I do not particularly wish to purchase a Canon Speedlight 580ex at this point due to pricing, so are looking for alternative flashguns, not neccersarily a precise equivalent, as I couldn't expect it really at a lower price anyway, and I probably wouldn't need something so bright anyway for my use.
This will be an everyday flash for photographing people, possibly on backgrounds, and could be as a fill light.
I'm not looking for professional images neccersarily or anything, just something to use, so I have had a look around, But what are your opinions on cheap flashes?
The only issues that I can think of are potentially lower guide numbers, slower battery recycle times, and less well built outer casing, cheaper components also, and clearly no wireless functions.
Here is one I found - Ebay Link
I may also consider the Jessops 360afd
and the Canon Speedlight 270ex
Another consideration may be the Canon Speedlight 430ex
, but this will probably not be for a while anyway.
For now, I am looking at some of the cheaper flashes, any ideas or suggestions?