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Old Mar 28, 2011, 9:47 PM   #1
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...I'm saving up for a speedlite... but as always... I'm lost.

What's the justification for the price difference?

Are the cheaper ones really a bargain?
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 10:12 PM   #2
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you may consider a Metz or Nissin flash. they will save you some money without skimping on features.

The Metz 50 and Nissin di622 compete with the Canon 430

The larger Metz 58af2 and Nissin Di866 compete with the Canon 580

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Old Mar 28, 2011, 10:39 PM   #3
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Thank you H80 Supermod
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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Yup those are the best on the market

The di622 mkII and the metz 50 are the same price, the metz will give you 3 EV up or down and a faster recycle time a lcd display and more manual control and if you go to -7 degrees with the tilt, the flash will know you are shooting a close in subject and adjust for that as well. The nissin will give you a little more power, pc sync port. They are both excellent flashes in the mid range level of the 430exII

The metz 58 af2 and the nissin di866 are very evenly match up also. Nissin, you have a bit more power, and a pc sync port, and the easiest user interface with the color lcd. As the MKII is coming out, you can find them at a good deal. If you are okay with waiting a 1.5 week to receive it form hk. Nissin comes with an international warranty like metz.

The metz has the -7 degree adjustment for shooting close in, and it can be adjusted to the sensor size, and more manual control, and the second easiest interface to use next to the nissin. Both have the filler flash which is a nice addition. I personally use metz, and have been happy with them.
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 10:41 PM   #5
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...say I get a flash.... do I need to get anything else with it or will it work by itself?

When is a bracket and a wireless transmitter necessary?

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well in ttl it does everything for you on and off camera, but you can EV the flash as well. The canon flash system, the ambient light is ev separately form the Flash. So if you are over or underexposing you can compensate with either the flash or ambient light EV. And with any of the flashes, you can control them through the camera, an not deal with the flash controls. Even in wireless modes, and flash is control wirelessly through the camera.
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I've just bought a couple of Nissin Di866s, and so far I'm very impressed. They are powerful, flexible and exceptionally easy to use. Mind you, I hadn't heard there was a new version coming out - it's hard to think of anything it can do better. I bought mine from Amazon and they arrived within just a few days.
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they will most likely add sensor adjustment to them, and some minor changes. The di622 was updated to the MKII last year, and the 866 will be coming soon. They can be had for 255 dollars on ebay. That is 170 less then what they were going when they came out.
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I never use eBay, and especially not Paypal. I've been scammed too many times.
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I buy a ton form ebay, have not had any issues yet. To each their own places to shop.
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