Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Light and compact body holds 4 AA batteries with a fast recycle time of 2.0 seconds
- Provides up to four hours of continuous lighting with fully charged batteries
- Wireless Slave function supports three groups and four channels
- Flash coverage can be switched by extending or retracting flash head
- Includes soft case, mini stand and instruction book
- Built-in LED light can be used to illuminate nearby subjects in dim light -
- Versatile vertical and horizontal bounce capability provides an extended range of possible lighting effects.
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this is a very good flash, but with current pricing you can get the next model up, the 430EX-II, for about $30 more. The 430 will give you two main benefits: more light and better AF assitance (Infrared instead of flash bursts). However, the 320 has a nice LED light feature that the 430 doesn't have, which can be useful for shooting movies.
I had the 320 for a short while and I liked it.
Things I liked:
* nice size and weight
* quick charge
* decent amount of light
* can tilt and swivel to bounce light off walls etc.
* simple to operate (few very clear buttons)
* nice LED feature
* easy to use locking mechanism
* good price
things I didn't like (and why I ended up upgrading to 430):
* could use more light, especially when bouncing off the ceiling
* the next model, 430ex ii, is only $30 more and has more light
* I ended up not using the LED light at all...
Overall I would recommend this if you are looking for your first external flash and want to save some money by not going for the more expensive models. There's also a cheaper entry level model, the 270, which is supposed to be pretty good and is very attractively priced.
The 320EX slots in between the 430EXII and 270EX II. It's certainly a refreshing change from the complexity of the 580EX II. The back panel screams retro, and I love it. Everything is done using slider switches and push buttons, no complicated LCDs in sight. I do wish Canon had put in a test flash button and an auto zooming flash head (perhaps on the 320 Mark II?) but these niggles aside, the 320EX works, and it works VERY well.
For times when I don't need the sheer power of the 580EX II, the 320EX fills up its place nicely. I'm so glad I bought this guy instead of the 270EX II, the extra money spent was worth it. I haven't tried out the LED light for movies yet, but it's bright and I'll experiment with it soon as I can. Just remember that the main flash will not fire when the LED light is on.
All in all this is another great Speedlite from Canon. By the way, readers here might like to know that Stofen has already come out with an Omni-Bounce (OM-EU) for the Speedlite 320EX. Stofen Omnibounce for Canon 320EX Flash Amazing!
Ok the good points
- small and light
- slave function, with dedicated switch
- tilt and swivel
- easy as pie to use
- not powerful enough for modifiers like umbrellas (it works but not ideal)
- only zooms manually from 24-50mm (major downer but you could snoot it or grid it)
- The LED is a novelty, haven't found much use for it and isn't powerful enough for video in my humble opinion.
As a learning tool it has been invaluable to me, I thought of selling it but you can always use an extra speedlite and like I said its great for small parties where you don't want to intimidate people with a massive flash!
UPDATE - This flash will not work with manual triggers only ETTL ones like the pixel kings that allow you to change the power in camera. Otherwise it will just dump at full power. This should have been obvious to me but it's not until you try something that you realize! So, for off camera work with multiple flashes it isn't ideal. Not what it was designed for anyway but thought I should mention it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this flash unit. Just started using it, and the results are great thus far. I'm pleased.Published 2 months ago by TheFamilyMan
Great flash.... picture quality good led works well for low light video.Published 7 months ago by Camera Bug
i would not recommend purchasing this item.. for a few more dollars you can can abetter productPublished 9 months ago by Thomas Reid