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580EX vs. 580EX II What should I do?

 
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Jul 05, 2007 11:28 |  #1

I have owned the 580EX for about a year now and have my 5th wedding shoot coming up on August 4. At my last wedding, I ran out of flash battery power and almost got myself in trouble. Many people here stated "You need to buy a CPE3". So, about 2 weeks ago, I did (haven't opened it yet). Well, last night, I read on the forums that there is a new 580EX II that offers a few nice features including better battery life and recharge times. My question is this: If it were you, would you:
A) Keep the 580EX and CPE3 and ignore the new 580 II
B) Sell the 580EX, return the CPE3, and buy the new 580 II and plenty of Eneloop batteries
C) Sell the 580EX, return the CPE3, buy 2 580 II (one for backup).
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Jul 05, 2007 11:50 |  #2

Where is the buy a 580 II (or 2) and keep the CP-E3option?


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Jul 05, 2007 12:04 as a reply to  @ cosworth's post |  #3

I would go with "A" you already have them so why start over? Thats my thinking anyhow.


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Jul 05, 2007 12:08 |  #4

A.

Definitely.

Your 30D isn't sealed anyway, so the seals on the 580EX II are moot. The 580EX with a CP-E3 will recycle faster than a 580EX II without one.


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Jul 05, 2007 12:10 |  #5

Gliderparentntn wrote in post #3491496 (external link)
I would go with "A" you already have them so why start over? Thats my thinking anyhow.

another vote for option 'A', it just make sense. You already have whats needed to overcome your batery life problem.



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Jul 05, 2007 12:11 |  #6

I would stick with 'A' and add another battery holder for the CPE3 ($30)


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Jul 05, 2007 12:54 |  #7

So there really is no "better flash quality" from the 580 II ? I thought I read where the 580 II gave better exposure results by 15% or so. If this is false, then I have no use for a 580 II. I don't care about "sealed" gear. So I'm not really missing any "real" advantages here by not getting the II version?


  
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Jul 05, 2007 15:24 |  #8

i stick with A..i also have a cp3...


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Jul 05, 2007 15:28 |  #9

snyper77 wrote in post #3491744 (external link)
So there really is no "better flash quality" from the 580 II ? I thought I read where the 580 II gave better exposure results by 15% or so. If this is false, then I have no use for a 580 II. I don't care about "sealed" gear. So I'm not really missing any "real" advantages here by not getting the II version?

It's quiet, recycles faster, has other functions etc. The metal shoe and slider were a big plus for me.

I really could have used this flash in the caribbean. I would have had less headaches.

I'm going for a 580 II and CP-E3 setup myself. I want lightning fast recycle and portability. I can't be lugging motorcycle battery sized gear around.


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Jul 06, 2007 09:29 as a reply to  @ cosworth's post |  #10

I have the 580. I use it with Av mode for fill flash and M mode as fill and primary. From the info I just gave, does the 580 II offer better exposures automatically or does it still require a lot of FEC like the 580? Thanks. Danny


  
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