Review of K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

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A few weeks back I received the K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight to test out and review. Now before I get into the review for this flash, I have to say that I have been a Canon photographer ever since I started my business in 2010. Even before I was photographing for clients, I always gravitated towards Canon gear just because I have consistently had great results with this brand. My very first film camera Canon AE-1 is still in my gear bag and continues to give me stellar results!

I completely understand and acknowledge that branded gear does tend to be expensive and is not in everyone’s budget, especially for those just starting out on their photographic journey. Having said that, there are some great companies with comparable gear in terms of quality and performance. In fact, sometimes, the quality and results are even better than their branded counterparts. This just goes to show that the skill and experience of the user makes a good photograph and not necessarily the gear you use.

Review of K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

For this review, I used the K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight on a couple of different assignments – for wedding reception photos and an outdoor portrait session. I have to say that I was very happy with the results from this flash.


I have used my Canon external flash for the past four years and found the K&F Concept flash very comparable to the Canon 600 EX-RT version in terms of performance, look, and feel. Definitely worth looking into if you are in the market for an external flash for your photography needs.

#1 – Specs, Look and Feel of the KF-885

the K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight looks very similar to the Canon 600EX-RT external flash. In fact, when I compared the two side by side, they looked almost identical in terms of size, weight, and the accessories that were included in the package.

The KF-885 flash has a slightly bigger monitor display compared to the Canon but having used the Canon brand, I had no trouble figuring out the menu options. In fact, I almost felt that the K&F Concept flash menu options were simpler and easier to figure out. The flash also comes with a built-in reflect board and a built-in wide diffuser to enlarge the shooting range.

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

The flash on the left is from K&C Concept and the flash on the right is from Canon. They both come with a flash case, a base stand, and a plain white diffuser cap.

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

The flash on the left is from K&C Concept and the flash on the right is from Canon. As you can see, they are almost identical in size and weight.

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

The flash on the left is from K&C Concept and the flash on the right is from Canon. The two flashes look almost identical to each other.

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

The flash on the left is from K&C Concept and the flash on the right is from Canon. The cosmetic difference is in the shoe mount for the flash. The K&C Concept one has a circular dial to tighten the flash to the camera shoe mount whereas the Canon one has a lever that is moved from left to right to lock in the flash to the camera body.

#2 Display Screen and Menu Options

The K&F Concept KF-885 speedlight has similar menu options to the Canon external flash. The On/Off button turns the flash on and off. The Mode button is to select auto and manual controls, multi-modes, and wireless modes (master/slave mode operation).

The circular set of five buttons is used to adjust the power of the flash when used in manual mode. The flash head also has a vertical rotation angle of 7-90 degrees and horizontal rotation angle of 0-180 degrees.

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

#3 Usage

Being used to my Canon 600 EX-RT flash in manual and ETTL mode, I was able to quickly adjust to the K&C Concept KF-885. I also used both flashes for a couple of photos by setting the Canon flash as the master and the K&C Concept flash as the slave. The two flashes communicated with each other and I was able to use setups of both on-camera and off-camera flashes seamlessly.

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

An indoor wedding portrait session made easy with the K&C Concept KF-885 External Flash

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

The K&C Concept Flash handled poorly lit wedding reception areas quite beautifully.

K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight

Summary

Overall, I was very impressed with the K&F Concept KF-885 Speedlight. At a price point of $86, that is significantly less than its branded counterpart. This is a great option for someone who is looking to add an external flash to their gear kit but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money.


Summary
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Reviewed Item
K&F Concept External Flash KF-885
Author Rating
4.5

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Karthika Gupta is a lifestyle, wedding, and travel photographer based in the Chicago area. Her images are fun, fresh and natural and her love for nature makes it way into most of her images. She also has a Free Travel Photography Demystified E-Course a 5-Day video series to help you improve your travel photography.

  • Rik Freeman

    Thank you for the review Karthika, will look into trying one out asap. 🙂

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  • Pattyg24

    I purchased a K&F Concept Ring Light for use in macro. It worked great and seemed to be quite the bargain until…the third time I used it, it started making a sizzling, buzzing, electrical sound that lasted a few seconds, as the flash went bright and then dim…and then…nothing. Fortunately, it didn’t fry the electronics in my camera…but I, personally, would not buy another product from that company.

  • Just a minor error you may want to correct: At several points, you mention “K & C Concept” instead of “K & F Concept.”

  • Thank you Tim, I will get that corrected!

  • So sorry to hear about your bad experience Patty. I have used this flash a few times now and don’t seem to be having any issues. But I will keep an eye for anything like this – also could be a faulty piece. Did you try getting back in touch with the company to get a replacement?

  • You are very welcome..thanks Rik!

  • Pete Mueller

    Karthika, can you clarify a few issues for me please…
    You reference the Canon 600EX-RT (the link provided takes me to Amazon Canon 600EX-RT II); regardless, either one is an optical AND radio-controlled ETTL-II device compatible with camera onscreen control (on current models of Canon camera gear)… are you saying both of these features work identical to the Canon speedlights? (radio control/camera on-screen control)?
    Much appreciated…

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  • jatinahujamail

    Great
    flash, the only thing I don’t like is the battery door which is a bit
    weak compared to the rest of the flash. Recommend rechargeable
    batteries for longer battery life. This flash likes to eat the regular
    batteries for some reason so I switched to rechargeable. On the
    rechargeable batteries I can get between 300 to 400 shots https://goo.gl/GS7gm2 depending on
    flash power requirements based on camera settings. I generally shoot
    TTL mode unless I need some fill flash in shade or on sunny days to
    remove shadows and then I will put it on manual.

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