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Old Dec 23, 2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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I have an A-290 and I am looking to get an external flash unit. It needs to be a hot shoe-bounce flash, and it needs to be under $175. I found some posts about this from a year ago, but a lot can change in a year. I was looking at a Metz, Vivitar, or Sigma? I want to stay away from anything Sony, as they are a little too pricey. I looked at Bower, but people seem to agree that these units leave a lot to be desired...

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Old Dec 23, 2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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Out of the mentioned units you list my opinion is that Metz would be the highest quality, but some of their better flashes cost about the same as a Sony flash.
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The best bet on an external flash is probably a Metz besides a Sony.
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Only thing I would add is that the Sony wireless system is a dream to use. I don't know if a cheaper non-sony flash will support it.
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Old Dec 24, 2010, 10:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help. I may just have to save up for the Sony flash. I am not looking for anything too fancy, so the Metz might work too.
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Old Dec 24, 2010, 11:14 AM   #6
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I noticed that Amazon is showing I think, a Targus brand, or Bell & Howell brand, Alpha compatible external flash for around $125. I don't know anything about it but Amazon has a great return policy.

There is also the Sigma 530 EF as well.

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