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    Fill-in flash recommendations?

    I used to use the flash on my 7d when I needed just a little bit of fill in for the odd portrait but now my main body is a 5d3 and lacks an on-board flash I occasionally find myself wanting. Like today when No. 2 daughter asked for a portrait (to go on the back cover of a book she's having published) but the results from the 5d3 were so poor I turned to my smartphone as I didn't have the 7d with me.

    What I really need is a small flash - nothing too grand (I originally typed 'flash' there but thought better of it) as it will seldom be used and only for fill in so any suggestions?

    Actually, I do have a couple of flash guns from my EOS film days but understand they're not compatible and may even damage the body electronics.

    Cheers,
    John



    #2
    John I would look at the flashes produced by Yongnuo, they tend to produce products based on the Canon Speedlghts giving them similar model numbers too but at a much lower price point.

    Though I'm sure that there's a lot of other Far East companies that have similar products, most of which are reverse engineered from the Canon designs.
    I have a Canon 580 Mk 2 speed light and a couple of Yongnuo ones that are very very similar both in looks and output to the Canon 580.


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      #3
      John - I have the Canon 90EX flash unit (their smallest). Although better than a built-in flash, it is still a bit weedy to be honest. It also lacks the ability to swivel the head etc. MPB have one secondhand for 21.

      I also bought the EL100 which has rather more muscle to it, whilst still being relatively light and compact. This is much more versatile and I find it quite useful. There do not seem to be secondhand copies around - perhaps this is a recommendation?
      Last edited by John Liddle; 23-11-2021, 19:56. Reason: Speeling
      John Liddle

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        #4
        Another vote for Yongnuo. I have a mix of both Yongnuo and genuine Canons and they work together seamlessly. How do you plan to trigger it, cable or remote? Remote adds a lot of flexibility.
        Russell
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          #5
          John. I have to take quite a large number of ID photo's and also of lads in quite confined dark areas. I have the EL100 and find it more than useful for such task.
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            #6
            Thanks folks.

            I'm leaning towards the EL100 even though it's a bit larger than I'd like I suspect I'll appreciate the extra power and find uses for it. I will have a look at the Yongnuo range, though.

            Cheers,
            John

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              #7
              John - it's not that bulky.

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              John Liddle

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