OK, a while back I was unfortunate enough to find a new 600EX-RT for about $330. As everyone knows, if you find a killer deal on something like the 600EX-RT, all it is going to do is make you start looking for a few more.
And lo and behold, I was again plagued with another good deal last week for $419 each. So I bought two more. Then I got the Yonghuo YN-E3-RT wireless transmitter on Amazon for $89 and some StoFen Diffusers.
Now this isn't the first Speedlite I've ever owned. In fact, the various Speedlites I already have work great. (430EX, 580EX and 580EX-II, along with a 270EX-II and some SunPak RD-2000 flashes which are what I use most.)
So I don't really know what to do with the 600EX-RT Speedlites. I guess I can use them to prop up an uneven table or (once I get the Sto-Fen diffusers I ordered) I could use them as back scratchers. Paper weights? Door stops? They're not quite big enough to make good wheel chocks. I mean, what are they really good for anyway? And what does the RT mean? Real Tough? Radioactive Terminator? Real Time? Romeo Tango?
Regardless, since I'm stuck with these cotton-pickin' things, I guess I should see what everyone else here would do if they were in the same situation and had to deal with this problem. Assuming you owned a good body like the 5D3, etc what would you buy to utilize these babies fully? Most of my shooting is for journalistic/event stuff. Then I shoot ceremonies in a church sanctuary. But I'd like to also work at improving skills on smaller portrait settings that could be portable.
So seriously, I don't want to spend a ton of money at this point, just get a few essentials that would give best bang for buck to add versatility and usefulness. Like for instance, if I want to shoot a small family group portrait shot, etc in a portable way. I've got a good friend out of town that will have an informal wedding soon and I could shoot a few shots with him and his bride. Or shoot someone in daylight shade from a distance with the 70-200 and have some fill light out of frame. Stuff like that. I'm thinking perhaps a simple background setup, a couple stands/modifiers, portable little stands/clamps for outdoors or other goodies.
I thought subject this might make a good thread for everyone to share things that have paid off for them using speedlites in various situations. Thanks in advance! (OK, David Hobby and Joe McNally, time to stop just lurking out there and start actually posting something! Come on, you know you want to!!)