Ok, I think i may break down and get a flash unit for my Rebel XT. It would be used for general around the house shots of people and pets and other little things like that. Nothing too fancy. I know that the Canon Speedlight 430EX II is the go-to unit for basic use, but at $250-$300 its kind of expensive. That's money that could be put towards new glass. So my question is, what about cheaper third party units. Are there any decent ones, or should i just spend the extra cash and go with the Canon? I was browsing through Amazon.com and saw this Vivitar DF383 . Its only $130 new, half that of the Canon. I understand that it can't be controlled stright from the camera menu, but that wouldn't be a big deal for me (if that is even possible at alll with my old XT). Does anyone have any experience with this flash, or any other ones for that matter?