 430 EXII

I have a Godox X2Tc and a Godox X1Rc. I want to control my Canon Speedlite 430 EXII. (I also have a Godox V1, which is a beautiful thing!) I have the Canon Speedlite attached to the Godox receiver, so ...
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Why does the YN-565EX need a radio trigger with the YN-560-TX?

I am buying a Yongnuo YN-565EX TTL Flash Speedlite for Nikon. I am not sure what radio trigger do I need for this. I have found the YN-560-TX transmitter on Amazon. However, the description says ...
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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 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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What speedlites can work with the Canon non-standard hotshoe found on their low-end camera models?

I was wondering if someone can help me out in finding which speedlites I can use on a Canon 4000D, as this camera does not have a centre connection on it.
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Pros and cons of cheap studio strobes vs. hotshoe/speedlight flash for portraits?

Not so long ago, AC-powered studio lights were the only option for serious studio photography, and low-cost starter sets like this Two Monolight Portrait Studio Kit¹ were a fixture in every ...
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What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc)?

What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc) to distinguish them from studio strobes and alike? Is it simply speedlight/speedlite or has that just become a generic ...
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Do flash guide numbers assume some amount of ambient light built-in?

My flash shows its potential range in meters, but is that indoors or outdoors? The question came up the other day when I was trying to work out whether fitting a diffusion dome would be suitable for ...
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Can I get HSS with off-camera Canon 430EX II speedlites, radio triggers, and a Sony A7?

I've been tirelessly searching the Internet for information on how to use my two Canon 430exii's in conjunction with my Sony A7 in HSS mode. I think I already know the answer (can't do that!), but ...
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What are the advantages of TTL over manual mode when using speedlites?

Yesterday a user on Stack Exchange asked me why I prefer manual over TTL when working with speedlites. I use them mostly off-camera and I've developed a kind of a workflow where I do not walk back and ...
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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 two or more different models of Yongnuo flash work together?

I have a Yongnuo YN-568EX flash and I use it with a Nikon D7100. If I buy another two more Yongnuo flashes of any model other than a YN-568EX, in principle will they all work together using at least ...
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What will I be missing with Vivitar 285HV vs. LumoPro LP160 or Canon 580EX?

I'm planning to get a hotshoe flash soon (I currently only have the onboard), and I have narrowed my choice down to several options, but I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go. ETTL This is ...
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What flash slaves can be used with a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT?

My current flash setup is a standard shoe mount but I've been thinking about getting a remote. I've been drooling over the Speedlite 600EX-RT. It uses radio to control slaves, which is nice (longer ...
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How can I tell which 3rd party flashes are compatible with Canon's SL3 missing pin hot shoe mount?

Around the year 2019/2020 many suggestions have been made online on which flashes work with the pinless SL3 hot shoe. Since then most of those suggestions are no longer available for purchase. ...
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Why is the on-camera flash trying to pop up when using a D7000 with a MK930 Speedlite?

So I decided to buy a cheap flash to experiment bouncing flash on walls or ceilings. I can't stand flash in pictures so I thought this would be a great way to try, and seeing these things are barely ...
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What setups work to trigger a Profoto B1 and Canon 600EX-RT Speedlights together from canon body

Given a Profoto B1, a Profoto AIR Remote TTL-C, and some Canon 600EX-RT , what configurations work with triggering these items together. Additional items are allowed (slave triggers, pocket wizards, ...
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How do I sync a Yongnuo YN560 III speedlight with a Canon 6D?

I'm a beginner in photography. My company owns a Canon 6D with a Yongnuo YN560 III speedlight. I fixed the speedlight perfectly with the Canon 6d hot shoe. Sometimes the speedlight works in some ...
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Flash intensity levels aren't the same across consecutive photographs

I'm not sure how else to put it, but it is what it exactly sounds like. When I take consecutive pictures in Aperture priority mode, it so happens that the first image is probably brighter (high flash) ...
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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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Nikon D5500 Godox V860iiN & X1N compatibility

I'm trying to find out the simplest of answers - is this a workable system? Will it do what I think it does? If I mount the X1N to the D5500 shoe & set up the two V860ii remotely on stands, do I ...
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How to trigger AF-assist light on Canon Speedlites without firing the flash?

Most of Canon Speedlites flashes have quite nice built-in AF-assist LED lights, which would are useful in low-light situations, even when one doesn't want to use flash in photos. Is there any way to ...
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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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Low budget entry level Speedlite?

Owning a cheap Canon 20D, I now want to buy an entry level speedlight/external flash but I'm confused with should i go for used or new the one while considering my low budget(150$ max). What things ...
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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 II)...
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Does it make sense for me, as a beginner, to buy a speedlight?

So far, I was using my Android phone to shoot pictures and some basic point and click cameras. I would say that I am a low intermediate camera user. I know the basics about focus, depth of field, ...
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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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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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How do the Sigma flashes compare to (and work with) Canon flashes on Canon bodies?

Sigma produces some very powerful flashes, like the Sigma EF-610 DG ST and Sigma EF-610 DG Super, that cost a fraction of what Canon charges for their Speedlite of same guide number. I'm already ...
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What lighting gear to get after my speedlight?

I recently got a Nikon SB-700, and after spending some time trying (and failing) to take some high-key b/w portraits, I am quickly realizing that I need to significantly modify the light, because ...
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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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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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What's the bit that slides into the hot shoe called?

If the metal "U"-bracket on top of an SLR (and similar) camera is called a (hot/cold) shoe, what is the name of it's counterpart (the bit at the base of the flash/accessory)? I just referred to it as ...
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Universal wireless radio transmitter that can trigger Elinchrom studio strobes, Yongnuo speedlites and Godox flash

I have a pair of Elinchrom D-Lite-2 IT 200Ws studio strobes. The strobes have built-In Skyport wireless receivers and the set came with a Elinchrom Skyport ECO transmitter. This transmitter broke ...
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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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"Photographs cannot be taken" with manual lens and wireless triggers with off-camera flash

Good evening, The equipment combination I am trying to use is: Nikon D3400 Tokina 100mm Pro-D 2.8 lens* Neewer NW860iin Speedlite** Neewer N1Tn wireless hotshoe transmitter** Neewer N1Rn wireless ...
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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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What speed lights are compatible with canon 2000d? I can’t find any

I’ve been looking for a speed lite compatible with my canon 2000d but I can’t seem to find any! If anyone knows of any of much appreciated It.
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External power supply for Canon 600ex-rt that is not a battery pack

I need to power my canon speedlite 600ex-rt. It has an external power plug for which I can find plenty of battery packs (e.g. Godox). But I just want to plug it into 240V AC supply voltage. I cant ...
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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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Nikon SB-600 flash will not fire; what can I do to fix it?

I have a Nikon SB-600 that was working just fine during a wedding and then stopped firing. I removed it from the off shoe cord in hopes that the cord might be damaged and attached it directly to the ...
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Can the YN-E3-RT be used, mounted on top of the YN-622C?

Using a mix of different older flashes that I'm triggering with Yongnuo YN-622C remote triggers controlled by a YN-622C, I've began looking into the new Yongnuo YN-600EX-RT flashguns. They can be ...
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Can vintage strobes damage wireless receivers?

It is well documented that some old strobes can damage digital cameras. However, I couldn't find information about any potential damage from using a wireless transmitter on camera and receivers or ...
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Underexposed image with Canon 5D III and flash

Just started using my Mark III with flash (Neewer TT560 Speedlite). And I'm getting strange results. At first I thought it was a battery issue and another set of batteries seemed to have fixed the ...
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Fire speedlite 580ex with on camera flash (without transmitter)

I have been looking at the instructions for the speedlite 580ex here for any idea how to fire the flash from the built in camera flash, but it has not helped. Does anybody know if it is possible to ...
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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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Can the Canon 5D Mark IV wirelessly trigger a single remote 430EX III-RT?

I've just got my hands on the brilliant 5D Mark IV and understood that it had a built in wireless flash trigger. I was hoping this might link to my Speedlite 430EX III-RT and allow me to use my (...
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