New toy/tool

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Big Mike, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I got a new toy...(or tool, depending on how you look at it) :D

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    ya, ya...I know it's a crappy photo ;)
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hmmm. I was expecting a super large white phallic L-lens here :p

    Hmm, well, this having-almost-no-focus-anywhere effect adds to the artistic value of this image :p

    Anyway, congrats to your new toy!
     
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    wow, you got a new phone with intercom and all, very nice

    Anyways, congrats on the new flash :)
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I was talking about the Alienbee catalogue...but thanks anyway ;) :greenpbl:
     
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    Nice, congrats on the hit to the wallet. I got an SB-800 this past weekend too so I'm having fun blinding the pets.
     
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    i've had this same flash for about a year now, with an omnibounce and stroboframe. I've been really happy with it. it makes me wonder how I ever used the popup flash. congrats!
     
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    my wife complained all the time the blinking from my flash (SB600) make her dizzy....lol
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I didn't know Alien Bees was making anything with Canon's name on it. ;)
     
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    Mike, I really want to know how you like this flash. I have a Sigma DG-500 or something similar, and i'm really not happy with it. the usability of it is just awkward and confusing, and i've heard good things about canon flashes. is it good enough so that I wouldnt have to get the 580?
     
  10. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have only played around with it...but so far, so good.

    The flash I had been using was a Braun Vario-zoom...which can be an 'auto' flash...but it only has two setting...F4 and F8. I could still adjust the FE with the ISO slider...but it was a pain at times.

    The TTL metering of the Canon unit looks like it will be nice and easy. Being able to use FEC on the camera will be nice.

    The Braun was quite powerful for my needs and the 430EX is more powerful yet...so I should be OK for power.

    The auto zooming head of the 430 is nice. The Braun has three zoom positions but it has to be done manually...which I often forgot to do.

    Comparing the 430 to the 580...the 580 is obviously more powerful, a little bigger and the 580 has much better controls. The 580 has a wheel on the back while the 430 has moon shaped buttons that are skinny and hard to press. If you have FEC on the body, it's not a big deal...but if you have a Rebel or some body without FEC on the body...then the 430 is a pain in the butt. The 580 can be a wireless Master or Slave...the 430 can only be a slave. The 580 is compatible with Canon's remote power pack...I don't think the 430 is. I think that the 580 also twists with more freedom than the 430. The 580 has a pull out deflector card, which my Braun also has...but the 430 doesn't have on...I may miss this feature.
     
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    post some sample pics soon!
     
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    I think it's a TOY, specially if it can be remote controlled. Enjoy :)
     

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