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  1. Ptyler22

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    I am now shooting basketball, and I need a flash. I want a good flash, that will be powerful enough for basketball and various indoor sports. Is a 580EXII my best option or is there one that will do the job, but not cost as much?
    Thanks a lot!
     
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    How close are you going to be to the action? Are you going to be firing the flash straight ahead? I have the 580EX II and it's effective indoor flash range is only 50 feet (with a lot of fall off at the end of the range).
     
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    I would check out Strobist as the guy there has done some GREAT basketball shots. He does a lot of preplanning ( for example mounting remote flashes above the D ) and uses multiple flashes.
     
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    i would agree your best bet will more than likely come from remote flashes rather than one on camera flash
     
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    I will be shooting basketball mostly, so the distance ranges anywhere from like 5 feet to like 70 feet.
    I used a 580EXII the other day and I had it pointed up to the ceiling, and bounced it, that worked for anywhere from 5 feet away from me to about 15 feet away, but then it wasn't bright enough. I am not sure what settings it was on though. This is one of the shots I took with it, not sure if you can get flash exif.

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    I really can't mount strobes in the gym, they wouldn't like that very much, and I don't want to spend more than like $350, max. But I would love to be able to do that.
     
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    If they're happy with you taking flash pictures shouldn'e be any problem with mounting strobes - you need to get the light to the picture and from 20-30 feet away it'll be tough unless they are closer to the target. It's something you do before the match starts when the room is quiet.
     
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    How much do decent strobes cost?
    I was also pointing the flash straight up, so it wasn't a bright flash on the players. Are strobes going to make big flashes that could be distracting to HS players who aren't used to playing with flashes going off?
    Thanks
     
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    Price is pretty much as much as you can afford. I paid £37 for my SB-22 which is probably the lowest level flash worth buying. SB-24 and SB26 are popular second hand choices. Strobist has lots of advice on that far more than I know.
     
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    OK, thanks I'll check out Strobist
     
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