I was in the city last weekend for an annual conference, and while there, I made two different trips to the camera store, one planned and one spur of the moment. I went the first time to buy a lens I have been desiring for some time (a Canon 50mm 1.8 for those who care about such things). It was on sale (hooray), so it became mine. While there, I asked the sales person if she could explain/demonstrate how an external flash would work with my camera. I have been researching flashes, but did not intend to buy one now; I wanted the lens first. She showed me, and then the other sales person said they had just gotten a used 480EX II (the model I was most interested in, not too big, not too small) into the store that week because someone was upgrading. It was in very good condition too. It was $140 cheaper than buying it new. I told her I’d think about it and would come back the next day if I chose to buy it.
Well, as I am sure you have guessed, I did go back for the flash. I am now learning how it works, and I can say that I spent some time Saturday night taking pictures in my darkened hotel room, just because it makes pictures look like they were taken in the day. Then, on Sunday, I added to my baking dish collection by getting four 4.5 inch mini-tart pans. New toys for all hobbies!