In today’s video I’ll be looking at my two manual flash options for Sony mirrorless cameras.
First (and my favorite) option:
The Dyna-lite Baja B4 flash is a powerful, 400 watt second monobloc flash that has been out for about a year.
This strobe is a self-contained unit with the battery on board.
A fully charged battery gives you 550 full power manual flashes and 800 flashes with full power with the a/c charger plugged in.
This strobe also includes a wireless receiver and the transmitter is very small and sells for a mere $75. This combination allows you to adjust the power from camera and this is a BIG requirement for me.
The small, portable flash option I think is done great by Yongnuo 560 flash units. They are all manual and I recommend you get the YN-560 IV and transmitter.
I don’t have this adapter, but a friend does and I think it’s a great adapter for 3 portable speedlights — please check it out here.
The reason I think it works so well is that I prefer the way the flash units are angled (over the more squared off version I show in the video) and it fits right on top of the light stand so it’s just one less thing to purchase.
While I have several of the predecessors of this flash unit (the 560 II and 560 III) I do not use them as I used to instead preferring the speed and power of the Dynalite.
The reason I went with the YN is price and performance. They also run on AA batteries which are found anywhere around the world. The Neewer 850 flash is very good and has it’s own proprietary battery and while that gives a very fast full power recycle on the flash units, it means that it requires a special charger and would be tricky to find a battery at the corner 7-11.
Finally — what about the Profoto B1 flash unit?
It is a wonderful flash. Brilliantly designed and very similar in size and power to the Dynalite.
The difference is that for Nikon and Canon it allows for HSS and TTL.
That is pretty cool and I wish it did it for Sony. But unfortunately, at the time I am writing this, it does not.
Even if it would, I’d have to think long and hard about it because for the cost of one B1 I could get 3 of the Dynalite Baja B4s with money to spare.
That said, they are superb units and if you have them you can certainly still use them with the Sony cameras, just in full manual mode and with no High Speed Synch.
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