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5.0 out of 5 stars 430EX II, December 30, 2008
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The Speedlite 430EX II flash is a solid unit. It contains most of the upgrades that its big brother received. A metal foot finally, with a twist-lock that holds it totally securely to the top of the camera, yet removes in less than a second when you want to take it off, are true values and make a excellent flash unit even better. Canon quality is demonstrated in every aspect.

I actually purchased this unit as a slave to my 580EX II, but don't under estimate this unit. It is somewhat smaller than its bigger brother but is still a powerful flash to have in your bag. It can be used as a standalone flash or a slave to its bigger brother. The guide number for the 430ex is 43 and 58 for the 580EX units. That being said, in most shots, you will not know the difference. The unit can be rotated both vertically and horizontal, and can be operated fully ETTL automatically or manually. It supports High-Speed sync which allows you to shoot using all shutter camera speeds and has built in wide panel.

I also purchased the DVD "Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580EX/430EX" by Blue Crane Digital. This is a great companion that I highly recommend.

This is a great unit that is built for reliability and will be a work horse in anyone's bag. You will not go wrong with it purchase. It's a great investment. Later, if you decide to move up, you can add the 580EX as a master and use your 430EX as a slave.
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2010 1:23:59 PM PST
JME says:
I consider myself a very amateur photographer with the desire to be better. I love to shoot sports, but have less than great shots of indoor sports, ie, basketball. I am almost sure it is due to the lack of a good flash, would this flash be recommended for that purpose...outdoor with natural light is much better. any comments are helpful. thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2010 12:30:54 PM PDT
slapshot2500 says:
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras

I'd recommend the 580ex II for that situation if you're going to attempt it with only one flash. It's more powerful than the 430ex II, but ideally in the situation you've described, you'd use 2 speedlights and radio triggers

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 9:49:38 AM PST
Gatorowl says:
I am by no means a flash expert, but indoor sports shots generally require a fast lens and a camera capable of shooting low-noise shots at ISO 1600-3200.

Many (maybe most?) sports administrators limit or completely prohibit the use of flash. Even when flash is allowed, you'll need to be fairly close for your flash to make a difference.

Instead, consider investing in a fast lens like an 85mm f/1.8 (~$400 for Canon's version) and shoot at 1.8 or 2.0 (you'll need to shoot AV, aperture priority mode). Crank the ISO up enough so that you can keep the shutter speed faster than 1/300 sec (some prefer even faster), and your results should be much better.
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