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faisal
05-08-2009, 01:52 PM
Canon 540 EZ Speedlite flash for $150 second hand...is it worth it???

I know nothing about it...just know it does not support E-TTL...

It's 4 years old!!!

FLiPMaRC
05-08-2009, 02:46 PM
If it doesn't support ETTL, then you might as well get a Manual flash like the Vivitar 285HV for $90 brand new.

gilly
05-08-2009, 04:06 PM
I picked up a 540EZ real cheap on eBay and I use it with my wireless triggers. I prefer it over my Sunpak 383 for its finer controls - I can drop it down to 1/128 power, and zoom the head etc.

If you can get a good one cheap enough, definitely worth it. (Mine worked out at about US$70 delivered so look around and you'll pick up a bargain eventually. There's tons of these out there for sale.)

faisal
05-09-2009, 12:56 AM
gilly....As usual there aren't tons of these available here unfortunately....

FLiPMaRC...The only cheap manual flash I can find here are Nissin....and they cost the same brand new....but I don't like the fact that they look tacky and have no display...

grunter
05-09-2009, 03:37 AM
Hi faisal, i've just picked one used on ebay for 72€ so i think 150usd is too much. As for the flash, the 540ez is great. I use it in manual mode with my phottix trigger cause i want to try some "strobist" photos. It lacks ettl but is very powerful if you think to use it in manual mode.

Rhys
05-09-2009, 09:52 AM
The EZ series uses a higher voltage as far as I understand it, that might damage a digital camera.

Mark_48
05-09-2009, 10:27 AM
The EZ series uses a higher voltage as far as I understand it, that might damage a digital camera.

420EZ measured at 4.0 volts. 540EZ not listed, but might be presumed to be the same.
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

540EZ trigger voltage thread.
http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00JTyJ

If there's any doubt measure it.

gilly
05-09-2009, 11:27 AM
The EZ series uses a higher voltage as far as I understand it, that might damage a digital camera.

Not what I've heard? They should work fine but will only function as a manual flash. It certainly hasn't nuked my radio triggers which are hot shoe activated, but I've got no reason/need to put it on a camera anyway to find out!

lukeap69
05-09-2009, 11:12 PM
Faisal

Try used nikon speedlights; SB-24, SB-25, SB-26 & SB-28. They are very easy to used in manual mode and they have pc sync port. I got one SB-28 used for 100USD. I have 5 flash guns (including 580EXII and 430EX) but the SB-28 is my go to flash if I want to use flash in manual mode.

Cheers