Amazon sells a $28 flash for Canon and Nikon DSLRs under its in-house brand AmazonBasics and it looks fantastic for the price. If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at flash photography but haven’t wanted to sell one of your kidneys to pickup a name brand Nikon or Canon unit, this is certainly option you may want to consider.
The AmazonBasics Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras features three flash modes: M, S1, and S2 (which stand for Manual, Slave mode 1, and Slave mode 2). Manual lets you mount the flash to your camera’s hot shoe and trigger it by pressing your camera shutter. S1 mode lets you place the flash off-camera and trigger it optically by firing a master flash unit. S2 mode is similar to S1, except the flash will be triggered by the master flash’s second flash. There’s also a standard PC synchronous port for connecting your flash off-camera using a cable.
The flash has a guide number of 33 (ISO 100/1M), and the power output has 8 levels of control — 1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1/1 — that are adjusted using “+” and “-” buttons on the back of the unit.
The flash head can be tilted from 0 to 90 degrees and rotated up to 270 degrees. It’s powered by 4 standard AA batteries.
The flash has an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 84 reviews. For the price it looks impossible to beat.