Impressive, affordable flash attachment for Nikon cameras.
When I started taking more photos recreationally, I found that one element I was missing was a really great flash. My DSLR does have a built-in flash, but it doesn’t really compare to what a Speedlite can do for your photography. Speedlite is the brand name that companies like Nikon use for their photographic flash units. It’s been used with Nikon’s flashes since the 1960s. These lights produce much shorter and intense bursts of light than other strobe flashes. In short, it’s a much more advanced lighting system than built-in flashes offer. The problem with most Speedlites for Nikon or other brands is the expense. The Nikon brand Speedlite can run upwards of $300 or more, which is, in some cases, even more expensive that lenses. Fortunately, Photoolex has a great Speedlite option for Nikon users.
The Photoolex M800N Speedlite Flash provides a powerful flash with a high-speed sync up to 1/8th of a second. It has a recycle time of 2.5 seconds and a wireless trigger sensor. The M800N features a circuit design with an insulated gate bipolar transistor and a series circuit. The flash will cover 24-105mm and has four flash modes – i-TTL, TTIL, M, and Multi. It also has a high-speed sync (1/8000s) and can rotate both horizontally and vertically. It’s powered by four AA batteries (alkaline or Ni-MH) and has approximately 110-1500 flashes from full batteries. Unfortunately, batteries are not included.
The flash unit itself is very well-built and sturdy. It’s lightweight so it won’t weigh you down while you are capturing memories, but it is heavy enough to withstand regular use. The controls are very easy to see, touch, and use. They are all tactile push buttons, which I prefer because you know when you are making contact with them. It also makes it easier to press the right controls when you are setting up a shot and not able to look at the back of the Speedlite. The rotation of the flash is very easy to control. The vertical rotation is a little stiff, but works itself out after a few uses.
Unfortunately, I had some limited uses of the flash because I had to borrow a friend’s camera to test it out. When ordering the Speedlite, I inadvertently ordered the Nikon version instead of the Canon version, which would work with my personal DSLR. There is an important distinction between the two versions as the connectors are different and the Nikon version will not work with a Canon camera and vice versa. Let this be a lesson to others to be cautious when you order. During my brief testing period though, I found the Photoolex Speedlite to be a very capable flash. It produces great light and is very easy to use.
The Photoolex M800N Speedlite Flash is a wonderful, affordable solution to help you round out your photography accessories. It’s well-worth the investment and I’m sure you will be pleased with the results.
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