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!
I have been looking at this lens for a couple month, the only thing that was holding me back was that it does not have any electronics (no auto focus, no EXIF info), but as I read more and more reviews about this lens, how people were raving about the picture quality of this lens, I took the plunge and decided to give a shot to it, why not? After I got this lens, I was simply stunned by the picture quality I was getting, (of course, it took me sometime to figure out how to work with the manual focus) but once I got it, it was amazing! I just rented a canon 85 1.2 L for the 3rd day now, after comparing the shots made between these 2 lens, I was more impressed with Rokinon version, because the 85 1.2 L was a lot heavier, and I wasn't really impressed with the auto focus, because since the depth of field at the wide open is so thin, there are a lot of miss focus, so for a bump from 1.4 to 1.2 and a not too perfect auto focus, I will not pay 9X the price of the Rockinon just for that little red ring. My suggestion to you is, just buy it, you won't regret about it.
I simply love my camera case, although I haven't used it as yet, due to it size had to leave it home when I went on vacation, however, it serves it purpose otherwise
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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