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    Default How do you like your Canon 580EX? any complains?

    Hi all,

    Just want to find out from those using Canon 580EX your likes and dislikes about this flash, any second thoughts of getting a Metz 54Mz4 instead?

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    A very sensitive flash indeed. If you got the feel of it with the correct settings, nothing beats it.

    Recharging is soooooo fast that you won't even noticed it.
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    orrr i know who is virgo liao!!! so u the guy who using 10D with 580ex rite...
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    Default love the exposure

    Exposure was spot on unlike the earlier 550EX, which was somewhat inconsistent. Of cos, we learn to deal with that by using FEC

    Took the hottest SUZUKI gals during the last MOTORSHOW with it and they love the exposure esp. the skin tone...just nice

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    Sorry but what is FEC hah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    orrr i know who is virgo liao!!! so u the guy who using 10D with 580ex rite...
    Yes, but er...have I met you before? Where? When?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virgo
    Yes, but er...have I met you before? Where? When?
    got lah... sunday we shot the same girl... hehe... i the guy with the konica minolta... also met u b4 at the konica minolta gathering... but i dun think u remember me tat time even...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    got lah... sunday we shot the same girl... hehe... i the guy with the konica minolta... also met u b4 at the konica minolta gathering... but i dun think u remember me tat time even...
    ic ic. Nice knowing you on CS here!
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    Eh... I am contemplating to change from 550ex to 580ex. Find that the flash exposures are not consistent when using with my 10D. Will changing to 580ex solve my problem?

    Please kindly advise. Thanks!

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    Is 580EX suitable for use on Canon EOS 1V, film SLR?

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    Have you consider getting a Metz 54MZ4 flash?

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    gripe: it's still not as small as the Nikon flash which have similar power and there's no "omnibounce" or colored filters bundled unlike the Nikon equivalent.
    Last edited by mpenza; 14th January 2005 at 06:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenzatwork
    Have you consider getting a Metz 54MZ4 flash?
    Wat's the difference btween a Metz 54MZ$ flah & Canon 550EX?
    Performance & Price?

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    I find it excellent, when used with an ETTL-II based body (20D/1DMII). For ETTL bodies, the algorithm is still the same, so the improvements are not as noticeable. The recycling time with 4 batts alone is amazing as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wormz777
    Eh... I am contemplating to change from 550ex to 580ex. Find that the flash exposures are not consistent when using with my 10D. Will changing to 580ex solve my problem?

    Please kindly advise. Thanks!
    You might be better off changing to an ETTL-II body or an auto flash instead. The problem with flash exposure on the 10D is that Canon doesn't release much information on how ETTL works, and without knowing how the flash metering is biased, users will often get inconsistent exposures.

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    R u referring to DSLR?
    But rite now I'm using a Canon 1V.
    Wat flash will u suggest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoLoh
    R u referring to DSLR?
    But rite now I'm using a Canon 1V.
    Wat flash will u suggest?
    Yes, was referring to DSLRs. In my experience, Canon's film SLRs doesn't have that much of a problem with flash overexposures, since film is more forgiving after all.

    For your case, it'll depend on your budget and requirements. 580ex has much faster recycling time and some features optimized for DSLRs as compared to the 550ex. However, it's also more expensive ($760) than the 550ex ($500-$600?).

    For normal day-to-day casual shooting, even the 420ex would suffice for most people including myself. To me, the main draw of the 580ex was the recycling time, which is a very much welcomed feature for event coverage and the like.

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