Neewer TT560 review

Started Mar 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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LincolnB
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Neewer TT560 review
Mar 10, 2012

I picked up the Neewer TT560 Speedlite of of Amazon this week for $37.32 including shipping. I've had a chance to play with it a bit so here's a quick review.

Features:

  • 8 manual power settings from full power down to 1/128th

  • 3 triggering modes - Manual, [optical] Sync 1, [optical] Sync 2

  • Flash head tilts 90 degrees down and swivels 180 degrees left, 90 degrees right

  • Metal hot shoe

  • PC sync socket

  • Built-in "reflection board" and "wide angle diffuser"

  • metal hot shoe

  • charging socket

  • comes with a mini stand

  • GN of 38m at ISO 100

  • Charging indicator blinks when batteries are low

  • Power saving mode kicks in at 30 minutes in "M" mode, 60 minutes in either of the "S" modes. Charging indicator flashes in power saving mode

  • Over temp shutdown based on power level; 10-minute cooling off period

  • Flash duration is listed at between 1/300th and 1/20,000th of a second. (Not sure I believe these numbers but I can't verify.)

  • Color temperature listed at 5,600K plus/minus 200k

Features it doesn't have:

  • no audible signal when charged

  • no instructions whatsoever on how to use the charging socket or what kind of unit can be plugged into it

  • no TTL of any sort

  • no zoom

  • no listing of trigger voltage in the manual (rumored to be 3V)

Impressions:

Construction is solid. The Neewer is longer and narrower than my Vivitar 283, so it fits better in my camera bag. I verified that the S1 optical sensor, PC sync, and low battery warning all worked. The TT560 had no problems working with my Cowboy Studio NPT-04 wireless triggers. The controls are brain-dead easy to use, with individual blue LED indicator lights for each power setting and each trigger mode.

In summary this seems like a good choice for an inexpensive manual strobe, assuming these units have no quality control issues.

1/64th power with a strap-on portable softbox at 12" distance, wireless trigger, WB 8,295K, tint at -6 (there was a tiny bit of CFL light in the room as well):

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