Flash that compares to Canon 430 EX II

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  1. JJOC5547

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    Hi all. I'm a newbie here. I currently have a Canon T1i and looking to buy a flash. Can anyone recommend a flash thats comparable to the 430 EX? I hate the look of the built-in flash and want to know what options are out there. I like taking portraits if that makes any difference...

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    who cares how it looks? if it does the job, that's a lot more important. that aside, canon flashes are probably the nicest looking flashes out there.
     
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    I'm sure they meant the way that their photos look, when using the flash....not how the flash looks.

    The 430EX is probably your best option (if not the 580EX). Are you looking for something cheaper?
     
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    ah, i read it wrong. yeah, u get what u pay for. the canon flashes are pricey, but worth every penny. ttl is nice. i used to have the 430exII but it was stolen. this time around im gonna get the 580.
     
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    Get the 430exII befre the rebate is done. I know locally when I went in Norman Camera last weekend it was 250.00 with the 50.00 rebate, thats cheaper than you can find one on ebay for. I'll sell you a ex380 when I buy the 430 this week!
     
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    Maybe you can find a 430EX on the used market. I use the original EX and it works great.
     
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    I think you get in camera setup with the 430exII compared to the original which I hear a little easier.
     
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    Ya, I meant the way the photos looked using the built in flash. (sorry if i wasn't clear..lol!) I've only read good things about the 430 EX but just want to know if there is something a cheaper but comparable out there in photo-land. I was reading up on the Sigma EF530 but i don't want to kick myself in choosing the wrong one. Any thoughts on the Sigma?
     
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    It's not a Canon, which means reverse engineering, which doesn't always work out the way they hoped.
     
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    If I recall correctly, the Sigma is close to the same price as the 430EX, although it's closer in power to the 580EX.

    I know people who use Sigma flashes, they like them, but agree that the Canon's are built better.

    I've been hearing about a Nissin flash that is cheaper and supposedly works with Canon E-TTL (auto flash metering).

    I'd still recommend the 430EX though.
     
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    Thoughts on the Yongnuo YN-468?
     
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    Well you caught my attention with the E-TTL Nissan, until I read the stats. These are about as close as you get in power. I didn't even read anything else on it, after I saw the recycle time I quit looking.


    Canon 430exII - $250
    Guide Number - 141 ft./43m; at 105mm
    Recycle Time - Approx. 0.1 to 3.7 seconds (AA-size Alkaline Batteries)/0.1 to 2 seconds (AA-size Ni-MH batteries)

    Nissan di622 - $169.00
    Guide number -144 ft./44m at 105mm
    Recycle Time - 6 seconds (based on fresh alkaline batteries & full power)
    4 seconds (based on fresh Ni-MH batteries & full power)

    I have an old polaroid that recycles faster than this! 6 seconds!?? Hope your subject isn't moving cause it's gone now!
     

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