flash review – K&F Concept KF-882

 

 

this is review is not a paid commercial. I have noticed the existence of this kEn Faith company a while ago when i was seeking to purchase a transition filter. I found them by google and placed an order. They have included in their distribution list, as you do as a smart retailer and they contacted me asking me if I want to review some of their equipment. I said Ok, and 1 week later I got this flash in my post that I got the play with and I will probably add to my equipment list.

So. let’s go through this as I believe there are few interesting outcomes here.

We are going to cover

  • specifications
  • physical descriptions and features
  • menu and functions
  • power test – comparison
  • pros – why you should buy
  • cons – why you should not buy
  1. Specifications

This is speedlite flash gun, with a swivel and tilting head,  compatible to Canon camera, – they have also a Nikon version I believe. It has the Manual function, ETTL – exposure through the lens, and teh multi stroboscopic function as standard. A wireless trigger function is included for the Canon latest cameras. One interesting function that I have never seen before is that it can trigger as a slave from any other flashes – based on a light pulse sensor. That means that no more additional triggers required.It works just light a studio light. Very interesting if you ask me, as I did not expect that.

Flash time is 1/200 – to 1/2000 of a second, and the recycle time is 2.9 seconds.

2.Physical features

 

 

The KF-882 is a flash gun slightly larger than other flashes. I have in my possession the Canon 580EX =II and Yongnuo 560-III which I have benchmarked against. The flash is bigger but the weight is the same. For any serious shooter with a big flashgun on top of the camera this should not make a difference. The KF-882 has a complete rotate and tilt function 360 degrees as you would expect, operation is a bit harder than canon, not a deal breaker here. It feels goo din the hand as it is a solid built.

Front has the metering sensors and infrared beam, similar to al other flashes. On the side the bateery compartment with 4 AA batteries in one line, on the other side it has the sync jack and also the additional battery power pack which fits the generic plug. The back has a larger display and the normal buttons that one would expect: ON/Off, Zoom, mode, light and custom function and a select menu set, set, clear and directional buttons.

On the top, we have the a in built diffuser and a bounce card. They are slightly more difficult to pull out than Canon’s but I am just being picky here

3. Menu and functions

The menu is quite complex and takes some exercise to get used to it.

First thing, you turn on the flash, and select the mode and the zoom. Please note that the zoom is larger than other flashes , it goes from 18 mm, which is very wide, to 180 mm which is very narrow. The lamp inside moves in and out to create the cone similar the the lenses.

Manual mode my favourite as you can control the amount of light without any influence of external factors. it goes from full 1/1 power, to 1/128. The you can also increase and decrease in increments of one third of unit up and down.

The – ETTL function whihc is exposure through the lens is measureing the amount of light and assesses how much power the flash will give you in order to expose correctly. I am not to keen on this function as the slightest variation is your focus and metering will give you a different result. but this is just me.

The Multi function – i am not going through this is detail is I have discussed it in other videos and I do not find very useful.

For all the modes above, there are many other functions that can complement them – exposure compensations, bracketing, speed sync, second curtain sync.

In addition to the modes we can play with other settings, such master or slave, group, channel and few other features allowing you to have a large number of combinations and arrangements with the camera in built flashes, and other external flashes. I am not going to go through that as that can take a long time, and I will only say that this flash talks to the camera and other flashes. Once on a Canon camera, you can make all setting inside the camera menu, and not the flash.

4. power test

For me the ultimate test is how much power the camera gives you. I will benchmark it against the Canon 580EX II which is very similar to Yongnuo 560.

5. pros

First pro is the price. You can have this one for  around $83 USD and this is absolute value for money.  Another pro is full compatibility with your Canon or Nikon Cameras. I have not tested or investigated  if they talk to Sony, Olympus or others so I will not make any comments about that. The complexity of menu and functions will give you a lot of creative freedom.

Other pros – wireless function , also the light pulse trigger. One the flash is is slave mode, it will pick up the light pulse in your environment and will trigger just like a studio light. So no more external wireless triggers and receivers.

6. cons

one of the cons I have noticed is the uneven light and the zoom cam create a lot of artefacts. But for this you need to use light modifiers smartly as direct flashing the subject is not recommended anyway.

Not as a con, I did not test the reliability or durability of this flash. I will some time and test and if I get any issues I might mention this in another video, but until than, I will assume that the quality is built in.

 

thanks for watching, until next time, happy shooting

 

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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography