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Old Jan 27, 2009, 12:23 AM   #1
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I want to buy a 430EX (II maybe) flash for my XSi, but find no mention that it can be used as an off-camera flash out of the box. Will I have to buy remote triggers and stuff to get it working?


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Old Jan 30, 2009, 8:38 PM   #2
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Yes. You'll need something to trigger it off when it is off the camera.


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Old Jan 30, 2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the ST-E2 may cost more than the 430EX (II)...
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Old Mar 7, 2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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Hello,

I believe the 430EX(II) can be trigger by a commander unit, but I don't believe the XSi has that built-in. (So it's not the flash unit that is lacking, but the XSi)

[My buddy has the 430EX & XTi. Can't fire the 430EX remotely. He had a bid on a 580EX that would let him put the 580EX on his XTi and use it to trigger the 430EX. An expensive way to trigger the 430EX. But would get you on-axis flash if you wanted it at the same time. I'll have to ask him if he won the bid.]

If you are looking at how to get the 430EX(II) triggered remotely (inexpensively) (ie. Not having to buy another expensive piece of equipment just to trigger the flash unit.) . . . you can . . .

1) Get an extension cable. (Which if you get the right cable, preserves TTL) ($50-100?)

or

2) Get a cheap wireless triggers. See link below. (But you lose TTL, and these things are flimsy.) ($30-60?)

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Wireless-16-Channel-Radio-Slave-Flash-Trigger-Cordless_W0QQitemZ110334634092QQcmdZViewItemQQptZP ortable_Flashes_Strobes?hash=item110334634092& _trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1215|66%3A 2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318

NOTE: You might have to get a slightly different unit to work with your 430EX(II).

I went the wireless trigger route & I am having a lot of fun with it. Yes it is flimsy, but if you take care of it, it works. I set my flash units to manual, measure with my flash meter, set my camera on manual and fire away.

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Old Mar 11, 2009, 3:59 PM   #5
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This device is fully ETTL-II compatible:
http://www.pocketwizard.com/products...iver/36/TT1-C/

... and does not require a Master (i.e. could save the cost of another flash)
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