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engrmariano
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 04:03
as the tittle says...

am looking for a good cheap 2nd off shoe speedlite to be triggered by cactus.

GCGuy
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 06:15
If I remember right, the Vivitar 285's seem pretty popular for cost effective remote strobes. On the other hand if you got a more pricey 430EX used or something like that, you could take advantage of the the ETTL and FP modes that the 580EXII offers as the master flash on your 5DII.

Marloon
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 10:53
you have many different options

1) buy another 580EX, and use the new pocketwizards that use ETTL
2) buy a 285HV and use cactus triggers (which is what i am doing, which is amazing for portrait work, not so much for long distance firing, if you need long distance firing, you can buy cybersyncs)
3) buy old nikon flashes - expensive flashes. i'd rather opt for new 285hvs

Marloon
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 10:53
oh and... filipino din ako, may agimat din yung dugo ko. HAAHa

Dubradio
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 11:32
Honestly you cant go wrong with the vivi 285, cheap, rugged, powerful.

engrmariano
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 17:36
thanks guys, 285HV is getting landslide vote here... :)

engrmariano
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 17:38
oh and... filipino din ako, may agimat din yung dugo ko. HAAHa
ayus tol, mabuhay ang noypi!:D;)

brianch
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 18:35
the discontinued nikon strobes were a good idea, since strobistblog has become so popular, the prices of the nikon SB strobes have increased dramatically on ebay. I don't think they are a good solution anymore.

jms_uk
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 18:52
the discontinued nikon strobes were a good idea, since strobistblog has become so popular, the prices of the nikon SB strobes have increased dramatically on ebay. I don't think they are a good solution anymore.
I noticed that too - as well as 420/380EX

trailblazer
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 19:02
You can get SB24s for around $50-$60USD which have full stops from 1/1 to 1/16.
I got a couple for $50 a piece and they work pretty good.
I believe the 285HV lacks 1/8.
Of course the 285HV can be had new, so it is up to you.

Samanax
5th of March 2009 (Thu), 19:29
Cactus is producing a 285HV clone called the Cactus KF36 Full Manual Adjustable Flash (http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/product.php?productid=17195&cat=0&page=1).

Midwest Photo Exchange is said to have their own flash in developement and should be announcing it in the near future.

You can read about them and some Vivitar related news here (http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157607239419125/), here (http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157604950970152/) and here (http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157613808764580/?search=285HV).