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Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 27, 2012, 02:42:55 PM »
Cool. How useful is the through the camera control. I assume that it doesn't add any functionality and everything can still be controlled using the flash controls.

Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 27, 2012, 02:05:12 PM »
Hopefully someone's still reading this.

Just wanted to check in to make sure that the 430EX mark 1 is not totally useless and if I can get a decently priced copy, it's not a bad idea.


Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:35:41 PM »
Thanks for the continued responses.

Any comments on the 550EX or 430EZ the 420 EX> I've found them for reasonable prices (comparatively). Thanks.

Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 13, 2012, 01:13:02 PM »
FWIW, the 580EX II has a little pull-out bounce card that does something similar.

The 430 doesn't have the bounce card? I thought that it did.
I have lots to learn about this stuff.

Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 13, 2012, 12:47:02 PM »
Interesting thoughts. Thanks for sharing everyone. I figured that if $2 made the built-in flash even slightly more usable, it might have been worthwhile but it sounds like the power just isn't there to get through the diffuser.

And yes, the intention with the Speedlite would be to bounce it off the walls/ceiling to soften the light indoors.

neuro, do you suggest getting the softbox for the Speedlite AND bouncing it off the ceiling or one or the other?

Lighting / Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 13, 2012, 11:44:51 AM »
Long time reader, first time poster.

So I've pretty much resolved that the built-in flash on my 450D should not be used and have accordingly bought some fast primes for low light situations but am still finding times where I need more light to bring down ISO and/or increase shutter speeds. I have the intention of picking up a used speedlite 430ex ii since I think that will give me what I need (HSS would be nice) but I was wondering if in the mean time it would be worthwhile to pick up a diffuser to attach to the built-in flash?

Flash Diffuser Universal Pop-up for Canon EOS 450D 500D 300D 400D DSLR Camera

Universal Pop-up Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS 450D 500D 1000D 550D 600D 1100D

These two for example are very reasonably priced and if they give any sort of usable results, I would consider picking them up, even if just to play around with until I get a dedicated flash. If they're effective, I might even use them in the future when I don't want to carry the flash around.

Would appreciate any thoughts and comments and would love to hear any experiences with people using these types of diffusers with built-in flashes. Thanks!

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