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    Hi pple,

    I am new to CS but has really learnt a lot from the posts so far.

    I have not been a serious photographer except for those P&S type of photography. Bought a Canon 350D a few weeks ago. Question: Do I need to get external flash or will the built-in one be enough for a start.

    What external flash is recommended ? Budget is below $500.

    Thanks in advance !

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    canon ex430.

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    Hello,

    Welcome to the big family. Glad that you are part of this great family. I would say that a flash is a necessity for your cam. As I am not using Canon cameras, I am unable to recommend one. But must get one ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor
    Hello,

    Welcome to the big family. Glad that you are part of this great family. I would say that a flash is a necessity for your cam. As I am not using Canon cameras, I am unable to recommend one. But must get one ok.
    already stated above..
    but best to get Canon 580EX...
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    yups canon speedlite ex430 is a good start =)

    alternatively u can buy a ex420 from B&S then spend the remaining $ on rechargable batteries =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddielimcs
    yups canon speedlite ex430 is a good start =)

    alternatively u can buy a ex420 from B&S then spend the remaining $ on rechargable batteries =)
    Oh ya.. how can i forget about rechargable batteries...
    get a reliable brand and use.
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for the suggestions. Will look out for the recommended items.

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    metz is also good, cheaper than the canon but similar functionality.
    a second hand 550ex is almost as good as the 580, but cheaper.
    and yes, a add on flash will give you much greater options than the built in flash... and better pictures too.

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    for $500, you can probably get a new 430ex @ 400+ for a start or a 2nd hand 420ex for 200+

    with the remaining $ you can invest in the following
    - batteries eg. powerex, sanyo are a few brands worth considering.
    - a flash diffuser eg. stofen omni-bounce, gary fong's lightsphere

    but essentially, do find out what sort of conditions do you oftenly shoot in. this is important as you dont really need a flash, eg. in daylight/outdoor conditions. having an external flash gives you the option at 'challenging' conditions though.

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    i would not buy a used flash
    save abit more and buy new

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    An external flash is a must.If I were to be in your shoe, I will take the 580EX.

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    If you are not shooting alot indoor with flash then i suggest you hold your purchase first.

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    agreed with some who said if u r not shooting indoors or events photography, just landscape or simply PnS then no need to get a external flash as ended up u wun even bring out or attach to ur camera due to unnecesssary weight.. but then again its your choice...

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