If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you might know I am pretty frugal when it comes to equipment purchases.
I usually don’t compromise when I need a piece of gear but I know from years of experience how to get around a lack of gear.
Things are a lot easier these days thanks to places like Borrow Camera, Samys Camera or even Calument in our area which rent out equipment.
In a pinch, I can usually borrow from my extensive circle of photographer friends and they know I will return the favor.
I picked up a refurbished Canon 580EX Speedlite recently.
It arrived today in a nondescript brown box.
Inside was an owner’s manual, the Speedlite itself and a pouch with a little stand that the Speedlite slips into if you want it to sit on a table.
In other words, it’s like a brand new Speedlite but I got at big savings.
From Canon’s Refurbished products website, I signed up for their “Notify Me” when one was in stock.
It took me a while but I eventually got the flash.
Canon, unlike its competitor Nikon, has been selling refurbished cameras, lenses and Speedlites on their own and I’ve been the lucky enough to buy 2 of them:
The first was the Canon 5D Mark2 and now this 580EX II Speedlite.
I also own a 3 other Canon Speedlites, the 550EX, 430EX and 580EX.
Why get another Speedlite? I guess I can never have enough?
Actually the 580EX doesn’t have rear curtain sync and version II does.
That wasn’t exactly the reason I bought this flash.
It’s certainly a bonus that this newer model has this capability.
By the way, there is a new Speedlite, the 600EX-RT, but sadly that hasn’t caused the price of these 580EX II to come down in price.
So how much did I save?
New from BHPhoto in NY, the 580EXII is $500, I paid a whopping $345 shipped.