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Esteemed Contributor
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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

I second Syl Arena's handbook. Make sure to get the latest edition since it covers the 600 series. Also, any bit can help him as he recovers from his recent stroke.

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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

I'm looking for an inexpensive flash for my 6D, just something maybe as powerful as a built-in as on the 80D etc.  I don't do a lot of indoor shooting, but would like something sufficient  to cover a small area when i do.  Does anyone have suggestions, or is this not feasible?

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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

From what you say, a 90EX should work fine.

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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

Thanks, i appreciate your help.

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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

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The Canon 90EX is no longer made. You might find one used.

 

Canon EL-100 is now their least powerful and least expensive flash.

 

If you want the most compact flash, the Canon 270EX II would be the best current choice. It's about an inch shorter than the EL-100 and slightly more powerful. (The EL-100 and 270EX II have guide numbers of 85 feet and 89 feet, respectively.)

 

Rounding out the current Canon Speedlite line-up are the larger and more powerful 430EX III RT, 470EX AI and the 600EX RT. (They have guide numbers of 141, 154, and 197 feet, respectively.)

 

There are a lot of third party flashes too. Most are larger models, similar to the 430/470 and 600-series. A few are compact models. If you look at third party, if you want easy to use look for ones that work with ETTL (dedicated for Canon). There are still inexpensive, non-dedicated, third party flash being made, but they aren't as easy or automated as ETTL dedicated.

 

The Canon brand flashes are hard to beat for quality and reliability, though.

 

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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

 Rats, I just went to the Canon USA site and searched for flashes. There was no indication that the 90EX was out of production.

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Registered: ‎11-16-2012

Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

If I recall correctly, the 90EX can act as a master flash unit, unlike the other smaller Speedlites. The 90EX cannot swivel or pivot, so the remote flash(es) will need to be within a limited visual cone, to "see" the master flash signals.

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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

Thanks for your help.

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Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

I have a 90ex for my 6D and my observations are: 1, it is comically small and power output to match. It can just barely add in a little fill for shadows. As a main light, forget it. 2, if you have an optical slave flash such as a 430ex 2 or 3 then the 90 can be a remote trigger very simply and cheaply. This is its main attraction really. It's really too bad the 270 can't do that. Have you considered the ML100? I think that's probably better than a 90 unless you find a used 90 on ebay for $30.
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Registered: ‎10-12-2019

Re: What would be the best flash for a 6D?

Thanks for the info, i was just confused on which one was best.  I understand better now and will probably go with the 270 or 430.

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