Using my flash off-camera?

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    johnwilliams TPF Noob!

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    I'm getting a bit bored with my camera mounted speedlight 430ex and want to set it up so i can use it off camera. I'm just wondering what my options are for this or what price range i'd be looking at for a wireless remote?
     
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    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

    You’ll probably want a stand and umbrella too.

    Stand - $30
    Umbrella adapter - $15
    Westcott 43” white shoot through umbrella - $20

    Remote options are huge. What’s your budget? You could spend anywhere from $400 to a very reliable remote and trigger that’s “pro grade” and the industry standard to $30 for a remote and trigger that’s really hit or miss on QA and could work for what you want or could be really frustrating. Or you could spend $100 on a middle of the road trigger that’s very reliable and will do everything you want.

    Cactus V2S
    Alien Bee Cyber Sync
    Elinchrom Skyports
    Radio Poppers RP1 (?)
    Pocket Wizard PII’s

    Just a sampling of options going from cheapest up top, to most expensive down below.

    The 430EX doesn’t have a pc port, so what ever you get will have to have a hot shoe mount or you’ll have to buy a hot shoe that you can pug a cable into. Those are fairly cheap and can be found at www.flashzebra.com . www.bhphotovideo.com is a good place to get most of the other stuff.
     
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    There are several options and this has been talked about on the forum quite a bit. Try a search, you will come up with plenty to read.

    In a nutshell;
    If you want to retain E-TTL metering, like you have when the flash is mounted on the camera...then there are a couple options. One would be to get a Canon 'master' unit. It could be a 580EX flash or the ST-E2.
    Another option would be the new Pocketwizards.

    The other popular way of using the flash off-camera, is to use a radio or optical trigger. This just fires the flash, so you have to figure out and set the power manually.

    You could also use a cord....but that's no fun ;)
     
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    or just sell the cannon and get a nikon =)

    Mine works just fine with just the body and a couple of flashes....
     

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