Bought this used YN-460 with a very cheap price at the local second hand market recently to try it with our Fujifilm HS10.
When we bought this item, we only get the flash and nothing else - no accessories, no diffuser and no soft board for that light bouncing thingy... just the flash in good working condition and that's about it...
I'm not really an expert photographer and I don't know much about using the external flash technique my self - I saw other people have it and use it - so I thought, let's try it and see the result and maybe I can do more practice to improve my skills in the future.
One of my main concern about choosing the external flash for Fujifilm HS10 is certainly the trigger voltage.
Fujifilm HS10 can take maximum 50V only. Below is a list of maximum voltage for several camera models from Fujifilm. I got the information from http://www.fujifilm.ca/x2161.xml
S602, FX6900 and FX4900 = 350V
S9100, S9000, S20Pro and S7000 = 250V
S100fs and S200EXR = 40V
S1Pro and S2Pro = 250V
S3Pro = 40V
S5Pro = 250V (*Use only Nikon Speedlights)
HS-10 = 50V
The trigger voltage for YongNuo Speed Lite YN-460 and Speed Lite YN-460 II is around 3.3V measured accordingly using Voltage Meter by the Speedlights.net
Additionally, many other external flashes that offer a manual mode will work with the Fuji HS10 as well, I can give 2 example - Vivitar 285HV and Metz 36 C2 - as for other models, I'm not sure but the most important key element is that the external flash must be operated in full manual mode and the trigger voltage not exceeding 50V.
Fujifilm HS10 hot shoe is not compatible with TTL Flash - that means if you use the Automatic settings on your camera the external flash wont work.
Though I'm not entirely sure about it but I think the Nissin Di866 may have the chance to work with Fujifilm HS10 because the Di866 have this Manual Mode on it but you still need to check the trigger voltage of this Di866 - if it's lower than 50V then you should be able to use it. Make sure you choose the Di866 for Nikon because in the past external flash for Nikon made by Nissin is compatible for Fujifilm camera. Again, check the trigger voltage - very important.
The external flash can only be used in the Program Mode (P), Aperture Priority Mode (A), Shutter Priority Mode (S), Manual Mode (M) and maybe the Custom Mode (C).
Eventually I only like to use Manual Mode (M) and all of my testing in this review is just using the Manual Mode (M). I haven't try using this external flash on P,A,S and C Mode but for fun sake I do try it on the "SR Auto" Mode and it doesn't work.
So now, let's have a look at this used YN-460 that we got recently...
No box no nothing.... straight away the external flash itself:
The control panel.... you need to press and hold for 2 seconds to Switch ON/OFF the power. It's kind of funny to read that wording "Digital Auto Flash" while eventually you can't use it in the "Auto Mode"
You can adjust the power level accordingly to suit your need, some people might use the term Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, and 1/64 - but I just use a simple term of Level 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 - 1 is low power and 7 is full power.
As you can see in the photo below, there are 7 LED to show the power indicator.
You can increase/decrease the power accordingly form Level 1 to Level 7.
This is at Level 2
This is now at Level 5
This is at Level 7 (Full Power)
Going straight to the flash power test, below is the photo for each of the power level.
All shots were taken in my office at around almost 7pm in a very low light or almost dark condition with the following settings on my camera;
- Manual Mode
- 1/100 sec.
- ISO 100
- Focal Length 4mm
And I made that flash position to stand at 45 degrees and I put a white name card as a temporary soft board for light bouncing thingy...
Power Level 1 - not much difference, that's how dark the room is...
Power Level 2 - a little better, at least we can see something...
Power Level 3 - More improvement...
Power Level 4 - and more improvement...
Power Level 5 - another improvement...
Power Level 6 - Getting better...
Power Level 7 - Full Power, wow... not bad
And this is the same photo taken using the internal camera flash surely at full power.
Another test in the dark toilet - with YN-460
With the internal camera flash...
On top of that you can switch the mode from M (Manual, I guess) into S1 and S2 (Slave, I guess) but the flash didn't work at these 2 modes.... maybe there are some other settings on my camera that I need to do or alter but at this point I don't know what or where is it... will figure it out next time... Most important is that it works on Manual Mode and I think I'm happy with that.
The photo below is taken using the crappy camera of my mobile phone but I guess it's enough to show the external flash mounted on my Fujifilm HS10.
I'm not an expert but from my observation, if you use this external flash, you can do some adjustment to your flash and you can experiment several type of techniques (in which I need to learn and practice first) and surely it offer a more promising perspective than using the internal camera flash.
Overall, if you are a photographer or "strobists" on a small budget (or maybe you just feel stingy to spend more money) - and especially if you use Fujifilm HS10, S100fs and S200EXR, this YongNuo Speed Lite YN-460 model is a great choice.
But since this is an old model now and you can consider it as historical junk and most probably it's not easy to find this model now but in fact you should go for the more updated version, YongNuo Speed Lite YN-460 II (a.k.a Mark II).
This item caters your need for manual operation in a decent quality package at a very cheap price.
The size is almost the same as the SB-600 from Nikon.
However, you wont get a zoom feature on the flash head, and there is no PC port either, but then again this item is cheap - so we can't complain much about it.
If you interested to buy this item, the easiest is by searching YN 460 II in E-Bay and try to find the seller with this name = hkyongnuophotoequipment or you can try to visit this link to go directly to the seller's E-Bay store - if they suddenly change or remove the link, don't blame me, go search your self = YN 460 II - and you should get it...
As at today I saw they sell this YN 460 II with the price of around USD 50.00 or about SGD 78.00 with free shipping.
I might buy another one someday - at the moment, since this old used unit that I have is still in good working condition, I rather use this one till it's totally screwed up before finally getting the YN 460 II or maybe taking the other better model that have Manual Mode on it though I also don't mind to get Metz 36 C2 next time.