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Fuji EF-20 Flash for Fuji "X" Cameras

Eric Friedemann , Apr 12, 2012; 05:37 p.m.

I bought a black edition Fuji X100. The camera's low light performance is stellar- I can make virtually grainless/noiseless 8x12 inch prints at ISO 2000.

However, there are times in very low light when I'd like a little help in the form of a small flash I can bounce off low ceilings. So, I purchased the Fuji EF-20 Flash.

On the negative side, the flash is quite plasticy, in contrast to the solid build and feel of the Fuji "X" cameras. For its output, the EF-20 is also overpriced at $130 U.S. (a bit more costly than the more solid Nikon SB-400.)

A plus is that the flash is plasticy, so it is really light. When standing up on the flash shoe to bounce, the flash doesn't overbalance the camera. The EF-20's TTL output is accurate, more so than the slightly lower priced Nikon SB-400 I also own. It is nice that the EF-20 is in scale with the size of the X100, and would even be in scale with the size of the X10.

I like that the EF-20 runs on two AA batteries- I'm using two eneloops. The battery compartment door can be a little fussy, but it is no big deal.

All in all, I'd recommend the EF-20. I'd also note that if you use the Fuji hood on the X100 and want to use a flash, the hood blocks the built-in flash. So, you'll have to buy a Fuji flash if you want a TTL flash.


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Eric Friedemann , Apr 12, 2012; 05:38 p.m.

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Eric Friedemann , Apr 12, 2012; 05:42 p.m.

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Georg S , Apr 12, 2012; 07:12 p.m.

Eric, great write-up!
I have the neat EF-20 too and the only thing I don't like about it is the fact, that it won't swivel sideways (for bounce-flash in portrait-orientation).
The fold-away-foot for easy off-camera-storage is a very good idea.
And: your black X100 looks great - congrats!

Eric Friedemann , Apr 12, 2012; 07:30 p.m.

Georg, yes, it would waaaayyyy better if the EF-20 swiveled. The fold-away foot allows me to keep the flash, camera and other accessories in a really nice little M Rock bag. The black X100 kits are really pricey, but the black semi-gloss finish is so pretty and understated ... yummy.

Don Bryant , Apr 13, 2012; 10:12 p.m.

I'm extremely under whelmed with this flash's specs. I think it is one of the weak links of Fujis digital rangefinder type cameras. In contrast I was hoping to see flash offerings on par with Canon or Nikon's ETTL models.

Eric Friedemann , Apr 14, 2012; 08:37 a.m.

Yes, it would be nice if the EF-20 had a higher guide number, more in line with the Nikon SB-400.

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