If you are on a budget then there are very decent 3rd party flashes available. I keep hearing good things about the much cheaper Yongnuo make of flashes. If you do a search here you'll find plenty of threads about them.
I never actually considered getting a third party flash.. I think I may do a bit of research into them and I might end up getting one. I mean, I'm only a beginner so I'm sure a third party flash will be fine for me. Thanks
I rarely ever see anyone suggest the 420ex...
not sure why...maybe because for a little more money you could have a newer flash...
all i know is you can find them for ~100
and im very happy with mine.
Down the road if you upgrade you can use the 420 as a slave.
Here is a picture i took with the 420 and my 550D.
Oh, I think I'm going to buy a brand new one though, I think it's easier for me. Thanks for the picture by the way
not sure where OP lives but $300 seems way overpriced for a 430EX.
I live in Australia and the 430ex is $299 at retail shops at the moment. They will probably go on sale soon but it wont be by that much.
Hey, you're 16. Put it on your Christmas list, and maybe Santa will bring you one!
I should haha!
There certainly are cheaper options, and budget sounds important to you. However, the 430EXII (which I assume is the model you're talking about at that price) is very well regarded. Nearly the power of a 580 and smaller. Doesn't accept an external battery pack and has slightly fiddly controls, but it's much cheaper. There is a swiveling limitation that can be improved with a bit of surgery.
Yeah, I've heard heaps of good reviews on it and everything... made me really want one! But yeah, I'm on a budget so I wasn't sure if it was worth it (for me)
For Canon alternatives there are these 2 budget brands:
Also consider a 'used' Canon flashgun from say a local retailer to you. They may have a bargain?
The E-TTL II, HSS, rear-curtain synch, Full manual control from 1:1 --> 1:128 power settings, Slave/Master modes are all very useful features and functions that you could later benefit from.
I think I will consider these alternatives since I realized they are so much more cheaper than the canon flash. Thanks
Another difference between 420 and 430 is the (much) shorter recycle time on the newer unit, and the fact that it now has a integrated diffusion panel…
Some more advantages of the 430: Halfway down this review.
Depending on what camera the OP has, a 320EXmight be a better choice.
I have a Canon 60D and I was actually thinking of getting a 320ex first but it was selling for $279 here (on sale) ...wouldn't it be more worth it if I spent 20 bucks extra for the 430ex?
Thanks for the replies guys I think I'm going to do a bit more research into third party flashes before I splurge the $300 on the 430ex.