I know there have been a few threads on lighting lately, but I was hoping I could get some first hand advice on the VIvitar 285 HV off cam strobe flash. By the way - I use a Canon XTI. What I am thinking of doing: two vivitar 285 HV flashes (from ebay) one remote/radio trigger fired from my hotshoe(??) some kind of clamp/stand? What I want them for: in house portraiture and random shoots outdoor shots (portable)...generally non-movement shots My questions: Will these flashes burn out my cam if attached directly to my hotshoe? Does the remote bypass this risk? (I assume so) will these flashes work with a remote? Will they fir directly on my cam if I need them to? are these flashes a good and affordable option for a beginner...is the Nikon SB-24 a good flash for this too? Thanks tons for any input!!