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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Canon flash suggestion?

Looking to get an external flash for my Canon rebel T2i. Buddy of mine who is kinda a semi-pro photographer recommended the speedlite 430ex ii. Checked them out and they are about $275 online, tons of cool features like zoom and all. Nothing but outstanding reviews. Just kills me that it is as much as a lens. Question now is if there is anything comparable that is less expensive that will work as well with my camera. Suggestions?

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eBay you'll find tons of 3rd party if that's your budget.



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No there is nothing 3rd party that will be as nice as those. I'm a 3rd party kinda guy for most things including lenses but flashes don't seem to work out like that. Pay the price up front and get the good one.

Though, for my personal preference you can't beat the 580ex v1 on price or performance. The 430ex and exII are nice but I miss the ability to rotate the flash head clockwise past 90 dearly with those. The 580v2 doesn't bring enough to the table for me to justify the price and it's a PITA to operate compared to the v1.

I picked up two 580exII's when they came out to use with my existing 580ex v1 flashes and only used them a couple times before selling them off and getting more v1's.

I've also used some 3rd party flashes and none are as nice as the canon or nikon oem units. Not in build quality or performance.

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I have a Promaster 7500 series flash for Nikon. They have a Canon version as well. Works pretty good although I dont do alot of flash photography.

$275 isnt bad. Hell Nikons SB700 is $330 and the SB910 is $550.

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Unless it's a high end, sic price, German flash...the OEMs usually are good bang for the buck.

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Thanks everyone. Sounds like it is pretty damn tough to beat the OEM. Guess it was just sticker shock for me. Will go for the OEM when I start doing more indoor. Just getting my feet wet right now.

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I have a Metz Mecablitz and wouldn't buy any other flash as a primary. Great quality and it's VERY user friendly.

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^^^ High end German Flash.

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Yes but they sell for less than the Canon equivalent Speedlite 580EX II so I wouldn't call the OEMs "good bang for the buck."

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