A little while ago, I reviewed the Canon Speedlight 270EX. I finally got a chance to try it out during flash-required conditions (a dimly lit wedding) this weekend, and I have to say that it's worth every dollar.
If you're like me and are afraid of flash, this small and efficient addition to your kit will help you get over your fears.
And the thing that was kind of amusing is that this (relatively) cheap toy has a bounce feature that not even the pro photographers working the wedding had on their fancy flashes. When I sheepishly handed over my Canon Rebel T2 to the pro and asked her to do us the favor of taking a family photo, she was totally flummoxed and intrigued by the bounce feature.
I felt -- for a brief moment -- super cool.
And then she gave me back my dinky camera and picked up her grown-up's machine with the big-ass lens that no doubt cost twice the price of my camera, and I came back to reality.