LittleFish wrote in post #14835652
Thanks for the replies.
I must say although the 600EX-RT does look awfully tempting on paper, for my purposes I'm not sure whether the extra cost is justified. Also just wanted to ask, how many of you thought that you would never go into off camera stuff, but eventually did anyways?
Also, to owners of the 430EXII; have you ever felt like you wished the speedlite was capable of turning 180 degrees in either direction?
@LEoVaMPiRe - hey I'd really appreciate it if you'd let me know your thoughts on the unit compared to your 430EXII. What kind of flash work do you personally do?
I don't mind spending the extra $$, if and only if I can reason out my purchase. :P
It's difficult to say as we all shoot differently. But when I discovered [as relatively new to digital flash] wireless ETTL II; I was blown over - IMO dramatic improvement as opposed to sticking it on the camera. So much so - I'm going to investigate what is the smallest [cheapest] decent Canon speedlight for putting on top. But the more I look, the more I think about getting another 430EXII.
No never bothered not being able to not rotate 180 deg. So much so as I didn't even realise it didn't! But then I'd go wireless 95% of the time.
I would love to make you a bet, that you will go wireless in no time at all. Especially as you say you do a lot indoors stuff. I like mixing landscape with people and horses. So to boost my fill flash on a sunny days wireless is brilliant. Plus safer - never know how a Stallion [In particular] will react. Do nothing, or kick the s... out of you. Personally I'd rather be 5 meters away if it kicked off; and sacrifice a speedlight rather than a 7D a 70-300L IS USM lens and ME!
(Note before the cruelty brigade unleash on me - as a former horse [Stallion] owner -- I am particularly careful not to freak out the animal; by firing numerous flashes - initially pointing away from them and then gradually towards them as I get closer and closer- I would strongly advise any tog not to walk up to a highly bred horse and fire off a flash in their face - apart from your safety, its just plain nasty)
To get more power I've gone the Bowens studio route, much more bang for your buck. But it's 'manual' only really. But you hit the setup hassle -maybe I'll get quicker but it's a pain.
In contrast pull a 430EXII out, stuff on the foot, press one button, flick camera mode to to C2 - reset the wireless flash on the menu and bingo. All done in under 30 seconds!
I can't comment on the radio features of the 600, sounds interesting but the price! IMO I think I'd rather have 3x 430EXII than one 600. So I can have a main on the left, fill on the right and maybe another high/back light. But then that's how I use flash [which is probably wrong].
My only critisim of the 430 is the foot size- it's too small? [outside it falls over in grass] but I just bought a bigish polycarb coaster! And as an after thought; a bigger foot would be more difficult to pack in the 'safe zone' i.e. well padded bags; whereas the coaster can be thrown anywhere.[So maybe not a negative after all].
Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon EF 70-200 F2.8 L Mk II IS USM, Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 L IS USM, EF 40mm F2.8 STM , RC6 Remote. Canon STE-3 Radio Flash Controller, Canon 600 EX RT x4 , YN 560 MkII x2 ; Bowens GM500PRO x4 , Bowens Remote Control. Bowens Pulsar TX, RX Radio Transmitter and Reciever Cards. Bowens Constant 530 Streamlights 600w x 4 Sold EOS 5D Mk III, 7D, EF 50mm F1.8, 430 EX Mk II, Bowens GM500Rs x4