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Old July 8th, 2005, 09:55 AM   #1
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Canon flash advice

Ok, I've got a pretty cheap Vivitar flash right now, which is fine because I only use it twice a year. However, it has gotten a little unreliable, and I want to pick up a new(used) flash to go with my 10d. I don't know much about Canon flashes, or any flashes really, I just want them to work, and perfectly. :)
Which one should I buy? I'll be looking on Ebay for used ones, so I'm really looking for a good bang for the buck flash, and it's fine with me if it is a model or two older.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 11:58 AM   #2
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you want either a 580 EX which is the biggest newest flash that will work in full E-TTL mode with your camera. The 550 EX is the flash prior to the 580 and will work fine as well.

The 420 EX will also work as E-TTL flash is a little smaller with less output and less expensive.

The 420 can not be used as a master flash in a wireless multi flash setup. Only the 550/580 can be used as a master.

The best choice would IMO be the 580 but you may not find any used or inexpensive ones. You may be able to get some deals on 550's though
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Old July 9th, 2005, 01:23 AM   #3
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Keep your eye on Fred Miranda's Buy & Sell forum for the 550 or 580. They come up every so often. You might even consider posting a "want to buy" (WTB) message there. Check the place at least twice a day, as a lot of gear moves through that place.
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Old July 9th, 2005, 09:45 AM   #4
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Actually, I've been looking there for a 100-400L or a Sigma 50-500mm, didn't even think about looking for a flash there. They do get huge buy/sell traffic, don't they?
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Old July 10th, 2005, 02:06 PM   #5
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Actually, I've been looking there for a 100-400L or a Sigma 50-500mm, didn't even think about looking for a flash there. They do get huge buy/sell traffic, don't they?

If you are interested in a top notch flash for a Canon 10D, I happen to have a practically new Metz---I think much better then the Canon products---You can read about it and let me know if you are interested. It's the 54mz3
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Hey David, I might have a 380ex purchased (will know tomorrow) locally, but if I don't, I will email you. Thanks for the offer!
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Hey David, I might have a 380ex purchased (will know tomorrow) locally, but if I don't, I will email you. Thanks for the offer!
No problem Dylan, let me know.
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