So I want to buy a cheap mini slave to throw in my bag for impromptu OCF. The problem is that I can't find what I'm looking for for less than $50. The mini slaves that I find are all fixed-output. From there, I get into the $30 to $50 cheapo hot-shoe flash units. Many of those have some outstanding features like zoom heads, auto-exposure , focus assist beams, tilt, and swivel. But again, none with manual adjustment of flash output. It's not until I get to the $100 mark that I can find a flash that has manual adjustment (ie 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, etc.) which is what I'm really after and those of course have all of the other features as well.
It seems to me that all of those other features are more expensive to produce than a simply slide switch that steps down the output of the flash and I'm sure that I'm not the only person ever wanting such a thing. I just need a simple, battery powered slave flash like the morris mini slaves but with the ability to reduce the output manually for less than $50.
Does anyone here know of such a thing?