Off Camera Flash

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  1. Dionysus

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    Is there anything that can make it so the new flash i bought (canon speedlight 430 ex II) can be used off camera? wireless preferrably, but if its wired, if theres anything w/ a really long cord? seems like by reading the manual that my only option it to buy another ex flash, and running it as a slave to the main flash.

    i'm a lighting ultra noob, so dont know what my options are.
     
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    hmm ill look into that..thanks.
     
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    3ft cord? man..thats rediculously short :p
     
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    Longer than that and I believe you must go wireless.
     
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    I think Canon offers a longer cord than the 3' version, but it's ridiculously expensive.

    Besides a higher end EOS flash, Canon has a remote trigger unit. It used to be the ST-E2, but there may be a newer model?

    The above options allow ETTL. There are lot's of other options that would require setting flash power manually.

    There are all sorts of cheap flash shoe adapters and sync cords available.

    Optical slaves.

    Radio slaves: some of the newer models offer ETTL, some don't.

    Check out strobist.com for lots of info.
     
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    I have a 420EX, and I just ordered the Gadget Infinity Cactus Wireless Flash Triggers (radio triggers). I haven't used them yet, but they talk about them on strobist.com (if you haven't looked at that site yet, check it out). Strobist 101 gives you a good idea for a simple setup to use off camera flash.
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Cheap and unreliable
    http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,514.htm

    good for a beginner though.
     
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    I am a lighting beginner as well. I found this link in another thread and it seems to really explain how lighting works. May help you understand flash work more.

    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

    Not exactly an answer for you question but seems like something you would be interested in at some point.

    Cheers!
     
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    ive been reading the strobist site for a couple days now, and though a lot of it is helpful, some of it is over my head until I gain exposure to it. has anyone tried that radio slave set that village idiot put up?
     
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    I use them, and there are a few others around here as well.

    I've found that they work really well indoors and fairly well outdoors. Make sure to get the newest one though, I think it's the V2s. I have an older one and it doesn't work with my 430EX (although it works well with other flash units and my studio lights). I also have a V2s that does work with my 430EX.

    There are even some modifications that you can do to these triggers, to add a better antenna or to add a better battery option etc.
     
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    awesome, whats their max range about? i just need something so i can place the flash wherever i need it, since i really cant afford another flash unit. Any major problems with them?
     

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