A&P Budget flash for a n00b?

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  1. TQ

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    Preferably less than $100?

    I just want one I can bounce of ceilings, etc. I don't have any use for features like syncing up with strobes :dunno:
     
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    Vivtar 285HV, can be had new for $99 iirc.
     
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    got damn that was fast :bigthumb:
     
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    Used Canon 540ez or two.
     
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    Works only with film? What is good for digital?
     
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    Works for whatever, just doesn't work automatically (ie, TTL metering). It's still a stupid powerful flash with cool strobing options and all that. A 550EX is basically the same thing with the newer metering system, plus wireless capability. If you can grab one of them, do so. Otherwise get a 540 for a song and learn to use it manually.
     
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    gotcha. I'm still a noob. :o
     
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    540's have been going for a lot more lately, when I bought my first one I got it for like $60, now you're lucky to find one for under 110-120ish
     
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    Just fyi, this is going on a 20D.

    When you say it isn't automatic, you mean I have to adjust it for the shot right? I can't just say, put it in auto mode and let it do the work if need be?

    I'm still a noob so if I'm trying to get a shot in a hurry I don't always have time to do it in manual mode--I'm really slow to get the right exposure :o
     
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    correct - anything with EZ in it is for manual use only. for something that will adjust auto when on a camera hot shoe, you need soemthing with an EX

    here is aabout the cheapest flash that is used that will work in auto on the hot shoe

    http://www.adorama.com/US 328866.html

    I have bought used flashes from them and they are great.
     
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    I just sold mine for 110 shipped. :o
     
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    For a little more than a new 420ex, I'd pick up a used 430ex.
     
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    Damn, I was hoping to get something for less than $100.

    I'm going to wait a bit and save up so I can get what I really want. Thanks guys :bigthumb:
     

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