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Old Jan 13, 2010, 10:50 PM   #1
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I'm looking for an external flash for a Canon T1i. It doesnt need to be top of the line by any means. In fact, my price range is only $100-$200. The less expensive, the better. My only real requirements are a flash that is more powerful than the built in, and has an option to be used as a bounce flash.

Not really sure where to start, as there are a ton of brands out there.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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For 200 you can get a metz 48 af1, it is just as good as the canon 430 exII. With a little better reach.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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good to know. have you used the retractable reflector card? I'm curious how it works.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 11:17 AM   #4
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You need to pull the retractable defuser out as the bounce card will come out at the same time. Afterward, just slide the defuser back in place if you do not want to use it and the bounce card will stay out. Works the same was as the canon 560 EXII with the built in defuser and bounce card.

Also it is very easy to update firmware, it has a built in USB port. So you do not need to send it back to the company.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 11:22 AM   #5
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The Metz 48 for sure!

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Old Jan 14, 2010, 11:24 AM   #6
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Unlike some of the low price flashes, like vivatar or brower, the Metz is made in germany. So build quality seems better when I was looking at flashes for my T1i.
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for under 200$, i would agree with the Metz 48.
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Old Jan 23, 2010, 2:07 AM   #8
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what about the "ring" flashes? do they really work? I mean I know they flash, but are they better than a normal flash?
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Ring flashes were designed for macro or close-up work.

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Old Jan 23, 2010, 5:19 PM   #10
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If you had the choice of the Canon 430 or the Metz 48 which would you choose? They seem to be within 40-50 dollars of each other.
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