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Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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- Superior build quality, including a metal foot for added strength
- Approximately 20% faster recycling time, compared to previous 430EX II
- 1-Touch Quick-Lock Mechanism for easy attaching/detaching flash from camera
- Full flash control possible on camera menu, with compatible EOS digital SLRs
- Zoom head full frame: 24mm-105mm, virtually silent operation
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- E-TTL II Flash metering
- Guide Number of 43*
- 24-105mm zoom head with 14mm diffuser
- Metal hot-shoe foot
- Fast and silent recycling
- AF Assist beam
- 180 degree swivel head
- Wireless slave flash ability
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Speedlite 430EX II
A powerful and versatile flash, the Speedlite 430EX II will expand your shooting options with a Guide Number of 43, wireless slave flash ability, nine custom functions and a 24-105mm zoom head.
E-TTL II Flash metering
Portable and compact, the Speedlite 430EX II is high powered with a Guide Number of 43 suitable for both bounce flash and telephoto lens shooting. E-TTL II metering with compatible cameras gives accurate flash exposure in all situations, even when bouncing light from a wall or ceiling.
For more control the flash power can be set manually in 1/3rd stop increments from 1/1 to 1/64th power.
24-105mm auto zoom head
Used with a compatible EOS digital SLR, the Speedlite 430EX II automatically detects the camera’s sensor size and zooms the flash head for optimum scene coverage. This reduces wasted light and improves both battery life and recycling times.
The 24-105mm auto zoom head and a 14mm wide-panel diffuser provides flash coverage for a wide range of shooting situations.
The swivel and tilt head allow the use of bounce flash to create softer lighting when using a single flash on-camera.
The Speedlite 430EX II can be used as a wireless slave flash unit triggered by an appropriate master flash unit. The small size and high power output make it an ideal slave flash for creating a portable studio with multiple flashguns.
Powered by 4 x AA batteries the Speedlite 430EX II is lightweight, portable and compact enough to keep with you. Recycling is approximately 20% faster than the previous model and nearly silent to avoid scaring timid wildlife subjects.
A metal mounting foot and quick release latch ensure the connection between the camera and Speedlite is both easy to use and secure.
* in meters at 105mm setting, ISO 100.
** with compatible EOS cameras only.
When used with a compatible camera all aspects of flash control, including flash power settings and all nine custom functions can be adjusted from the camera menu**.
Covering 1-9 AF points, the Speedlite 430EX II can emit an infra-red focusing beam providing contrast for the lens to focus on when shooting in low light conditions.
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Canon 2805B002 Speedlite 430Ex Ii Flash.The fully swiveling bounce head zooms automatically over a range of 24mm-105mm. Its Wireless E-TTL II compatibility permits it to function as a slave unit, triggered by a 580EX, ST-E2, or MR-14EX. Any number of 430EX and 550EX Speedlites can be combined as slave units for creative.Compatibility: All Canon EOS cameras; PowerShot G series cameras.
Top customer reviews
It's plenty powerful for most single-person portraiture, and I even use it for group shots. I have four of them--and will be adding a fifth soon--that I use with the STE-2 wireless transmitter. They can be used in full auto-exposure mode, with the STE-2 transmitter set to control them for different lighting ratios, or you can set their exposure manually from full to 1/64 output in 1/3-stop increments. This is one way it's an improvement over its predecessor, the 430 EX, which only lets you set its output in 1/2-stop increments.
Unfortunately, I had to dock it one star, because one change from the original 430 EX that drives me crazy is that Canon decided to remove the physical slave switch and move this function to one of the existing buttons on the back that must be pressed and held down, instead. This can be tricky sometimes, especially with thick fingers/thumbs, and it adds one more obscure button function to have to memorize. The physical switch of the old 430 EX is sorely missed.
Overall, though, this is an excellent flash that is as reliable as it is versatile. I recommend it to anyone, be they casual or full-on professional. Its light weight and overall portability make it an excellent piece of gear for any gadget bag.
I'm attaching a couple of portraits I took using several of these with some great Cowboy Studio umbrellas and stands I also got from Amazon. Check out their gear. They're pretty affordable and also very portable (and, to be sure, they didn't put me up to plugging them...I just like their stuff, and I recommend them to anyone who wants to get into the more serious side of photography without going broke). I'm also including a couple of macro shots I took using two of them on a macro flash bracket. They're just that versatile.
I take a lot of pictures indoors of my son. He's a 9 month old boy that's not quite ready to be outside all the time. I've got the 50mm 1.8 but it just isn't fast enough in the dim lighting of our home and the on camera flash is worthless. Ever since I got this flash I'd say that 80% of the pictures I take indoors and outdoors are taken with this flash. Below is a list of all of the pro's and cons I could come up with.
- Fast recycle time. I can take several burst shots in 1 second and the flash fires each time. You won't miss many pictures because the flash isn't ready (like with the built in flash).
- TTL is awesome. This flash is much smarter than I'll ever be. Shots are almost always perfectly exposed.
- Lots of manual controls, easy to override TTL.
- Very powerful.
- On rechargeable double A's I get 400-500 shots easy without recharging.
- High speed sync lets you take pics at any shutter speed with a flash (although the distance the flash travels is greatly reduced).
- Tilt 90 degrees /Turn 180 degrees lets you bounce of ceilings or off a wall behind you.
- AF assist is much less invasive than the horrible on camera flash assist and it really helps you focus in low light. Just a red light is send out instead of the crazy electricity storm the XTI sends out for AF assist.
- Well built. Sturdy metal foot, nice locking mechanism.
- Rear sync lets me get sharp pictures indoors with any lens I own at 1/30 of a second or even less at times.
- The buttons are hard to push if you have big fingers.
- It's big and adds weight to the camera.
- It can't control any other flashes you may own. This flash can only act as a slave.
- Flashes are addictive, I wish I had a second or a third...
If you're thinking about the 580exII:
- The 580ex II can act as a master flash over other canon flashes without losing TTL.
- It's more powerful(58m vs 43m at ISO 100).
- The batteries last from 100-700 pics.
- It can swivel 180 degrees both ways instead of just one way and it can tilt downwards slightly.
- It's dust and water resistant
- Included bounce tab (you can just use an index card).
- I'm sure there's other things I'm missing...
- It's a lot more expensive.
- It's a little bigger and heavier.
Since getting this flash and taking around 10,000 pictures with it I can honestly say it's been the single best investment I've made towards improving my photography to date. The uses for a flash are endless. Even outdoors you'll start seeing shadows you never noticed before that you'd like to lighten up with a flash. Oh and I'm not kidding about wanting to own more than 1. After getting an umbrella and a radio trigger you quickly realize how nice it would be to have a second or even third flash to make things just perfect. Stop procrastinating and just get it. You'll be happy you did.
Overall I love this flash. This is coming from someone that got into photography because I hated flash. I hated the way pocket cameras washed out pictures with flash. I worked my way up through higher end pocket cameras and eventually went with a DSLR. I am the last person that ever thought that they would enjoy using a flash. It is now used in almost every situation. Learning how a flash can fill a picture evenly (even in "well lit" situations) is extremely useful when trying to improve the quality of your images.
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