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 Post subject: Do i need a Flash?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:08 am 
I'm ordering my new canon 40D and some lenses but was wondering if i need to purchase a flash. I shoot a lot of sports and potrait photography. Do i need one? If so what should i go for? :?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:48 am 
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I'm a big fan of natural lighting and reflectors for portrait work, but there are times when a flash is the only option. In that case you could look at the Speedlites from Canon. The newest ones, 430EX and the 580EX II are updates on the 420EX and the 580EX. I don't have any experience with the most recent updates, but I've used/own the 420 and 580 and really found them to be fairly accurate. If you are ever going to get into product photography a flash or two will be very helpful. If budget is not a problem then go with the 580EX II I think the recycle time is faster than the previous model.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:33 am 
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Absolutely, if you can afford, it go for the 580EXII.

Remember for sports though, you're talking relatively close-range stuff for a flash to be effective...

Here's some shots I took using the 580EXII, and it was about as far as you'd really like to be...


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