Questions tagged [hotshoe-flash]

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

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I have Canon's 600EX-RT II, so shouldn't I add a YN600EX-RT II instead of a YN-E3-RT or ST-E3-RT?

I'm a n00b (in fact I have literally never used a flash before other than my phone's LED thing) but I have to shoot an indoor thing next week, where I'll need a remote flash (I mean, on a stand, ...
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What does the SL/off button on the Focus FC-286N TTL speedlight do?

I have a focus FC-286N speedlight for Nikon. What does the SL/off switch do on the back? I cannot find any reference to SL anywhere on the internet. The last few times I have used this speedlight, ...
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Is there an alternative insert to the built in wide panel for the Canon 430 EX ii speedlite?

I recently purchased the 430 ex II speedlite second hand. I have come to notice that the wide panel is missing and as such I cannot alter the zoom on the speedlite unless there is something ...
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Can a flash be too heavy to be used directly on the hot shoe?

I've bought a Yongnuo YN-560 IV which weighs 350g and is quite massive. It has a hot shoe connector, but I'm worried that attaching it to the camera (Canon 77D) is unsafe, especially when shooting in ...
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What are the pros and cons of the Nissin and Godox flash systems for Fujifilm cameras?

I'm a Fujifilm X-T2 shooter and last month I purchased Nissin (x2) i60a and a Nissin Air 1 Commander. I'm looking to expand to 4 flashes next year. Is Godox as dependable as Nissin? I'm in such a ...
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Dark photo with flash light on auto mode

I use a nikon 5100 and recently I bought a third party speedlight( altura). Since I am a beginner of flash photography I used the TTL MODE With auto setting in camera but my photos are alaways dark ...
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Softbox/Diffuser types

Prompted by stacking diffusers to further soften the light? I'm aware of the 'bigger is softer' rule for soft boxes & already own a couple of very simple reverse-mounted speedlight umbrellas with ...
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Why is my external flash (speedlight) not working on-camera?

I would like to use external flash with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 (mark I). It seems, however, that flash is simply not working with my camera. I have tried to set flash in camera to fill-in and fully ...
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Prolong the lifespan of dslr shoe mount

We are planning to use an external microphone that mounts via shoe mount. The concern is that due continuous mount / dismount procedures we may spoil the shoe mount on the camera one day. In order to ...
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To what purpose can I use speedlights except for people photography/portraits?

Do I need a speedlight if I do not do people photography or portraits? How else could one use speedlights? I would like to do portraits and flash street photography, but the latter is next to ...
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Firing a Canon Speedlite 430 EX III-RT in manual wirelessly

Is it possible to fire my 430EX III-RT flash in manual as a slave wirelessly?
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Why are external hotshoe flashes firing early in PTTL mode and not at all in manual on my A6000?

I've been trying to get my Sony A6000 camera to work with any external flash mounted to the hot shoe, but it seems like they all fire right before the shutter opens. I've tried the Sony HVL-F32M and ...
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Yongnuo 685 showing "hot"

I was shooting a wedding yesterday and was using one of my YN685's extensively during the getting ready session. The flash showed "hot" about halfway through. I never had this happen before but I took ...
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How yongnuo speedlite 685 for Canon can flash using an external battery, it's PB3000II?

I have an external speedlite battery(PB3000II) connected to a Yongnuo 685 for Canon, but it doesn't function... What can I do to make it work? It's something about menu configuration? The battery ...
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How to synchronize Yongnuo yn 560 iii with Canon Speedlite 430 ex III-RT

Is it possible to synchronize Yongnuo yn 560 iii flash with a Canon Speedlite 430 ex III-RT flash using in built transceivers?
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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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How do I set up two off-camera flashes with this gear?

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT a pair of Yongnuo YN-622C a pair of Kaiser Multi Trig AS 5.1 Sony a7R II
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What external flash can I buy for my Panasonic lumix DMC-FZ200 camera? [duplicate]

I never used external flash. Please tell me what to look for in an external flash for my Panasonic DMC-FZ200 camera.
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Can I use an old Nikon SB-50DX with the D5500?

I just purchased a Nikon D5500 to replace my old D100 (yes, it has been that long). I was wondering if and how I can use my SB-50DX flash with it. I'm not clear on which mode it has to be in or what ...
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D3100 and external speedlite (SB-700) + compatibility

I'm a nikon D3100 user, I have a 50 mm 1.4 nikkor lens. I've been thinking of buying an external flash speedlite for nikon as I'm planning to upgrade my nikon body at later stages. I've been ...
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Why does my on-camera Speedlite not fire?

I've barely used my Speedlite 430EX II, but now I can't get it to fire with my Canon 7D while on-camera. I've tried disabling silent shooting mode, but that didn't help. I've also tried changing the ...
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What do I need to shoot with a wireless speedlite and my Nikon DSLR?

I planning to buy a Speedlite for my camera Nikon D90. I want a speedlite that can be triggered remotely using wireless, as well as mounted on camera. Can someone help me on what all I need to buy? ...
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Pentax K1000 Hotshoe Broken

I have a Pentax K1000 that I've been using for a while with a Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite via the hotshoe. However, for whatever reason the flash has now stopped firing when the shutter closes. I'...
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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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Canon 5d mk iv - Problems setting the speed to faster than 1/200th when I have my speedlite attached [duplicate]

5d mk iv - Problems setting the speed to faster than 1/200th using both Manual or TV when I have my speedlite attached. Totally confused as I can't figure out why I'd be limited to that or how to ...
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Is it possible to overpower the sun with a single speedlight and softbox?

I want to overpower the sun, but due to my budget, I couldn't get a monolight. I have to make do with the Nissin Di700A I bought. When the flash is near the subject and faces the subject straight on, ...
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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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Does the Hasselblad X1D have a PC socket?

Looking at the connections on the left side of the Hassy X1D I see: 2 SD-card slots, an HDMI connector, a USB connector, a microphone connector, and a headphone connector. No PC socket? ...
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Flash accessories for the Canon EOS M10

I'm really new to cameras and I'm struggling to find the right accessories for my camera. I mainly use my camera to take photos for my blog, and I need a flash accessory that will help lighten up the ...
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Cheapest speedlight for Nikon with autofocus assist beam?

I shoot low light with Nikon D3300 and Yongnuo YN-460 speed light. Most of my pictures are out of focus. I'm on a budget. What is the lowest-priced speed light for Nikon that has an AF assist beam?
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Can the Canon EX III RT trigger an EX II?

Can a Canon EX III-RT trigger an EX II? I tried to conect them but was not unsuccessful. Is it possible to connect them at all?
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How do I autofocus accurately in low light (nightclub, handheld) with a flash and 35/1.8 lens?

I use a Nikon D3300 for nightclubs with a 35mm 1.8 lens and a Yongnuo YN-460 speedlight. Most of the shots I take are out of focus or the shutter doesn't work, saying the subject is too dark. I've ...
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Why does focus- assist light on speedlite fire when main flash fires?

Using a new Gloxy 990 on a Canon 80D hot shoe, the bright red light of the Gloxy Focus Assist is appearing on the image at a wide range of setting. The light works at half press - but must be firing ...
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What flash should I get for my Samsung mirrorless? [duplicate]

I want to start and try using a flash for my photos. Since I never used more than build-in flashes of compact cameras, I am completely new to the topic of choosing the right flash for me. After some ...
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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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Sony rx10 with generic flash makes overexposed pics?

Are there special settings to use a "regular" external flash? I have a Canon Speedlite 430ex II flash from a previous camera, and when I try to shoot with it, it fires fine (so, it is in the shoe far ...
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What speedlight focal length should I use with an umbrella

I am relatively new to strobe photography and have recently selected some speedlight/umbrella holders. My speedlights have some internal capacity to change how wide the light is dispersed in relation ...
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Differences between Yongnuo flashes - 560, 568 and 685

I am looking to get a speedlite for my system (Nikon D7200 at the moment). I know you can save a lot of money by buying off-brand flashes, and I've heard good things about Yongnuo. There are three ...
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What size softbox works with a speedlight?

I am thinking of buying a softbox for a speedlight to step up my lighting, while staying within my budget. I have a Yongnuo YN-568EX II speedlight that O intend to use in the softbox. My question is ...
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What's the difference between Speedlite YN467 for Nikon and for Canon?

and also, can I use the YN467 for Canon on a Nikon DSLR?
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What should I pay attention to when buying speedlight gels?

So I'm considering purchasing gels in the near future. I haven't used any gels and I want something that I can put on my speedlight when I'm on the go. I know many different brands make gels, like ...
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Picking the right CTO gel to get a sunset look

Context I'm interested in creating scenes like this where it looks like the light is from a sunset/golden hour but it's not. I've noticed that CTO gels come in a few varieties, examples here and here....
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Where do I start when figuring out which external flash to get for a Canon 600D?

I am embarking on a course and part of the kit required is an external flash. The tutor has said to get something for a Canon - this was the recommended Nikon one (as she has a Nikon). Nikon ...
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Can a YN622C-TX control a YN560-IV's power/zoom?

Can the YN-560IV be controlled from a YN-622C-TX? I mean being able to control power and zoom and triggering, all remotely, from a YN-622C-TX without a separate 622 receiver. Background: I have a ...
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Why Can't I Set My Flash Intensity with My Phottix Odin 2 in Manual Mode

I have two speedlites. A Phottix Mitros and a Sunpak PZ42X. I can control flash intensity in both of them in TTL mode. I can also control the zoom (for Mitros it works, a bit buggy with Sunpak; ...
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Can I use my old flash on a D3300 with a Nikon AS-15 sync adapter? [duplicate]

Is it safe to connect my old flash to my DSLR D3300 using a Hot shoe sync adaptor. Will the AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter act as an isolator against any high voltages that can affect my camera?
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Can you control YN560 IV speedlights using a SB-700 in the hotshoe mount as a master?

I have a SB-700 speedlight and I would like to buy a few YN560 IV speedlights. With other Nikons, I could control them with the SB-700 on the camera hotshoe using Master mode. Can you do 100% ...
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How do I use a Canon 430EX II off-camera with Cybersync triggers and a 5D Mark II?

I am aware that the Canon 430EX II can only be used as a slave, but if I have the hot shoe adaptor with a standard PC cable connecting it to my Cybersync receiver (which fires upon connection) when ...
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How do I get rear-curtain sync on a Canon 5D classic with a Yongnuo YN-500EX?

I have a Canon 5D classic and a Yongnuo YN-500EX and I'd like to take rear curtain sync photos with it but I can't seem to make it work. The flash has this function, I can turn it on and see it being ...
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Why is part of my image underexposed when using flash with shutter speed faster than sync speed? [duplicate]

Hardware Neewer TT560 SpeedLite Cannon T6i Shutter Speed 1/200 shows full photo 1/400 shows 90% photo 1/640 shows 50% photo 1/1000 shows 10% photo From what I can tell, the shutter is faster than ...