Recommended flash....

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Arthur.S
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.....for the EOS 300D. Apart from the 550EX!!

John Farrar
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as its my birthday soon I eagerly await the suggestions :cool:
John

buckers
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I bought a Sigma EF-500 DG Super - no problems so far, very pleased.

http://www.sigma-photo.com/html/news/500dg_super.htm

Also has a stand/mountpoint to be used as a slave flash.

Adam

g3vbl
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You might find this useful:

http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/canonflash.htm

I use a Sunpak PZ 5000AF, with which I am very happy.

Looking further it appears that the 550EX has been replaced by the 580EX.

Chris

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Hi John,
I don't know why you don't want the 550EX but I'll assume it's the price.
That's why I didn't buy one.
However, you can get the 420EX which has pretty much all the same features as the 550Ex but less power. It can't control slaves and you can't switch off E-TTL but that's about all.
I use one with my 300D and they pair up extremely well.
Get your birthday present providers to check out this link where you can get a 420EX for £129 post free:
http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/normal_search_result.php?PHPSESSID=&keywords=420ex&desc_search=1
Regards.

Arthur.S
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Thanks for the useful replies. One thing with 7dayshop is that you could get wacked for duty - they're based in Jersey.

Arthur.S
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Chris, where did you get your Sunpak from?

Ford Prefect
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Check out the link I gave above.
The £129 price includes VAT and P&P
Regards.

Arthur.S
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Yes, but still - maybe - Duty. :( Anything over 18 quid is liable.

JMCP
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Hi Arthur,

there is not duty requiring to be paid on orders anymore from 7dayshop.com, all prices over £18 are inclusive of duty, see this thread

http://www.dvdoctor.net/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=14;t=000476

Cheers John

Arthur.S
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Cheers John.

Arthur.S
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Buckers, can you switch of E-TTL on the sigma?

g3vbl
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The Sigma site shows manual control in 8 settings and that it can be used as a slave so, yes, you can.

Arthur.S
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I've ordered the Sig for £140 inc delivery. Will let you know how I like it. Thanks again to all.

buckers
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Arthur,
been away so missed your post - you probably already know the answer but - yes, you can turn ETTL off.

Adam

busbyvideo
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Reading this with interest. Should i buy a flashgun instead of the handgrip. Which is most important?

Is the built in flash useless?

Mike

g3vbl
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It's the first slr I've had with a built in flash and, while I wouldn't say it was useless, it's more of a bandaid than anything else. I've set mine to +2/3 and it's reasonable but cannot compare with a 'real' flash.

Where I am now, the Sunpak PZ5000AF is Bht7500 before negotiation and it's warm and sunny

busbyvideo
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Quote:
Originally posted by g3vbl:
It's the first slr I've had with a built in flash and, while I wouldn't say it was useless, it's more of a bandaid than anything else. I've set mine to +2/3 and it's reasonable but cannot compare with a 'real' flash.

Are you talking about flash exposure compensation?

Mike

g3vbl
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Yes, I'm sorry if I did not make this clear. I use +2/3 FEC for the internal flash though it's only used as a last resort if the Sunpak is not to hand. Frankly, I see it as a toy rather than a useful feature.

Chris

busbyvideo
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Thanks

Mike

busbyvideo
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I'm thinking of buying the 420ex.

Whats the problem with not being able to switch off ETTL?

Mike

g3vbl
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There are those who will swear by E-TTL and there are those more likely to swear at it. I number myself amongst the latter and would rather use something like a Vivitar 283, thyristor auto, which I find more 'predictable'. Doubtless those of the former persuasion would put this down to my incompetence.... and I can live with that.

Chris

...and no internet for 3 weeks since I'm leaving for Myanmar in a few hours.

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From Busby Video
"I'm thinking of buying the 420ex.
Whats the problem with not being able to switch off ETTL?"

You might want to switch off E-TTL if you are using your flashgun to trigger a studio flash set-up. This prevents the pre-flash from triggering the studio units out of sync. with your shutter.
BTW:
I have the 420EX and it gives excellent results with both my G3 and my 300D. You can get round the inability to swith off E-TTL by either buying the 550EX (expensive solution) or (as I did) by buying an Interfit infra-red trigger unit for 39.99.
HTH.
Regards.

busbyvideo
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Just received my infrared trigger.

A bit puzzled at first as to where to plugin the sync lead that came with it, then realised that you don't need the cable, it works perfectly well without it.

Have to say though that i was surprised that the 300d lens does not have a sync socket to attach such cables.

Mike

buckers
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No-one would buy the 10D for twice as much if they fitted a sync socket to the 300d ?

I have a cheap little sync lead adapter (£3 from 7ds) but after nearly accidently pulling the camera off a table with the lead I'm going IR !

Adam

busbyvideo
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Is the sync socket not usually on the lens?

Therefoe, buying a lens with a sync socket would enable me to fit a sync cable.

What about the 420ex. Do you need a sync socket for it to work?

Mike

busbyvideo
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bump

Mike

g3vbl
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Quote:
Originally posted by busbyvideo:
Is the sync socket not usually on the lens?

Not normally with a 'focal-plane' shutter.

Chris

having narrowly escaped arrest in Northern Myanmar (Burma) while attempting to use the 300D to photograph the Gokteik Viaduct. Spectacular but deemed to be of strategic importance. My old photos taken in 1906 will have to suffice for now! Safely at Mae Sai, Thailand 100m from the Myanmar border.