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    Yo guys. Happy CNY! Hope you guys enjoyed hol the government has given us

    I was planning to get a lens of range around 70-300. And a flash. For my 350D. My choices are:
    Sigma APO DG 70-300mm and Canon 75-300 III USM for the lens.
    And a Canon 430EX and Sigma EF flash DG 500 Super for the flash. (2nd hand for flash)

    I cant decide btwn them so I was thinking if you guys can help me out. It would be useful to list the pros and cons of each lens/flash too.
    Btw is the macro function useful for the Sigma APO DG 70-300mm. I heard this lens has slow focusing too. Would it be a problem when it comes to street photography?

    I heard Sigma EF flash DG 500 Super doesn't possess E-TTL 2. What's the effect of not having it?

    =) Yea I know thats many questions Thanks!

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    I thought E-TTL 2 is a function of the body

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam View Post
    I thought E-TTL 2 is a function of the body
    Sry I mean the ability to activate E TTL 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam View Post
    I thought E-TTL 2 is a function of the body
    well yes, but the flash have to be compatible in order for the whole E-TTL system to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    well yes, but the flash have to be compatible in order for the whole E-TTL system to work.
    Yea thats what I meant. What do ya recommand for the lens/flash. Im at a lost

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    I like this article
    http://photonotes.org/articles/eos-flash/

    It will help you decide on the flashes.

    I myself have been using the Sigma flash and always thought that I could live with the "cheaper build quality". I look after my equipment, but now (perhaps just my unit), it has become unreliable - the switch stopped working (once again, maybe mine is just a bad case). For my usage, I think that the 430EX would be better than the EF 500 (which I have currently got). It would be built better and hopefully not break as fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam View Post
    I like this article
    http://photonotes.org/articles/eos-flash/

    It will help you decide on the flashes.

    I myself have been using the Sigma flash and always thought that I could live with the "cheaper build quality". I look after my equipment, but now (perhaps just my unit), it has become unreliable - the switch stopped working (once again, maybe mine is just a bad case). For my usage, I think that the 430EX would be better than the EF 500 (which I have currently got). It would be built better and hopefully not break as fast
    Wow the article is freaking long...=\
    I was thinking the 430EX would surely work (Since its canon). And besides its always better to get an original. =) I was just wondering if the 430EX is worth its price (2nd handed) as compared to the Sigma. =| Thanks btw!

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    430EX if u r on a budget or 580EX if u have more cash to spare.

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    The Sigma flash has ETTL-II, not to worry. Works fine with my 10D and my friend's 30D. No problems. Build wise it's not as good, but performance wise it's ok. It has a higher guide no. compared to the 430ex. But if you can spare the cash, go for the 580ex.
    As for lenses, the 75-300 has had many negative reviews, not sure about the sigma 70-300 though. But if you're on a budget and u are not picky, it works fine to cover the tele range.

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    For flash, go for the 580EX cos u can't go wrong with that. Lens wise if u've more cash to spare, get the 70-200 series.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    For flash, go for the 580EX cos u can't go wrong with that. Lens wise if u've more cash to spare, get the 70-200 series.
    Ah exactly what Im looking for. Coz I got cash now =) Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by artofshuenalogy View Post
    Ah exactly what Im looking for. Coz I got cash now =) Thanks
    I think that 2 will probably bomb your pocket a good nice 1.5k+

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    Quote Originally Posted by artofshuenalogy View Post
    Ah exactly what Im looking for. Coz I got cash now =) Thanks
    Happy shooting!
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    I think that 2 will probably bomb your pocket a good nice 1.5k+
    Think more than that. The 70-200 f/4L USM non-IS is around $1150 and 580EX around $720, so it's definitely more than $1.5k. If it's the 70-200 f/2.8 series, much more.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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