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Canon Speedlite 380 EX Flash

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  • Compatible with all Canon EOS and T-90 cameras; extra features with Canon EOS Elan II
  • TTL/E-TTL auto flash control
  • 4 bounce positions, 6 auto zoom positions
  • Energy conservation helps extend battery life
  • LEDs on unit display zoom position, auto flash confirmation
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Product Details

Product Manual [3.51mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004THD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Product Description

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Originally introduced with Canon's EOS Elan II/IIe cameras, Canon's Speedlite 380 EX Flash is compatible with all Canon EOS and T-90 cameras. Measuring 3.13 by 6.63 by 2.38 inches and weighing 9.5 ounces, this powerful flash features maximum guide numbers of 38/125 (ISO 100 meters/feet). It has four bounce positions (up to 90 degrees) and six auto zoom positions. Zoom positions are set according to focal-length data received from the lens and indicated by red LEDs on the back of the flash unit. Powered by four AA batteries (alkaline, ni-cad, or lithium), the flash recycling time and the life of the batteries varies with battery type. Helping to lengthen the life of any batteries you choose is an energy-conservation feature that automatically shuts off the unit after 90 seconds of inactivity; the flash will automatically turn on again with EOS cameras when the shutter button or test-firing button is pressed.

This flash features E-TTL pre-stored evaluative automatic flash exposure control; FE Lock and FP flash when used with Canon's Elan II/IIE, Rebel G, or EOS IX cameras; and TTL auto flash metering with EOS cameras other than the Elan II/IIE, Rebel G, or EOS IX. Flash synchronization speeds in normal operation vary according to camera exposure mode with normal maximum speed of 1/125 second. Using Elan II cameras with the Speedlite 380EX set to FP mode, the high-speed flash synchronization mode varies from 1/180 to 1/4000 seconds. High-speed synchronization is possible in the camera's creative modes of shutter-priority, aperture-priority, intelligent program, and manual. Flash synchronization is for front curtain. Second curtain synchronization is possible with Elan II/IIE cameras via a setting on the camera.

Customer Reviews

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
This flash is an excellent accessory for the EOS 2000. It extends the useful distance of the built-in flash from 12 feet to 30-50 feet or more depending upon ambient conditions. When the speedlite flash used in either the auto-focus or creative-zone modes, the flash settings communicate with the camera to coordinate adjust the apeture, shutter speed and length of flash.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Farmer on December 30, 2001
This is a perfect companion for party, family, and portrait shots. E-TTL works very well for off-centered subjects. High speed sync works for all shutter speed from 1/125 to 1/4000s, making fill flash very easy. Also, 2nd curtain sync provides very creative control in night photography
There's not a whole lot to say in a review about a flash. There are better flashes for more money and flashes with less features for less money. I bought this flash to replace the onboard flash of my Elan IIE. It greatly outperforms the flash on the camera body. Also, if you use larger diameter lenses like the Canon 28-135mm, the flash on the camera body is slightly obscured by the lens itself. The 380EX is an ideal mid level flash for the Canon EOS system. If you're trying to learn more about flash photography and want to experiment, you can't do much because it's totally automatic. The higher level model (420EX, 550EX) offer many for features for a price.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alma on April 28, 2013
I was worried about purchasing this older model of the Canon Flashes since i didn't know if it was compatible with newer rebel DSLR cameras. After researching and getting nothing on google i took a leap of faith and walla! It works wonderful with my Rebel T3! Its sturdy and works wonderful. I just thought i'd write a review on this flash and the compatibility in case there is someone else like me wondering.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron585 on August 24, 2010
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However I have some complaints about the flash output. The build quality isn't the issue. If you test the flash out you will almost be blinded by the bright light. BUT for some reason the flash doesn't seem to ever die. This means after 3-4 rolls of film the flash dims to the point where it starts to make the pix under exposed to the point of being not fixable. So every 100-120 exposures replace all 4 AA batteries. The old batteries will still be usable in lower power electronics so don't toss them out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sujit Kumar Mahapatra on April 3, 2011
Just brought a 380EX 2ND hand. Had some test shots with my Canon Digital Rebel XTi. After you turn on the Camera and the 380EX mounted on it, it does show the E-TTL indicator. As per my camera documentation mine is a Type-A camera. I followed all the steps in the 380EX manual as well as my XTi manual. Looks like the best results are with either Av (Aperture priority) or Tv (Shutter Priority). I think setting the Aperture as wide as you can (In Av Mode) and letting the camera choose the best shutter speed works best for me. I have tested with ISO 800. May be i am missing something, but the performance of the speedlite does not seem to be any better than the in-built flash. I struggled a lot trying to make the speedlite work in AUTO mode, No luck, It just won't sync with the shutter. May be i need to test more settings and see what i am missing.
Update: Found it best fit if used as fill flash.
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By Amazon Customer on April 14, 2014
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the speedlite work good with my camera take the pic that I need to take the camera that I have takes great pic
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By R. HOLMES on April 7, 2014
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This flash unit is a perfect fit of my Cannon. These are difficult to find out there because it is off the main camera market. It does far more than I need it to do and is very well built.
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