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Mar 01, 2010 10:16 |  #1

i currently have a canon 420ex. i like it on my Rebel but its full auto. for doing some product and portrait shots i would like to get a cheap wireless trigger unit but would need a flash i can adjust manually.

are there any good cheap flashes out there? i don't need any fancy metering just a basic unit i can use for remote trigger




  
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Mar 01, 2010 13:38 |  #2

Yn-460 is about as cheap as it gets. Just takes a while to receive them.

Edit: You should get the YN-460 MkII though, its faster to recycle and more powerful. It also is $20 more or so.

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Mar 01, 2010 15:20 |  #3

Muskydave22 wrote in post #9707570 (external link)
Yn-460 II is about as cheap as it gets. Just takes a while to receive them.

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Mar 01, 2010 16:45 |  #4

Austin.Manny wrote in post #9708200 (external link)
+1.

+2 on the Yongnuo YN460




  
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Mar 01, 2010 17:22 |  #5

Muskydave22 wrote in post #9707570 (external link)
Yn-460 is about as cheap as it gets. Just takes a while to receive them.

Edit: You should get the YN-460 MkII though, its faster to recycle and more powerful. It also is $20 more or so.

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Mar 01, 2010 21:19 |  #6

Im going to have to say the Vivitar 285HV's! I absolutely love mine to death!
Im using some "Pure" brand rechargeable batteries for them, So far 450 shots on this charge lol

Im a Vivitar Fanboy now lol


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Mar 01, 2010 21:26 |  #7

So far 450 shots on this charge

At what power?


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Mar 01, 2010 21:44 |  #8

Ummm +4 to the YN 460II


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Mar 02, 2010 01:06 |  #9

themadman wrote in post #9710699 (external link)
Ummm +4 to the YN 460II

i'll say +5 cuz I bought 2 of those myself today




  
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Mar 02, 2010 01:13 |  #10

do you guys just buy them off ebay?




  
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Mar 02, 2010 01:22 |  #11

Yea, they ship them from China or wherever. Usually takes about 2 weeks or so.

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Mar 02, 2010 01:28 |  #12

thank you!




  
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Mar 02, 2010 08:04 |  #13

wow quite the consensus on the YN 460II , ebay looks to be bout $56 not too bad, that vivitar looks familiar i think that was recommended back when i was researching flashes last year. but its like $90 new

think ill just be saving my money for a YN 460II for my needs. thanks everyone.




  
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Mar 02, 2010 10:48 |  #14

I haven't seen or used the YN-460 II. From the ads, it looks like you can't zoom the flash head. The Guide Number is 38. No provision for battery pack that I could see. Maybe I am wrong, but if cheep is what you are looking for, this may be for you. I have used the Canon 540EZ for several years with good results.

  • Manual power adjustment to 1/128th
  • Flash head zoom adjustment for area coverage
  • Guide Number 54 at 105mm; 38 at 80mm
  • Battery pack provision (I use the pack sold by flashzebra.com)


So, how does the 540EZ compare to the YN-460 II in real life usage?

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Mar 07, 2010 11:03 as a reply to  @ MT Stringer's post |  #15

another vote for the YN-460 II

for the price it can't be beat.

no it's not a 580 EX2 - but it only $60 bucks.

I bought the flash and the RF-602 triggers on ebay - all items very well built and work perfectly.




  
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