Thinking about buying a flash for your Canon DSLR, but do not have a lot of money to spend? You're in luck! There are several entry-level flash accessories which are compatible with Canon DSLRs and cost under $150. I suggest checking out the following models (click each link to see more information) and decide which is best for your situation and budget.
The Neewer TT560 is one of the best bang for your buck flashes for a Canon DSLR that is currently on the market. Currently priced under $40, the TT560 provides a solid build quality and excellent performance for the price. However, it is not an E-TTL so you'll need to manually adjust the flash settings (not difficult to get the hang of) in order to get the proper lighting.
The 270EX II is the only Canon-branded flash to make this list, primarily because Canon flashes are not cheap by nature. It is the smallest and most lightweight flash in this price range which will appeal to some users who want extreme portability. Personally, I'd choose an aftermarket brand to save some money, but you can't go wrong with the 270EX II.
The Youngnuo YN-560 II is a quality flash that mirrors higher priced name-brand competitors without breaking the bank. With a reasonable recycle-time of 3 seconds and a minimum flash duration of 1/20,000 of a second, you'll be able to capture high-speed shots with ease. For under $60, the build quality and design is solid and the flash can be manually adjusted or simply used as in the optical slave mode which triggers via another flash.
A lesser-known flash, the Precision Design DSLR 300 is a solid contender that fits all Canon DSLRs that bear a hotshoe mount. It features a highly adjustable head which can be swiveled to capture that perfect angle to bounce the flash and spread even light throughout your photos. Priced under $60, this flash is an excellent entry-level accessory that will help you take better photos.
The TT680 is the updated E-TTL version of the TT-560 listed earlier in this article. Featuring multi-flash capabilities, a fast flash recycling, and a large rear LCD with backlight capabilities, the TT680 is a tough flash to beat especially for the low under $60 price tag. Additionally, you have the option to turn off the “auto” mode and manually program the flash if you are an advanced user.
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