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Canon Speedlite 220EX for Canon EOS SLR Cameras - Old Version
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- Recycle time is 0.1 to 4.5 seconds
- Flash range is 2.3 to 63 feet
- Flash capacity is 250 to 1,700
- E-TTL operation helps ensure quality pictures
- Powered by AA batteries
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|Item Dimensions||2.7 x 3.4 x 4.7 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.45 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Why is this important? Because it is measuring the real light and not estimating what might be needed or trying to turn off the flash while it takes the picture when it thinks enough light has been delivered. Its complicated, but trust me you're pictures will be a lot better.
Now the 220EX model is Canon's smallest and lightest. You can opt for other Canon models (380EX is discontinued, 420 EX, 550EX), and you'll get higher light output (so you can use flash from more than 100 feet away), and swivel/tilt so you can bounce flash - but at the added cost of larger size, more weight, and more cost.
The 220EX also provides a long battery life (check out Amazon's price on Kodak photolife batteries) - I seem to get well more than 300 shots per set of AAs. And it also manages power by shutting down the flash after inactivity.
The 220EX makes sense for any smaller Canon camera, or even a larger one where the photographer is less likely to use flash form more than 70 feet away or use bounce flash capability. If that sounds like you, then buy this flash. Its a winner.
After reading the review here on the 220EX, I decided to go for it. I have seen the other EX offerings, and they are really big flash units. Since the G1 is pretty compact, I figured the 220EX would be the best fit. And after having used it for a while, I know I made the best choice. With 4 AA batteries in the flash, it's pretty heavy (especially in addition to the already somewhat heavy G1). Throw on your lens(es) of choice, and you have a camera of substantial size and weight.
But getting back to the flash, it's so user-friendly that you'll be taking great pictures in minutes. The real light metering works wonders, even in conditions where the subject you're taking a picture of is in complete darkness. I was really happy with how well this flash lit up rooms, evenly and naturally.
This flash is a great value, and comes highly recommended, as is the camera that I bought it for, the PowerShot G1.
Conclusion #1: The G6 has a good builtin flash. It makes good images within it's limited range of 5 meters/16 feet (or 4 meters/13 feet when the lens is set to telephoto) and works well as a fill flash. Complete failure beyond 20 feet.
Conclusion #2: The 420EX (range 24.2 meters) and the 220EX (range 15.7 meters/51.5 feet) both make better images than the builtin flash and both offer longer range. But both are limited by the autofocus range of 5 to 7 meters. That's right, neither flash can focus on a subject more than 20 feet away in darkness with the lens set to telephoto. Both worked fine when the lens was set to wide angle at 40 feet.
Final Conclusion: I'm keeping the 220 EX. The G6 is small and light, so is the 220EX. They make a good team, but the G6 also does well alone up close.
The single most important thing you can do to get rid of red eye and insure that your flash photography subjects don't have that flat, pasty-faced, deer-caught-in-the-headlights look is to seperate the camera from the flash. (You'll need Canon's off-camera extension cord for this) You can shoot with the camera in one hand and hold the flash in the other, or use a bracket to hold them. Or you can get creative, bouncing the flash off the walls, lighting behind your subject, etc. It's great for providing fill flash on sunny days, lighting shadows- and with digital cameras it costs you next to nothing to experiment with lighting and get immidiate feedback.
The 220 talks to all the G-series cameras (as well as all modern Canon SLRs) so you can concentrate on lighting and composition and let the camera worry about exposure. Add a couple sets of rechargeable AA cells and a small charger- cheap these days- and you have an inexpensive but powerful lighting studio. Some may recoil at the price- after all, you can get a tiny flash unit for half or a quarter the cost- but the ability to integrate withe the camera electronics are well worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've received two separate flashes from different vendors on Amazon. The first one was defective and I complained to "Quality Camera" and they were insulting, abusive, rude... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles E Cox
While I already had several Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites and a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter, I needed a lightweight and unobtrusive alternative for everyday use and travel. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Photocat
This flash does the job well. It is lightweight, easy to carry and powerful. It makes a great fill flash but the lack of rotating means you won't be doing any bounce flash with it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by My Honest Thoughts
A good "On Camera" Flash.
Pros; IR Auto Focus Assist (without that disturbing "Pre-Flash" (as compare to the 270EX II), for low light use. Read more
This is a great flash and it is too bad that the followup versions don't have the same capabilities as this one had. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Melody