kcrossley wrote in post #18519341
Thanks everyone. I ended up picking up (2) refurbished 430EX III's from the Canon store for a ridiculous $149/ea., which includes a 1-year warranty. I do have a few followup questions though.
1. Do I have to purchase the Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter or is there something less expensive that's compatible?
2. Which light stand do you recommend?
3. Which light diffuser do you recommend?
There are other more affordable options to the Canon ST-E3-RT's. Google that and it should come up with a selection of affordable third party triggers which will do exactly the same thing.
Now that your lights are purchased, this will likely be the second expensive item. YN E3 RT should do fine.
For starters, Cowboy Studio Lightstands are pretty good, and affordable Lightstands
Light diffusers, I'd look at umbrellas to begin with. Something you can use as a reflector and also a shoot-through. Something like Westcott, however there are different makes, sizes and prices.
You will also need a bracket to hold your flash and umbrella on the stand. Something like this one.
There are also all-inclusive kits that will package everything together for you and might save you some money.
As always, suggestions and opinions are varied. These are just mine for getting started.