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Sigma EF-530 DG Super Electronic Flash for Canon DSLR
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- Powerful Guide Number of 174 ft / 53m at 105mm Setting
- Designed to work with the new TTL systems of all the popular manufacturers
- Covers a focal length from 24mm to 105mm
- Autozoom function automatically sets the optimum illumination angle.
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|Item Dimensions||5.47 x 3.03 x 4.61 inches|
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The EF-530 DG SUPER is designed to work with both AF 35mm SLR and digital Nikon cameras. The EF-530 DG SUPER is a multifunctional shoe mount type flash that provides a large amount of light, featuring a guide number of 53/m (174/ft) w/ISO 100. Among the diverse features of this flash, are the Autozoom function, which automatically sets the illumination angle in accordance with the focal length of the lens iTTL exposure control, which automatically regulates the amount of light bounce and swivel head functions, which comes in very handy for bounce photography FP flash, which is capable of synchronizing the flash illumination with high shutter speeds and the rear curtain synchro flash mechanism, which makes delayed synchro photography possible.
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The recycle time is great on all but the 1/1 full power manual mode, where it is still better than a 580 or my 430 and heads and shoulders above a 550. It keeps up with me as well as the 580 does a stop down. It also outlasts a 580, which I always felt eats batteries more than uses them. The EF-530 seems to last about the same as a 430 somehow even though it puts out light like a 580. I am no electrical engineer but I am not sure how this is possible, but in my experience that is how it is.
It costs less than a 430, half of what a 580 runs you and does more than either one.
It does FP i.e. High Speed Sync with great results. It does second (rear) curtain sync, it can strobe based on a custom frequency you set up, so it can for instance pulse out a flash every second for 4 seconds or 5 per second for 1 second. This is cool for getting water drops, or bouncing balls, or any other moving object exposed multiple times in a single frame.
It can be a master flash, a slave flash, a non firing master, it has an optical trigger so it can be an optical slave. It works with all manor of remote triggers, albeit not as easily as a Canon does, you have to set the Sigma to the right mode first. It controls multiple slave groups via wireless, it works with ettl for automatic flash exposure, supports EV adjustments.
It does not have a sync port or pc port of any kind, it requires a hot shoe to fire or to be a remote wireless or optical slave. It pans and tilts though with 2 buttons like older flashes, not 1 button like the newer flashes do. That is more annoying than you might think.
The only real downside to this is how cheap it feels compared to the Canons, but with 2 Signas for the price of 1 580 and the fact that I have yet to actually break it in any way no matter how hard I have treated it I can honestly say that while it feels like it is of lesser quality it really isn't. Plus it is lighter than a 580, at least as light as a 430 give or take, so that may affect the feel of quality too.
I can honestly say that I would recommend this to anyone. In fact I do, to everyone who asks, because there is no good reason to pass this up. It does more, costs less, puts out roughly the same power, lasts longer, weighs less, looks good and works great. You won't regret it unless you are Brewster and need to spend your millions wastefully, at which point you would not care about reviews anyhow
* Very capable flash. Can do anything the Canon flash can do (with a couple exceptions, more on that later)
* Usable in a variety of situations. Powerful enough to deal with taking macro shots (where effective f-stop is lost due to extension tubes, etc...). Ability to tilt and swivel, so it is capable of bouncing the flash
* Compatible with Canon's latest cameras. The flash I received is a later revision that had some firmware changes to make it compatible with the 7D and other recent Canon offerings.
* Variety of settings available, ability to perform high-speed sync.
* Can act as a master or slave to other Sigma flashes of the same model.
* Does not allow full control of the flash settings through the camera. This may or may not be important to you, but can be a bit bothersome if you're used to using the camera's menu system to control the flash.
* The interface takes a bit of getting used to, and the manual isn't terribly helpful.
* High-speed sync tends to disable if the metered shutter speed is 1/250 or below. This can be a real annoyance, especially if you take a picture of a subject in a dimly lit situation, then move to taking a picture of the subject backlit and in need of fill light, or even an accidental half-press of the shutter button. Usually you won't notice until you look at the result on the back of your camera and realize the background is completely washed out due to the 1/250 restriction of the normal mode.
* Flash doesn't always fire right when it "wakes up" In certain situations, the flash has gone to sleep, and after composing my shot I press the shutter button only to discover the flash didn't fire. This is only a problem if the flash has gone to sleep after a couple minutes of non-use. The solution is to be aware of this, and give the shutter button a quick half-press to wake the flash first, then compose and take your shot.
* It is possible, when returning from a bounce position to a forward-facing position to miss the forward facing detent and have the flash not register the focal length. I've gotten in the habit of checking the LCD in the back for the blinking indicator, which indicates the flash isn't in a valid position.
Despite the seemingly long list of cons, they are all rather minor annoyances. This is a very capable dedicated flash unit, and is a must for any enthusiast on a budget. I'd recommend this flash to anybody who wants a great flash for a Canon body without spending a ton of money on Canon's flagship flash. If you want a flash that will work perfectly with your Canon Body, I'd recommend you go with the 580EX II and skip this item.
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