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Old Oct 17, 2004, 12:16 PM   #1
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Hello,

I want to take some full lenght portrait shotsand head portrait shots (indoors) of my wife and family with my drebel.I'm thinking of getting the 420EX flash. Will this flash be enough to fully light the scene? Also what can I do to avoid any "hotspots"?

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Old Oct 18, 2004, 7:12 AM   #2
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You might want to look into some kind of light modifiers like theses:
http://www.lumiquest.com/lq931.htm
http://www.photoflex.com/photoflex/n...tle=Reflectors

or alternately get a 2nd flash head with master capability to augment/control the 420EX since it's kind of weak for a large set-up
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I'd also like to suggest you look at the Sigma DG Super as an alternative to the 420. The Flash has much more output and has flash exposure compensation which you probably want since the D-Rebel doesn't have it (unless you have the firmware hack).
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Old Nov 26, 2004, 2:52 AM   #4
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Hi planters49,

Which flash did you get finally? I have the same needs as you and don't wan to go overboard with a 550 or 580.

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FYI: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...07&forum_id=37
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I would also recommend the Sigma ef-500 dg Super. I have it and it works great with the rebel. It also adds the capability for second curtain sync, which the rebel doesnt have either.
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Thought I would jump in here and say something about the sigma 500 super. If you have it you will be able to handle many more situations than with a lesser light. I would much rather spend the difference and not have to buy the better one later.

Just a thought. Been there and done that.
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Old Dec 7, 2004, 3:06 AM   #8
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from my experience, if you shoot on full auto mode, the 420ex will give you great pictures. However, because unless you have loaded the hack firmware, the drebel nor the 420ex have FEC. If you use any of the pic modes without FEC, your pictures will come out greatly underexposed. The only problem really using full Auto is you have to be careful of your focus point.
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I have the 420EX and would probably recommend to anyone who has not made an investment in any flashes yet to go with the Sigma 500DG Super. There is supposedly a new Sigma EF 500 DGpro $450.00 (expresscamera.com). I can't find it anywhere else (strange:roll.

The 420EX does not have manual controls and as a result you will probably outgrow this flash relatively quickly.

Because I already owned the 420ex I purchased the new 580ex which is GREAT!. It has a control wheel on the back like the Canon 10D, 20D. It controls my Cano 420 ex in wire Master Slave mode fine.

However, again because the 420ex does not have manual feature I can not set ratio's. the 420ex as a slave fires a full power and can not be reduced even through ttl readings from camera when remote.

I use 420ex with a gel as a background light and this works fine. I use the 580EX as on camera fill and my Alien Bees 800 with Softboxes for main and second ab800 as hairlight.


PS I will eventually replace 420ex with a Sigma 500 DG Super as slave. However, I love having the 580EX as master with External power pack for speed.
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I have the 420EX and would probably recommend to anyone who has not made an investment in any flashes yet to go with the Sigma 500DG Super. There is supposedly a new Sigma EF 500 DGpro $450.00 (expresscamera.com). I can't find it anywhere else (strange:roll.
Maybe, they don't *really* have it. ;-) You'll see 18 pages ofcustomer reviews for this vendor starting on this page:

http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1805.html




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