Jessops 360AFD

Jessops 360AFD

Jessops 360AFDJessops 360AFD

$130/£80/24-85mm auto zoom/Optical slave & AF assist.

Weighing in at 270g, the Jessops 360AFD is the second heaviest flash in this group and brings to the table a vertical and sideways tilt swivel head, an on-flash wide-angle diffuser, a reflecting plate, an automatic and manual power zoom facility, slave function, and an LCD that illuminates when in use.In hand the model feels strong and capable of taking odd bump or two. The on-flash diffuser and reflecting plate are hardly when extended and appear unlikely to snap. the flash locks well onto the camera via its mounting foot, and the feature controls on the back, while appearing small,are responsive and easy to use. We were impressed by the minimalist approach to the layout, as it lacks the complicated and rather daunting operating features that can appear on higher end models of flash.One great feature is its slave function. By switching it to slave mode(S), the 360AFD will automatically switch to manual mode with a power ratio of 1/1. When the sensor detects an external flash fire the flash will synchronize and fire. The amount of light of light output can be crontrolled by selecting the power ratio from 1/1 to 1/16. The flash has power ratios of 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 though it dose overexpose a little tested. The recycle time records an average of 4.8 seconds on NiMH batteries and 5.2 seconds on alkaline batteries, and the flashgun clocks in a guide numbers of 32m.

Handling 4/5
metering 3/5
Features 4/5
Value 3/5