Originally Posted by hyogen
I was not shooting raw. I did shoot a couple raw images, but had to conserve memory card space. A couple months ago I was shooting at 3.7MP and I thought that should be just as good, but I actually am seeing a difference with shooting 8MP+ I can't remember what I shot most of those pics with now...hopefully more than 8MP.
I didn't realize I would need high speed sync...it's easier on a Nikon I heard? I'm pretty sure the 500d has at least some external flash control...maybe it's just intensity/rear curtain? flash is all pretty new to me. I'll keep you advice about OEM flashes in mind. It'd also be a shame to get such a pretty looking high end body and place the cheap flash on there -_-
Enabling high speed sync is as easy as pressing one button on the flash if both the flash and camera body and support it. Nothing to it. Years ago, it used to be that Nikon had better flash support and Canon had superior AF. That's not so much the case any more. It's more like whoever has the latest body has the newest features. Right now, it's pretty much a push between the two.
However, if you're worried about filling up your memory card, forget lenses, forget flashes, buy high quality, high speed memory cards and, if your camera can do it, shoot RAW + JPG. Shoot the RAW at the highest resolution and the JPG wherever you like. That way, you have the RAW to generate all the HQ images you need plus a JPG for quick emailing/uploading.
With my 5D2 on max res RAW plus max res fine JPGs, I can shoot 448 images per 16 GB memory card and I carry at least two cards with me wherever I go, no matter how short a period of time I plan on shooting. Because of work, I always have to travel with a laptop so I transfer images and reformat cards at the end of every day and I travel with 2 16GB cards and a 32 GB card so I carry enough cards for 1,700 photos/day, more if I drop the JPG. I've never gotten close to that but I have shot over 1,000 in a day while in tourist mode.
The biggest sin in photography is to not bring enough film/memory cards with you. Why bother bringing a DSLR at all if you have to sacrifice quality or not take images because you don't have a memory card. Who cares if you've got the latest L lens if you can't take a high res photo due to lack of space. A flash is useless for fill light if your card is full: just dead weight.
You've talked in this thread about buying a new lens and now a new flash. Forget this and buy memory cards. I like SanDisk; I'm using Extreme Pro cards right now. Other people have their preferences as well.
Edited by leftnose - 7/6/12 at 2:08pm