The cheapest flash for Nikon DSLR cameras costs only $28


The cheapest flash for Nikon DSLR cameras is sold by Amazon under their brand AmazonBasics and it costs only $28. Here are the details:

  • External flash for taking professional-looking photos in low-light conditions; compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras
  • 3 flash modes for versatility: M, S1, S2 (Manual mode, Slave mode 1, and Slave mode 2)
  • Standard PC synchronous port (input) for off-camera connecting; wireless sensor for triggering flash from a distance
  • Tilts up to 90 degrees; rotates up to 270 degrees
  • 8 levels of flash-brightness control; automatic saving function retains current flash settings
  • Sensitive wireless sensor
  • Automatic saving function retains flash settings
  • Hot shoe stand and carrying bag included

As Petapixel noted: based on the design and the specs, this Amazon flash appears to be a rebranded Godox TT560 flash that costs $65.

The AmazonBasics is available also on Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.

You can find all AmazonBasics photography accessories on this page.

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  • ambient_exposure

    so, taking on yongnuo yn-460 & the like?

  • KevHot

    Finally, something for admin.

  • Spy Black

    Those would be handy as filler flash when shooting large environments. Just place them strategically around to light up a room. Pick up 4 or 5 of them for that price, if they fail just toss ’em.

    • decentrist

      if they fail?

      • Spy Black

        It’s always a gamble with stuff like this, but your presumption is not a given. For the money it’s a no-brainer.

        • decentrist

          it is a given…it’s least common demonator build quality guranteed to not last.

          • silmasan

            least common demonator

            DEMONATOR indeed!

          • Spy Black

            Only in your mind.

    • vFunct

      4 or 5? Psshh… you could buy 100 of these for the price of one lens, and fill up an entire event hall with them.

      This is an amazing price.

    • That is precisely the problem with the world today, landfill and who cares if it is added to, cheap so throw it away, just like Muppet trump pulling out of the Climate Change agreement.

      • Spy Black

        Yes, they’ll be right next to the several billon monitors, computers, iPods, and Jimmy Hoffa…

        • NikMan

          Jimmy Hoffa is alive and well, living in Paramus NJ, …. So, maybe iPods and monitors, but NOT Jimmy, …. oh, and he runs a breakfast egg bagel and cheese shop

          • NikMan

            PS – that’s a sandwich

      • Manfred Grebler

        Jeremy: That’s one aspect.

        The other thing ist: With all these very cheap Chinese products business is getting harder and harder for companies offering good quality and services at an offordable price.
        We see this in many areas: You can just choose between cheap crap oder very expensive pro equipment.

        • 100% well said, but perhaps instead of governments allowing cheap sweatshop chinese (who’s economy we know, has been built on RIPPING off illegally US and UK goods), they should clamp down on imports, when you consider the jobs being lost in the UK, US and other countries because the chinese could not care less about copyright law

        • Husselang

          Part of the problem is that shipping these goods all over the world is far too cheap.

          Shipping is a huge contributor to greenhouse emissions. If it was taxed more heavily it would make local production more viable, and hopefully reduce the overall waste caused by cheap, low quality products.

          • Daryl

            Hopefully is the key word for your simplistic solution to a complex issue.

            • Husselang

              More hopeful than just maintaining the status quo and hoping that it will all turn out fine in the end?

      • ja_1410

        Better than staying in the scam agreement signed by Muppet Obama.

      • onthedot

        Your rage against the President is so deep, you bring it to a camera forum. Seek help.

        • mexiapolis

          Thank you. In addition, there is NOTHING preventing him from donating HIS money to the Neo-Marxists at the UN. They’re only asking for 24 trillion: “Climate Justice for a Changing Planet”.

      • OSCE-NYSE General

        Or like the muppets who believe in 16 scientists out of 17, hence their 93% of scientists believe in climate change, although they fail to mention these “scientists” are bankrolled by governments.

        Quick! Add taxes to stop global warming! Taxes have been proven to stop global warming 100% of the time.

        • Only morons don’t see climate change,

          • OSCE-NYSE General

            Orrrr, only morons see climate change from man-made gases and not directly from the sun which ACTUAL scientists have been stating from the start. When the global warming fear mongering started, the world was actually cooler. Now? It moved from global warming to climate change. Amazing. Theories. Guesses. I think. Thats what you get from government paid scientists.

            Have fun filling the pockets of Al Gore and others who push this garbage. Like always, pay them taxes. Taxes and carbon credits are widely known to stop climate change in its tracks! $$$

            • sefopo

              Back to kindergarden, oscar

          • reductron

            I’m a strong believer. I mean, weather conditions where I live change hourly, 100% of the hours.

  • BlackRipleyDog

    What slave labor did Amazon find to pull this crap off?
    Amazon expects me to attach this P.O.S. to my $3000 camera and plan on it NOT frying the mobo? Not bloody likely. Nikon OEM, all the way baby.

    • This is a pretty ignorant comment. Godox are wizards at what they can do for the money. Look at their AD600s. They pretty much beat Profoto B1s at a quarter the price

      • BlackRipleyDog

        Listen up. If you want to risk the electronics of your camera with this strobe or your reputation when it craps out at the wrong time, knock yourself out. I will stick with my Nikon SB strobes which have not failed me yet in the last 6 years. They also work with all my bodies; both film and digital.

        • Its a manual single pin flash. Ideally it’s for someone who is getting started, and wants to start to learn off camera flash. They can trigger it with the popup flash on their cheapish camera. The can also buy four of them for about $100. If you are serious about comparing them to nikon speedlights, at $400+ each, I think you are mislead. Nor should one “risk their reputation” on these. If you are using them in a professional setting, you likely don’t have a reputation yet.

          • BlackRipleyDog

            And you can forget about building a professional reputation if you use one of these and it blows up setting the bride’s gown on fire.
            Plus I have my doubts that this thing won’t burn-out after only a hundred or so shots and that is being optimistic. How durable can the flash tube or the capacitor be if the whole thing costs under 30 bucks; sales tax included?

            • Bob Thane

              I’ve heard of the SB-900 overheating, never heard of one of these overheating. 😉

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Well, my 600 and 800 don’t over-heat. But NIkon is working on the 900. With this Amazon strobe, forget it, just toss it in the trash if issues arise.

            • All flashes overheat when overworked in very short time. Some have cut off circuit to deal with it and some don’t. They just burn their tubes quickly. And burnt tubes don’t explode.

            • bobgrant

              I own the flash being discussed. I also own 3 SB800 (4th is dead), SB700, SB600 (part of a macro rig) and the SB400. My SB900 is an early version that has had overheat issues. The cheap Amazon flash has maybe a thousand shots on it (my son uses it) and it’s working perfectly. Nothing is worth more than 1st hand experience.

            • Nikon worked on SB 900 the same way it worked on D600. Now make it work for you!

            • BlackRipleyDog

              I also own a D600. Bought it new and within two weeks of registering it, I receive a service recall notice for the shutter problem. I sent it in at no-cost. 10 days later it arrives back on my doorstep with a new shutter and zero clicks. Has performed flawlessly ever since. I never experienced debris on my sensor to begin with but Nikon was not taking any chances.
              Bada Bing, Big Bada Boom. That is how Nikon keeps my loyalty.

              Sorry to disappoint your narrative, but I don’t own a SB-900.

              Was it good for you too?

            • No it wasn’t. I meant D610- SB 910. They lost the loyalty of a lot of people with that.
              And FYI they acknowledged and did something about shutter and dust issue after so many complaints and what not and after so much time. That is a fine way to live up to your fans.
              Don’t take me in the wrong way, we love Nikon still just like you do. Just that we are not blind about it any more.
              P.S. You must have bought your D600 AFTER all that hoopla. Lucky for you.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Too bad. Besides no matter what I say, you will say I meant this and not that. Instead of complaining all the time and holding Nikon to some mythic standard, step out of the echo chamber that are these forums and do something with what you have. Stop looking for someone else to blame.
              What possible difference does it matter when I bought my D600? Nikon did right by me. They stuck a 610 shutter in mine. If Nikon is such a bad company, move to Canon, Fuji or Sony.

            • Read your earlier post to get the context.
              Ask about standards to people who suffered because of FAULTY cameras. It’s not about a missing feature. It’s about messed up invaluable photos. It’s about nikon not “acknowledging” their fault and not repairing the faulty camera even under tremendous pressure by their loyal followers.
              It matter the most when you bought your camera. If you had bought it in the earlier times, you would have been spewing this rant. And I haven’t even bought the D600 so I haven’t been affected by that problem. But I feel for the people who have.
              Don’t you think the advice to move is becoming a bit cliche’d ? “Be a smart buyer, not a fanboy” is the message here.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Did you think you were being a “Smart Buyer” when you bought your D600 at the time?
              I bought mine knowing of the potential issues, got a nice discount at the time, Nikon contacted me for the service and I got back a fresh new camera. I’m sorry you had problems but my opinion of this flash unit has no bearing on your experiences with Nikon. Beside that was what, 5 years ago. In tech terms, that is ancient history.

            • Do you even read the post you are responding to?
              My comment that you responded to was about nikon’s response to problems in their equipment. Which was bring out new – fault cleared- model D610 to D600 and SB 910 to SB 900. I wasn’t even talking about how they neglected to acknowledge the issue in the first place.
              If nikon contacted you within 2 weeks then you bought your D600 at the time when you knew Nikon is replacing the shutter and not just with knowing of the issue . Smart buyer indeed.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Actually I bought the D600 taking a chance on the debris issue, figuring I would work at keeping it clean. I read that not every camera suffered the problem. I was surprised to get the service email. It did not figure into my calculus when I bought it. The fact that it was discontinued, plus a $600 price reduction and I was buying the last clean factory-boxed example in the store and getting into full frame was what attracted me. If the debris issue cropped up later, I would deal with it at that time. Nikon just beat me to the punch with the pro-active recall. I guess they got tired of being a punching bag and came up with a workable solution to the problem; replace all shutters with those for the D610. And it paid off for me.

            • You were indeed smart to take that call. You got into full frame at a very cool price. But it is surprising that you got a call from Nikon. Never heard of it happening before. Everybody else had to go to nikon for the fix.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              They issued a recall and since I have registered all my gear at MyNikon, I got the email notice.

            • onthedot

              My 600 did, and stopped working.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Not unheard of. Even Rolls Royce will turn out a lemon once in a while.

            • which is why I have three SB910s, the 900 was discontinued ages ago

            • JXVo

              Yes SB900 had a known overheating problem when used repeatedly at high power. SB910 addressed this with thermal monitoring and protection circuitry.

            • dabug91

              I mean, your comments are obscenely ignorant. Do you have any idea how much Nikon’s flashes even cost to make? Hint: it’s nowhere near the high markups they charge for them. If a $28 flash cost $20 to make, then a $330 flash that also costs $20 to make isn’t really that much better now, is it? =]

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Are you really that naive about costing in manufacturing and what goes into a high-quality product? To equate this “strobe” to Nikon in any sense, is really being obscenely ignorant. Sorry to offend your simplistic world-view snowflake. Nikon – Bad / Amazon – Good. Yeah, right.

            • onthedot

              Nikon makes a SB300 still, right? Like $149 and no slecial features of the Amazon version.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              I don’t know, do they? You see, I haven’t been the market for new strobes for some years now. Plenty of life left in my SB600 and SB800.

            • dabug91

              lol, you’re clearly just mad that a 12-year-old somewhere with a $28 flash is going to be taking better pictures than you BAHAHAHAHA

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Want to compare portfolios? Better yet, send that 12 year old kid my way as he would probably be more of a challenge than you. 28 dollar strobe and all.

            • Max

              I don’t think this is meant for pros.
              Let people have a cheap option and chill out. No one’s forcing you to buy it.

          • decentrist

            400 each? hyperbole much? For someone getting started, advise them to get used SB-600 for 100 bucks and then they can have it it for awhile instead of four unsellable pos.

        • bobgrant

          What are you crying about? I also have pro flashes and strobes. And I have one of these and it works just fine on my son’s D40x, his first DSLR. I tried it on my D800 and it worked great. Great way to start off with flashes period. It’s not going to “fry” anything. That’s just silly. OEM is not always the smart choice. I’ve had five grips for my cameras over the last few years and the only one that failed was the OEM Nikon version. BTW, this cheap flash is better than the SB400 I first gave my son.

          • Captain Megaton

            @bobgrant:disqus

            OEM does not mean what you think it means. It’s possible Nikon is the OEM for the SB400 for example, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

            • bobgrant

              OEM is NOT about who made it. It’s about the manufacturer specification. The SB400 was made to conform to a NIKON specification, while 3rd party is typically not.

            • onthedot

              Im guessing Amazon had specs? Im also guessing Amazon is significantly bigger than Nikon.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Don’t guess; know.

            • bobgrant

              Amazon specs and the size of their company is not relevant. OEM means NIKON spec and Nikon has a legal responsibility for those specs. That’s why people often prefer OEM. Amazon is not a photography company. I own 3rd party stuff, but I also understand the inherent (if usually small and unlikely) risks.

          • BlackRipleyDog

            Are you prepared to use it day and day out on your D800 with no reservations?
            Nikon extensively tests their gear with their cameras for a reason. The body, the lens, the strobe and grip together comprise a networked computer working within the specs Nikon designed the hardware and firmware to perform at. Plus it is bloody expensive.
            Can you honestly say that Amazon rigorously tested this strobe to be in full compliance with Nikon’s standards? This stuff is worse than gray market ever thought of being.

            • First off its a Godox flash. There are probably far more of these in existence than nikon flashes. They are cheap. They are disposable, but they get the job done, and work very very well. I don’t think anyone but you is harping on the whole use it with a D800 and shoot a wedding. The application above, using it with his son’s D40x. That’s PERFECT. Plenty of people, have $400 dollar cameras, and don’t have the money to buy a $400 speedlight as well. This isn’t a professional wedding photography tool. Nor is it going to blow up and set a brides gown on fire. Its like saying, you should only race a car, if its a formula one race car. Because its the best, and its been designed for racing, and its the best there is. That’s insane. There is a time to race formula one cars, and there is a time to race a kids battery powered jeep. They are different applications.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Then don’t write the sales copy to make it sound like it is a viable alternative to real Nikon or Canon gear or for professional use. Call it what it is, a cheap knock-off. Then let the buyer beware.
              I merely asked, How good can it be at $30? In my experience, not very. So I will not waste my money.
              Oh, you did not answer my valid questions about the durability of the components and how long this thing would continue to operate.

            • Where in the sales copy does it sound like that? It says “professional looking” photos. Lol. That doesn’t sound like its written for pros. Plus, its the amazon basics brand. Basic. Not amazon professional line. I think you are grasping at straws at this point. It is a cheap knock off. That’s what just about everyone but you seem to understand. How good can it be for $30? Incredible. That’s the point. For what it does, it does very very well. A $300 speedlight, doesn’t do it 10x better. If you want TTL, that’s a different story. But they have incredible TTL offerings for about $100, instead of $400+ Another poster also mentioned, they discovered the godox brand, and has converted. Yongnuo also makes incredible flashes for the money. I have a couple Nikon branded flashes, for using them on camera. I agree, they are reliable. But for off camera applicaiton, radio triggered, TTL or no. Nikon and Canon, or even poverty wizards just don’t compete. Not on a dollar for dollar basis. Not even close.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              I want to buy ONE strobe for $300 and not 10 strobes at $30. Call me a snob but quality matters and this Amazon strobe is the photo equivalent of tainted dog food or toxic sheetrock from the Middle Kingdom.

            • I’ll call you… not a strobist. 😉 Then, I’ll take my savings, and buy Joe McMnally and David Hobby a beer. I rest my case.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Now who is being the name-dropping snob?
              And I am not really sure what you made your case about unless it was for slave-wage exploitation just so you could feel smug about your smart consumer purchases and your subsequent night on the town spending more in one night at bars buying drinks for Joe and David than the same people building your cheap-ass photo gear earn in an entire month. Is that the case you were building? Actually, I think you made my case for me.

            • Scott Rogers

              alright you two, get a room.

            • onthedot

              For $30, its worth buying just to see if you can get it to “blow up.”

            • Even I felt the same before I bought the pixel pro flash. It is 95 percent of the features (maybe 100 percent) and equivalent quality at 1/4 th price. At this price it is a no brainer. And I haven’t heard about any QC problems with it anywhere nor have I experienced any. But to be frank I have had very bad experience with yongnuo flashes built quality. They still work though. That’s the whole point. Once a minimum basic quality ( build as well as QC) is achieved, price vs quality is a moot point.

            • Exactly. It’s a misunderstanding due to the post title. This flash isn’t even TTL.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Much less Commander mode.

            • It’s not a godox flash per say. It’s a legacy chinese design flash adapted by many companies(branded or otherwise) for their use. Meaning the shell remains same and interiors are /may be tweaked a bit as per taste. The only things different are QC and the company name stamp in the front. And the cost differentiation is made on these points alone.

          • for once I agree with someone, I have always used third party grips, when I bought my D810 I got a Nikon grip, it is always coming loose and turning the camera off, none of my third party grips have ever failed or let me down.

        • verytoxic

          The cheaper ones are fine too, the only problem I have is different interface.

        • onthedot

          I stopped buying only Nikon strobes long ago when one crapped out on me. Not that I wouldnt buy another, but it opened my mind up to other brands like LumaPro.

          • BlackRipleyDog

            Not familiar with that one.

      • BlackRipleyDog

        Yeah, the Godox TT560 on Amazon lists the expected number of flashes somewhere between 100 and 1500. That really screams Quality Control.

        • Are you trying to be thick? That’s per set of 4 AA batteries. Lol. Not the lifetime of the flash. Please tell me you’re just trolling me, and not trying to make a point. Quiet now.

          • BlackRipleyDog

            Well, what is it? A 100 or 1500? That is quite a spread. Do I bring 4 or 60 extra batteries to hit that magic 1500 I plan to shoot at my next wedding?

            • Please, just stop. I said I rest my case. 100 full power, 1500 at low power.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              A case of what? You must be regretting starting this by now.

            • Much regret.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Good night.

            • A 100 for chinese batteries or 1500 for heavy duty duracell. LOL.
              But still, these same flashes are sold in india under various names for similar price and many (even low end pro wedding photographers) use these regularly as primary. Even on D750 etc. And they are very happy about it and no failures that I have heard of. They even get the flash tube replaced when flash tube conks off. And in fact I have heard and seen about more flash tube failures of Nikon flashes than third party.
              This doesn’t mean I approve of “these ” flashes. But these too have their place in the universe.

        • KC

          Hey BDR, when you are in a hole you should REALLY stop shoveling… You are embarrassing yourself.

      • GMck

        Beat a B1? Sure. Just keep on believing that. Geeze. What a load of bull.

        • I said, “pretty much beat” Where am I wrong in that? Build quality not quite as good, granted. Modifier selection, its a bit of a wash. Power, very comparable. Color consistency, probably not as good granted, but a lot of folks can deal with that. Battery life, same. Godox can take wall power via plug, B1s don’t to my knowledge. Godox can swap out a head and pack design, B1s can’t. Batteries are cheaper. Reliability, nearly the same I’d wager. Where are they not “pretty much” beating B1s? They are 1/3rd the price. not 80% of the price. If they were 80% of the price, I’d take the b1s. But at 1/3rd the price, yes I think they pretty much beat them. Show me the bull.

    • Member

      Amazon doesn’t expect you to buy this flash they also offer the SB-910 or SB-700 however they offer also less costly alternatives for hobbyists, enthusiasts and pros who know what they are doing.
      These are full manual flashes thus in no way an alternative to TTL, including OEM and third party.
      This wil come very handy when you need a couple small flashes for fill or accent lighting.
      I myself have for example 16 modified Metz CT-45’s beside my 2 SB-700, few TTL Metz and Sigma flashes.
      And no you won’t fry anything however these flashes and the likes are used off camera, and in most cases wireless or as optical slaves.

    • Richard Hopkins

      “Amazon expects me to attach this P.O.S. to my $3000 camera…”

      I think it’s possibly intended for a different market, friend.

    • Thom Hogan

      I suspect you’re judging without actually buying and using one. In what world does pre-judging with a clear bias work?

      • BlackRipleyDog

        I have a brain and something that retails for $30 when comparable name-brand items cost 10 times more tells me that this thing has maybe five bucks in parts, throw in your slave labor, fixed-asset depreciation, management salaries to slap it together, package it, load it on a boat, ship it in a container over the ocean, unload it and ship it to an Amazon warehouse where Amazon has their fixed costs as well, all the while adding a nominal mark-up every time it changes hands leads me to the foregone conclusion that this thing barely qualifies to be called “tech”.

        Besides, why would I engage in a transaction that does nothing but perpetuate low-wage / slave-wage exploitation in that part of the world? You have to know that the people making these things are earning less in a month than what you spend in one night having a good time at a bar with your friends.

        Sorry if my harsh judgment offends your sensibilities, but that is life. Being suspicious and having a bias is not a bad thing. It is a hunk of extruded plastic; not a sentient being.

        • Thom Hogan

          And you’ve determined that Nikon doesn’t use low-wage labor?

          As for earning less than me in a month, that’s an irrelevant argument. The argument is what would those people be earning otherwise? Are they moving upwards or not?

          Sorry, but you’re doing an awful lot of prejudging based upon guesses and predetermined biases. I find your arguments here narrow-minded, at best.

          The real question that should be being asked is whether or not IP is being dishonored here. Probably not, as basic flash technology patents are all expired at this point, and this flash doesn’t do i-TTL. Basic flash components are dirt cheap in China these days (even for Nikon, which marks them up considerably), which is what is enabling all those knock-off flashes at low prices.

          • BlackRipleyDog

            Good for you Thom. I fail to see why my not endorsing a bottom-rung strobe gets you on your SJW horse and all indignant. Tell you what, I will stay within the Nikon system for mission-critical components and leave the rest to the bottom feeders. It is free country after all; unlike Google. That is at least the time I checked. Peace.

            • Colton Prevost

              A fool and his money are soon parted.

              This has to be the saddest specimen of buyer’s remorse I’ve ever seen.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Buyer’s remorse happens when one buys a piece of junk and then the realization dawns on them or your wife is going to neuter you.

            • bobgrant

              BTW…I shoot still life for catalogue and industry. I use a fairly large gamut of gear, including 3rd party. I OWN the flash you’re bellyaching over. As I said before, it works FINE, but I have no intention of using it for paid work. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have other valid applications, nor do I have an issue with someone else using it as they wish. My son is having fun with it on his first DSLR. The problem here is your clearly frustrated and angry attitude. You call buyers of the flash “bottom feeders.” Seriously? Are you defined by your gear and what it costs? Likely my lenses cost more than your car and my cars cost more than your house. I guess you must be a bottom feeder. Why are you waging class-warfare over a stupid flash? Grow up. Never met a professional who sounded like you over 35 years of shooting.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Typical group-think knee-jerk social media blowback to someone who has a different opinion, especially on camera gear; I have an agenda or I am angry about something else. If I had dollar for every time that was hurled my way.
              Well I’m glad your son is enjoying his first camera and not doing drugs. But what does he have to do with my opinion on this strobe? Do you really need my validation on your purchase of this time bomb? Did I call your momma something bad?
              No, I stated my opinion that this device is too-cheap and I wouldn’t own one on a bet.
              This transmission ends now.

            • bobgrant

              Look, junior, it’s a little late to cry foul. You have no clue about the product and you called potential buyers “bottom feeders.” So the name calling started with YOU. I’ve got a brand new Mercedes and Hellcat in the garage (among others), but if you drive a Kia, does that make you a “bottom feeder?” Maybe the Kia does what you need. End of story. If you need to feel superior via your gear choices, you’re in the wrong place. If you prefer OEM choices, SAY THAT and move on as any adult might.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              A Mercedes and a Hellcat. Fancy that. Can you scream “LOOK AT ME, I HAVE A SMALL DICK!!!!”, any louder?
              Next time you want to hurl insults at someone, take the time to read the entire thread beforehand. Talk about anger issues. I’m surprised you haven’t had a stroke today.
              So, would now be a good time to insult your momma?

            • bobgrant

              You don’t even realize how sad you sound. First you call people “Bottom feeders” for buying a no-frills flash. Now you’re further fouling yourself with profanity and saying “small d*ck” because I’m a car enthusiast? I also own a VW Beetle. What class of “bottom feeder” does that belong to? Dude, all you’ve done here is make an arse of yourself. And you did it beautifully over a silly flash. Your attitude wouldn’t last a moment with my clients. Somehow I doubt you have any.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              You’re right, it is a silly flash. I think that was my point. So why are you expending all your life force trying to defend it?

            • bobgrant

              LOL….Nice try. You’ve attacked the flash, the people who use it, who might use it, attacked some guy for the car he drives, made dopey imaginary claims about child labor….and on and on. You’ve totally exposed yourself here; some failure of a guy who needs to feel important via his hobby. As your hero, Trump would say…and be right for once: SAD. 😉

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Well for someone with a smoking hot wife, a big McMansion, a garage full of exotic cars, a big boat, kids in the top percentiles, a successful photo business and such and then you give your kid an older D40 and a cheap-ass $28 strobe instead of a nicer more up-to-date Nikon setup, we certainly know who is #1 in your world. Not exactly the makings for a Father-Of-The-Year award.
              And as far as Trump goes, I figure you have noticed the nice uptick in your stock portfolio value lately. You’re welcome. Now go buy your kid a decent strobe before he immolates himself.

            • bobgrant

              Wow. It’s pretty amazing when people spout off with zero clue as to how frustrated and jealous they sound. No, I don’t hand expensive cameras to 12 year olds who are just learning to shoot and a D40x with a few primes is a great starting tool. Sounds like daddy didn’t give you a nice camera! I think my son is well equipped with the D40x and a new MacBook Pro though. As for the market, is there no end to how much you will embarrass yourself? Under Obama my portfolio rose 820% from a FAILING market. Overall over 650% after just 6 years. The trend under Obama could be basically plotted with a ruler. This is still the Obama economy, as any good broker would explain to you. Ask me about the market in two years, but also know that the vast majority of the market feeds the 1%. Under Obama middle class stock ownership rose again. Like photography or cars, you should probably avoid topics where you have so little experience.

            • bobgrant

              Oh…Thom Hogan wiped his hands and walked away from you. That guy forgot more about cameras than you’ll ever know. Based on your comments I’d say that you’re unlikely to build up much knowledge with however much time remains for you. BTW…thanks to Obama, I’m about to order a ZL1 1LE track car! Life is good.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Yeah, Soap Box Derby is soooo cool. Do you still steer with ropes and brake with wood levers? Maybe your son can take your picture with you peering out over the top of the cowling in your little helmet waiting for the race to start. Such drama. Post a picture. Go Trump. MAGA.

            • bobgrant

              Hey, Thom Hogan…You’re welcome. You can stick a fork in him. As for the kid posting from his mom’s basement…here’s our trophy winning Hellcat engine for you to dream about! Going sailing now, so have a nice day all. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/801a5ba24c4bfb8fd9946eeb65f3c8572f94d55cebf8cce4696c552e1e00bded.jpg

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Have you taken the training wheels off it yet?

            • BlackRipleyDog

              Obama uh? Well I wouldn’t get too attached to your ZL1 then. The IRS will end up owning it when you get convicted of tax evasion. You see, there is a new sheriff in town.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              You say” Your attitude wouldn’t last a moment with my clients. Somehow I doubt you have any.”
              I don’t doubt that, but then again, I don’t shoot porn.

          • BlackRipleyDog

            And you’ve determined that Nikon does use low-wage labor? Care to disclose the location of that camp in central Asia. I’m sure Nikon would appreciate that news as well as your legion of followers. I think the Japanese learned their lessons at the altar of forced slave labor 70 years ago. Even if your statement was intended to throw something back in my face for my heresy; it’s okay for the Chinese to do it today?

            • Thom Hogan

              No, I haven’t, though I have talked with people who work at Nikon’s plants and have some idea of how they’re treated. But I need for you to define “low-wage labor” first before we go any further.

              You seem to be on some sort of campaign here. Moreover, you seem to be unaware that Nikon has factories in China that operate much like everyone else’s. Indeed, Nikon has had labor unrest at least once at their main China plant.

            • BlackRipleyDog

              I recognize that you have insight into the business, but please don’t presume to take me to task for expressing honest skepticism, especially on a product that by all rights can’t possibly come to the market at the price-point it has unless corners are being severely compromised in either workers-rights or consumer safety concerns. Samsung learned that lesson the hard way with the last Note phone. That is why I said I wouldn’t mount it on my D800, which by the way, I bought based on your review. I printed it and still refer to it now and then. With very few exceptions, I am totally immersed in a Nikon cocoon. I like the company and trust that it will do the right thing. No company thrives screwing people over and certainly not one that just turned 100.
              Does that set me up future disappointment? Probably; but there are worse things to put your faith in.
              Well, I got to get back to work and run the payroll. Have a nice day Thom.

    • Hmmm………. yes to a certain extent, let me tell you neither Nikon nor Canon make their own battery grips they are made by a third party, as are Nikon and Canon shutter releases etc

      • BlackRipleyDog

        Nikon and Canon require strict QA/QC controls. It is still has their names on the items and it is subject to the warranties. I have a Vello grip for my D600 and a Nikon grip for my D800. Vello is good, but I trust the Nikon more. Plus if something goes awry with the camera when using a grip, Nikon is going to ask: was I using a third-party grip or OEM? If not OEM, that could void the warranty or complicate the repairs as electrical issues can get very subjective. They have no control over the interactions between the interfaces.

        • ah the same old FLAWED argument, wrong, if I take my car to Renault I spend MUCH more on a service than at ATS or Kwik Fit, and parts too, two weeks ago I had a new timing belt and water pump, Renault £650, Kwik Fit £460, Renault STILL have to abide by the law and allow recognised proper parts by third parties,

          INK, the usual crap, only use Canon or Epson ink or no guarantee, first I have never in 30 years ever had a problem with 3rd party ink or laser toner, and when/if anything does go wrong the guarantee is NOt void

          • BlackRipleyDog

            You drive a Renault? My condolences.

  • When I was first getting started, and wanted a few more off camera flashes, I picked up the Godox version. They were something like $36 CAD shipped to my door. This was probably 7 years ago. They worked great. They even integrate with Nikon CLS, will ignore preflashes etc. I think I was shooting SB 600s TTL and these no sweat. For the average person, these are great. Even on top of the camera bouncing up.

    • Spy Black

      I have three of the manual 1st gen Li-on units, totally cool, great units. Recycle at full power in 1.5 seconds, and cost $100 a pop. Godox just updated their radio system from 400 MHz to 2.4 GHz, and made updated receivers for my 1st gen units so now they’re compatible with their entire 2nd gen system. What other manufacturer would do that? Godox totally rocks.

      • That’s awesome to hear. I use the newer gen ones with the Li-ion batteries. The transceiver unit is super slick. Always fires and rock solid. The only complaint is that the power switch is too easy to flick on accidentally in your bag, leaving the unit on and draining the two AAs inside. I bought two, to have a backup in case of a failure. They have yet to let me down apart from premature battery drainage. I also use the AD600s for more power. They are all amazing. Godox indeed is excellent. Worth a serious look for someone on a budget, or who just wants to be smart with their money.

        • Spy Black

          “The only complaint is that the power switch is too easy to flick on accidentally in your bag…”

          That’s what gaffer’s tape is for! 🙂

          • Good call. If I did that, knowing me I’d encounter a new problem: Just leaving it flicked on all the time anyway 😉

        • Mac

          Thanks for the tip. I’ll check them out.

  • Member

    If I’m not mistaken this is a manual flash. And for such you want to know the flash guide number.
    Of course once you already have one you would use your mate (Gossen or Sekonic) but power or guide number is what you want to know beforehand.

    • Guide Number: 38(105mm ISO 100) All the specs are right in the link, FYI.

      • Member

        Tx

      • Spy Black

        Guide number is listed as 33 at Petapixel.

      • Thom Hogan

        A proper GN needs a unit specification (feet or meters).

    • This also has auto sensor so can be used in semi auto mode .

  • No TTL means it’s not actually “for Nikon” at all…misleading title.

    • Captain Megaton

      I was thinking the same.

      It’s just a manual flash with slave/sync triggering right? Cool if you just want some lights and have all the time you need to set up … not so fun for the run-and-gun.

  • Tags

    Surely built by the most skilled 4 year old children in red china

    • Not gonna lie: they’re putting a lot of adults here to shame if you’re right.

  • Sebastien

    I discovered the Godox brand and I’m now sold to their models… Cheap, good built quality and full featured for all camera brands.

    • Me too, I am selling all my Nikon flashes and Phottix Odin to get Godox flashes and AD200 and the X1-N transmitter. I believe Nikon screwed it totally by not including a radio receiver built in their flashes.
      Less gear, less batteries, les weight, less trouble, less time consuming… not even mentioning the cost.

      • fanboy fagz

        I sold all 4 nikon flashes Sb800 x2 sb900 sb700. NEVER will I buy a nikon flash again. with such excellent inexpensive high level gear that are workhorses, I see no function that any nikon flash does better. I dont use godox. I use 7 shanny sn600n and 3 yongnuo 560 mkIV. no reason to buy a nikon flash anymore. im glad these asians are offering great flashes for little money. not the above one specifically but for $80 you can get a flagship flash thats a workhorse.

        I was interested in buying the godox 850/860 flashes when they were talking about them before release. after I found out the batteries had problems with them, I did not want that trouble, tons of recalled batteries. and that old school turn wheel locking is a no no.

  • Nikon King

    Honestly, it’d be better to buy 3 of these instead of one of those stupid Alien Bees

    • What’s stupid about Alien Bees? They’re great. I prefer the White Lightning line for build, but I’ve used the ABs that several friends have, and they’re solid. Same circuit as the WL in a cheaper housing.

      And judging from the xenophobic comments on this article, there’s a market for made in the U.S.A. gear, which the ABs are.

      • saywhatuwill

        I’ve been using my White Lightnings since the 1990s. Never let me down and built well.

    • decentrist

      Honestly, that’s a stupid statement

    • TwoStrayCats

      I’ll bet your camera is top-heavy when you mount that Alien Bee in the hotshoe, too.

  • TwoStrayCats

    So that’s where that stolen cargo container went…

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    If you can spare 8 more bucks, here’s a way better alternative, with TTL, LCD display, auto zoom head, full master/slave control capability (IR only), more power, etc., etc., etc.:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NW982II-iTLL-High-Speed-Sync-LCD-Display-Speedlite-Flash-for-Nikon-/192204833145

    They sell it as a Neewer, but it’s actually the original Triopo TR982ii, which is what I got. Not as powerful as a Yongnuo but almost as well made, for the price you really can’t go wrong with it. Only pet peeve for FX shooters is that the zoom head displays FL in DX FOV.

    There’s a cheaper, purportedly Singapore-made Sunpak DigiFlash 3000 but it’s a joke, worse than my kids’ toys, works for about 50 firings and then dies, a total waste of time. Definitively not the same Japanese-made Sunpak I bought for my F3 20+ years ago, which still fully works.

    • Eno

      My 20+ years old Sunpak is also working perfectly and to be frankly I like it’s light better than newer flashes (it’s a little bit warmer, probably got like this with time).

      • Spy Black

        Hopefully you’re using it off camera, if I’m not mistaken those are high voltage hot shoe units.

        • Eno

          I’m using it both of camera (as a slave unit) and near the camera (with a bracket option) depending on the needs. 🙂

          • Spy Black

            It’s my understanding that a modern cameras can be damaged using older high voltage flash units. I don’t know the specifics of the severity of it, but generally it’s not considered a good idea.

            • Eno

              I’ve used this flash since film days on multiple brand cameras until now. After taking so many pictures with it I can’t say I had any problems what so ever with it. One mention though, it’s an external flash that you adapt via a flash sincro soket.

            • Spy Black

              If you’re using a PC socket, it may be rated to take the voltage. The hot shoes are not.

  • verytoxic

    Does it work with Nikon SU-800?

  • Mike D

    Housing is different but it basically looks like a repackaged Yongnuo YN460. Those were around $45 when they came out something like 4+ years ago. So not surprised Amazon could come out with something this cheap.

  • verytoxic

    We have a problem. Amazon sells a flash for $28, and Nikon sells for $800?????!

    • Member

      There is more to it than just different price tags.

    • decentrist

      you could by 30 of these and still have enough money for your therapist

    • JXVo

      Well they are not quite comparable in spec and features but point taken about price gouging. In my neck of the woods a new D5500 single lens kit costs less than a new SB5000 and that’s ridiculous when you compare what you get.

      • But, honestly, what can it be for $28? Probably assembled by the same 11 year-olds that made your sneakers.

    • Captain Megaton

      With the Nikon you are paying for i-TTL, the display screen and interface, the AF assist, modelling lamp, wireless commander features, very fast recycle times, and a truckload of who-knows-what-else not least better, more rugged build. But by no sane rationalization should the SB-5000 cost $800 though.

      • You forgot the Nikon name stamp. Atleast half of the price should be for that.

      • verytoxic

        At $800 flash, coupled with a $6K Nikon camera, the outfit should be shooting award winning pics while I sleep, and upload them automatically to stock photo sites and make me money, but no, the outfit does nothing like that. If I sleep, it sleeps, if I’m lazy to go out and shoot, it is even lazier.

    • nwcs

      Yes, it’s like comparing a Yugo to a BMW. How dare they?

  • Michael Turner

    Perfect for using with an umbrella in the park. Wind blowing it over is less of a gear worry. As long as it doesn’t hit the model.

  • silmasan

    I’d find used SB-28s or SB-800s if I were squeezing budget myself, but jeez some people here are so worked up about other people having cheap options.

    • SB80 is the oldest, cheapest flash that still has a metal foot. SB28 has a plastic foot that breaks very easily, and SB800 is usually needlessly more expensive since its TTL doesn’t even work with modern DSLRs anymore.

      • silmasan

        Good point! I prefer the smaller size flashes (incl. the 28, 80DX and 800) compared to the older SB-26 which is harder to find good copies today anyway. Though I ended up getting 800s because they were the easiest to find at the time. The 80DX also has built-in slave which makes it more practical than the 28 and closer controls to the 800, so I’ll put it on my hunt list instead of the 28. 🙂

        • Definitely avoid the 28. The 800 is good if you can find them for cheap, probably a bit brighter than the 80, but not worth the extra $$ if you can find an 80 for $70-80.

      • silmasan

        Btw, what do you mean sb800 doesn’t work with modern dslrs? They work fine with d810 but admittably I’m not that sophisticated in my speedlight uses so may not notice some missing functions…

        • The TTL of the SB800 does not work on the current generation of DSLRs. You need to have an SB900 or newer, IIRC.

  • Actually the title is deceptive here because this is not a TTL flash. So it is not a flash for Nikon per se.

    • Bob Thane

      Well, it’s a flash that works with Nikon cameras. It just happens to work with other brands too.

      • Yeah. That’s one way to look at it.

  • Aldo

    Im waiting for the amazon basics rice

  • Photoman

    How much does it suck?

  • Aldo

    Im waiting for the amazon basics rice

  • As usual, the price here is more than the US, $28 in the US and £28 in the UK, conversions shows it should be £21 ish. WHY do we always pay more on all camera gear.

    • Eno

      Because the you pay VAT in UK and the americans usually don’t if they buy it online from another state. 🙂

      • Thom Hogan

        Just to be clear: most states have Use Tax that you’re supposed to pay if you purchase from out of state. Most Americans just ignore that, but legally they would be subject to penalty if caught doing so.

        • Eno

          Thanks for clarifying things Thom!

    • Richard Hopkins

      I’ll be honest, I’m happy with a £28 flash but I take your point about it being galling with more expensive kit.

    • nwcs

      Tax, legal system differences (warranty, return period, etc. are not the same and the cost is always passed down), currency fluctuation hedges, expected number of sales/market size, etc.

      I see this complaint so often but don’t hear the same complaint about how a soft drink (or other perishable food) costs more in a city center than in the suburbs or more in a convenient store than a grocery super store even in the same city. It’s simply economics and sometimes it’s in your favor and sometimes it isn’t.

    • Michiel953

      Brexit.

      • 100% I voted for it, stop immigrants into the UK, pushing down wages and taking homes over generation ENGLISH born and bred

        • Michiel953

          Ahh. Enlightening response.

      • LeFred

        Looks like Frexit has already occurred : 49 euros in France.

  • No ittl 😉

  • Tim

    Emotions seem to be running high.

    I am just curious. Anybody here has first hand experience with the original Godox model in terms of consistency? I am talking S1/S2 slave mode triggering / flash output / color temperature.

    Basic things. I am very easy to please. 🙂

    • I owned the original Godox. The slave mode triggering was great. Very consistent in S1 S2. Consistent flash output, though you’d have to watch your recycle times. I can’t really speak to color temperature, because I wasn’t really looking for it. I don’t recall every having to do tons of extra post to make it all match. I’d say if you are easy to please, you would be pleased.

  • Tom Co

    I dropped my SB700 last year and the plastic battery flap broke off. Living in Cabo, I got friends to give it to an authorised Nikon dealer who had to send it to Nikon. 3 months, yes, three months later they got it back.Total cost to repair? $110.00 USD.

    My old SB900 overheats more than a politician talking about North Korea so while I admire brand loyalty in those who chose to go down that path, I switched to Flashpoint models (both lithium ion and AA versions) saved myself a ton of money and could not be happier. There’s a price point for everyone and that, coupled with experience of a product drives purchases. Good luck to those at the high end and good luck to those in the budget market; it’s really not worth getting too worked up though….

  • onthedot

    I never shoot flash on camera for pro work. I could totally use these for off camera fills and highlights. Heck, theyre even cheaper than light modifiers.

    If the power output is consistent, even at lower power levels, these should work great. I will find out soon enough.

  • KC

    Ahhhh problem solved, the petulant child has been blocked 🙂

  • BlackRipleyDog

    I would, but people keep poking me with a stick.

    • Spy Black

      …and you keep barking like a dog…

      • BlackRipleyDog

        No, everybody else are the mad dogs foaming at the mouth acting like I insulted their mommas, when all I did was call this latest Amazon offering an abortion.

  • This is amazing.

  • It all comes down to how “breakable” this flash is. On a scale of SB80 (borderline indestructible!) to SB700, (I sent mine back to Nikon USA four times before just giving up) …where does a $28 “dummy” flash come in?

    Personally, I’d rather pay the extra money and just set an eBay alert for SB80’s going for under $100. Because I suspect there’s no way this AmazonBasics flash will sustain impacts even 1/3 as heartily as an SB80 will, and at that point it’s not worth it.

    I could be wrong, I hope I am actually. But I’ve just seen far too many cheap junk brands out there, and generally speaking most low-budget flashes die easily. It was a miracle that I got 2-3 years of life out of my four YN560 iii’s before they started croaking. Then again, Canon and Nikon flashes also break, and when they do the repair costs are so prohibitive that it’s hard to justify spending $400-600 on a “flagship” flash.

    • bobgrant

      BTW…my son is using it and it’s absolutely fine. I don’t know how rugged it might be, but I bought him an expendable D40x and it’s a good match. I dropped a SB700 and it did not survive, even though it wasn’t a particularly nasty fall. My SB900’s don’t feel like they’d be happy to be dropped!

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