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Canon 270EX II Speedlite Flash for Canon SLR Cameras (Black)
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- Ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight, high-performance flash unit
- Vertical bounce capability up to 90 degrees provides a wide range of picture-taking options
- Slave function allows the flash to be triggered wirelessly
- Flash coverage can be switched between Normal and Tele
- Includes soft case, mini stand and instruction book
- Ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight, high-performance flash unit.
- Vertical bounce capability up to 90 degrees provides a wide range of picture-taking options.
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|Item Dimensions||2.57 x 2.59 x 3.03 inches|
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The Canon Speedlite 270EX II is a compact, high-performance flash unit designed for the evolving EOS enthusiast. Developed for fun and easy flash shooting, when used with select Canon EOS DSLR cameras that have a master function, the Speedlite 270EX II can be used as a versatile wireless slave flash. This Speedlite can also be used with other compact digital camera models equipped with a dedicated flash shoe mount. User-friendly in both function and design, the Speedlite 270EX II flash's Tele/Wide function easily and elegantly allows adjustment of illumination angle and guide number to match shooting conditions. On your photographic journey, the Speedlite 270EX II is primed to be there at every step.
Top Customer Reviews
One of the best things I like about Canon is actually this flash (previously the original). Its light, small and still does bounce flash (where you point the flash at a ceiling to redirect the light). It has manual zoom (only two settings though) so you dont hear the motor of the more poiwerful speedlites. But when they added remote shutter capability and wireless trigger I was sold before it even came out. What it lacked in swivel (turning left to right, critical for shooting in the vertical orientation), it makes up in being able to fire off camera. That alone opens up so much more creativity (place it behind the subject for a silhouette effect for example). This is the best deal under 200 bucks to venture into flash photography.
After playing around with it though, there are limitations I want to point out. The remote shutter is not wireless but rather IR line of sight kind of thing, and you need to be pointing the flash towards the front of the camera for it to work. Also, its always a 2 second counter, no instant shutter release whether or not your drive mode says so. On few occassions I get no wireless connection to the flash, but once I adjust my position a few feet or so I get it back instantly. For what it is, this still works out to be a whole lot of possibilities. With the 60D, I am able to fire both my built-in flash and the 270EX II off camera at the same time, and, change the intensity ratio between the two outputs (1:1, 2:1, 1:8, etc). Those with the T3i can do this too.
So there you have it. If you have built-in wireless in your Canon body and like to travel light, this flash comes with my highest recommendation. Otherwise, the original is just as good without the wireless. If you like making videos the new 320ex version might interest you with its modeling light, and while its a little bigger and heavier (4 AA batteries), its still a good chioce in my opinion. Hope this helps!
UPDATE 9.22.11 ***********
I discovered that I can fire this flash on-camera with high-speed sync up to 1/8000 sec on my 60D, which opens up some possibilites with freeze-action shots or isolating the subject with a dark background (see my "bee" pictures). There is a setting on the Flash Menu to enable this. You can also do 1st or 2nd curtain settings, and, evaluative TTL2 or average exposure. For the most part the flash does a very good job throttling up or down depending on the focus distance. I didn't know this before, but, since this is an automatic flash, the way to under or overexpose (darken/brighten) an image does not depend on the camera's exposure compensation, but rather the flash's exposure compensation (which you adjust in-camera). On a fresh set of batteries, this flash has a very fast recycle time and good burst rate that is able to keep up with my 60D for about 7 to 10 bursts before slowing down.
Off camera as a wireless slave, however, the sync capabilities get watered down a bit. Fastest sync is only 1/250 sec now, and the flash exposure compensation, while working as normal, really depends on where you setup the flash (the flash by itself doesnt know how far it is from the subject). I find I get better results when the camera and this flash are about the same focal distance away from the subject. Burst rate slows down too, before able to do the high-speed rate on-camera, now only capable of low-speed burst rate. Still, I adore this flash and take it everywhere I go, which is so easy because its so small. Sometimes I wish it had more power, but, adjusting the manual zoom to tele and/or upping the ISO helps. It is still about 2 times more powerful than the 60D's built-in flash (27 GN versus 13 GN). Oh for those wondering, you can remotely trigger your camera in front of you and have the flash fire as a wireless slave for the same photo.
UPDATE 9.26.11 *************
Started to play around with the wireless flash with close-up and macro photography over the weekend. I'm really enjoying this flash! I can see how important it is to have adequate light when you do really close up shots (see my other "bee" pictures). Having the ability to position the 270EX II anywhere is so liberating compared to using on-camera flash. You never get that dreaded half-circle shadow at the bottom of your pictures. Using bounce of course does help, but what do you use when you are outside? In any case, any of the bigger brothers, 320ex, 430ex, and 580ex all do wireless flash as well. It's just that this one is so small and compact, and the most simplest of them all (just 3 settings: OFF , Wireless Slave, and ON).
1. This unit is small! 2 AAs is outstanding. I can take it anywhere and have it all the time. From experience I know I would not have one ready to go if it were too big/heavy. I use a smallish cam bag that I can easily with this into with my other gear. It perfect for trip to Disney, the beach, or a sporting event and does not take over your life. In the bag I also fit a T2i, 18-200 with hood ON facing forward, extra batteries for all, cleaning equip, remotes, and if I really wanted to put a 50mm in I can. Like I said this is a small bag such that I can use just it, or fit the whole thing in a backpack along with anything else I may need. Its been my perfect solution after real world use and 3 dif bags later.
2. Cost was somewhat important, but with less than 100 seperating the 3 it wasnt really that big of a deal. If you look over the features of the 3 they are pretty similar until you get to the 580. Power of flash being the main dif. The video light almost had me on the 320 but considering I always have a flashlight close by that blows the canon away it wasnt practical given the size considerations. I also considered my possible long term goals and realized if I ever bought a 2nd flash I would want a 580, so having the most compact and the most powerful would make the most since given all situations.
3. Performance. I have read so much that says this is a glorified pop-up flash. It truly is not. So many times when I have tried to use the pop up I have been left with horrible results. So much so that I usually take video if its a moment I really want to preserve. In my initial testing the 270 lights a totally dark room (0 light) to a point that a pic is possible and usable. I dont know that it would win a contest, but it will be a useable pic. My concern with my walk around shoots is to get the best pic at that moment rather than the perfect pic possible period. I will never have a crew and 40 pound box of equipment, or a day to plan the perfect shot. I appreciate those that are good enough to make a living at it but thats not why I personally got into photography. This flash has already made me love flash and want a 2nd someday for various angles. The recharge rate seems good to me as I am used to taking more time to take a flash pic anyway. I really cant speak to the number of shoots from the batteries yet but I am and will be using the sanyos.
4. Unless you know that you are going to take up serious photography then this flash is a no brainer. Even if you are, with its wireless feature it will make a great fill flash paired with a 580 or other setup. If you have a T3i or D60 that can already control it, even better! I am already planning a future upgrade from the T2i just for the wireless flash feature after having this flash for only 1 day. Its that much better and that much fun to use flash.
5. If you do get the 270ex II I strongly suggest you get a snap-on difusser. I put mine on when I unpacked it and doubt I will ever take it off. Also if you do not have wireless sync, you might consider an off cam hot shoe cable. I have ordered one and not used yet, but some of the most interesting flash shoots I have read about use some way to get the flash exactly where you need it to be.
Anyway, thats my 2cents, hope it helps someone.