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    I'm in the market for a flash. I will be going on my honeymoon in about 3 months and would like something practical to use on the trip. We plan on taking a cruise, so I imagine I would be taking quite a few indoor shots and some outdoor shots while in Mexico.

    I own a Canon Digital Rebel Xsi. I am by no means, a "professional." Just an amateur photographer who is looking to get better. Right now I am tossing between two flashes. Keep in mind that I am looking to spend as little as possible...but don't want to be cheap just for a short term solution. The two I have been looking at are:

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Speedlite-II-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001CCAISE/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header"]Canon Speedlite 430EX II[/ame]

    and

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Speedlite-270EX-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001XURPR2/ref=pd_ts_e_9?ie=UTF8&s=electronics"]Canon Speedlite 270EX[/ame]


    Also, what exactly does a hood for your lens do? Does it block out the harsh rays during mid-day? Do they make a hood for the Canon Xsi kit lens or the Canon 55-250 telephoto lens?

    Thank you in advance for any suggestions or comment.

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    I have the 430 EX II and it works great and gives great light. I use it even if it's bright sun to fill in the shadows (see pool party shots). Look at any of my shots and you will se it's effect. I use the little piece of tupperware as a diffuser to spread the light and make the shadows not so harsh. It makes a huge difference, I don't remember the last time I saw red eye on my pics. I use rechargable batteries and rarely have to switch to back up baterries. With a quality flash like this you can go nearly anywhere and get great pics.

    The lens hood prevents stray light from getting into the lens and is worth getting and using. The only time I don't use this $50 piece of plastic over the lens is when I'm shooting hockey.

    Both of these items are VITAL pieces to the puzzle that will make your pics better than the next guy's, it's all about the little things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    I have the 430 EX II and it works great and gives great light. I use it even if it's bright sun to fill in the shadows (see pool party shots). Look at any of my shots and you will se it's effect. I use the little piece of tupperware as a diffuser to spread the light and make the shadows not so harsh. It makes a huge difference, I don't remember the last time I saw red eye on my pics. I use rechargable batteries and rarely have to switch to back up baterries. With a quality flash like this you can go nearly anywhere and get great pics.

    The lens hood prevents stray light from getting into the lens and is worth getting and using. The only time I don't use this $50 piece of plastic over the lens is when I'm shooting hockey.

    Both of these items are VITAL pieces to the puzzle that will make your pics better than the next guy's, it's all about the little things.
    Do you use a hood when shooting outdoors (your pool party pics)?

    Where do you find a hood to fit the kit lens for the Canon Xsi? I seriously can't find one...

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    Yep. I use it pretty much all the time. It really makes a difference and keeps the dark areas dark and prevents glare. It also makes your lenses look bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    I have the 430 EX II and it works great and gives great light. I use it even if it's bright sun to fill in the shadows (see pool party shots). Look at any of my shots and you will se it's effect. I use the little piece of tupperware as a diffuser to spread the light and make the shadows not so harsh. It makes a huge difference, I don't remember the last time I saw red eye on my pics. I use rechargable batteries and rarely have to switch to back up baterries. With a quality flash like this you can go nearly anywhere and get great pics.

    The lens hood prevents stray light from getting into the lens and is worth getting and using. The only time I don't use this $50 piece of plastic over the lens is when I'm shooting hockey.

    Both of these items are VITAL pieces to the puzzle that will make your pics better than the next guy's, it's all about the little things.
    Thanks for all the info. Last question:

    Can the 430 EX II be used away from the camera? Say I wanted to put it off to the side. Possible? I like the effect of this picture:

    52 Beers Group, Week 43: Oregon Trail's Bourbon Barrel Porter on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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    Yes, you can do it with a cheap cord right from the sync jack or a more expensive coil cord from the base (that will preserve auto exposure) or use a remote radio device like a Pocket Wizard (more expensive).

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    I hope that i can say I'd be speaking for a lot of us here on LGK that we would like you guys pro's post pictures of your equipments and let us drool over them, if its possible please....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomJan27 View Post
    I hope that i can say I'd be speaking for a lot of us here on LGK that we would like you guys pro's post pictures of your equipments and let us drool over them, if its possible please....
    I don't it is allowed to with the new family-friendly rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomJan27 View Post
    I hope that i can say I'd be speaking for a lot of us here on LGK that we would like you guys pro's post pictures of your equipments and let us drool over them, if its possible please....
    Meh...It's just as easy to tell you what we've got and let you go to the manufacturer's website as it is to set it all up in a crazy array of equipment.

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    And an assortment of gadgets and geekiness like a gray card, reflectors, etc etc ad nauseum
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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    Yes, you can do it with a cheap cord right from the sync jack or a more expensive coil cord from the base (that will preserve auto exposure) or use a remote radio device like a Pocket Wizard (more expensive).
    YN Flash Radio Remote Trigger Set 301 fr Canon 430EX II - eBay (item 120355267511 end time Jul-25-09 08:10:09 PDT)

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