IN ONE FLASH is good, then more are better. As I mentioned, the best results are realized when using multiple flash units to achieve total control of your lighting, and that can become expensive when purchasing matching flash units from the camera manufacturer. There are several options for third-party flashes, but you need to be sure that they’re compatible with your DSLR’s features.
A good choice would be the Sigma EF-530 DG Super. It offers full-feature compatibility with most popular DSLRs for around $200. Nissin offers several models based on size and power, with the Nissin Di866 at the top of the list for about $330. It’s also compatible with most major DSLR makers and features a cool “sub-flash” that can be used as fill when bouncing the main head off the ceiling. Both flashes work wirelessly as master and slave for off-camera shooting.
The Quantum Qflash T5d-R is a powerful unit that’s prized among wedding and portrait shooters for its power and versatility. The Qflash T5d-R supports wireless control of all dedicated camera-flash functions, as far as 600 feet away. It’s compatible with most DSLRs using a Quantum QTTL adapter. And, finally, for an affordable flash that incorporates basic E-TTL metering functionality at a very affordable price, the Sunpak PZ42X priced at $140 is an excellent choice for a starter flash and as an auxiliary unit for a multiflash setup.
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