Flash units for canon 300d

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Hank, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. Hank

    Hank Guest

    I have a canon dreble and considering an external flash unit. Are there
    recommendations for non canon uinits?

    Hank, Nov 24, 2004
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  2. Hank

    YAG-ART Guest

    Why, don't you like the Canon ones? Metz makes some good shoe mount
    YAG-ART, Nov 25, 2004
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  3. Hank

    Hank Guest

    Thinking of cost I guess and looking at options.
    Hank, Nov 25, 2004
  4. Hank

    YAG-ART Guest

    I used to own a Sunpak PZ400AF (now the 5000 I think). It was ok, but
    when I needed more from a flash I bought the 550EX.
    YAG-ART, Nov 25, 2004
  5. Here is a list of the flash guns I am aware of that are E-TTL-compa-
    tible (sort off),

    In addition to Canon's own models, I've listed some third party flash
    guns claimed by their manufacturer to be "Canon digital" compatible.
    These third party guns use reverse engineered interfaces for E-TTL
    compatibility. The Sigma 500 DG Super has a fair reputation for E-TTL
    compatibility, the Metz models have received more mixed reviews in
    this area, but make up for this by having an excellent auto mode. The
    Sunpak. Promaster and Quantum are new entries, and I've haven't seen
    any reports on their compatibility yet.

    The Sigma and all the Canons except the 220 EX and 380 EX can be used
    in a infrared wireless (w/l) master/slave setup (the 420 EX as slave
    only) and are compatible with the wireless transmitter ST-E2.

    Model GN Notes
    1. Canon 220 EX (22) No tilt/swivel
    2. Canon 380 EX (33) No swivel (discontinued 2001)
    3 Sunpak PZ40X (40) Rev. eng E-TTL. Also power ratio.
    4. Promaster 7500DX (42) Rev. eng E-TTL. Also auto.
    5. Canon 420 EX (42) W/l slave.
    6. Metz 44 AF-4C (44) Rev. eng E-TTL. Also auto.
    7. Quantum Qflash T4d (49) Rev. eng E-TTL. Also power ratio.
    8. Sigma 500 DG Super (50) W/l master + slave. Rev. eng.
    9. Metz 54 MZ-4C (54) Rev. eng E-TTL. Also auto.
    10. Canon 550 EX (55) W/l master + slave
    11. Canon 580 EX (58) W/l master + slave
    Models are sorted by maximum guide number (in meters, for ISO 100).
    For technical details, see the manufacturers' specification sheets.

    Alternatively, for variable power output, you may buy a non E-TTL
    «auto» flashgun (like the Vivitar 283, GN 37). This will work fine
    on all Canon's digicams. You set up the camera in aperture priority
    mode, set the aperture you use on the flash, and let the flashgun
    control the exposure.

    If you don't want to spend the $180 a Speedlite 420EX will cost
    you, a Vivitar 283 cost only about $67. I would not recommend
    to get a unit with less power than the Vivitar (GN 120ft/37m)
    if you want an useable bounce.

    A good tutorial on using flash is on:
    Gisle Hannemyr, Nov 25, 2004
  6. Hank

    Hank Guest

    Excellent information. Many thanks

    Hank, Nov 25, 2004
  7. Hank

    Ken Ellis Guest


    Nice one.


    Ken Ellis, Nov 25, 2004
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