futurebrewer wrote in post #15953811
How about these? I know nothing about lighting.
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
Neewer TT560 Flash
Canon 270EX II Speedlite
Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight
Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash
The canon 430exII is canon's entry level full featured flash. A nice compromise between features and price. A bit costly perhaps for a learner flash but its a nice little workhorse.
I dont know the neewer, but I think its a manual only flash which is fine for off camera work, but not as versatile for popping on the camera. Build quality is probably not the greatest but its cheap.
YN, see above. I think they are pretty much the same flash as the Neewer rebranded.
Canon 270 and 320. Not really worth the costs when you compare the features. If your budget wont go to a 430exII (or used 430ex, 550ex, or 580ex) I would suggest looking at some of the YN models that are capable of ETTL. They cost a bit more than the YN you listed, but still affordable.