Canon 90 EX Flash for beginner to use as Master?

Started Jan 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP DoctorPDA Regular Member • Posts: 104
Re: Canon 90 EX Flash for beginner to use as Master?

Sailor Blue wrote:

My suggestion is you use budget priced RF triggers with budget priced off-camera flash units operating in manual power mode, where you adjust the power on the flash itself. Once you learn how to do this you can consider moving to more sophisticated flash and RF systems that let you control the off-camera flash power from the RF trigger.

My recommendation is the Yongnuo RF-603 RF triggers combined with the Neewer TT520 or the Yongnuo YN-465 and this umbrella kit from B&H.

Thanks for the post.  I researched these a bit more, and I am attracted to the price.  Only $30 for the RF-603 trigger and maybe $70 for the flash.  Much less than the Canon, and if I don't like it, I won't feel like I wasted much money on it.

1) I looked at the review for the YN-465.  I wondered about the Guide number of 27 (vs 34 of the 430 EX II).  Is this enough "power" when flash is diffused with an umbrella or soft box?  I can get the YN-560 II for ~ $80 (, which seems popular.  Do you recommend this one?

2) For the Umbrella (Impact 60") that you suggested, if I get this stand (, is that enough, if I have one of the Yongnuo flashes?  Do I need a "bracket" like this (


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