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I have recently got interested in off-camera flash photography and have purchased Canon 430EX II along with Yongnuo rf-603 transceivers.

Now I want to extend it with 2 light setup for more creative and dramatic lighting. I was wondering which Yongnuo flash will be good to team up with my 430 EX II.

P.S. I use Canon 550D

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It depends what you want to do.

If you never envision yourself using TTL control, then just about anything will do (though you might find the YN462 to be way underpowered compared to the other units in the lineup). For the sake of versatility, you might want to stick to the higher-powered units (either "mark" of the YN560) just to make sure you have power to spare when using modifiers (umbrellas, softboxes, and so forth). The YN460 is also a good choice, but with less power (Photoflex and others sell the YN460II rebranded in North America for about $150 or so, which is a bit of a vote of confidence). Note that the colour has been reported as being a little bit bluer than average for a flash, but that's fixable with a 1/8- or 1/4-cut CTO gel (about six or seven bucks for a 20x24" sheet that'll last you the better part of a lifetime) so getting it to work with the Canon is not going to be a big problem.

If you even think you might want to try TTL shooting at some point (and there's much to be said for TTL), then the YN565EX (for Canon) is probably what you want. It will take orders from the Canon flashes (although the Canon flashes won't take orders from it). It will function as an E-TTL flash on camera or with a remote cable. And it still has all of the manual functions of the all-manual 460&560 models and power similar to the 560. The only drawback, really, is the price; although it is a far sight cheaper that a Canon-branded flash, at an eBay price of around $150, it is quite a bit more expensive than the all-manual models.

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I'm using YN460 + Canon 580EX II and I like YN460 a lot, because it's simple to use and it's very powerful and the price is affordable.

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Can YN460 be used as a slave to 430EX II? I want to fire it automatically off camera whenever 430EX fires. –  gina Aug 5 '12 at 6:05
Unfortunately YN460 can't be used as slave to Canon 430EXII, because Canon 430EXII can not work as master unit, only as slave. –  Dina Blaszczak Aug 8 '12 at 22:11

I shoot off camera flash all the time and use the YN560. A friends has the YN560 Mark2 with led read out. This is all we use even though we have Canon 580 flash since we are shooting manual flash. We use the rf602 triggers and rarely have any fails. When shooting off camera flash, the more powerful flash the better.

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With RF-602, RF-603, or RF-603ii triggers, these days, the YN-560iii is the best purchase, since it comes with a built-in receiver for those triggers.

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