Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > Flash (External)

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Sep 7, 2002, 4:17 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 143
Default Flash for D30

I know nothing about off camera flash. I would like to get something less expensive than the Canon 550. Are Sigma, Quantaray, Sunpac, etc, alright with the camera or would I better with a lower priced Canon flash?
sasc is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Sep 9, 2002, 10:55 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 385

One of the best things you can do to improve the results of flash is to move the flash off the camera body. That's why a lot of us use a bracket mounted potato masher. By moving the light source away from the lens you won't get that flat lighting of snapshot cameras and you'll avoid red eye. Bouncing a flash helps too and I find the best combination is from a dual head flash with the main head bouncd off the ceiling and the secondary head aimed at the subject.

The Metz flash I'm using costs about as much as the Canon 550 new but I got mine used for a song. I don't have a dedicated module for it yet and am getting terrific results in thyristor mode. I can see a few situations where TTL and ADI will be preferred so I may get the module later on.

Other lower cost options are the Sunpak 544 (B&H just lowered the price to $129 but they're out of stock) but I don't know if the available dedicated modules are fully compatible with the D30. If you want to go really cheap just get a non-dedicated Sunpak or Vivitar bounce flash and mount it on a bracket. Aim the head and the ceiling and use a bounce card to get some catchlight. Not fancy but you can get terrific results.
padeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 13, 2002, 11:07 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 610

If you want to use all the advantages options of Canon flash mode, the 550 is an excellent flash (I like flexibility options of the 550 such as the wireless flash mode and E-TTL). For other off brand flashes, it may work but it may not 100% compatible. My .02 cents on this is: you already invested a lot of money to buy a Cadillac ( couple thousand bucks on the Camera body, why not spend another $300 to get the 550? or a lot less for the 420?), why do you want to install 4 spare tires on this vehicle that you'll never get out all of the benefits of your Cadillac anyway...cheers

[Edited on 9-13-2002 by tuanokc@hotmail.com]

[Edited on 9-13-2002 by tuanokc@hotmail.com]
tuanokc@hotmail.com is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 6:38 AM.