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Flash recommendation (for GF1 and later GH2)

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by ashatron, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. ashatron

    ashatron Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 16, 2010
    Hi all :)

    So, i need a flash for my GF1. The main reason for buying it is for macro, but obviously i would like to use it for general purpose shooting.

    Heres an example of what my canon FD 50mm 3.5 macro lens can do with tubes and a flash (not my image) -
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    beautiful isnt it!
    source - GF1 + Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 Macro - Field Test - The GetDPI Photography Forums

    Firstly i have no idea what so ever about flashes! Can i ask:
    1. What does TTL mean?
    2. What sets them apart / what should i be looking out for with flashes?
    3. I imagine the recycle time is the shot to shot flash time?

    i have the tubes, but no flash. obviously when using extension tubes its quite difficult to get enough light for high shutter speeds, so a flash is gonna help a lot.

    There are the popular flashes like the FL-14 and metz ones, but they like £150! which seems a lot (to me) for a flash (whats so good about them exactly? id like to know) and it is more than i want to spend.

    So have you got any recommendations for a good inexpensive flash?

    ive seen ones like this -

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/...essories_CameraFlashUnits_JN&hash=item27adae8e82

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/...47?pt=Digital_Camera_Flashes&hash=item483c8b951b

    but have no idea how good they will be, particularly for macro.

    Hope you can help guys and gals!