A&P More Light per buck - 285hv?

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  1. aCab

    aCab New Member

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    So I've got a 580ex and a 430ex that I never use on camera. I'm beginning to even wander what the purpose of having them over some other cheaper flashes is.

    Here's my thought.

    I could sell the 580 and 430 and have around $500 to play with.

    Why not buy 2 285hvs and a black box battery pack for each (www.aljacobs.com) or 2 285hvs and an Alien Bee B800? :dunno:

    What are your thoughts?

    What can I get thats cheap but has a lot of light? Budget = ~ $500
     
  2. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    depends on what you need.

    for my shooting i couldnt give up ettl. Can you? that really the question. if anything sell the 430ex and get 540ez's that way you can buy a cpe3 or 4 battery pack, and you can use it for both the 580s and 540s, and it will also help with recycle speed
     
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    Can 285hvs's work as remotes manually? In other words, it gets triggered when it sees another flash fire.
     
  4. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    the advantage is that you can attach them to the top of your camera if you are in a situation where off camera flash isn't possible/desirable, and you can use whatever Canon's version of the Nikon CLS system is...
     
  5. aCab

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    With an optical slave adapter it can. I've got my fair share of poverty wizards though.
     
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    I would rather have 2 285s than 1 canon flash, but I don't need ettl or on camera flexibility.
     
  7. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i would keep at least one ettl on camera flash. maybe sell both of them and pick up a used 550ex for about 200. then pick up 3 540ez's or 4 285's. :dunno:
     
  8. Jbrown

    Jbrown OT Supporter

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    Ya I sold my 420ex today.... I don't need it as much as I need off-camera.

    It depends on what/where you're shooting.
     
  9. wizeguy4

    wizeguy4 New Member

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    I think you should think about it for like a week and if you are still interested, than do.
     
  10. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    if you want to sell the 580ex let me know.
     
  11. brasheye

    brasheye Rotary Crew

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    5 x vivitar DF4000MZ's

    Built in OS, just as powerful as 285's.

    :hs:
     

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