External Flash recommendations - 550D

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External Flash recommendations - 550D
Nov 24, 2011

Got a 550D body and want to explore flash photography. Main purpose of the flash would be for home studio style portraits and most probably macro shots. I would not want to go into expensive flashes right now. I want to purchase just one flash under $200 brand new.

Read some reviews/posts of flashes compatible with the 550D and looked at prices in Amazon and these are the models I've narrowed down:

Yongnuo 468 (mk I or II)
Yongnuo 565
Nissin Di622 (mk I or II)
Metz MZ AF-44 -- just 11 cents shy of $200

The Canon 320 is over $200 so it's out. Wouldn't want to go with the Canon 270 because it does not swivel. Can't learn much from a starter flash if it does not swivel. There are also a lot Vivitar flashes but the reviews are not really that good.

Has anyone used any of the four models above with the 550D? How did you like their performance?

Thanks.

Canon EOS 550D (EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4)
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