Flash and light meter for Rebel XT.

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  1. Weaving Wax

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    I'm starting a photography course in January and I'm looking into getting a flash and a light meter. What would be compatible with the rebel XT?
     
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    The back of your camera manual will give the compatible flash info. If you no longer have the manual visit www.canonusa.com

    A good entry level digital light meter is the Sekonic L-308S. Many prefer the Sekonic L-358.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Can't say much on the flash compatibility...I'm an evil Nikon shooter, but I will give a big :thumbup: on the Sekonic L-308s meter. It's a nice entry level digital meter, reads to a tenth of a stop, and is usually bang on...I occasionally have to make a 1/3 stop adjustment from the reading.
     
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    Look for "E-TTL" compatibility. That's Canon.
     
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    Is there any specific E-TTL speedlites I should get?
     
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    A flash meter doesn't really need to be compatible with anything...it just needs to read a flash. As long you your camera has a manual mode (it does) you will be OK.
    I'd suggest looking at the Sekonic L308s or L358.

    Technically, you don't need a flash meter but if you want to learn how to use flash well, it's a valuable tool.

    When it comes to flashes, you can look at 'dedicated' or non-dedicated flashes. A dedicated flash is one that works with your camera for things like flash metering (E-TTL). This is basically an 'auto' mode for your flash metering. There are other benefits to a dedicated flash, but that's the big one.

    A non-dedicated flash will either have it's own on-board metering or it will need to be used manually. The biggest benefit is that non dedicated flashes are a lot cheaper.

    A good dedicated flash would be the Canon 430EX or the 580EX. A good (& cheap) non-dedicated flash would be something like THIS.
     
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    It depends what you want to use the speedlight for, however, it is usually best to get the one with the most power and features. Page 158 or your manual shows that EX speedlights are compatable with the XT. You can download the users manual: http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/0900000278/EOSDRXT350DIM-EN.pdf
     
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    Canon speedlight 430ex II or 580ex II. The 430ex II I think goes for bout 250.00 and the 580exII is 449.99 or cheaper at other places. Read bout there features both. Stick with those flashes. There wroth it in the long run.
     
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    Thanks! I'll look into those!
     
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    Oh and would these flashes work with an EOS650?
     
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    Not sure on the EOS635. Someone else or canon will have to answer that for you.
     

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