Speedlight Advice...

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    I have two 400ws monolights. But, I would like to add a third flash and at the same time, would like to be able to use it as a standalone speedlight/off camera flash.

    I was debating the Canon Speedlight 430 EX II. But I'm pretty sure that the 430 EX does not offer an input for a sync cable... Will a speedlight give me the option of using a sync cable input? or does someone have a different/better suggestion?



     
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    The 430 doesn't have a sync cable port, but you can get a little doodad that fits onto the bottom of the flash that does have a port, and you can trigger the flash like this. They aren't very expensive.
     
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    Why wouldn't you just go ahead and get another monolight?

    You can get a speed light to (whichever brand monolight) adapter but you will be limited by what you can drive with it. Even a cheap monolight recycles much faster so you won't have to wait around while your flash recycles either.
     
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    That would be a concern I'd have.

    I have tried a few times, and did not like trying to mix monolights with speedlites. The different recharge rates is hard to work with. Although, I haven't tried it with something like the 580EX, which does recycle faster than most flash units...especially if you keep the power level low.
     
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    I mix my mono lights with speeds light all the time, but i use vivitars 285hv with the power cable to a battery pack, this reduce de recycle time by half.
     
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    Mostly... Portability.
     
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    Thanks for the responses folks.

    I might look into the Yong nuo solution.

    I think I'd prefer a speedlight over a third monolight at this time. Since I don't really have a speedlight right now...

    My main concern is the sync port and the ability to use it with my monolights if I want/need to.

    Thanks again.
     
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    I use 430EX II's off camera with pocket wizards. You can purchase hot shoes that either have a sync port on them or ones with cables already attached. I prefer the ones with miniphone cables already attached since PC syncs suck. Flash Zebra is an excellent site to get cables, shoes, and other small lighting supplies. If you have any questions at all, you can contact Lonnie, the owner of Flash Zebra and he'll help you out with what you need. Plus they're generally cheaper (but no less reliable) than name brand cable from the like of Pocket Wizard.

    FlashZebra.com
     

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