Strobist - Strobes
A quick reference spreadsheet for comparing the features of small battery operated flash units.
Sync Connection Power Weight
Shoe Mount Handle Mount Wired Built in Optical Slave CLS Sync Volts Variable Power Tilt / Swivel 1/4 20 thread Zoom head Replaceable foot Bare Bulb HV* AA GN @100 @ 35mm F/M gr oz Current eBay Price in $ International Model #
Braun 370 BVC   y H       64 T/S y & 3/8         4 58/     60  
Canon 380ex y                         4       50-100  
Canon 420ez y         safe y             4 /30     30-50  
Canon 430ez y   no       y             4 /30     40-80  
Canon 430ex y   no       y             4       200+  
Canon 540ez y         safe y T/S   y     y 4 /36     60-80  
Canon 550ex y         safe y T/S   y     y 4 /36     200+  
Canon 580ex y   no   y safe y T/S   y y   y 4 /36     300+  
Canon 580exII y   PC-sl*   y safe y T/S   y     y 4       350-400  
LumoPro LP120 Y   PC/mini y   safe 32 T/S   y y     4       130  
Metz 45 CTís   y Metz       y T/S                   40-80  
Metz 60 CTís   y Metz       y T/S y       Metz         50-100  
Nikon SB-24 y   PC-sl*     Safe 16 T/S   y y   y 4       60  
Nikon SB-25 y   PC-sl*     Safe 16 T/S   y y   y 4       60  
Nikon SB-26 y   PC-sl* y   Safe 64 T/S   y y   y 4       100  
Nikon SB-28 y   PC-sl*     Safe 64 T/S   y y   y 4       100-125  
Nikon SB-80 y   PC-sl* y   Safe 128 T/S   y y   y 4 125/38   11.8 125  
Nikon SB-80dx y   PC-sl* y   Safe 128 T/S   y y   y 4 125/38   11.8 150  
Nikon SB-600 y   no   y Safe 64 T/S   y y   y 4       200-300  
Nikon SB-800 y   PC-sl* y y Safe 128 T/S   y y   y 4/5 125/38 350 12.8 325  
Nikon SB-900 y   PC-sl*   y Safe 128 T/S   y y   y y /34     410  
Quantum Q Flash - T     H       64 T/S y     y Only No 160/50     200  
Quantum Q Flash - T2     H       64 T/S y     y Only No 160/50 880 31 250  
Sigma EF500 y     y     y                        
Sigma EF530 y     y     128 T/S   y       4 100/31 335 11.8 200  
Sunpak 333 y           16 T/S   y               20-50  
Sunpak 383 y           16 T/S                   70-100  
Sunpak 433(D?) y           16 T/S   y       4 100/50?     10-25  
Sunpak 444(D?) y           16 T/S   y         120?       36DX (444D)
Sunpak 38DX y                           120?        
Sunpak Auto3000                                   125  
Sunpak PZ5000AF       y                              
Sunpak 522   y       Bad? 64 T/S y       y 6 100?/     20 3600
Sunpak 544   y       Bad? 64 T/S y       y   140/?        
Sunpak 611   y         128 T/S y       y   168?/        
Sunpak 622   y           T/S y     y y            
Sunpak 644   y           T/S                      
Sunpak Auto 26SR Yes n y n n   16 T/S   y y     4 86@100 (f) 35mm     $30  
Sunpak Auto 26DX Yes n n n n   16 T/S   y       4 26@100 (m) 35mm     $30  
Lester Dine   Yes n   n n   16 n/a           4 28/14 @100 (m)     $125  
Vivitar Auto Thyristor 550FD Yes n n n n   n Tilt           4       $5  
Sunpak Auto 322D Thyristor Yes n n n n   n n/n     y     4       $5  
Vivitar 285hv y   Vivitar     Bad? 16 T   y y   y 4 /31     50  
Vivitar 283 With VP1 y   Vivitar     Bad? 128* T     y   y 4 /36     25+30  
Yongnuo YN460 y   no y     64 T/S     ?     4   250   60  
Ring Flashes                                      
Sunpak Auto DX8R (ring flash) Yes n n n n   16       y n y 4 8@100 (m)     $60-99  
Sunpak Auto GX8R (ring flash) No n y n n   yes/levels not marked       n/a n AC power 4 "C" 8@100 (m)     $60-99  
Sunpak Auto DX12R (ring flash) Yes n n n n           y n   4 12@100 (m)     $150  
Sunpak Auto DX16R (ring flash) Yes n n n n           y n   4 16@100 (m)     $400  
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Other strobe links -        
David Hobby's Excellent educational blog on lighting with strobes - http://www.Strobist.com        
Check you Sync Voltage - http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/06/dont-fry-your-camera.html        
Comprehensive List of Fully Manual Flashes - http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157604047756388/        
List - http://brisbanesecondhandbooks.com/photography#Nikon        
Has some Flash Durations - http://www.joesmalley.com/flashes/        
Wiki - http://photography.wikia.com/wiki/Off_camera_friendly_flashguns        
Nikon flash comparision Chart - http://www.bythom.com/flashcompare.htm        
                                         
*HV - These strobes can be powered by a High Voltage battery like a Quantum Turbo for very fast recycling using a special connector & cable.    
* The VP1 is labeled at 1/64 power but there is a dot further on the dial that is about 1/128    
*PC-sl = screwlock PC                  
Voltage explanations                                      
1. Trigger Voltage - voltage across the sync connection. If this is above 10 or so ??? volts or so you can damage the camera (IF it is connected to the camera (Cable or hot shoe). Older mechanical camera could handle 250+ volts)  
2. Power Voltage - Generally 6 volts (4 x 1.5v AA) Some people connect secondary to this and up that voltage a little to get better recycle times. Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (SLA's Usually 6v)can be connect to the battery compartment with dummy batteries to power the strobe. they last a long (depending on size - MaHa) time but generally don't improve recycle time much.  
3. High Voltage Power connection. Always a secondary outlet on some flashes (as far as I know) - This connects with a special cable to a High Voltage (HV 300-350 v) pack - Quantum Turbo, SD8, DCB, Jackrabbit). Advantage - High number of flashes per charge as well as very fast (less then 2 seconds at full power) recycle times.  
                                       
Last Updated 7/3/09 Please email any additions, corrections, ideas or comments to JASPhoto at gmail.com              
                 
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