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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:46 pm 
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Thankyou Gordon.

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Hi,
I'm newbie in dslr, got my 550D(efs18-55mm is) lasy week. I haven't use much but I read already the manual. My Ixus75 works fine for me, but my friends and sisters have convinced me to buy my own. When I bought the 550D, my friend told me to buy the macro/wide lens in which i did and got the Vitacon. But I thinks I don't need this thing. I just like to take group pictures and portraits in which I think I need a flash. I'd like your recommendation for a mid-priced good quality flashgun.

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The 430ex ii is probably your best option (it's what I hope to get for Christmas :D). Canon only makes 3 flash units the 270ex (£100), 430ex ii (£200) and 580ex ii (£325).

This is really narrowed down to the 430 ex ii and 580ex ii because the 270ex ii is fixed and can't be swivelled or tilted (it is basically a slightly more powerful version of the built in flash and doesn't have many features). The 580ex ii is more powerful, has a slightly faster recycle time and can swivel 360 degrees. But it is heavier, bigger and much more expensive. The 430ex ii will do everything you need (unless you want to use it as a master flash) and is a good choice for a beginner.

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Hi, is the 430exII also blinking before taking shot, just like the built-in flash. I tried the Yongnuo YN460, it seems ok but wont blink in the dark before taking shot. This makes the AF confused.

I found this comparison of Nissin & Canon:
http://speedlights.net/compare-speedlig ... 2=430EX+II


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OH god. I want to buy this one :( I need to save first. I just bought a new lens.

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Great Review Gordon! I was doing some research for past several weeks, after deciding to get into the DSLR world from my current higher end POS, the 550D was my choice in the end. I went for the 550D Kit 18-55 and the 55-250mm IS lens as well. :)

Your review was among the best ones on the next, and I have seen many. Hopefully you will get some $$ from amazon since you were the referral in that product.


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has anyone tried 550D for action photography like any sports? hmm to be precise like football.

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 Post subject: New t2i owner
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I have had the t2i for a week now and I am happy with its performance.

One hint: be sure to low level format SD cards in the camera. If the card was previously formated on a computer or other device, you may think it is performing correctly when taking still pictures, but when taking video you may find that the camera will stop because the data is not being written fast enough. I tested this by using a class 10 card that was formatted previously, and even though stills came out just fine, video stalled. When I low level formatted the card in camera, video was recorded fine. Of course remember that formatting erases all content.


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@eos550d. I regularly use my 550d and 70-300 for taking pictures of rugby. I have managed to get some great photos. Yes 8fps does help, but I manage with 3.7! USM would really help and I might get a 70-200L in the near future. But you should be able to shoot amateur sports with this camera easily.

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@james
what kind of memory are you using? what class?

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I am using the jessops 4gb card. I think it is class 2. It is not very good and can't keep up with the camera. I am going to get a SanDisk extreme class 10. I used my friends one and it was very good. Would definitely recommend it.

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 Post subject: hello!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:46 pm 
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canon eos 550d is a awesome camera maan!

its video capabilities look really awesome just like real movie like feel !


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