Need advice on flash purchase

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Alan Browne, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Speaking of posting on the NG for future visitors ... did you Google first?

    My advice would be to stick to the Canon system to ensure current and
    future compatibility. Further, verify that the flash you get is
    compatible with Canon's digital cameras if that upgrade path is in your

    Both Vivitar and Metz make fine flashes, of course. One of the PITA's
    however is where they _don't_ integrate together.

    Alan Browne, Feb 16, 2004
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  2. Hi,

    Cant make up my mind... need to buy a new flash for my new canon elan 7,
    the logical choicy would be a 420ex or a 520ex but was also thinking about
    the following options :

    vivitar 285 HV ( new )
    Metz40 mz-2 ( used ) or any other metz flashgun

    any pro's and con's and comments on all of the above would be great.. please
    post on the newsgroup for reference for future visitors !

    thank you !
    Stephane Laviolette, Feb 16, 2004
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  3. Alan Browne

    Nick Zentena Guest

    I don't know about the 40 but one of the pros of the bigger Metz flashes
    is that they can be made to work with other systems. You just need to buy a
    new module and hopefully get yourself full support. The downside is you
    might not get full support so you need to check it out before hand. The website shows which adapters work with which cameras and what
    functions you get. Being able to use the same flash with different camera
    types is nice if you have more then one camera type or in the future when
    you might.

    The other nice thing about Metz is they seem more honest about how they
    rate the output. Some companies will hide details in the small print.

    The con with the Metz flashes is the price.

    Personally I'm leaning towards a Sunpak 555. It comes with similar
    output to the Metz 45 but new isn't much more then a used Metz 45. From what
    I hear the Metz is better made but it's also a lot more money new.

    Nick Zentena, Feb 16, 2004
  4. thanks for the advice.. you mention google, what is it ???
    Stephane Laviolette, Feb 16, 2004
  5. Alan Browne

    Slingblade Guest

    the 285HV is a great flash. I've used one for quite a long time. It
    won't do TTL metering with any camera that I know of, but it does have
    some automatic functions...although I prefer to shoot manually. I
    like it because it has vari-power, which saves on batteries. I'm sure
    the other flashes you mention probably do to, but I don't know how
    they compare pricewise. That 285HV should work with any camera made
    that I know of that has a hotshoe or x-sync connector. It sells for a
    decent price also.
    Slingblade, Feb 16, 2004
  6. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Suivre ce lien:

    et tu as l'archive de ce NG depuis ... tres long temps.... donc, avant
    de poser des questions specifique sur un equipmement, Google-groups a
    tres souvent des instances de la même question ... et des réponses...

    Je demeure en region de Ste-Thèrése, et toi?

    Alan Browne, Feb 16, 2004
  7. Alan Browne

    Bob Hickey Guest

    I don't know about the Sun 555, but the Sun 522 will go a whole wedding on a
    set of 6 AAs, and slow film.. It can be had for a fair price, is extremely
    bright, has outlets for all the popular modules, goes from full down to 1/64
    power, and takes a beating. Down side is, very heavy. But it's worth it.
    Bob Hickey
    Bob Hickey, Feb 16, 2004
  8. Alan Browne

    Nick Zentena Guest

    From what I've been able to figure out the 522 sounds like the 544
    but the 522 includes a few more features. The 555 is slightly more powerfull
    but the main difference is it can take modules for different cameras. The
    544 can't. It's also only $30-40 more. I've been looking at the odd used
    flash but it seems the difference between a new and a used one isn't that
    great. I'd rather not risk an old one if the price difference isn't too much.

    Nick Zentena, Feb 16, 2004
  9. Alan Browne

    who? Guest

    Hello Stephane,

    I just bought a 420EX and a 550EX for use with my Elan 7 and would highly
    recommend either. I can't comment on the other flashes you mentioned but I
    highly doubt they would integrate as seamlessly with the Elan controls and
    features as the Canon units do. If you would like to use the flash you
    eventually buy on a non-Canon body as well though that is another issue.

    The biggest problem with the 420EX is lack of manual control. Go for the
    550EX if it fits your budget.

    Good luck!

    who?, Feb 16, 2004
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