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Sigma EF-530 DG Super Electronic Flash for Canon DSLR
- Powerful Guide Number of 174 ft / 53m at 105mm Setting
- Designed to work with the new TTL systems of all the popular manufacturers
- Covers a focal length from 24mm to 105mm
- Autozoom function automatically sets the optimum illumination angle.
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|Item Dimensions||5.47 x 3.03 x 4.61 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.54 pounds|
Amazon.com Product Description
Like Sigma's lenses, the EF-530 flash incorporates the latest features and technological advances, most of which aren't found on any other flash units save those made by the major camera makers themselves. They are the most powerful and completely dedicated flash units available for 35mm SLR and digital cameras.
- Autozoom function that automatically sets the optimum illumination angle
- Covers a focal length from 24mm to 105mm
- A built-in wide panel that covers the 17mm angle
- A tilting flashgun head for bounce flash (up by 90 degrees, to the left by 180 degrees, and to the right by 90 degrees)
- A down tilt angle of 7 degrees for close-up photography
- Sophisticated multifunction flash that can control advanced lighting techniques
- Wireless slave-flash functions
- Measures 3 by 5.5 by 4.6 inches (W x H x D)
- Weighs 10.8 ounces
- 1-year warranty
What's in the Box
EF-530 DG super flash for Canon cameras, soft case, hot shoe table stand, user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
The recycle time is great on all but the 1/1 full power manual mode, where it is still better than a 580 or my 430 and heads and shoulders above a 550. It keeps up with me as well as the 580 does a stop down. It also outlasts a 580, which I always felt eats batteries more than uses them. The EF-530 seems to last about the same as a 430 somehow even though it puts out light like a 580. I am no electrical engineer but I am not sure how this is possible, but in my experience that is how it is.
It costs less than a 430, half of what a 580 runs you and does more than either one.
It does FP i.e. High Speed Sync with great results. It does second (rear) curtain sync, it can strobe based on a custom frequency you set up, so it can for instance pulse out a flash every second for 4 seconds or 5 per second for 1 second. This is cool for getting water drops, or bouncing balls, or any other moving object exposed multiple times in a single frame.Read more ›
My sense is that the flash consistently took less than 2 seconds to recycle during this entire part of the shoot, and was often ready in a second or so (apparently it was not operating at close to its maximum power level). I could not bounce the flash due to the nature of ceiling, but the flash BounceGrid II combination produced very pleasing results.
I changed the four Ni-MH batteries at this point (and the camera battery), though the flash batteries were still going strong, and finished the next two hours of the shoot on the next set. In other words, I took another 300 plus images of activities on the dance floor and elsewhere around the event at distances from 3 to 50 or 60 feet.
I used a Sigma 17 to 70 lens, and frequently zoomed from one end of the range to the other. During these operations, the flash kept up nicely and adjusted its output as needed. The only weak shots were my fault, as I failed to realize on occasion that the camera had picked a different focal point than the one I intended.
The fit and finish of the flash is also excellent, and the BounceGrid Velcro attachment system seems quite adequate to the task, though in four or five years I may need to replace the Velcro!
Overall: highly recommended for those like me who can't afford to spend the extra to pick up one of the pricier Canon options.
For the Pro shooter-This lacks a lot of features a pro would need. No external power option (quantum turbo battery), too few power level controls, no built in white card (Canon has one), and the wireless functions don't seem to work perfectly when pairing with Canon branded slave flashes. I would suggest this as a backup IF you cannot afford the Canon flashes and need a high GN ETTL flash. The IR lines given for help with dim light focusing is subpar to the Canon's by a long shot. Shoot in a dim room and the lenses 'hunt' more with the Sigmas than with the Canon flashes. There are other issues but I won't go into them because as you can above, those problems alone are deal killers for pro's.
For the Prosumer: The Sigma is a decent flash and will be good as backup flash but not as a primary IMO. There are some serious considerations that are quite negative if you are using this for gigs that you may get paid at or event gigs that require some flexbility in flash placement, light fall, etc...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I originally bought two of these flashes and I benefitted from the master/slave option. The flash is easy to operate and has a large guide no. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Flemming
Let's start off with the negatives: The build of the unit can be a bit better. The unit feel a bit flimsy. For the price it is understandable though. I used mine on a Nikon D300s. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by F. Szeto
I didn't even have the chance to try the flash because the flash doesn't fire. I asked Sigma for support and they completely IGNORED me and my warranty. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Sergio Mendizábal Ritter
The Flash was DOA. Tried my rechargeables, bought new batteries, but could not get the Flash to power-up.
What a let-down
I previously owned the EF-500 DG ST, which is a basic no-frills flash. When I purchased the 7D, this flash would not cooperate with it, so I was on to looking for a new flash. Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by Michael Raiford
I bought this flash for my Canon XS. It is the first external flash I have ever owned.The flash works great. It is easy to use and I have had no problems with it. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by Frank J. Ortega
Used ot for about 3 months now and still getting used to the controls, have been using on manual most of the time and know it could do more but the instructions aren't the best and... Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by amateur photographer