Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by mikehrp, Dec 23, 2008.
How long do these last? Do they have a tendancy to fail?
I'm looking to buy the 430ex ii.
Everything has a tendency (however small) to fail. If you're asking "will I have to replace this in a year" the answer is probably not. . .depending on how hard you ride it." Get the flash; longevity shouldn't be a concern when purchasing photo equipment for hobbyist users.
Unless you blast it it at full power repeatedly *read abuse*, it should give you years of service.
Remember the days of the flash cubes when each of the 4 sides would just blow the hell out of itself when it fired.... Those were funny, but not quite as funny as holding up a pile of black powder and igniting it for flash....
I still have a vivitar 2500 from ten years ago
Here is why I ask.
Sams Club (and Costco) has it for $249 plus tax Sam's Club - Canon Speedlite 430EX
BH has it for $239 no tax.
Sams/Costco will take it back no questions asked if it fails. Being a noob I had no idea how long they last.
Also, nobody locally would come close to matching the price. One guy said "Why dont you buy it at costco?" to which I replied "You know what? I think I will"
i guess you would have to ask yourself if you want to spend the extra money as a form of insurance just to be safe
Also, my American Express doubles the manf. warranty so I think two years should be good. I guess BH it is (like always)
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