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Canon 430EX II OR Vivitar AGPRO-648 Series 1 Digital TTL

 
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May 06, 2011 14:54 |  #1

Like the title says which is better

Canon 430EX II OR Vivitar AGPRO-648 Series 1 Digital TTL

http://estorevilla.com …detail.asp?prod​uctid=4561 (external link)




  
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May 06, 2011 15:30 |  #2

Anyone?




  
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May 06, 2011 15:32 |  #3

I have no experience with the vivitar, but you cant go wrong with a 430exII.




  
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May 06, 2011 17:15 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #4

This Vivitar flash has the name Vivitar DF-383 officially. If you ask which of the 2 is better then the clear answer is: 430EX II.


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May 06, 2011 18:12 |  #5

I've got two 430s and they are great flashes.


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May 06, 2011 20:11 |  #6

I've got the Vivitar and from my experience with it I can say that on the positive side of things, it does what it says it'll do, and the controls are fairly easy to manage. The downside, which is something I'm currently with, is that the foot of the flash is plastic, and it is affecting the flash's ability to mount to my camera securely. The wheel tightener seems to jump the threads and makes securing it difficult. Hope this helps.


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May 06, 2011 20:26 |  #7

Reading the specs and comparing the price, there's no way I'd buy the Vivitar for $300. The Vivitar sounds like a plain optical slave and not Canon ETTL slave.


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May 06, 2011 20:33 |  #8

These two flashes shouldn't even be close in terms of price. I bought my DF-383 from B&H for $129. The 430exii comes in at around $300.


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May 06, 2011 21:10 |  #9

I was just going by the link the OP gave.


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May 06, 2011 21:14 |  #10

That confused me as well, I did a google search and saw the vivitar listed for nearly $300, it didnt make sense at that price.




  
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May 06, 2011 22:16 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #11

That store looks more than shady to me. The ridiculous pricing, the fact that they don't even know what the name of that product is, and the fact that you see the Nikon version "NIK" when you enlarge the photo that's supposed to show the Canon flash. I would never buy from them.

The price for the flash is indeed $130 in most other places.


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May 08, 2011 07:53 |  #12

Thanks everyone. The reason I asked is because they had the 430ex ii on sale and when I ordered from them they said it's back ordered for 4-6 weeks and offered me this flash for the same price. I refused and they cancelled the order now.




  
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May 08, 2011 09:56 |  #13

If they're pulling stuff like that, stay away from that store entirely. Any online vendor should sell you whatever you want regardless of anything. Just go to B&H or Amazon and order from there.

I would definitely go with the 430EX II...better shoe mount (locking, metal, etc), more zoom, more power control, likely better build quality, and the Canon flash as a whole is a known quantity. Lots of people have them and use them all the time.


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May 08, 2011 10:00 |  #14

Sounds like this is their normal bait and switch technique. Here is a Resellerratings.com review with the same story.
http://www.resellerrat​ings.com/store/eStoreV​illa (external link)
They still list the Canon 550ex flash for sale. This has not been a current model for years now.
I would delete this site from your browser and stick to trusted sites. B&H has the 430 in stock.



  
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