I'm not gone yet.
I got a 430EX2 for a good price from CL knowing that the wide panel was broken. I wasn't too concerned about this and unfortunately I wasn't very familiar with the operation of this flash before I bought it. So I played around with it a bit before buying it and everything seemed to check out; however when I brought it home I read the manual and realized a problem.
So as you know, when you use the wide panel, the flash zoom is set to 14mm. So yeah... apparently this flash is constantly thinking that the wide panel is out and there is no way to change the flash zoom. Auto 14mm cannot be overrided and manual zoom is disabled.
So... I guess this might be a problem... unless
a) I can fix it. I see that there are wide panel repair kits on ebay for around $20. I know my way around a screw driver and wouldn't be against doing this unless...
b) nbd, 14mm flash zoom is all I need and will suffice most needs.
Now I obviously know that this is going to hurt my reach, either requiring me to bump up ISO or move close/use wider lenses. Or am I never going to use head on flash anyway, so it doesn't matter.
So many questions but I don't know much about this stuff so please share your wealth of knowledge. Should I try to get my money back (to be fair, the seller was honest about the condition, I should have known about the limitation or checked for it). Thanks!