OK - I know this has been asked over and over again and when I read the threads I get confused and am pretty sure most of the tech stuff is over my head
I have the Speedlite 270 ex and it really is a pretty powerful little flash, I like the weight and all. With that said, it sometimes isn't enough and I would like something more powerful that I can bounce and twist and turn around. I do want to experiment some with lighting, but not even close to the level that most of you do. All along, I thought I would end up with the 430 ex but now want to be sure.
Let me say I will probably always have it on my camera. I don't think I will ever take it to the level where I want to have one or more flashes that are not on my camera. I don't think I would use most of the controls of either flash. What I do want is a nice powerful flash that will bounce off the ceiling and give great lighting for my pictures. Mostly for portraits and close-ups.
For just lighting, is the 580ex that much more powerful as far as range? I like the built in bounce-card of it and the fact it can pretty much rotate where ever I want it. But I do have a little concern about the weight of the 580 vs the 430. I am a 57 year old female with RA and will probably always use a Rebel or a xxD model just because I prefer the smaller camera.
With all that said - which flash do you think I will be happiest with now and down the road?
Thank you much for your help!