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Old Oct 31, 2004, 10:27 AM   #1
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Using the Rebel 300D.

Need to purchase an external flash unit for small group and single portrait photo taking and would like some recommendations. This unit would be used for family and indoor gymnastics award events mostly.

Should I go with the new Canon 580EX which I'm assuming I'd grow into over time or are there any better and less costly units thatsomeone has good experiences with using in combo with the 300D?

Thanks in advance for yourhelp.:|

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Old Oct 31, 2004, 8:00 PM   #2
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Hi Joe

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You should look into another Sigma: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...05&forum_id=53

This unit is comparable to a 550EX in feature and power, but available at the 420EX cost! You can buy two of theses for a wireless master and slave setup combination for the price of that 580EX :?

... You can always slave the EF500DG Super when you get a 580EX in the future (and it can also sync to studio strobe as well)
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Old Oct 31, 2004, 10:30 PM   #3
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I second the Sigma recommendation. The 500DG Super works great on my 10D!

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I would also like to buy a flash unit for my 300d. As well as the types of photo's mentioned I would like to use it for macro photography, is the Sigma suitable for this.
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I would also like to buy a flash unit for my 300d. As well as the types of photo's mentioned I would like to use it for macro photography, is the Sigma suitable for this.
You'll need one of this gadget regardless of which flash you end up with...
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/lq/


The EF-500DG Super can also be slaved wirelessly to this device: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/Html/EM140_DG.htm
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NHL,

One last question on flash units as the Sigma EF500DG Super in now a top runner in my mind.

Another suggested unit to me has beenthe Metz 54mz-4 TTL flash. Any knowledge on this unit with a 300D? It was rated very highly through testing done at Shootsmater.com.

Thanks as always.

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The Metz is definetly a good unit no doubt about it, especially with its dual-head flexibility... You have to trade that off against the Master/Slave wireless capability of the Sigma with the Canon though (The Metz are not compatible in this mode)

Tough call since I also have an older Metz :?
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All,

It appears I have all the info I need, so its time to think it over and just go for one.

No doubt it will take awhile to decide.

Thanks again for your help.:G

Best Regards,

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It appears I have all the info I need, so its time to think it over and just go for one
Since you're already willing to spend $400... You can have your cake and eat it too! :idea:

o $200 - for the EF-500DG Super
o $200 - for a used Metz 45 CT/CL http://www.photographyreview.com/psc...x.aspx#reviews

This unit is also a dual head and is/was a workhorse at weddings. It will work in Auto only, but that's fine and no different than how a 54MZ implements its E-TTL metering (from the flash head) mode on the Canon's: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...42&forum_id=37


-> You can actually mount both flashes on the camera: :blah:
One through the hot-shoe, and the other through the bottom 1/4" socket. Switch the Sigma on if you want E-TTL vs switch the Metz on if you want Auto while the camera can stay on manual in both modes, the flashes still expose correctly though: one through E-TTL and the other through Auto (not at the same time)
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All,

Well finally decided and purchased the Sigma EF-500DG Super, hopefully it will arrive later thisweek.Used the saved $$ over the Metz 54mz-4 TTL flash to buy some other camera add-ons which waseasier to convince the wife of the add-ons versus a second mounted flash unit :|


Again thanks for everyones help.

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