I've been asked to take product photos for a friend's online business and have decided to buy a speedlite - something I've been thinking of doing for a long time as I love taking pics in rainforests and also macro. I've narrowed it down to the Canon 320 EX as it doesn't weigh too much and doesn't cost an arm and a leg but wonder if it'll be suitable. If not what is the alternative? The 430 EX 11 is heavier and dearer but on a comparison website doesn't seem to have many more features than the 320 EX (apart from manual mode - http://speedlights.net/compare-speedlight-specs/).
The price ranges from $219 for a grey speedlite to $289 Photo Continental and $299.95 at Ted's. I'm very much tempted by the grey purchase but would be devastated if it was "dead on arrival" (or just after) and had to send it back where it came from. I have bought grey lenses previously but that was before Canon changed their mind on the International warranty.
Any help will be very much appreciated