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Which cheap flash for 5D Mk II?

 
rockenrohl
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May 03, 2010 09:33 |  #1

Hi

I'm new here - as well as new to canon. Spent everything (well, almost) on a wonderful 5D Mk II - my first "real" camera (besides the digital snappy-snaps) since my old Olympus OS2 died on me half a year ago. Since then, I am back - really back - shooting pictures like I used to :).

Anyway: I need a flash. I will mostly need it for highlights (in daylight). I might also use it indoors from time to time. What I (probably) don't need is something that can trigger an army of other flashes.

At the moment, I have two lenses: A nifty fifty and the 24 2.8. (still can't get over the quality of the images my camera produces...

I have absolutely no clue about canon flashes/flashes for canon.

From reading here and surfing the web, some thoughts: The 270EX might not cover the whole wide-angle-range of my second lense... size- and prize-wise, this would be great, though.

Any thoughts? Help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.




  
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May 03, 2010 10:03 |  #2

I think, that the Canon Speedlite 430 EX II would cover what you are asking for.


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May 03, 2010 10:07 |  #3

430exII. The 270 is underpowered, especially for the value.




  
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May 03, 2010 10:10 |  #4

270ex is truly a waste of time since you cannot do any directional bounce.


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May 03, 2010 10:49 |  #5

thank you all! wow, so many replies in such a short time...
well, looks like spending some more bigger bucks...




  
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May 03, 2010 12:01 |  #6

Check the sticky pertainint to flash information. Some great information there on the diffferences between flashes... Good luck.




  
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May 03, 2010 12:08 |  #7

I think you ought to consider making a quantum leap for a 580EX II. It's not a far stretch from the 430EX II. It is well worth it.


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May 03, 2010 12:53 |  #8

The 270EX will bounce off a ceiling in landscape format. I was thinking about picking up one of these to just have a very small, set-up. However, I don't think it is a good choice as your only flash. The 430EX is a much better choice and if you can spring for the 580EX, even better.


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May 03, 2010 13:02 |  #9

I use a Metz 48AF-1 with my 5Dm2 and have had good results. It was quite a bit less expensive than the Canon. In hindsight I wish I had purchased the more powerful (and almost double priced) Metz 58 AF-1C. But I am happy with the 48AF for what I need now.


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May 03, 2010 13:11 |  #10

To fully realize the capabilities of that wonderful MKII you really should have an equally capable flash to go with it if you are now moving in that direction. Be chimp and scrimp now, and you will only end up make TWO purchases by the time you are done.

As has been pointed out, select a flash that is fully directional. This will give you the greatest flexibility allow you to bounce off ceilings, sidewall, back walls, in portrait, landscape.... the complete range. Metz has made terrific flashes for many years. Both the 48 & 58 series are great.

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May 03, 2010 13:15 |  #11

YN-468
Cheap, powerful, fully adjustable, and if anything like the previous models, its reliable.
Definitely something to look into.




  
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May 03, 2010 13:17 |  #12

bitteraspects wrote in post #10113287 (external link)
YN-468
Cheap, powerful, fully adjustable, and if anything like the previous models, its reliable.
Definitely something to look into.

+1 if you are not looking to spend too much.


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May 03, 2010 13:33 |  #13

I'm not familiar with them..... they perform pretty well? What Canon model do you feel the may correspond to?

bitteraspects wrote in post #10113287 (external link)
YN-468
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Definitely something to look into.


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May 03, 2010 13:45 |  #14

Its the HK version of the 580EX. Full ETTL control as well and manual controls. And this new model also incorporates a rear LCD screen.

At just over $100/EA, you can't go wrong.




  
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May 03, 2010 14:54 as a reply to  @ bitteraspects's post |  #15

i use a 550EX, got it for 175 shipped in the sell section a few weeks ago. works well enough for my needs.




  
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