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My flash went Kaput so I need new one. Recommendations?

 
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Apr 24, 2018 18:44 |  #1

My quite beloved 550ex died on me ... so

What's your favorite flash?

I will mostly need it for the occasional BarMitzvah and such.

Canon 5dmk4 camera.

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Apr 24, 2018 18:58 |  #2

I'm rather over the moon with my Flashpoint R2 TTL Zoom Li-On. The lithium battery is what sold me and converted me over. Fast recycle. Tons of pops per charge. No more carrying around hordes of AA's.

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Apr 24, 2018 19:32 |  #3

MalVeauX wrote in post #18612859 (external link)
I'm rather over the moon with my Flashpoint R2 TTL Zoom Li-On. The lithium battery is what sold me and converted me over. Fast recycle. Tons of pops per charge. No more carrying around hordes of AA's.

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Oh my yes!! The amounts and amounts of batteries! Would love to get rid of that!


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Apr 24, 2018 19:47 |  #4

I've picked up 3 copies of the 550EX on E-Bay over the last few months. IIRC, I'm averaging about $60 each, including shipping. Great unit, for pocket-change. I'd buy another one, if I were you.


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Apr 24, 2018 19:57 |  #5

I know its gimmicky but I am considering the soon to be released 470EX-AI

Wondering about power strength. Haven't read too much about it yet.


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Apr 24, 2018 19:59 |  #6

Bassat wrote in post #18612881 (external link)
I've picked up 3 copies of the 550EX on E-Bay over the last few months. IIRC, I'm averaging about $60 each, including shipping. Great unit, for pocket-change. I'd buy another one, if I were you.


I do already own the external power pack for it, which is a plus... but boy it's a heavy flash! Also, so many batteries!


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Apr 24, 2018 20:00 |  #7

Im running a bunch of Godox gear, triggers and flashes.. both Nikon and Sony. So far the results exceed my expectations and not one flaw yet.

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Apr 24, 2018 20:01 |  #8

If you ever plan on going with wireless strobes, then you might want to consider the other suggestions for the Godox/Flashpoint flashes. They will all work and talk to each other, very seamless. I won't buy another Canon flassh after getting rid of my 580EX II units and moving to Flashpoint.


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Apr 28, 2018 02:19 |  #9

Another vote for Godox Lit. Ion. That battery literally last all day and then some , say good bye to your AA battery’s. The icing on the cake is all of the R2’s communicate with no hiccups if you decide to use the strobes later...

I’m still surprised how the oem manufactures (canon/Fuji and Nikon) still charge $500+ for speed lights. 5 years ago this type of compatibility was unheard of.


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Apr 28, 2018 02:24 as a reply to  @ NatsRoses's post |  #10

Save your money and grab a godox speedlight for under $160 used via Adorama.


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Apr 28, 2018 02:29 |  #11

NatsRoses wrote in post #18612875 (external link)
The amounts and amounts of batteries! Would love to get rid of that!

Just had a look at the Flashpoint and it seems that this has a 22 Wh battery, which is somewhat less then twice a 4xAA pack. (1 AA NiMH has about 3 Wh). Definitely better, but not "hordes" of it.


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Apr 28, 2018 11:09 |  #12

OK, I'm looking at Godox.

There is this whole list and wondered if any of you have one in particular they quite like.


https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …es&sts=ma&Top+N​av-Search= (external link)


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Apr 28, 2018 14:50 |  #13

Phottix has some nice gear.


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Apr 28, 2018 15:16 |  #14

NatsRoses wrote in post #18615289 (external link)
OK, I'm looking at Godox.

There is this whole list and wondered if any of you have one in particular they quite like.


https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …es&sts=ma&Top+N​av-Search= (external link)


Be aware that the Adorama Flashpoint R2 units are the same as the Godox, but with Adoramas support backing it vs. dealing with China.

eg: This; https://www.adorama.co​m/fplfsmzl2ca.html (external link) is exactly the same as the V860IIc Li-ion.

I replaced all of my Canon flash with these units and am quite happy.


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Apr 30, 2018 09:39 |  #15

MalVeauX wrote in post #18612859 (external link)
I'm rather over the moon with my Flashpoint R2 TTL Zoom Li-On. The lithium battery is what sold me and converted me over. Fast recycle. Tons of pops per charge. No more carrying around hordes of AA's.

Very best,

I have the battery version. I purchased it primarily for outdoor nighttime macrophotography of nocturnal spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and pill bugs. I'm never going to take enough consecutive images with it to kill the batteries. Were I to be using it for another purpose, I would consider the Lithium Ion version.

Given that it's snowed here in the last three weeks, it hasn't gotten much use yet. My indoor tests have gotten good results.




  
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