In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best speedlight flashes for Sony a6000 cameras currently available on the market right now. We have tried to cover a flash for each of the three main price points our readers usually operate in to attempt to provide a recommendation suitable for everyone.
Each of the speedlight flashes that we will be covering in our article currently has a number of third-party, independent Sony a6000 users using them as their go-to flash of choice while each of the flashes also has an excellent well deserved reputation within the photography community.
The Neewer NW880S
Now make no mistake, when we say low price point we mean it is relatively cheap for the functionality it offers. In the grand scheme of things, it is more a middle of the road camera flash when it comes to pricing. If you feel the Neewer NW880S is out of your budget then check out the Neewer TT560 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) as it is an entry-level flash with a much lower price point that we will cover later in the article.
The Neewer TT560 comes with the Sony mi hot shoe mount meaning that it is not only fully compatible with the Sony a6000 but also the A77II, A7RII, A7R, A58, and A99. When unboxing the product you will receive the following items as part of your purchase.
- 1 x NW880S Flash
- 1 x N1T-S Flash Trigger
- 1 x 16×16 inches/40x40cm Softbox
- 1 x S-type Flash Bracket Mount
- 20 x Different Color Filters
We would like to point out that the different color filters shown in the image to the left are the older style gel based inserts rather than the newer plastic fittings but these are usually reserved for camera flashes in the three hundred dollars and over price range anyway. Additionally, we doubt many of our readers will end up using them but if they are relevant for your photography niche then it’s nice to know they are there.
The Neewer TT560 is a nice and powerful flash that has a high guide of 60 with an ISO of 100. It is also high speed and is able to sync to 1/8000th of a second without suffering any loss of performance. As you would expect from a mid-level camera flash, through the lens, manual, multi, master, slave, S1, and S2 modes are all fully supported and work with your a6000 without issue.
The user interface backlight on the Neewer TT560 will change depending on if you are running it in either master or slave mode as shown in the image to the right. The green backlight shown in the image indicates that the flash is being used as the master where the red backlight shows that it is being used in slave mode.
One small criticism that we would like to point out is the Red backlight can be a little bit of a pain to use depending on your locations lighting conditions. Our recommendation would be to set the flashes settings up as required with it in master mode for the Green background before switching it into slave mode to minimize the amount of time required with its Red backlight.
When using the flash in a master and slave or remote situation it has a standard working distance of up to one hundred meters with full functionality support. Keep in mind that this does change depending on the location and other items in and around your location but one hundred meters should be enough to meet the needs of the majority of photographers out there.
The recycle time of the flash depends on a number of things with the main type being your flash settings and the second being the battery type you are using but the recycle range is 0.1-2.6 seconds. Using a decent set of AA batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) with moderate settings, and a recycle time of around 1.5-2.6 seconds will power the flash for a total of around 250 activations before the batteries require replacing.
The Neewer TT560 offers a zero to three hundred and sixty-degree horizontal rotation when mounted as well as a minus seven to plus ninety-degree verticle tilt to allow you to further customize the effect of your a6000’s flash when taking photographs of your subject.
One thing that we would like to point out is that the user interface and user control system for the Neewer TT560 is very user-friendly and easy to use. It offers quick and easy flash tweaks while mounted on your camera and all of the controls are easily reachable.
The user interface system is easy to pick up and if you have used any other Neewer flashes then it will be very familiar to you. Additionally, if you have used a Godox or early Nikon camera flash then you will be familiar with how to use the system but again, it is easy to pick up anyway and will quickly become second nature to you.
All in all, the Neewer TT560 offers an excellent speedlight solution for Sony a6000 users that is very budget friendly for the generous amount of functionality that it offers photographs. Its performance is solid and we feel that it will easily be able to meet the requirements of the vast majority of our reader base.
The Godox TT350S
Again, the Godox TT350S is able to work with a number of Sony mirrorless cameras on the market in addition to the a6000 due to its hot shoe type. You can also use the TT350S with the Sony A7, A7R, A7S, A7 II, A7R II, A7S II, and A6300. The flash also has a guide number of 36 with ISO of 100.
The control and user interface systems as shown in the image to the left. In our opinion, the user interface is a little difficult to use in all honesty but you will still quickly be able to pick the system up when using your flash with its controls becoming second nature quickly.
We feel that the simplicity and use of fewer buttons in the control system can help balance the user interface out as it is easier to get to the setting you require with fewer button and leads to less confusion.
The Godox TT350S can work in through the lens, auto flash, manual flash, multi-flash, manual flash, master, and slave modes making the flash a versatile choice that will be able to meet a large number of photography niches with tons of cross niche usability. Again, the flash has wireless transmission systems available that can work up to a range of one hundred meters while still providing all the functionality of the flash.
Again, the recycle time can be tweaked in the settings of the flash with the recycle range being 0.1-2.2 seconds depending on your settings. The type of batteries you choose to use in the flash and the flash recycle time will dictate the number of flash activations you are able to get before having to swap out the batteries for fresh ones.
We would recommend that you always use a high-quality, budget-friendly set of AA batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) in your Godox TT350S. Using these batteries with a moderate flash recycle rate can get you up to 280 flash activations from a set of fully charged batteries.
The TT350S uses the gel-based filter system with the colors in the image to the right included with your purchase as standard. Although they are effective, all gel based filters, no matter how much you pay for them seem to be prone to ripping or getting lost when on location.
Thankfully, they are often not required for the more popular photography niches anyway meaning most people never use them anyway.
All in all, the Godox TT350S is a solid flash that offers decent functionality at a lower price although this lower price tag is evident in the built quality and design of the user interface system. That said, it offers a good, budget-friendly speedlight flash that will work with your Sony a6000 right out of the box.
The Neewer TT560
Due to its very low price, it is without a doubt the most popular camera flash on our list and literally has thousands of third-party, independent reviews of it online left by other photographers. If you are an entry level photographer or a photography student then this could be the perfect speedlight for your Sony a6000 due to its low price.