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SigmaEF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 41 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Good power output (27)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Fast recycling (20)
  • Versatile (18)

Cons

  • Slow recycling (4)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (31)
  • Fill flash (24)
  • Portraits (20)
  • Night photography (17)
  • Photojournalism (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good value

I just purchased the Sigma EF-610 DG Super flash for my Nikon D300s DSLR.
So far it is working great and I'm very satisfied.
Here are a couple of my initial...Read complete review

I just purchased the Sigma EF-610 DG Super flash for my Nikon D300s DSLR.
So far it is working great and I'm very satisfied.
Here are a couple of my initial experiences with this flash.

(1) Before purchasing the Sigma EF-610 DG Super, I also looked into the following flashes before making my final decision: SB700, SB800, SB900 & Metz 58. The Sigma is competing with SB800/900 but with a lower price point.

(2) I intend using this flash for family photos, occasional weddings, interior/architecture and caving where there is complete darkness and using color filters.

(3) The Sigma feels solid, not flimsy at all and so far I have tried the following features:
- Supports Nikon's CLS! (Creative Lighting System)
- iTTL with flash mounted on camera: works as advertized
- Ceiling Bounce, no problems from 10-20mm with an ultra wide angle lens. Not tested yet with my 70-200mm lens yet but not too concerned about that range either.
- Wireless with D300s build in flash as commander: works great and allows creative shots! I tried this flash combined with a 10-20mm Sigma lens set at 10mm. When you pull out the build in flash diffuser, the flash automatically shows '17mm' mode in the lcd display but I didn't see dark edges or significant light falloff in the image. Pretty good!
- Multiple flashes in one shot worked as advertized
- Over/under expose settings are easy to set up
- Full manual control works great
- The LCD screen is very well readable and has a dedicated 'light' button which will give a nice green illumination for 8 seconds.
- Dedicated 'mode' button to select iTTL, manual mode, wireless mode, multiple flash mode etc
- Wireless mode easy to set up.
- I was looking for accessories which seem hard to find initially but I was informed that the OM-C omni bounce should fit.
- Also ordered a set of generic color photogels that can be attached to the flashhead. These are the only two accessoiries that I will need.

(4) I'm using it together with 4 eneloop NiMh batteries and recycle time between shots is generally within 1-4 seconds, depending on whether you used a full 100% flash or just a fraction of the output (depending on light needed in iTTL mode).

(5) I compared shots with my camera pop-up flash and the Sigma outclasses the pop-up flash - as expected. Light is more consistent, allows the use of an ultra wide angle lens and lights up interior spaces much farther so you don't have the 'dark' background.
So even as a direct replacement for your occasional family shots, I believe it is worth while the investment.

So far I have not found any issues. The flash also comes with a stand for wireless mode and a nice pouch. If you are on a budget but would like SB800/900 similar features and performance, this looks like a good alternative at a lower price point. Note: the flash does not come with any other accessories besides the pouch and stand.

Cheers,

Peter

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fairly Good

Instructions are poorly written for user
Shoe mount has no tightening mechanism and connection to camera is worrisome.
Refuses to be fired with Cowboy Studio RF triggers
would not work with NEX6 and...Read complete review

Instructions are poorly written for user
Shoe mount has no tightening mechanism and connection to camera is worrisome.
Refuses to be fired with Cowboy Studio RF triggers
would not work with NEX6 and multi-interface shoe adapter.
On Sony Alpha55,works fine...wish connection to camera was more secure.
I'm just starting to explore the capabilities of this Flash...my old Vivitar 283 was much simpler to operate...this Sigma can do a lot more but the menu based controls are a bit frustrating...but thatll improve with time and use.
This Sigma has huge potential...extremely vesatile.

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4.0

Great Light Output

By aCreative

from MD

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful Output

Cons

  • Cheap Build Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

    So far I am really enjoying the light output of this flash. I purchased it for use with an old Canon Rebel and it syncs up well, and is very easy to use. I primarily use this set up with a Sigma 8-16mm ultra wide angle lens-keeping the set up as small as I can to shoot real estate interiors. The light is plenty for such a wide angle lens.

    The only con I've noticed so far is that the build quality is no where near as good as an OEM Canon speed light.

    I was using a 580EX II prior and the difference in the two build qualities is immediately noticeable. That is to be expected at this price point, but something to be aware of. The cap on the flash sensor is flimsy so I plan to be careful not to bump this flash onto anything. On the plus side, it is very lightweight and fits my "affordable" camera set up well. I just couldn't justify spending double what this unit costs for an OEM Canon flash for my purposes.

    Overall I would recommend this to anyone on a budget. I gave it four stars simply because I expected a better build quality. Otherwise so far so good.

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    5.0

    Still experimenting but satisfied so far

    By Experimenter

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

      I'm still experimenting and learning how to use it. However, its been very easy and intuitive to use. I read review from prior buyers and found mostly positive feedback, the only negative I read was about difficulty to read the batteries position sign, which I had no problem reading. Would recommend it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great flash

      By StepUp Sarah

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

      Love this flash.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Fabulous Light for any Price

      By Sandy Flay

      from Wellington, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

        Although I am not quite a professional photographer I need my pictures to be professional quality. I take food photos for my blog and high resolution photos for a print magazine that I write for. The addition of the Sigma EF610 Super Flash for Canon has made quite a difference in the quality of lighting. I am thrilled. I had read many positive reviews which convinced me it was a great value. A couple of negatives that I read were that the battery cover seemed flimsy. I don't agree at all. Another reviewer said it didn't lock on the camera, but that is absolutely false. With the simple turn of a dial the light is securely attached to my Canon DSLR.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good flash for the money

        By TLN

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash

          Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

          I am a photographer and i use this flash mainly all the time. I bought 2 over a year ago and like them so i bought 2 more. only complaint is the cover for the batteries is cheap.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wonderful Buying Experience

          By James

          from Birmingham Alabama

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Recycling

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

            As always the recomendation from the chat associate was correct and the flash was everything promised... And Was the Perfect Gift!
            Thanks

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            A decent sub for an OEM flash

            By jim

            from NorCal

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast Recycling
            • Feature rich
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

              While this flash can act as a ttl master using IR triggering, (4 chan, 3 groups) using Canon's protocol, it won't allow the same level of control like a Canon flash would from the camera menu (5dmkkII). The control screen is a bit odd but learnable. Some of the buttons are labeled in red ink on black plastic, which is all but unreadable in low light. The battery door will pop off at the wrong angle and it took me awhile to get the right angle to get it to pop back in. Plastic foot.

              The upside is that it's a good, reasonably solid flash. The exposure seems consistent, and it recycles pretty quickly on NiMH cells. The zoom is way quieter then my Nissin 622MkII. Has a number of higher end features.

              I'm a little undecided about recommending this. Nothing really wrong, but more than a few annoyances. Lots of bang for the buck though.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Hugo

              from Vancouver Island, BC

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

              Very nice product.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Fairly Good

              By Gearhead

              from Berkshire County, Mass

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Bounce Flash Angles
              • Flash Swivel Head
              • Powerful Output
              • Sweet Price
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Buttons Not Lighted
              • Interface Issues With Rf
              • Not Interchangeable
              • Shoe Feels Insecure

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

              Instructions are poorly written for user
              Shoe mount has no tightening mechanism and connection to camera is worrisome.
              Refuses to be fired with Cowboy Studio RF triggers
              would not work with NEX6 and multi-interface shoe adapter.
              On Sony Alpha55,works fine...wish connection to camera was more secure.
              I'm just starting to explore the capabilities of this Flash...my old Vivitar 283 was much simpler to operate...this Sigma can do a lot more but the menu based controls are a bit frustrating...but thatll improve with time and use.
              This Sigma has huge potential...extremely vesatile.

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              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic!

              By Dennis

              from Woodland Hills, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash

                Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                Great Design and feel. I have only used it few times but it has all the features I was looking for in a flash.

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                • No

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Flash

                By Leadbelly

                from Calgary, AB

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Main flash
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  Great flash, easy to use and does everything it claims it does. I wish I hadn't bought my Canon 430EX-II because this flash will do more with more power and less cost.The buttons are much easier to press then the 430EX-II also.It works flawlessly with my Canon 60D's pop-up as the master, triggering the 430 EX-II and SIGMA EF-610 DG Super both acting as slaves. Main & Fill.The built quality is very good, not quite as good as Canon but very good none-the-less. My only gripe with the flash is "red" lettering on some of the upper row button is near impossible to read, SIGMA should have stuck with the white lettering through out. That is very easy to read.One more thing: B&H is a terrific company to deal with. I've placed 4 orders with them now to ship into Canada and they get it right and take care of the duty correctly everytime. Wish all companies were as easy to deal with as B&H. A true model many Corporations could learn from.Thanks B&H!

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                  • No
                  • Similar:
                  • Canon 430EX-II

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                  4.0

                  An Inexpensive Professional Gear

                  By Iceman

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  It's really sophisticated but in a good way. I like the zoom option in it where it calculates the distance to the object being shot. Though it's bothering me that it's not easy to use.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  works well with my Canon 7D

                  By Rexx

                  from Staten Island NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                    lights up the canopy for my bird shots

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Well Built SpeedLight

                    By Viktor99

                    from Louisiana

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                      I purchased this little beauty to replace my EF 530 DG Super as my main light. It works great! And you can't beat it for the price.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Well Built

                      By Burley Teach

                      from Burley, Id.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • I Wish It Had A Power Pac

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                      I will use this flash for weddings,portraits, and teaching.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great value

                      By HK

                      from Ottawa, ON

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                        I bought this as my first portrait photography flash and its perfect for an on camera flash. i expected it to feel heavier than it did. Easy to use controls. I really like the swivel feature. Overall great value for the money spent.

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                        • No

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great bang for the buck

                        By Tiny Photos

                        from Westfield, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                        • Slow Recycling

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                        Works great on my T2i. I haven't played with the settings yet, but works super on full auto, so I really haven't had the need to adjust any settings.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        awesome flash

                        By mmmdist

                        from springfield mo

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                        i love this flash easy to use and works better than i expected.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Excellent Flash for the money!!

                        By Ralock

                        from Nashua, N.H.

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                          Sigma really put out a great flash that rivals the Canon 580EX II. Amazing power and nice firm housing! I have yet to take it into the field but for portraits it works great! The only reason I didn't give it a full 5 stars is because of the plastic hot shoe. Great that it helps keep it light but a metal one would have made this flash a 5 star in my book!!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent value for money

                          By Alex Checchinato

                          from São Paulo, BRa

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Photojournalism

                              Comments about Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash for Canon Cameras:

                              Works perfectly with my Canon 60D, including the E-TTL

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                              • No

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