Fuji EF-20 Flash for Fuji "X" Cameras

Discussion in 'Mirrorless Digital Cameras' started by eric friedemann, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. I bought a black edition Fuji X100. The camera's low light performance is stellar- I can make virtually grainless/noiseless 8x12 inch prints at ISO 2000.
    However, there are times in very low light when I'd like a little help in the form of a small flash I can bounce off low ceilings. So, I purchased the Fuji EF-20 Flash.
    On the negative side, the flash is quite plasticy, in contrast to the solid build and feel of the Fuji "X" cameras. For its output, the EF-20 is also overpriced at $130 U.S. (a bit more costly than the more solid Nikon SB-400.)
    A plus is that the flash is plasticy, so it is really light. When standing up on the flash shoe to bounce, the flash doesn't overbalance the camera. The EF-20's TTL output is accurate, more so than the slightly lower priced Nikon SB-400 I also own. It is nice that the EF-20 is in scale with the size of the X100, and would even be in scale with the size of the X10.
    I like that the EF-20 runs on two AA batteries- I'm using two eneloops. The battery compartment door can be a little fussy, but it is no big deal.
    All in all, I'd recommend the EF-20. I'd also note that if you use the Fuji hood on the X100 and want to use a flash, the hood blocks the built-in flash. So, you'll have to buy a Fuji flash if you want a TTL flash.
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  3. Eric, great write-up!
    I have the neat EF-20 too and the only thing I don't like about it is the fact, that it won't swivel sideways (for bounce-flash in portrait-orientation).
    The fold-away-foot for easy off-camera-storage is a very good idea.
    And: your black X100 looks great - congrats!
     
  4. Georg, yes, it would waaaayyyy better if the EF-20 swiveled. The fold-away foot allows me to keep the flash, camera and
    other accessories in a really nice little M Rock bag. The black X100 kits are really pricey, but the black semi-gloss finish
    is so pretty and understated ... yummy.
     
  5. I'm extremely under whelmed with this flash's specs. I think it is one of the weak links of Fujis digital rangefinder type cameras. In contrast I was hoping to see flash offerings on par with Canon or Nikon's ETTL models.
     
  6. Yes, it would be nice if the EF-20 had a higher guide number, more in line with the Nikon SB-400.
     

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