New small flash

New little flash for my A6400. Lightweight and portability is the most important part for me in even considering taking a flash.


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mike3996

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Meike MK320 is what I bought too, but it feels simply too big.

While I'm thinking about the wireless wonder LightPix FlashQ, there's a new upcomer in the markets, Moon Labs Tiny Flash.


Absolutely no-nonsense, it doesn't even have variable output. It just emits light when it gets a signal.

It might be just perfect for a Leica M shooter. Control the output using your finger like in the good olden days. :) Learn to approximate the power output from the distance to subject.

Have to see what it's going to cost. Most likely sufficiently more so that FlashQ remains the more appealing choice.
 
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Meike MK320 is what I bought too, but it feels simply too big.

While I'm thinking about the wireless wonder LightPix FlashQ, there's a new upcomer in the markets, Moon Labs Tiny Flash.


Absolutely no-nonsense, it doesn't even have variable output. It just emits light when it gets a signal.

It might be just perfect for a Leica M shooter. Control the output using your finger like in the good olden days. :) Learn to approximate the power output from the distance to subject.

Have to see what it's going to cost. Most likely sufficiently more so that FlashQ remains the more appealing choice.
The LightPix is actually pretty impressive - even more so if you figure in its fairly low price. I like what I see from the Moon Tiny Flash in terms of concept (haven't had time to read Hamish's review yet, though), but the FlashQ Q20II is amazingly versatile and fun to use, too - if you know your way around manual flash, that is. But it's really flexible - the Moon Tiny Flash seems to be, well, just that ... and, wait, guide number 12? Uhm ... I might be tempted to use the smartphone to illuminate a scene instead ... (which, btw., works quite nicely at times).

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On that count: I think there are many older flashlights out there that could do that job *and* offer access to settings ... but I'd say that the Moon Tiny Flash sure does look the part and - should you have the appropriate knowledge, as Hamish himself points out - can walk the walk, too. I'm just not sure it's what the market wants or needs; the Q20II, on the other hand, was and is a breath of fresh air - add a couple of extra triggers and/or receivers, and you can really do quite a lot with that tiny system and some additional inexpensive lights.

Just to add to the list of useful little flashlights: I don't think you can still buy it new, but I really appreciate what the Metz 34 CS-2 digital brings to the table - it's really impressively small for such a powerful light, you can use it as a secondary light (two modes to trigger it with other flashlights - no real wirelss), and it does pack a punch if you need it, as well as quite comprehensive auto modes, though no direct manual control, but it's close ... It's hardly any bigger than the Q20II, too. So, between those two little lights, you can already do a whole lot of interesting things ... A rather weak, fixed power small flash, while nice, just isn't that much of an asset ...

(I had to figure out how to switch off exposure simulation on the Z 50 to be able to use it with manual flash ... man, that was annoying ... Okay, I admit most of it was pilote error, but ... stuff like this just works on DSLRs - and even my Leicas ...)

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I had no control flashes before and wanted more control. I had this one previously


The MEKE gives me a good combo of size and control although those are some nice options
 

mike3996

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Have you looked at the Olympus FL-14? It's tiny, well built, classy looking, and has similar features. It does have a primitive automatic mode that works with any camera.
This looks really cute. Used in manual mode this FL14 appears to be also a fixed-power flash.

This unit seems to go for about 50 € in eBay. The new Moon Labs product, can it beat this value? Of course the larger Meike 320 cost the same with much more utility so "value" is a flexible concept here.

And there's no denying that LightPix products at some 50 € more wouldn't be even better value and flexibility.
 

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