I need some external ideas here.
I currently have a 580exII and a 30 foot TTL cord. I have been desperately wanting to go RF wireless.
So, as I see it, I have two options...
1. Pick up 580exII's for cheap(er) as people switch over or companies dump inventory; Then I have to add an RF wireless system (+$100 per flash as I see it)
2. See off my 580exII and start over with the 600EX-RT and a commander.
So, can anybody offer me some thoughts on this?
Good questions. I've been thinking and watching the used market as well. So far I don't see a lot of 580s and 430s show up.
Here is my thought process so far: I have a 580EXII, a 430EXII, a 270EX and an old Metz 45. So far, the Canon optical wireless system has worked for me (with a long ETTL cord for the 580). For messing around with more complex settings I've used the 4 flashes on manual with cheap Adorama RF triggers. That all works pretty well even though it's not as elegant as the new Canon system or the Odin, etc.
The other issue is that I don't see upgrading from my 5DII for the next few years (unless something happens to it). From what I understand so far, the 600EX and the controller only offer some of the really cool features (5 groups with manual control from the camera) on the new camera models. Not sure if any firmware updates for the 5DII will change that.