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don_lee103
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Mar 25, 2007 16:52 |  #1

Hey guys,
I am looking for a compact flash that's more powerful than the stock flash from my XTi.
I've recently sold my 550EX because it was too powerful for me. I don't really use flash but I am an official photographer for my family so i do require a flash at night when we are on a vacation sometimes.:lol:
Even third party flash is ok. I am not willing to spend more than maybe $180 US? I dont know but it depends.
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Mar 25, 2007 19:37 |  #2

don_lee103 wrote in post #2929036 (external link)
I've recently sold my 550EX because it was too powerful for me.

That statement indicates that maybe you just never learned how to control that power. Today's flash units are capable of releasing less than 0.5% of their maximum output, if that's all that's required.

Regardless which flash you buy, the determining factor in the quality of your images will be your knowledge of some concepts and understanding of the technology. the Flash Photography 101 articles, and The EOS Flash Bible (links in my signature) would be a good place to start.

The Sigma EF-500 DG ST sells for around $150 and would be a good choice in that price range.


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Mar 25, 2007 19:43 |  #3

Curtis, thanks for your advice,
I do know how to control the flash really well. I just thought that it was too expensive for me to use on a family trip which happends only twice a year.
I am just looking for a cheaper flash thats all. Just powerful enough for me to use it on a family pictures.



  
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Mar 25, 2007 20:45 |  #4

I agree. the The Sigma EF-500 DG ST works for me.


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Mar 25, 2007 20:53 |  #5

Me too, I think I will get the Sigma


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Mar 25, 2007 23:06 |  #6

So who has the best prices on the Sigma 500 DG right now?

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Mar 26, 2007 02:46 |  #7

Sigma4less.com for about $130


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Mar 26, 2007 15:01 |  #8

430EX would fit the bill!


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Mar 26, 2007 15:23 as a reply to  @ KevC's post |  #9

Does the 430 EX have a swivel head? Seems like a critical feature.


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Mar 26, 2007 15:37 |  #10

chartbin wrote in post #2934155 (external link)
Does the 430 EX have a swivel head? Seems like a critical feature.

Yep.

Specs and features of all Canon Speedlites and the Sigma Super here (external link).


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Mar 27, 2007 16:54 |  #11

Sigma4less.com has them for about $200.00.

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Mar 27, 2007 17:15 as a reply to  @ Jon Foster's post |  #12

430ex is also phisically a lot smaller - easier to carry around for us part timers


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Mar 27, 2007 17:39 |  #13

This one from BH costs $230

Canon 430EX Speedlite E-TTL II Shoe-Mount Flash (Guide No. 141'/43 m at 105mm)
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Mfr# 0298B002 • B&H# CA430EX


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Mar 27, 2007 17:42 |  #14

USA version from BH at $240
Canon 430EX Speedlite E-TTL II Shoe-Mount Flash (Guide No. 141'/43 m at 105mm)
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Mfr# 0298B002 • B&H# CA430EX
Our Price: $ 240.00
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Mar 27, 2007 17:45 |  #15

Sigma flash for canon at $130
Sigma EF-500 DG ST E-TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Canon EOS with E-TTL II Operation Sigma EF-500 DG ST E-TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Canon EOS with E-TTL II Operation
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S4L #: SGEF500STDCA | Mfr. #: 159101

Availability: In Stock


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