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what is better 240ex or 550ex

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Apr 02, 2008 18:47 |  #1

I am needing a good flash. I will be doing a reception party and need something that will work indoors. Thanks for any help.

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Apr 02, 2008 19:40 |  #2

There's no such thing as a Canon 240EX Speedlite.

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Apr 02, 2008 20:55 as a reply to  @ Curtis N's post |  #3

I meant 430

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Apr 02, 2008 21:01 |  #4

Both will give the same results (exposure-wise), however the 550EX will have more range.

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Apr 02, 2008 21:11 |  #5

I have a 430 and a 580ex II. The 5 series definitely packs a punch for such a small flash. It is significantly larger than a 430 as well. I like both. I personally carry the 430 in my bag if i'm just shooting for leisure.

Its lighter, takes less room, and handles most situations perfectly. I generally reserve the 580 for when im setting up multiple lights, using small umbrellas, or doing anything where I prefer the precision of 1/3 stop manual adjustment or need the extra range at 1/1. (the 430 works well with small umbrellas too!)

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Apr 04, 2008 06:59 |  #6

The current models are the 430EX and the 580EX II

Neither is 'better' as such, it's more a question of would you need the featuers that the more expensive 580 offers.

If you are principally wanting a single flash for on camera (or connected by Canon sync cord) work you will probably find the 430EX just fine. It's not quite as powerful as it's big brother and it only operates as a slave but until you have at least two flashes the entire master/slave thing is of no interest anyway. You'll save about $100 over the 580

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Apr 04, 2008 07:02 |  #7

I believe the OP is looking at the comparison between the older 550ex and the newer 430ex,

The "500" are the top line flash and the ones that can be used a as master.
The "400" flashes are the next step down in the food chain.

In this case since the 550ex is older, (replaced by the 580)
and the 430 is newer (it replaced the 420) it's hard to say which is "best"

the 430 is smaller, lighter easier to use...
The 550ex is the old Chrysler New Yorker of the EOS flash family, the past flag ship.
It has more power, can be used a as master with wireless remote set ups, (the 430ex can only be used as slave) and more controls and functions (though more cumbersome to use)

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