additional flash light compatible with Canon G5?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Cat(h), May 20, 2007.

  1. Cat(h)

    Cat(h) Guest

    I hope I am in the right place...

    I bought a Canon G5 a few years back, and love it to bits, being a
    total amateur who just likes to take a few pics without sweating too
    much about the technicalities...
    However, the camera's built in flash is poor enough indoors, and I
    would like to invest in a good additional flash light which allows me
    to take good pics indoors at night, say at weddings and other such
    Can someone suggest a good compatible flash which reloads reasonably
    fast and is sufficiently powerful?
    Many thanks in advance!

    Cat(h) (getting confused with online reviews and tech info - which do
    not make it clear what Canon flash lights are compatible with G5s)
    Cat(h), May 20, 2007
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  2. I don't know the G5 intimately, but I think, if it has a hotshoe on,
    then any Canon Speedlight system flash will be right. Do you have a hot
    shoe, as the G7 does, with 1 large central contact and 4 smaller ones
    behind it? I use a Speedlight 420EX with the G7. Only problem is it's
    bigger and heavier than the camera.
    Richard Polhill, May 20, 2007
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  3. Cat(h)

    Cat(h) Guest

    Thanks for your reply, Richard.
    Yes I have a hotshoe, with the contacts as you describe. Does the
    Speedlight 420 EX take a long time to reload between shots? And is
    there a fast flash which is powerful, yet light ?
    Thanks again,
    Cat(h), May 20, 2007
  4. Cat(h)

    Trev Guest

    No doubt there are features that work with the flash gun to control its
    range and duration. These will only work with a compatible flash gun But
    Metz Sigma And sunpak also make flash guns that work with canon as well as
    Canon some fully others with limited control
    Trev, May 20, 2007
  5. Depends on how much flash is used. With a system flash, if you're
    photographing somebody quite close, the flash will not discharge very
    much so will be instantly ready for another shot. If you're
    photographing something 50m away at night, then it'll have to recharge
    fully, but this takes only 10-20s.

    In my experience the Speedlight is much much faster to recharge than the
    built-in flash, not to mention infinitely better at illuminating a shot
    without the usual flash shine, shadows and general nastiness.

    Richard Polhill, May 21, 2007

  6. Oh, and zooms automatically with the camera too.
    Richard Polhill, May 21, 2007
  7. Cat(h)

    Cat(h) Guest

    Thank you very much, Trev and Richard. I think I will do a little
    more research re. price with all brands named above.

    Cat(h), May 21, 2007
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