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    Speedlite 420EX flash

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    Hi experts, would like to ask what do you think of Canon Speedlite 420EX flash. Personally, I don't like to use flash and will get a cheap one just for aquatic photography

    Does 420EX comes with a cable so that I am able to position the flash away from the camera or do I need a flash transmitter? (if the answer is later, another sum of $ )

    As it is a low end model, is 420 EX ignites enough intensity for a decent aquatic shot?
    Maurice Cheong
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    I'm not expert, actually I just got my DSLR a week or two weeks ago. Currently I'm also looking for flash, and I can tell you that it does not come with cable, need to buy your own cable, if I'm not mistaken around $90 .

    If I'm not mistaken 420EX can be control using wireless transmitter (ST-E2) cost about $280. So if you want to use cable, can try 380EX no wireless support though.
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    Ok thanks Robert. I will consider getting the cable as I only use exterior flash at home.
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    $280 is the cost of the transmitter not the flash, my previous sentence may confuse you .
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    Ya, I was considering between S$280 for transmitter which I don't usually use and a cable of S$90.
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    The advantage of a wireless transmitter is that you don't have to tangle with the cable. For cable you have to secure the flash properly or a slight pull might cause the flash to drop.
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    I have used the Canon speedlite 420EX previously. It's a very good buy now in the used market. However, it's effectiveness will depend on how your shots are setup and the shooting conditions. Don't expect too much spread unless you position it higher, which will reduce the intensity of the light.

    I think richard's recommendation for a wireless transmitter is very good. for an extra S$190, you have a world of added convenience.

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    Thanks Benny for the advice. Just received a quote from Bargaincity for ST-2 and it remains at S$280. Now thinking hard...
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    If it's any consolation, I bought it for S$390 when it just came out. Never regreted paying for it. When others were struggling with aquatic photography, my keep rate was already very high.

    By the way, I have both the cord and the ST-E2. You can try if you like. Here, we share.

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    Hi Benny, can I borrow your cord? I got 380EX
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Hi Benny, can I borrow your cord? I got 380EX
    Yes. You may. Let's arrange something through PM.

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    poisoned!

    btw i'm an ex-victim, albeit a willing one.
    got the ST-E2 with advice from benny.
    though i haven't shot much as my planted tank dreams turned out otherwise.
    i find it very useful to take fish shots too.
    specifically for pleco overhead shots.
    just put the photo-tank in between two 420EXs and shot away.
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    Maybe I can check with camera shop if they can give discount if we pool our purchase,
    Robert and myself is planning to get one, if include Maurice we got 3 units.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trident View Post
    Maybe I can check with camera shop if they can give discount if we pool our purchase,
    Robert and myself is planning to get one, if include Maurice we got 3 units.
    Thats a great idea to mass-poison. So those who intend to shoot fish and aquatic it's a great chance not to be missed.

    By the way i'm using 2 x 420EX it's great for photo size tank.
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    yes-yes anymore people want to buy ST-E2?
    ST-E2 mass order
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    benetay,
    I wanted to have 2 flash but since got budget constraint, get 1 first.
    Got money than buy the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    If it's any consolation, I bought it for S$390 when it just came out. Never regreted paying for it. When others were struggling with aquatic photography, my keep rate was already very high.

    By the way, I have both the cord and the ST-E2. You can try if you like. Here, we share.

    Cheers,
    Wow! price drop so much. I just bought a used Speedlite EX420 from snaphot B&S for S$250. Just want to get a cheap flash and previous owner hardly used it. Retail shops mostly do not sell this model anymore. Min entry level EX430, price range S$420-S$475.

    Quote Originally Posted by trident View Post
    Maybe I can check with camera shop if they can give discount if we pool our purchase,
    Robert and myself is planning to get one, if include Maurice we got 3 units.
    Richard, count me in
    Last edited by benny; 4th Jan 2008 at 09:14. Reason: merge posts
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    Quote Originally Posted by trident View Post
    benetay,
    I wanted to have 2 flash but since got budget constraint, get 1 first.
    Got money than buy the other.
    No problem Richard! When you get 1, number 2 will come really soon! If you're taking apisto pictures a 3 way flash top left right will do great!

    I see that this poison is like apisto... bad bug. No matter what version of self control you have you'll fall for it
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    benetay,
    Thanks to people like you, spreading the bug around.
    Anyway most of us go in with our eyes open, even before I buy my
    first DSLR, I already envisioned what I want to own,
    1 DSLR, 2 flash, 3 lens..............................and one big hole in my pocket
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    Hahaha ... you guys are funny. Hmm ... should I get the macro lightings from Nikon also? Which shop are you guys going to and when?
    - Luenny

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