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Marshall Myers Jan 29, 2004 6:31 PM

Canon 220 EX and 420 EX Flash Units
I have a Canon G5 and would like to buy a Canon 420 EX or 220 EX. Does anyone have experience with the 420 EX and 220 EX ? Would I make a mistake if I bought the 220 EX in order to save some money or should I buy the 420 EX because it is a stronger unit ?

ursa Jan 29, 2004 9:25 PM

You mean the 420EX, not 440.

Get the 420, while the extra output may or may not be such a big for you, the 420 has additional features that will make your shots a lot better.

The bounce feature is great indoors, much nicer lighting effect than the direct flash that the 220 forces you to have.

The extra distance between the light and the lens will help with red eye too.

Down the road the 420 would allow you to use multiple flash setups using the IR wireless slave feature - you'd have to get a second flash with the master capabilty (550EX or Sigma 500 DG ....).

The 220 is smaller but I don't find the 420 to be too large for the camera. Unless you really needed the smallest flash I'd avoid the 220EX.

You could also try the Sigma 500ST DG Super - I'm not 100% sure what 'version' you'd need but it is usually the most expensive. It is a 550EX clone and has all the features. Sigma flashes aren't readily available locally so I can't comment on it's ergonomics or build quality.

Normcar Feb 20, 2004 10:22 PM

I've owned both, the 220 is too weak and doesn't have a rotating head, so it's really quite useless. The 420 can only be a "slave" unit, so you should consider that. I'd suggest that you consider purchasing a Sigma 500, but make sure it's the proper one, since Sigma makes this unit for just about everything on the market. EF-500 DG Super works with the digital Rebel (well, it had better, because that's what I myself have purchased). Reports claim that the Sigma is as good as the 550 but half the price. I've chosen to believe that dream...I'll know soon enough.

kloncy May 4, 2004 8:21 AM

I have the 420ex. I'm so happy!

Greg Chappell May 4, 2004 2:20 PM

No question, the 420EX is THE Canon flash to use with the G5. They seem to be made for one another. My only rant is Canon did not make the 420EX infrared focus aid light work when mounted on the G5. It would be quite a powerful tool, but alas you have to live with the G5's own focus assist light. Good within 5-7 feet, not so good further out.

photosbyvito May 4, 2004 3:04 PM

i bought the 220EX..and i'm pleased with it....would like it to be able to bounce though :(

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"i don't know though lol....haven't used the 420 so i don't know howmuch more powerful it is....

DX6490 May 7, 2004 6:21 AM

I bought a Quantaray version of the Sigma flash(Ritz cmera store brand) it swivels and angles, has a fill flash(when in bounce), zooms amd is very powerfull. The flash is $99 and the dedicated Canon module was $39. It is a very good alternative to the Canon and Sigma. It is made by Sigma.

photosbyvito May 7, 2004 10:02 AM

ahh man.....20 less than mine....(the 99 dollar one...)

and you just got this at ritz?

DX6490 May 7, 2004 7:29 PM

Well yes, but you must get the dedicated module. But it is a very powerful flash. It even has a fill when using bounce. It has a 1/16th power mode, full auto and manuel the guide no. is 140 in manuel. I bought it at the only camera store for 50 miles. I said I live in a very rural area. got a 1 year replacement warrenty for $20. So my total $160.

photosbyvito May 7, 2004 10:10 PM

ooohh..i gotcha...wat is this "module" just an adapter sort of thing? or something that makes the camera and flash more compatible?

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