A&P Few questions from the noob

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  1. Formula-95

    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    hey guys, looking at getting a battery grip for my XTi, would i be better off going with Canon, or is there a decent aftermarket brand i should get for a little less $

    also looking at getting an off cam flash, what is a good flash unit? should i just get the 580EX II or can i make due with a cheaper/older unit?
     
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    go with the Canon BG-E3 grip, and a 580exI.
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    so the EX I should be good enough for me then?
     
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    the only main differences are weather sealing, metal hotshoe, pc port, and having to set it to slave or master in a menu. I used to use one. :dunno:
     
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    on, it also has a click lock vs. screw type to lock to the hotshoe.
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    any opinions of the 430 EX II? on sale for $240 :dunno:
    where do you buy your stuff from? im looking on B&H now but can only find the 580EX II

    oh, and i will be going with your grip recommendation. $125 from B&H
     
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    The old 430EX (non-II) is fine, the only benefit for the 580 is power (will you be lighting entire churches?) and wireless master mode, but if you're doing wireless you're going to be using poverty wizards or cybersyncs anyway.

    Adorama should have the 430EX Mk1 in stock.
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    not gonna be lighting entire churches, maybe some novice attempts at portrait photography. are the cybersyncs decent? was looking at their website, but its layout is horrible and confusing :o
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    Yeah, but you might want to wait for someone to tell you why I'm wrong about the 430EX. The 430EX Mk II is only $40 more at Amazon, but the differences could be worth it if you need 1/3rd stop adjustments to output, faster recycle times and the metal foot.

    If you're going to combine flash and portraits you're going to want to either go off camera or bounce it off of the ceiling or one of they gay looking flippy bounce card thingies. Direct flash is fail and aids any day of the week.

    What glass are you using?
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    kit glass for now

    thats what i want one of these flashes for, to go off camera. then ill get a sync cable or maybe the cybersyncs
     
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    Thrifty Fifty GET.
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    que?
     
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    Killyin Vicariously I, live while the whole world dies.

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    50mm F/1.8 lens.

    I hate mine....

    If you let me throw it at your head and you catch it...you can keep it.
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    ahh, just recently heard of them...send it my way, ill pay shipping :x:
     
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    Why?

    The only thing wrong with them is build quality and lax QA.
     
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    It is a pretty narrow focal length on a crop sensor. I recently got my 35 f/2 and will now only be using the 50 for portrait work. I can understand why someone might hate it.
     
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    This guy wants to do portraits and I can't think of a better noobie lens for portraits than the 50mm 1.8. But that's interesting. I have a crop body and I much rather have the 85mm on there than my 50mm 1.4 (still looking for a trade). I guess it's because the 46° angle of view for 50mm is just so generic and samey, but then again I pretty much just do portraits.
     
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    Indoors, 50 is pretty long, thats all I am saying. People might be used to a 50 on their old film slr and it is not even close to the same experience, whereas a 35 is damn near close to that
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    i want to do everything really, portraits, landscapes, full-on hardcore nude/sex shoots (yea right :() sounds like that cheap 50 will be a better start than the kit lens though
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i sold my 50 1.4 to get a 85 1.8, but then i used the money for christmas :doh:
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    ouch! :mamoru:
     
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    I sold my 70-200 f/4 L to buy the f/2.8 IS, but ended up buying a new car instead and using that money as part of a down payment. :o
     
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    ok, so i guess ill be going with the thrifty 50 for a little bit, and then upgrading in the future.
     
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    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    quick question again...so if i got a 430EX I, Cybersync's will work with it, correct?

    im looking at ordering the CSRB. that comes with both the transmitter and the receiver, correct?
     

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