Canon Digital Photography Forums  

Go Back   Canon Digital Photography Forums > 'Equipment Talk' section > Small Flash and Studio Lighting
Register Rules FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 2nd of April 2008 (Wed)   #1
micali
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 15
Default what is better 240ex or 550ex

I am needing a good flash. I will be doing a reception party and need something that will work indoors. Thanks for any help.
micali is offline   Reply With Quote
This ad block will go away when you log in as member
Old 2nd of April 2008 (Wed)   #2
Curtis N
Master Flasher
 
Curtis N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Northern Illinois, US
Posts: 19,130
Default Re: what is better 240ex or 550ex

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

Here's a good resource for info and comparisons.
http://photonotes.org/lookup/
__________________
"If you're not having fun, your pictures will reflect that." - Joe McNally
Chicago area POTN events
Flash Photography 101 | The EOS Flash Bible | Techniques for Better On-Camera Flash | How to Use Flash Outdoors | Excel-based DOF Calculator
Curtis N is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd of April 2008 (Wed)   #3
micali
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 15
Default Re: what is better 240ex or 550ex

I meant 430
micali is offline   Reply With Quote
This ad block will go away when you log in as member
Old 2nd of April 2008 (Wed)   #4
Bob_A
Cream of the Crop
 
Bob_A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 7,881
Default Re: what is better 240ex or 550ex

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

Bob_A is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd of April 2008 (Wed)   #5
Blue S2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: US
Posts: 1,352
Default Re: what is better 240ex or 550ex

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!)
__________________
Canon 5DmkII / Canon 5D / LifePixel IR 350D / L-glass
Brightscreen Screens & Mags / ReallyRightStuff gear / Singh-Ray filters
Read My Blog!! -- Visit My Website! : Ancient City Photography
Blue S2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th of April 2008 (Fri)   #6
PeteGB
Junior Member
 
PeteGB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Scotland, UK
Posts: 20
Default Re: what is better 240ex or 550ex

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
__________________
Current Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
450D+grip/400D+grip/350D, EF-S 10-22 USM, EF 24-70 f2.8L USM, EF-S 18-55, EF 28-105 USM, EF 70-200 f4.0L IS USM : Sigma 55-200
580EX and 420EX
PeteGB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th of April 2008 (Fri)   #7
CyberDyneSystems
Admin (type T-2000)
 
CyberDyneSystems's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Providence RI
Posts: 39,704
Default Re: what is better 240ex or 550ex

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)

Last edited by CyberDyneSystems : 4th of April 2008 (Fri) at 07:05.
CyberDyneSystems is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Two 550EX or 550EX+580EX gjman Small Flash and Studio Lighting 9 7th of March 2007 (Wed) 05:43
Help with 550EX PLB Small Flash and Studio Lighting 5 16th of October 2005 (Sun) 00:22
550ex help moondragon Small Flash and Studio Lighting 7 29th of September 2005 (Thu) 20:27
550ex question <-- will it trigger a 420ex/550ex abel Small Flash and Studio Lighting 6 25th of May 2004 (Tue) 21:48


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:25.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
This forum is not affiliated with Canon in any way and is run as a free user helpsite by Pekka Saarinen, Helsinki Finland. You will need to register in order to be able to post messages. Cookies are required for registering and posting. HTML in messages is not allowed, plain website addresses are automatically made active by the board.