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Old Mar 29, 2011, 7:17 AM   #31
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better to buy nissin and with the money you save pick up some accs.
flash bracket, sync cord, diffuser, i dunno man, maybe a remote, light/flash stand etc
that way you get a bang for your buck
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This is what I like about Steve's - Everyone is here to help, especially with alternatives, as Canon (or Nikon) equipments are already widely advertised and well understood!
Here's what I use for a wireless set-up on location when I can't take my larger Elinchrom with me:

1. This sync-cord is very flexible as it retains all of Canon ETTL-II features, but works with Nikon i-TTL camera's as well: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ssin+Sync+Cord
-> This is useful when you want the 'Master' to also contribute to the lighting, but not on center (people wearing glasses/spectacles etc...)

2. Theses are the smallest light stand one can buy (i.e. Do not require special bag as they are only ~25" when folded): http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-305B.../dp/B0014ZZMEO

3. Light modifiers, again extra compact and fold flat like a wallet: http://photo-tips-online.com/review/...lash-diffuser/
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 8:45 AM   #32
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Does anyone have any particular recommendations on flash brackets? I had a look recently and soon decided I was too confused to consider venturing into the market.
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FWIW I recently bought two Nissin Di866s, after a lot of research, for use with my 7D and 5D. They work exceptionally well and are very easy to use, and I can't think of any area I would expect the EX580 II to be better. I find they work on full auto with the 7D with no adjustment normally required, but on my 5D they underexpose 1 1/3 stops. No matter, easily adjusted. I have no regrets at all. I'm glad that my flashes won't be emitting high radiation levels like the EX580 II, which I'm told can be hazardous to people with pace makers.
Thanks peterbj7 for what you wrote, it's very helpful.

So just to be sure I understand - can you confirm that you also use the your Nissin Di866 flashes on the wireless settings? If so, how do you do this? Do you use the on-board 7D's flash as master and set the Nissin off-camera as slave (or is there another way it works better / or different methods for different settings)?

I'm glad to hear that you find on full auto the exposure on the 7D works well for you. And also that you can achieve consistent exposure results by adjusting on your 5D.

Till your post, I hadn't read before about the 580EXII radiation levels.... so that's something good to consider.

Many thanks in anticipation of your answer.

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Old Mar 29, 2011, 6:23 PM   #34
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deterpawson: Thanks for your input - genuinely appreciated.
I agree - the Nissins seem to represent such good value for money, both in terms of the flash itself and features / functionality. I am just a little worried about not being 100% compatible with some of the advanced features, but am trying to finalise my research on that.

NHL: again, thanks for your very valued comments. Steves forums has been a big big part of my digital photography experience, both the learning process, information gathering as well as sharing (I find it's such a joy to share photos I'm happy with - or have questions about; and also it's great to view, appreciate and critique other's photos).
The fact that most people don't have their own 'agenda' to push here is good - people generally will provide advice from their impartial experience (not brand loyalty as first priority). The only time I 'went against' the main stream of advice was when I bought the 100-300mm Canon zoom. I was in a situation I had to make a decision fast. While not an outstanding lens and it does have weaknesses (lack of critical sharpness beyond 170mm & no IS) - I'm still glad I bought it. I now have the Canon 70-300mm L lens that is really wonderful - and as I learned more about 'tele photography' using my 100-300mm, I'm happy!

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Old Mar 30, 2011, 7:22 AM   #35
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Does anyone have any particular recommendations on flash brackets? I had a look recently and soon decided I was too confused to consider venturing into the market.
Just like everything, you have the low-end units:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...h_Bracket.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...h_Bracket.html

... and the 'pro' units:
http://www.alzodigital.com/online_st...tal_camera.htm
http://www.adorama.com/BG233B.html

All brackets will need this though: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ff_Camera.html
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