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Feb 02, 2009 11:23 |  #1

Hi - what is a good flash to invest in?
I just started doing some macro photography and with the small apertures, feel the need of a good flash terribly! My budget is fairly small :(
So pls be considerate :). Anything good in the region of $100 or $200?
If not, then pls suggest even higher amounts so that I get an idea of what I need to do/save.

Apologies if this topic has been repeated but I searched and couldn't find anything similar.
thanks!


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Feb 02, 2009 11:54 |  #2

Maybe this belongs in the flash forum.

But I like my Sigma EF-500 DG Super, all the features of the Canon 530EX without the price.


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Feb 02, 2009 11:56 |  #3

for $200 you can get a decent strobist lighting setup. Search for "strobist" and you'll enter a whole new world of flash photography.

You can get wireless radio triggers on eBay (Cactus V2s) for about $30. Then, get a used flash for $40-50. Something like a Sunpak 383, 433AF, Vivitar 285, and old Canon 420EZ or similar flash. Chances are you won't be able to use that flash on your camera, but that's not the point of strobist. The point is to use the flash off the camera. You will also need a hotshoe adapter so that you can plug the wireless receiver up with your flash. with this setup you can point your light anywhere you want for some great macro lighting.


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Feb 02, 2009 12:06 |  #4

If it were me and that was my budget I would look for a good used 420EX.


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Feb 02, 2009 13:28 |  #5

snails wrote in post #7238319 (external link)
But I like my Sigma EF-500 DG Super, all the features of the Canon 530EX without the price.

keener wrote in post #7238331 (external link)
for $200 you can get a decent strobist lighting setup. Search for "strobist" and you'll enter a whole new world of flash photography.

You can get wireless radio triggers on eBay (Cactus V2s) for about $30. Then, get a used flash for $40-50. Something like a Sunpak 383, 433AF, Vivitar 285, and old Canon 420EZ or similar flash. Chances are you won't be able to use that flash on your camera, but that's not the point of strobist. The point is to use the flash off the camera. You will also need a hotshoe adapter so that you can plug the wireless receiver up with your flash. with this setup you can point your light anywhere you want for some great macro lighting.

rklepper wrote in post #7238387 (external link)
If it were me and that was my budget I would look for a good used 420EX.

Thanks guys, for the help! I'll check these options out. :)


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Feb 04, 2009 14:08 |  #6

asty80 wrote in post #7238101 (external link)
Hi - what is a good flash to invest in?
I just started doing some macro photography and with the small apertures, feel the need of a good flash terribly! My budget is fairly small :(
So pls be considerate :). Anything good in the region of $100 or $200?
If not, then pls suggest even higher amounts so that I get an idea of what I need to do/save.

Apologies if this topic has been repeated but I searched and couldn't find anything similar.
thanks!

I'd say go Canon with 430EX II or Metz 48 AF-1.
You can try watching amazon for a good price. Recently they had the metz just for $169 (which is unbelievable ;)).
I have reviews on both flashes:
Canon 430EX II: http://photo.greenligh​tstreet.com …icleview/frmArt​icleID/16/ (external link)
Metz 48 AF-1: http://photo.greenligh​tstreet.com …ticleview/frmAr​ticleID/2/ (external link)


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Feb 04, 2009 20:30 |  #7

Green Li wrote in post #7253929 (external link)
I'd say go Canon with 430EX II or Metz 48 AF-1.
You can try watching amazon for a good price. Recently they had the metz just for $169 (which is unbelievable ;)).
I have reviews on both flashes:
Canon 430EX II: http://photo.greenligh​tstreet.com …icleview/frmArt​icleID/16/ (external link)
Metz 48 AF-1: http://photo.greenligh​tstreet.com …ticleview/frmAr​ticleID/2/ (external link)

Looks like it's $225 now: http://www.amazon.com …eras-Number/dp/B000XXN7JA (external link)

Amazon prices go up and down so much though, tomorrow it might be free.

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Feb 08, 2009 16:40 as a reply to  @ LostShootingStar's post |  #8

Metz 48 AF-1 (external link)

Amazon shows a $20 mail in rebate on the camer until May 30th.



  
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