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 Post subject: Canon 430ex or 580 ex??
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:12 pm 
Im am thinking about buying a flash for my 350d but not sure which flash to buy??

Could anyone advise me which would be the best flash to buy 430 or 580, is it worth spending the extra money on the 580 or will the 430 do the same job??? :?:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:53 am 
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Hello Colalowe, welcome to the Cameralabs forums!

I'm no expert on Canon Speedlites, but as I understand it here are the main advantages of the 580 over the 430.

1: More powerful. A guide number of 58 compared to the 430's 43.

2: Can control other flashes wirelessly.

3: Greater manual control and more custom functions.

If the 430 is sufficiently powerful / bright enough for your requirements and you're not bothered about multiple flash setups, then I think it would be fine and that the 580 would probably be overkill.

If you're a Pro or want the most powerful flash around, then go for the 580, but it's more likely to be used on bodies like the 1Ds Mark II than the 350D. Remember, it's Canon's most powerful flashgun!

I reckon the 430 would be a great flash for the 350D, 400D, 20D and 30D.

Hope that helps!

Does anyone out there own either flash and care to comment?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:08 pm 
Thank you Gordon for the reply,
Your site has fantastic reviews and helped me when I wanted to buy an IS standard lens for my 350d.

I am fairly new to photography but hope to expand in the future, so I thought that it would be better to buy the 580 and learn how to use it along with everything else, although if the 430 is sufficient then theres no piont getting the 580. Am I doing the right thing??

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:45 pm 
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Colalowe, go for the bigger flash, if you can afford it for two reasons:
1. you're sure that the flash has all the features that you possibly could use some day.
2. It is stronger and reaches further. This is important e.g. when you bounce your flash off the ceiling or are doing macro-photography and try to close the aperture as far as possible to maximize the depth of field. You will quickly find out that you're always in need for more light!

Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:28 pm 
Thanks Thomas my gut feeling is to go for the bigger, just didn't want to waste money and like you say I always need more light.
(generally when I want to capture action in low light!)

Great pictures on flickr by the way.

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