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Some flash advice!

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  1. geofftelforduk

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    Hi guys, I would greatly appreciate it if you could offer me some advice on the following two flash guns from Jessops for my 20D! I am on a bit of a tight budget and hence the reason why I dont want to buy a Speedlight!

    Flashgun 1

    Flashgun 2

    Your help would be much appreciated! Any alternative suggestions are welcome!

    I will not be doing alot of photography that would merit a Speedlight or similar!

    Thanks
    Geoff
     
  2. Johndm

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    Beware of Trigger Voltages.. :lesson:

    Many third party flashguns can wreck delicate digital cameras, so be aware.

    I bought a cheapy, checked the voltage with a voltmeter, and it was over 300v.

    Got a 550 EX instead
     
  3. geofftelforduk

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    Hi Johndm! Thanks for the advice! Have you any idea how I could check what the voltage is! Is it documented in the spec?

    Thanks
     
  4. mr jones

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    i bought a speedlite 580EX its fantastic, well worth the beanz it cost
     
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    Personally speaking I wouldnt buy either as they wont offer much better performance than the flash built into your camera. The guide number on both is very low.

    Check out the Sigma flash guns. These offer practically the same performance as their Canon counterparts for a fraction of the price. The Sigma EF 500 ST DG costs £99
     
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    You could get a Speedlite 420EX from 7dayshop using the £35 Canon cash back offer they have at present for £95.
     
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    i would second the 420EX. i have one and its all i need, great for bouncing off the ceiling (light, not the flash gun itself) and you get money back from Canon.
    The 550 and 580 are better but also dearer and more complicated IMHO

    Dave.
     
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    :confused: The 550EX is akin to a particle beam weapon....
    It also 'zooms' with attached lenses, has a built in diffuser, but best of all it allows pics at ISO 100, unlike the built in job which defaults to ISO 400 wether u like it or not..

    A slight improvement maybe... :eek:
     
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    you can choose any iso you want with the built in flash. its only in Auto mode that defaults to iso 400.
    Agree with you on the other points though.
    The 420EX zooms as well with the lens.

    Dave.
     
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    Also be aware that the EOS digitals only support E-TTL and E-TTL II, not TTL. I can't see anywhere where it says those flashes support either of those. If the flash doesn't support E-TTL or E-TTL II then I think it will still trigger the flash but the flash needs to be set manually.
     
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    mattym has just posted a link I'd lost.. :smashin:

    To check it yourself, just use a voltmeter accross the camera connection pin, and the shoe ground. Set to DC and manually fire the flash. (off the camera obviously)

    :smashin:
     
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    Just came across the Metz 36 AF-4. It's £65 at Warehouse express and is fully e-ttl and looks similar in spec to the Jessops 320. Don't know too much about it though as it's fairly new should be more info on the Metz website (www.metz.de/en). They are a reputable flashgun manufacturer.
     
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