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Jun 06, 2010 22:12 |  #1
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Ok guys, I am buying my first external flash from a friend tomorrow, I have used it before but not off camera, what is the best way to use it off camera for say an umbrella set up and what would I need? this will be a 430EXII


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Jun 06, 2010 22:19 |  #2

i would say something like the yongnuo rf 602 even though there's some shipping time

for me I have two sets of cactus v4's and they've been doing pretty well for me in terms of range and reliability and size.


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Jun 06, 2010 22:21 |  #3

Lightstand, umbrella holder/flash bracket, radio triggers, light modifiers.


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Jun 06, 2010 22:23 |  #4

Here's an old post by me showing what I have...

https://photography-on-the.net …php?p=9135641&p​ostcount=5


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Jun 06, 2010 22:24 |  #5

If you want E-TTL for automatic flash exposure you would need an off camera cord if your on a budget.

I understand some radio triggers do E-TTL but I believe they are fairly pricey. The rf-602 is a good cheap radio trigger system by all reports but no E-TTL so you will have to manually adjust the power levels on the back of the 430ex.


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Jun 07, 2010 06:11 as a reply to  @ mrfixitx's post |  #6

i would stay away from upbrella's for outdoor use. im ordering 2 more this morning. even with sand bags, they blow over. unless you got someone to hold the stand, get a softbox. My soft box has nevr blown over.


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Jun 07, 2010 07:43 as a reply to  @ umphotography's post |  #7
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thanks guys, my main question is what is a good way to go wireless, or what cords will I need?


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Jun 07, 2010 08:31 as a reply to  @ CJM Photography's post |  #8

For a cord go to Flash Zebra!


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Jun 07, 2010 08:59 |  #9

I agree with Poco Red!

The best and most cost effective way to get your flash off the camera is using an E-TTL cord.

Flash Zebra has a 16 foot or 24 foot cord that attaches to your hot shoe on the camera and flash to give you full E-TTL control.

http://www.flashzebra.​com …rds/ettlcords/i​ndex.shtml (external link)

You can get into radio triggers later when you get some experience. I recommend Pocket Wizzards, but they are pricey.

For umbrella's there's a lot of cost-effective choices. I like this one from Westcott:
http://www.fjwestcott.​com …l=products&head​=umbrellas (external link)

You will also need a swivel bracket (umbrella adapter). This holds the flash and the umbrella and mounts to a stand.
http://www.flashzebra.​com/brackets/0041.shtm​l (external link)

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Jun 07, 2010 09:09 |  #10

CJM Photography wrote in post #10316856 (external link)
thanks guys, my main question is what is a good way to go wireless, or what cords will I need?

To begin with, I'd suggest cheap wireless triggers (yongnuo rf 602 mentioned) and use manual flash exposure (you only get ETTL on expensive wireless triggers).


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