Chinese speedlights upsides/downsides?

Ragingbull Avatar
27 May 2019 12:02PM
I have just bought a Panasonic GH3 and need a speedlight. I would use a flash about once a year but don't want to be found without one. I have seen a few Chinese TTL type units in the web. What's the verdict?
Jestertheclown Avatar
Jestertheclown 14 8.8k 255 England
27 May 2019 12:56PM
I've got a couple of these.

The ones I've linked to won't be any use to you; wrong make of camera but as an example, I use mine, like yourself, only occasionally for "proper" flash photography but I use them all the time for fill flash in daylight.

A task at which they're excellent.

It sounds as if, for your purposes, something similar could be just what you're looking for.
Ragingbull Avatar
27 May 2019 1:14PM
I was looking at the Godox brand as they seem to be a good quality job.

I have a Nikon SB600 with a GN of 30 at ISO100 so this would be a bit more powerful with a GN of 60 at the same ISO. (Correct me if I have this wrong!)
Philh04 Avatar
Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
27 May 2019 1:51PM
For occasional use you can't go wrong with Godox, and should you wish to explore flash photography further it is an entry into the largest flash/speedlight ecosystem.... (The TT350 has a GN of 36 not 60 BTW, so just a tiny bit more power)
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
27 May 2019 2:12PM
I second Phil's comment about Godox. Have tried other brands - including Yongnuo - but the Godox's I have are the best I've found. I have 2 x TT685's and would highly recommend them.
Ragingbull Avatar
27 May 2019 11:01PM
I think I will look at the Godox a little further. Is there a more powerful flash than the TT350? I only ask as the only time I would really use the unit in seriousness would be to shoot large groups of youngsters at their yearly displays.
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
28 May 2019 8:02AM
Yes, the 350 will prove to be not powerful enough. I tried one on loan and it really wasn't a lot better than a built-in flash!
Go for something like the 685 and you'll have no problems. It has a guide number of 60.
Philh04 Avatar
Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
28 May 2019 8:23AM
Yes definitely go for the TT685...


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