I have found that the Rokinon E-TTL II Power Zoom Canon-compatible Flash is the answer I have been looking for. Not only was it affordable, but it is more than I expected. It has a built in flash difuser as well as a flash equalizer. My pictures are well lit without that over flash or glare. I highly recommend this flash for a beginner as well as someone who has been doing this for a while. It's not for long distance, but upclose is great. Have fun!
After shopping for a name brand flash for my Nikon digital I decided to try the Rokinon and save some money. While installing batteries I discovered the light duty construction of the flash. The plastic on the battery compartment door is noticeably thinner than my other name brand flash. The battery compartment door is only hinged on one side with just one tab to secure it in place. Caution should be used to avoid breaking what appears to be a delicate and irreplaceable part.The Nikon iTTL feature seems to work beautifully, probably more due to the Nikon camera than the Rokinon flash. The photos are great, evenly lit, no hot spots or dim backgrounds. The bounce and swivel features are as good as the name brand and it has a built in white relector as well as diffuser.I had no success using the flash as a slave to the on camera popup flash, so that will take some experimenting. That's more due to operator error than the flash.Seems like good value for a non-pro photographer.
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