I too am new to off-camera flash. I own a 5D Mark III and am looking to purchase a Speedlite 600EX-RT along with a Manfrotto 367B basic light stand (found here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/546527-REG/Manfrotto_367B_367B_Basic_Light_Stand.html
) with a Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adaptor (found here: http://www.adorama.com/BG2905.html
I had a few questions on this setup I was hoping you all could help me out with:
1. To mount the flash onto the adaptor, I am assuming that the flash stand the 600EX-RT comes with will mount directly onto the adaptor spigot, or do I need to buy another part for this?
2. If I use a wired connection between the flash and the camera, I am assuming I will need a male-to-male PC cord that connects the flash directly to the camera? I've found that the longest distance cords are only 12 feet (like this one here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/373119-REG/Interfit_INT655_PC_Male_to_PC.html
) - are there any cords that would be longer, or is there an alternative cord that I should be considering? I've heard of audio sync cord connections, but I guess that would require an audio cord port on both the camera and the light stand? Is that worth the extra cost? What is a decent cord length for off-camera shoots?
3. Alternatively, I could just go wireless and get the ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter for an extra $300 - my only concern is that this price seems pretty steep to me, especially considering that another flash is only $200 more.. any advice here? Is the transmitter really worth it, or should I just go wired for now, and get another flash later?
My apologies for all the questions.. I hope this is the proper forum to post these up on..