On Camera Flash Heads

On Camera Flash Heads

I use these and I have used more complex off camera power supply and umbrella systems.  My advice on these is two fold and very simple: 1) Learn how to use the equipment you have; and 2) Never, never, never leave batteries in your flash (or any other device) when you put them in short or long term storage.

Number 1 should seem obvious enough, everyone should learn how to use the equipment you have.  Strangely enough, most snap shooters and a few photographers I’ve met buy equipment and expect to learn it intuitively.  That may work for some, but not everyone.  Read your manuals & learn them.

The reason for #2 is less obvious to some.  Sometimes AA batteries leak material out of them which will corrode the surrounding metal. If you can catch this when the problem is not too bad it can be cleaned with Scotch Brite pads or other abrasives and your equipment will still be useable.  If left unattended long enough this corrosion or battery acid will eat right through metal rendering it useless.  You pay a lot of money for your equipment!  Take care of it!

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