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Initial post: 10 May 2012, 15:45:53 BST
R. Crozier says:
Hi, I have a Canon EOS (400 I think) and am looking to add a flashgun to my kit. I'm not looking to spend a great amount - maybe £140 max. Can anyone recommend a good one. I have heard that I should be looking for one with TTL mode as this make it easier to use. I doubt it will be used that often but I am hoping to take some nice photo's at a family wedding soon.

Posted on 10 May 2012, 16:18:34 BST
X says:
RC: Top product, low price, excellent sellers:

http://www.ffordes.com/product/10072316357684

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012, 16:36:27 BST
I still use an auto flash made about 30 years ago. The sort where you set the camera on manual and dial in the aperture on the flash which then measures the back scatter light for exposure.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012, 22:29:54 BST
T.J.Byford says:
RC, TTL flash is a boon, more accurate than even the autoflash mode on external units, good as these units can be. And if you don't think you are experienced enough to deal with the ins and outs of using an external flash, TTL makes life easy for you and will deliver a high hit rate of successful flash shots. I've checked out dpreview for you, who did a review of your camera, and see that it does support external TTL units, and Canon do provide a range of external units in their EX series of speedlites. Hopefully, there will be one within your budget.

Posted on 10 May 2012, 23:19:15 BST
X says:
Ooops! I forgot to state that the unit I advised is a Metz 44 AF-1 with software specific to EOS TTL operation. For £130 it's a good deal.

Posted on 14 May 2012, 16:05:09 BST
X, out of interest, what do you think of the Sigma EF-610 SUPER flashes? Any good?

Posted on 14 May 2012, 16:17:06 BST
Mr Crozier..

If you get that flash unit, make sure to bounce the flash off a nearby white surface, watch out for coloured decor! also, if you can get one, use a diffuser for wedding shots to take the harshness out of the faces caused by high contrast light. a diffuser is basically a lump of plastic or a white hanky over the end of the flash unit, but about 40 mm away from the flashguns surface. Well worth practicing on the family before you take it to the wedding!

Posted on 14 May 2012, 23:08:32 BST
X says:
Andrew: As far as I know Sigma flash units are on a par with their lenses. I understand they have built on their "understanding" with camera brands to get good, effective TTL protocols. But I have not used one, nor do I know anyone who has done. Like most people I know I have less ignorance re Metz.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012, 20:04:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2012, 20:18:30 GMT
Figleaf says:
Metz 58 AF-2 Digital Flashgun for Pentax Flash Pictures over exposed!

I have recently purchased a Metz 58AF-2 Flash unit which I use with my Pentax K 20D. Although when unit is set to TTL or
P-TTL all my pictures are greatly over exposed. I use a Tamron AF 18-200mm Lens set at Aperature Priority.
Can someone please advise me how to overcome this problem?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012, 09:41:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2012, 09:42:34 GMT
RE: X's sellers - I purchased my complete CSC system from ffordes, who are an absolute gem to do business with.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012, 10:49:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2012, 10:53:49 GMT
Steve B says:
Andrew

I have a Sigma EF-610 SUPER flash for my Canon cameras and I think that it is every bit as good as my 580EX only it is cheaper and has a little, if imperceptible, more power.

Posted on 12 Nov 2012, 11:41:41 GMT
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