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Old Jun 19, 2007, 12:58 PM   #1
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I am new to SLR photography, however, I would like to purchase an inexpensive flash unit for my XTi.

On Amazon.com, I am looking at these three products:

1) Digital Innovations Flash unit for $39.99
2) Phoenix DZBIS-112CII for $89.99
3) Opteka flash unit for $99.99

Would you recommend any of them or do you advise saving/moving up to the Canon Speedlite 220EX for $126.30?

(I am trying not to [get into trouble with my wife] spend more money on this right now)

Thanks in advance.

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Just bought a Sunpak PF30x for my sis-in-law haven't had a chance to test it yet. If you can till the weekend i can let you know for sure. Retails for 109 + taxes at circuit city. The reputation of Sunpak was my deciding factor also talked to the BH sales person who recommended sunpak over phoenix. Good luck
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 11:56 AM   #3
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In the long term you might be happier with a dedicated Sigma or Canon Flash that could use more of the TTL features.

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Old Jun 21, 2007, 4:28 PM   #4
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The Sunpak pf30x is ettl 2 and it will utilise canon's ettl2 metering. The other useful feature is the one step exposure compensation on the back of the flash. All said and done i have a 580 EX but i was seriously considering the Sigma DG super. I would defnitely recommend the Sigma EF DG ST:

1) High guide number.

2) Zoom head, bounce and swivel head.

3) Reasonable pricing.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 7:58 PM   #5
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That is what I was saying in my first post!

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Old Jun 25, 2007, 12:28 AM   #6
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Very appreciative that you'all would take the time to answer.

Thanks.
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Old Jun 25, 2007, 11:46 AM   #7
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if you are new to SLR photography you need to get a TTL flash.
there are only few usable flashes for Canon DSLRs

Sorted by price they are:
Sigma EF-500 DG ST
Promaster 7500DX - I have it and it is a very good flash
Sigma EF-500 DG Super
Canon 430EX
Metz - there are mutiple flash units they make
Canon 580EX
Quantum

To get a decent flash that will actually work for you you will need to spend $230+
the $40 flash is a waste of money unless you know exactly what you are buying - like a manual flash that you can set up yourself for each shot.

Since you are new to this - trust me - if you buy a cheap flash that does not talk to your camera all you will get is frastration and overexposed/underexposed shots.
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... getting a TTL flash also does not garantee you won't get under/over-exposure :idea:

-> Trust me I have both the 580/550EX and the Sigma but you still have to understand how the flash metering work - Just check the various forums for this
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NHL wrote:
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... getting a TTL flash also does not garantee you won't get under/over-exposure :idea:

-> Trust me I have both the 580/550EX and the Sigma but you still have to understand how the flash metering work - Just check the various forums for this
agreed

but can you imagine a noob trying to figure out a manual flash or a flash that has no settings at all?

c'mon NHL , you of all people - you know the flash photography inside out - TTL or Auto are the best ways to start
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You're correct - it's easier, but I just want to let folks aware that perfect flash exposure is not a guarantee... even with E-TTL
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