Canon 350d - Flash

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Ok, since I found a new lens for my camera, I'm thinking Santa doesn't need to bring me another one. Having said that, I'm still open to bargains at a good price, for either wide or telephoto.

Thing is, since I got my camera 2 years ago, I've never had a flash that works with it (it sadly rejected my trusty and now lonely Hanimax).

So, great, what an opportunity to get one, I thought. Until I seen the price!

I prefer not to use flash at the best of times, never mind paying £200 for the priveledge of doing so!

I know you're all going to tell me how incredible the 580EX is, but honestly, I can buy a new car for that price.

This is a good opportunity for me to get my digital kit up to standard (i.e finally owning the essentials), but what can I get that produces the goods for £100 or under?
 

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I use the Sigma EF-500 Super flash on my 350D. It's an extremely good flash, with all the same features as the 580EX, for half the price. I highly recommend this flash.
 
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On the wrong side of £100, but still, good call. I'll have a look round and see if there's any bargains on that one.
 

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The 430EX is much less expensive than the 580EX...and has almost all of the same advantages.
 
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I'm looking at it now but it's £160 at the cheapest. I was really thinking around half that price.
 

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If you want a flash that is not 'dedicated' to work with your camera in terms of E-TTL metering...then you can get something cheaper....but then you will have to adjust the camera and flash separately, to get the proper exposure.
 
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Yeah, cheapest dedicated one I've found so far is the Sigma EF-500 DG ST for around £120.

Other than that, Jessops (big photographic chain here in England) brand for £100.

It's either a dedicated flash or a piece of junk for a fraction of the price, I don't see the sense in wasting what I'd call a good bit of money on something that's sub-standard, that I'll always be wanting to replace.
 

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Canon 430EX's are available on e-bay in great condition to new for 200-240 USD/CDN.

I think in pounds that's around 100.
 
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There's loads of them on ebay for £150, which I think would be about $220 at a rough guess.

I'd love the Canon. I think it's something I'd feel comfortable with not having to upgrade for a long time to come.

But Santa ain't made of money.
 

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If you go used AND want to use it on camera, make sure it is ##EX and not ##EZ
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