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Help buying Flashgun

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 1:06PM
I want to buy a flashgun to use for portraits and general indoor so am looking for some suggestions here. My camera is a Canon 5D mark2 and I have a budget around 200. I dont mind if its a canon or third party.
If its not already obvious I am a complete beginner when it comes to flash.

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Nov 2012 1:17PM
I have a Canon 580 MKII and Yongnuo YN560 II.
I am thinking of getting another Yongnuo YN560 II, at 50, it is much cheaper than Canon's and as powerful. But there is no TTL.
For that, the next one up is worth considering at less than 100: YN 565
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 1:26PM
Thanks Cole. Having quickly looked at the spec of the YN 565 It looks like ideal and as you say a lot cheaper than the Canon equivelant.
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 2:07PM
Hi, you can get the Canon Speedlight 430EX II for 191 pounds here They are a good company and all taxes are paid for.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 2:34PM
"portraits and general indoor" do you want a small portable speedlite flashgun - for 200 you can get a cheap home studio flash head system and some softboxes?

speedlite's are good but they are small so you need to bounce the light through modifiers or off walls to get wide even coverage ( also true for studio lights ). they generally take batteries and these need changing every few hundred shots.

For portable portraits i use speedlites, for home portraits i use studio heads.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
27 Nov 2012 5:51PM
I would be inclined to agree with Col, for a complete beginner a camera flash would be the best way to go.

Yongnuo YN560 II are good as are the Metz units but you might need a ttl lead with these.

To start with just get a single unit with a lead (if needed), get to understand how it works on and off camera and go from there, a lot can be done with just one unit.
MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
27 Nov 2012 5:59PM
Nissin are well worth looking at too, I'm pleased with mine.

I have the Di 866 II
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
27 Nov 2012 6:26PM

Quote:Hi, you can get the Canon Speedlight 430EX II for 191 pounds here They are a good company and all taxes are paid for.

The 430 exII I would say is a good starting point as it will pair with your camera perfectly and give you ttl which is a good starting point at understanding flash.

As for buying you can buy UK stock at all the major camera retailers and Canon are doing 20 cash back until January which makes it near enough 180.

I totally agree with Paul Morgan that an off camera lead is a must and you can get some excellent longer length Yongnuo cables very cheaply from Ebay...I have a 10 meter one which I bought a couple of years ago and is exceptionally good quality at a bargain price....The canon one is pathetically short and grossly over priced.
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 7:01PM
I just bought the 430EXII and am slowly dipping my toe in the flash water as well. The 430 works well, it;s just me that doesn't!! Also bought some cheap wireless flash triggers off Amazon at the same time, and have given them ago. Whilst cheap, they've not missed a beat yet (cost about 18.00!) These Amazon Flash Triggers
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 8:41AM
Thanks everyone. I have decided to dip my toe gently into the water by buying a Yongnuo YN565 and learning how to use that before investing to heavily in a studio system.

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