Condition – Used
Store – Ebay
Price – $115
I purchased this flash used from EBAY about 2 weeks ago. I wanted to take some time and put it through the paces before I formed an opinion on it. So far I am very impressed with both the light output and the quality of the photos that I have been able to take.
One point that anyone who uses the Digital Rebel line from canon will make is that the pop-up flash is weak and tends to wash out the subjects of the photo. As a hobbyist there is always the need to balance the amount of money spent with performance specific to what you intend on doing. Canon makes several flashes at different price points and the decision was not easy. In the end the positive reviews of the 420EX and the fact that it was an older model allowed me to pick it up for a price I was willing to pay. I have also heard great things about the 430EX II but coming in at $280 from Amazon it just didn’t have enough allure for me to make the jump.
Like many working people that also have kids the majority of my pictures are taken in the evening after work. No matter how many lights I turned on in the house I kept seeing the same results. Washed out faces, deep shadows behind the subject, and the occasional red eyed monster coming out. Thankfully with this flash all that is just a distant memory. I have been bouncing the flash off of the white ceiling and it has been working well. My biggest regret is not ordering a diffuser when I purchased the flash. I have one on order now and am hoping that will further improve my shots.
Conclusion – This flash is dead simple to use. It literally has only two switches on the entire unit. No matter what your experience level you will have no problem using this and you should see an improvement in your night photographs immediately. The flash output is more then enough for most uses and has performed well with anything I have thrown at it. Finally if your not afraid of buying a used flash the price point makes it attractive for anyone that is on a budget or simply takes pictures for fun.
This picture was taken at night with a single 40W lamp on. You can tell how the light is coming from above as the flash fires at the white ceiling.
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