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Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • Parabolic Reflector & Bare Bulb Design
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 110' at ISO 100
  • Bounce and Swivel Head
  • Recycle Time: 1.5 Seconds
  • Manual/Auto/Auto-Fill/TTL/Program Modes
  • Unlimited Rapid-Fire, Full Power Flashes
  • High Speed Sync and AF Assist
  • Runs on Required External Power Pack

The Quantum Qflash TRIO Basic Flash for Canon Cameras combines several of Quantum's venerable Qflash system technologies into one complete dedicated shoe mount flash, and has full E-TTL / E-TTL II dedication to Canon cameras. Slip it onto the camera hot-shoe, connect any Quantum Turbo battery (not included), and shoot studio-quality flash photos non-stop, 24 hours a day without slowing down or overheating.

The Qflash uses parabolic reflectors for clean, even light spread, and the reflectors are removable for bare-bulb lighting. The flash can be used either on-camera on its own or on-camera as a master to other off-camera units.

The TRIO Basic includes many of the same functions as other Qflash models including: Manual, Auto, Auto-Fill, TTL, and Program (Pre-Sets) modes. The TRIO Basic has high-speed sync capabilities, and can be powered by any Quantum heavy-duty Turbo-series battery, which allows for almost unlimited rapid-fire, full-power flashes. It has a user-replaceable flash tube, a coiled 6' power cable, a removable reflector and includes 2 flat white UV diffusers. A wide variety of optional light modifiers are available. A power pack is not included.

Compact, shoe-mount Qflash with high-speed sync capabilities.
Full TTL dedication for Canon cameras.
Manual, Auto, Auto-Fill, TTL, and Program (Pre-Sets) Modes.
Unlimited rapid-fire, full power flashes.
Removable long and short power cords.
User replaceable flash tube.
Removable reflector, bare-bulb flash capable.
Wide variety of light modifiers available.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 110' (33.53 m) ISO100 
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 55°
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head None
Recycle Time Approximately 1.5 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.0 x 10.4 x 3.3" / 10.2 x 26.4 x 8.4 cm
Weight 20 oz / 567 g
Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras
  • Flashtube
  • Reflector
  • 2 x Flat White UV Diffusers
  • Power Cable (6')
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Quantum InstrumentsQflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras
     
    3.9

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (8)
    • Durable (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Good color value (4)
    • Long-lasting (4)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (5)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (8)
    • Outdoors (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Indoors (4)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    So far so Good

    For years I have battling my Canon 580ex II flashes, constantly overheating and missing shots. It's nice to finally have a flash that will keep up with the professional demands of wedding and event...Read complete review

    For years I have battling my Canon 580ex II flashes, constantly overheating and missing shots. It's nice to finally have a flash that will keep up with the professional demands of wedding and event photography.

    I have been using the Quantum T2 flashes for close to 15 years, they never failed, so I thought I would give the Trio basic a try. I did not require the built in TTL radio transmitters that come with the standard Trio because I have several Pocket Wizards to fire my T2 Quantums remotely. The Basic was exactly what I was looking for.

    It is a little large for a shoe mount flash but the performance, and the ability to shoot bare bulb outweighs the size issue.

    I think Quantum could have done a better job with their shoe mount system, you really have to tighten the snot out of the Trio or it feels like it is loose on the camera.

    I did some quick flash reading comparisons with the Trio with the wide angle diffuser and the 580ex II with OMNI bounce- the Trio came in just shy of 1 stop more powerful.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great light, poor construction

    I bought this to replace my 580EXII flash using it with my 5DMkII. The first thing that happened after only 2 weekends of using this flash, the horizontal axis has locking clicks which...Read complete review

    I bought this to replace my 580EXII flash using it with my 5DMkII. The first thing that happened after only 2 weekends of using this flash, the horizontal axis has locking clicks which broke. While at a wedding, if I turned the camera for a vertical shot, the flash head would drop and point to the floor. - Calling the manufacturer about the warranty repair would take the new flash out of commission for a minimum of 3 weeks. So, I didn't send it in because I had more weddings to shoot and I thought I would get by with tape to get me through the season. After about 6 more photo gigs the high voltage cord is now shorting out.(short or open, I don't know which) The flash just goes dead and I have to adjust the cord to bring it back. This weekend I noticed the hot shoe on my camera has some play in it and it is causing the flash to lose connection. I attribute this to the bulky heavy flash on the top of the camera. If you are looking at this product, wondering if your camera can support that big flash head, it cannot. Unless you are not moving around much with this attached to your camera. (Like weddings) Stationary, minor movement, it would do fine. Lastly, because I am using different focal lengths throughout the shoot, I am constantly changing the reflector setup. Sometimes with the difuser, without the difuser, sometimes bare bulb flash for ultra wide shots. The difuser that fits on the front of the reflector is another poor design. Easy to misplace or lose on a location shoot. I modified it to attach with velcro and that seems to be helping. If I had this to do over again, I would have stayed with the 580EXII or found something else.

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    5.0

    Happy so far!

    By Geo

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

      I'm a full-time pro shooter in the twin cities doing studio fashion/pinups, occasional seniors, and plenty of weddings each summer. I've been using Quantum QFlash T2's for a variety of chores for many years and I've always been very happy with them and especially with the light quality. I've only had one unit burn out on me after ten years of regular use... 'not bad. I just received my Trio Basic (after years of complaining about the inconsistent results I get with my Canon 580's - I own three 580EXII's and owned the less expensive models in years past.) I've been playing with the QFlash trio for the past few hours and have had no problems understanding the menu system and no complaints about the results. But it's still early, so perhaps I'll be back again later to whine about something or other! What I especially wanted to comment on right away, however, is the hot shoe mount... I was wary of buying the Trio because so many people complained about the mount. But the unit I received has a steel-plate mount with a VERY sturdy mounting system (a gnurled knob that pulls a steel plate upward inside the camera hot shoe, providing a VERY SOLID connection.) Honestly, I think it's better than the 580EXII, and that one ain't bad at all. Perhaps Quantum has finally gotten around to listening to the ongoing complaints or something, and has finally upgraded the mount. Whatever the explanation, the unit I received on 09-18-14 is excellent in this regard.

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      5.0

      "THE ONLY FLASH"

      By BOCA BOB

      from Boca Raton, Fl.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Photography

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

        I USE THIS FLASH ATTACHMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL
        APPLICATIONS. THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST THRERE IS! YOU ARE ABLE TO USE A LOWER ISO WITH THIS PRODUCT
        BECAUSE OF THE STRONGER BULB. THE ONLY THING I DON'T
        LIKE IS THE WEIGHT OF THE BATTERY PACK.

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        4.0

        Bare Bulb Hot Shoe action

        By Jason

        from San Francisco

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

        Great item for events/weddings when paired with the Turbo 3 which will give you almost full power recycles at 1 sec each. Both the diffuser as well as the parabolic dish are removable allowing for the bare-bulb flash functionality which is great, especially when paired with the Quantum Bare Bulb Enhancer.

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        5.0

        Qflash Trio

        By Mary Po

        from Connecticut

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

              It is easy to get the hang of and the quality is great! It has held up on BIG events and small events! I am very Happy :)

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              3.0

              A useful flash with a few quirks

              By elem

              from Brooklyn NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bad Reflector Attachement
              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Photojournalism
              • Weddings

              Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

              I have been using Quantum flash heads since they started making them! What I do appreciate is the quick recycle times Good exposure and color output Sturdy build of batteries and heads Good dedication to Canon (and I would guess Nikon as well)The fact that you can use the unit for years What I don't like: It's 2013, the screen could be much larger and nicer The reflectors are still attached by a very primitive system that leaves you with the probability that it will fall off in the middle of a job (and it inevitably always does)!There is enough room on the head for a better distribution of the buttons, and for a pro flash I would have expected and hoped for easier accessibility to important functions rather then playing with buttons and menu's. It would be great if they could get the flash head down to the size of a SB 910 at least. It is still too bulky Dedicated camera head's like the Trio and Trio basic really need to have a input socket to plug in a radio slave for off camera use!It would be nice if an optical slave could be built in to the head.In short I love the flash for the speed if offers which is great for rapid firing with out over heating. The battery is very good and gives a real decent amount of power (you can squeeze through a whole wedding with one). It is built well and recharges at a really decent rate!I think that although the flash head is truly a useful unit, they still need to refine it quite a bit more.

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              4.0

              Good Flash for any use

              By Simon Rose

              from Barcelona, Spain

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photojournalism

                Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                Sure, this flash is different than Canon Flash, but I was looking just this flash to solve my problems for my work. Of course, certain aspects of construction such as the attachment of the flash with the machine can be constructed better, but the TTL system and very good, is the sequence of flashes is good, the rapport of good shots for number pictures is impressive.
                I shoot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV to 10 fts per second for 36 shots continuous, and is not have different pictures, all images is perfect light.

                it's valid

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                3.0

                Carefully confidant

                By Photomax

                from Ottawa, Canada

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Color Value
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Do not always synchronize
                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                Still learning how to ue it, but I already have some reserve about it. First you have to make sure the Qflash is mounted solidly on the hotshoe, or else it won't read properly the camera settings. The first time it was overexposing by 2 f-stops on very mode. It wouldn't the proper ISO setting on QTTL and autofill modes. After installing it from start the readings were right for the autofill but not for QTTL, still. For example when I had ISO 100 on the camera, it had ISO 400 on the flash, and when I tried to match the reading on the flash it was still proportionately 2 stops over, but on both modes the pictures were properly exposed. When I went to the options file and used the exposure compensation feature it didn't seem to do much to the final result. I also have reserves about their support mechanisms; For people, like me, who do not use a blog or tweeter or Facebook, their seem to be any support whatsoever. I hope these are only temporary setbacks and by using it more that I will gain confidence and will be able to use all the features.

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                4.0

                Powerful Yet Light

                By The Rock

                from Toronto, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Color Value
                • Good Price Value
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Flimsy Hot Shoe Connectio

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Low Light
                • Special Events

                Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                I have always found that Quantum makes a premium product and you can rely on it over and over again.

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                4.0

                Machine-gun flash

                By Buddhi Fonseka

                from Sydney, Australia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  If you need a rapid fire flash that will not meltdown, this is it. I shot 1100 shots in 30 minutes of a fashion catwalk with the trio and a Turbo3 pack and it just kept going. Similar efforts in the past have resulted in 2 dead (1 melted and 1 burnt out) 580ex units. The build quality is not great and the hotshoe mount is truly terrible - but there's nothing quite like it for rapid fire performance. The diffuser, reflector and the bare-bulb capability gives it more versatility than the average hotshoe flash. If Quantum stuck a metal shoe mount on this, I would have given it 5 stars.

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                  1.0

                  Great light, poor construction

                  By JohnC

                  from Austin, Tx

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value

                  Cons

                  • Can cause damage
                  • Easily broken
                  • Flimsy
                  • Poor design

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Minimal movement
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  I bought this to replace my 580EXII flash using it with my 5DMkII. The first thing that happened after only 2 weekends of using this flash, the horizontal axis has locking clicks which broke. While at a wedding, if I turned the camera for a vertical shot, the flash head would drop and point to the floor. - Calling the manufacturer about the warranty repair would take the new flash out of commission for a minimum of 3 weeks. So, I didn't send it in because I had more weddings to shoot and I thought I would get by with tape to get me through the season. After about 6 more photo gigs the high voltage cord is now shorting out.(short or open, I don't know which) The flash just goes dead and I have to adjust the cord to bring it back. This weekend I noticed the hot shoe on my camera has some play in it and it is causing the flash to lose connection. I attribute this to the bulky heavy flash on the top of the camera. If you are looking at this product, wondering if your camera can support that big flash head, it cannot. Unless you are not moving around much with this attached to your camera. (Like weddings) Stationary, minor movement, it would do fine. Lastly, because I am using different focal lengths throughout the shoot, I am constantly changing the reflector setup. Sometimes with the difuser, without the difuser, sometimes bare bulb flash for ultra wide shots. The difuser that fits on the front of the reflector is another poor design. Easy to misplace or lose on a location shoot. I modified it to attach with velcro and that seems to be helping. If I had this to do over again, I would have stayed with the 580EXII or found something else.

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                  5.0

                  Love at first use!

                  By StantonPhotoStudios

                  from Anaheim, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Loose hotshoe connector

                  Best Uses

                  • Impossible lighting
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  I had a lot of problems with my Canon 580EX II overheating from "frequent use" on weddings, which meant that I missed many great shots for having the flash "cool off" wait time! Grrrrr.. so I decided to invest in the Quantum Trio system and boy I will never ever look at any other flash system again! I did a wedding on last Saturday and then a full day maternity shoot the next day with no recharge of the battery and it held and went down to just half use after all this! I never missed a shot, no over heating, always just the perfect light! I highly recommend this system for field work to any pro photographer!

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                  4.0

                  Great flash for the price

                  By JAC

                  from Reading, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy
                  • Mount could use some work

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  I use this flash mainly for dirt track racing photography. The wide range of settings available make it a good flash for my purpose.

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                  4.0

                  Great flash

                  By mrzog

                  from Austin, Tx

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast recharge
                  • Good lighting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy
                  • Loses Charge Quickly

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  I am a wedding photographer doing high volume shooting almost every weekend so I needed a good and reliable piece of equipment that will provide optimal lighting in less than optimal settings.

                  I was able to take this flash out of the box, charge the battery and shoot ttl with no problems. I wasn't interested in the xWire at this time and I felt that I could always add that capability or if I purchase a second light I could go for the upgrade. So far, this has been an excellent light that has now replaced my Cannon 580EXII. It produces a warm flattering fill which I use in almost every shot. I have had great results with bounce and have found that removing the reflector when shooting with my 15mm give me a great light that I have never before been able to accomplish with such a wide lens.

                  The only reason I wouldn't give this 5 stars is the hot shoe is not very solid. It feels a little unsturdy and the mechanical dial that tightens it down is a poor design-but manageable. Also, I paired this with the Turbo SC which has a nice weight and size, however it will not make it through a full wedding for me and when it goes, it's gone fast. If you shoot a lot of images in a day, get the bigger battery option or get two Turbo SC's..or you'll be back for another one.

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                  3.0

                  Better than 580EX

                  By Helen

                  from Staten Island

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fires every time
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Doesn't fit in camera bag
                  • Hard to tighten

                  Best Uses

                  • Fast action indoors
                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  The TTL works better than the 580EX. The auto option is very good and more reliable than the TTL. The auto focus assist is just as good as canon. It's not as fast to attach as the canon. Q flash is Hard to tighten on to the camera. Reflector dome is changeable but takes much longer that adding a stofen diffuser to a canon flash. The Q flash is huge and doesn't fit in any of my standard cases. Lacks convenience of using AA's in a pinch. Uses the Quantum batteries much more efficiently that the 580EX.

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                  4.0

                  So far so Good

                  By N/A

                  from Lake Mary , Florida

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Qflash TRIO QF8 Basic Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  For years I have battling my Canon 580ex II flashes, constantly overheating and missing shots. It's nice to finally have a flash that will keep up with the professional demands of wedding and event photography.

                  I have been using the Quantum T2 flashes for close to 15 years, they never failed, so I thought I would give the Trio basic a try. I did not require the built in TTL radio transmitters that come with the standard Trio because I have several Pocket Wizards to fire my T2 Quantums remotely. The Basic was exactly what I was looking for.

                  It is a little large for a shoe mount flash but the performance, and the ability to shoot bare bulb outweighs the size issue.

                  I think Quantum could have done a better job with their shoe mount system, you really have to tighten the snot out of the Trio or it feels like it is loose on the camera.

                  I did some quick flash reading comparisons with the Trio with the wide angle diffuser and the 580ex II with OMNI bounce- the Trio came in just shy of 1 stop more powerful.

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