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Posted 12/22/2012 by raeofsunshine in General Photography


PeaNut 362,870
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Posted: 12/22/2012 1:59:27 PM
I have a Canon 7D and flash 430 EX II. I prefer natural lighting.(Don't we all.) But have an indoor wedding soon. What would you recommend for a flash? My main complaint is that 430 EX can not keep up and I need something faster. Love to hear what everyone has to say. Thank you.


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Posted: 12/22/2012 7:54:35 PM
If you research the re-cycle time for flashes you'll discover they aren't significantly faster than each other. In fact, some of the high end new ones may be slower than your current one. They have a greater light output which takes longer to ramp it back up.

Also, flashes get hot internally when used in a rapid fire situation for long stretches (long stretches being more than say 5-10 shots) They have a built in regulator to slow down the firing, or shut it off, as the internal temps rise. Otherwise you burn out the components of the flash.

If you are going to shoot weddings your best investment is in large aperture lenses. If you shoot many weddings at some point you'll run into a church that doesn't allow flash photography. So you need to be prepared to deal with shooting low lights without depending on a flash to get you through.

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