In need of an external flash

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  1. Opher

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    Hello i am looking for an external flash for my Canon XS. I would like it to be able to controle a secondary off camera flash. And i want all of this for under $250. Can you shoot me some ideas? The primary use will be taking photos of children at my church (youth group); usually in an uncontrolled environment.

    Any sujestions are welcome.
     
  2. KmH

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    eBay radio triggers and Vivitar 285HV's.

    The triggers are $45 including shipping and the 285HV's are $90 ea on Amazon.

    You won't have TTL.

    To do Canon speedlights (2) you'd have to triple your budget.
     
  3. Big Mike

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    HERE is a 2 flash kit with umbrellas, stands, radio triggers etc. No TTL, it would have to be all manual control and it's still almost twice your budget.
     
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    If you can increase your budget, I would suggest something like a Canon 430 EX or EXII and a Vivitar 285 with the radio triggers. You will then have a 2 light off camera manual flash setup and the option of using an on camera flash to bounce light when you need it.
     
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    You don't need two Canon speed lights for off camera flash.
     
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    I don't think he was saying you needed 2 Canon flashes. It sounds like he was suggesting 2 Vivitars and offering the info that if he wanted to do Canon flashes, he would need to spend more.
     
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    :er:
     
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    I give up.
     
  9. KmH

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    Thanks for defending me. Notice I didn't bother to respond. Previous experience, such as you just encountered, is why.

    This is the only forum I belong to, that has a populated ignore list.
     
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    Thank you for your help. Sorry i could not get back to you sooner(my laptop died).
     
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    TO the OP, just go to Strobist , read lighting 101 and 102, it has all the info you need... and more.
     

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