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Mar 04, 2013 09:17 |  #1

I tried to search first but didn’t really see what I was looking for. Looking to add my first flash unit to the equipment pile. Any preferences from you guys? I'm looking at either the Speedlite 430EX II or the 320 EX. For now let’s just say it will be used for general shots, indoor portraits and maybe some outdoor landscape, portrait type stuff.


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Mar 04, 2013 09:21 |  #2

Between those two, I'd say go for the 430 - it will certainly do you for the types of shots you've mentioned :)


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Mar 04, 2013 12:16 |  #3

I don't know about the 320 EX. In general, I'd say get what you can afford. If you can't afford a 580EX then go for the 430, but I'd plan on a 580 in the future.

In the meantime, you might read up on a "bounce card"...


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Mar 04, 2013 14:09 |  #4

The 430 is going to give you much more versatility. I don't believe the 320 gives you much, if any, manual control of the flash. The extra power of the 430 is going to be very helpful as well. If you can afford it, the 580 is a great flash with built in capability to wirelessly control other Canon flashes, but otherwise the major difference between it and the 430 is significantly greater power.




  
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Mar 04, 2013 14:17 |  #5

^^ ditto.


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Mar 04, 2013 17:35 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #6

^^ x2
I guess the 580 is going to be pretty large - I find the 430 quite large and have contemplated getting something smaller but as a compliment, not a replacement, for times I don't need the power or versatility of the 430. Unless you know you are going to need maximal power the 430 is a good start - even if you do need external flash control you can control it with a 580 or other controller.


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Mar 04, 2013 19:15 |  #7

I've had a 580EX II for several years and just picked up a 430EX for my wife. Having played with the 430 a little (which is significantly smaller than the 580), I think it is a great value for an introductory flash.


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Mar 04, 2013 21:40 |  #8

If you are wanting to stick with a hot shoe flash check out an older Nikon SB24, or SB26, Vivitar 285HV, or one of the Nissin or Youngnuo flashes. Nothing against the more expensive ones but all of these are great values.

I have a 285HV and a 580EXII that I have been using for 5 years of steady use. The 285HV has been just as reliable as the 580EX.




  
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Mar 05, 2013 04:23 |  #9

dhornick wrote in post #15674860 (external link)
I tried to search first but didn’t really see what I was looking for. Looking to add my first flash unit to the equipment pile. Any preferences from you guys? I'm looking at either the Speedlite 430EX II or the 320 EX. For now let’s just say it will be used for general shots, indoor portraits and maybe some outdoor landscape, portrait type stuff.

those are good although you might want to ask in the flash section. I've been using yongnuo ETTL flashes for years.




  
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