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Old Jan 4, 2008, 4:07 PM   #11
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u can pick a cheap sigma DG500 super for less than half the price of canon 580EX II.

The sigma 500 DG Super isa superb flash for most of the situations. Except that i had it , loved it but now hate it.

I have a 580 EX II (lucky to pick at a very very low price),vivtar 285(2) and a nikon sb 25 and a nikon sb600(this is the flash i love the most to use, though remotely)

Nikon should sell a SB series flash for Canon mount:blah:. Nikon will sell more flashes than any other company if they can build a flash for canon. (i know abt copyrights..i am just saying i love to see it :G)

If u want me to pick one flash i would pick the sigma for a beginner. In fact the METZ 54 flashes are going for almost 190-220 used. This is a very good flash.

so if ur budget is 200.i would say look out for MEtz 54 or sigma dg 500 super. Both are terrific flashes

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Old Jan 4, 2008, 7:10 PM   #12
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Each one of us makes a choice with regard to external flash units. I will submit my bounce photo samples, then I will simply ask for your photo samples. Now isn't that fair?

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Old Jan 6, 2008, 6:22 AM   #13
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Just a quick follow-up on the Opteka EF-600 flash. My EF-600 has worked and continues to work flawlessly. However, after I shared my experience with a friend, she bought one and had it fail with a week. Now I am feeling somewhat responsible.

Perhaps the Metz or Sigma 500 Super is the better answer. I looked at the Sigma 500 Super and was not blown away with it quality and construction. In all fairness I will report that my Canon EX-420 is 6 years old and still working beautifully.

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Old Jan 6, 2008, 8:49 PM   #14
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SIGMA dg 500's only issue(or one of the issues) is its build. Very plastic. But still substansial.

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here is one with the sigma DG Super. Flash in auto mode, bounced of the ceiling.

ISO250, f5,1/200
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Old Jan 6, 2008, 9:31 PM   #15
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I don't get it - Every flash I own is made of plastic (i.e. if you drop them on a concrete floor they break)!
... and I keep hearing quality and construction is poor on the Sigma - Can you tell from this picture?

Left to right: 580EX, 550EX, Sigma EF500DG, and Metz
Lower row: Canon ST-E2 and the 70MZ-5's controller


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The moral of the story is simply this: get the flash that works best for you, and please do NOT drop your plastic flash on the concrete floor.

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mtclimber wrote:
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The moral of the story is simply this: get the flash that works best for you, and please do NOT drop your plastic flash on the concrete floor.
Agree; However not all flashes are equal...

Ranked by output power:
Metz 58AF-1C - GN is 58 (with dual-head)
Canon 580EX/II - GN is 58
Canon 550EX - GN is 55
Sigma EF-530DG Super - GN is 53
Sigma EF-500DG Super - GN is 50
Metz 48AF-1C - GN is 48
Opteka EF-600 - GN is 45
Canon 430EX - GN is 43
Canon 420EX - GN is 42
-> By price though the order may be different :idea:
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Thanks, NHL-

That is very good information.

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