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    Default Thinking of getting external flash and a new lens

    Hello,

    I just joined this community, nice to meet you all, and hopefully I can learn more from you guys!

    Back to the topic, I'm a Canon EOS 400D user, and after using this camera for a while I think I need an external flash and also a new lens. Hopefully they are cheap (Max. $400 in total if possible)

    About the external flash, I just need one where changing the flash intensity is easy, and hopefully it can be used as a remote flash. I wonder if a slave flash can be used, and so please tell me what model of flash I should look out for!

    As for the lens, I'm mostly a macro photographer so hopefully I can get a lens which has a range greater than the 18-55mm range the standard lens has. The brand doesn't need to be Canon, but of course it should at least be compatible, so any suggestions of the best lens for me?

    Thanks for reading

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    Default Re: Thinking of getting external flash and a new lens

    for macro it is best to get a dedicated macro lens, like the Tamron 90 / tokina 100

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    Your 400 budget way too small if you wanna get both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowspeeder View Post
    Your 400 budget way too small if you wanna get both.
    Ay, definitely for any good macro lens with 1:1 magnification.

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    Hm okay, so what about the external flash? I'm getting the flash first since the standard lens has yet to frustrate me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgaris View Post
    Hm okay, so what about the external flash? I'm getting the flash first since the standard lens has yet to frustrate me...
    430EX is $400+, 580EX II is $700.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    430EX is $400+, 580EX II is $700.
    Wow, thanks for the prices!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgaris View Post
    Wow, thanks for the prices!
    If u want to get an even cheaper flash, u can consider 420EX 2nd hand at around $200, but has no manual controls and LCD.
    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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    Okay, will keep note of that

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    sigma EF500dg super flash at $380+

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    430ex.

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    get a 430EX cause i just got mine it works great

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    Thanks for the advice!

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    Default Re: Thinking of getting external flash and a new lens

    the sigma 500 DG super is a very good choice for its price. I'm using one for the past 1 year.


    But yr $400 budget is way too low for both lens and flash. The Tamron 90mm is a good choice but since canon 100mm is not too much in price difference now, itw would be a better choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch View Post
    the sigma 500 DG super is a very good choice for its price. I'm using one for the past 1 year.


    But yr $400 budget is way too low for both lens and flash. The Tamron 90mm is a good choice but since canon 100mm is not too much in price difference now, itw would be a better choice.
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    how about a cheap 2nd hand 420EX?

    macro lens wise either of the 3 3rd parties would be fine

    tokina 100

    sigma 105

    tamron 90..

    tamron 90 seem to have some reviews saying its as good as the canon100mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunnowho View Post
    how about a cheap 2nd hand 420EX?

    macro lens wise either of the 3 3rd parties would be fine

    tokina 100

    sigma 105

    tamron 90..

    tamron 90 seem to have some reviews saying its as good as the canon100mm
    I second that. Tamron 90 is everything as comparable to canon 100 except that its kind of noisy when it comes to AF. but then again, I doubt anyone would use AF for macro. ^^

    Get 430ex. It's not realli that expensive. Why not just buy both and pay by installment @ places like Cathay which provide 0% interest installment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anneanne View Post
    I second that. Tamron 90 is everything as comparable to canon 100 except that its kind of noisy when it comes to AF. but then again, I doubt anyone would use AF for macro. ^^

    Get 430ex. It's not realli that expensive. Why not just buy both and pay by installment @ places like Cathay which provide 0% interest installment?
    Ooh... Cathay, where is it?

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    cathay photo @ Peninsula and marina square!

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    Ahh, will check it out one day

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