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The Canon Speedlite 270EX II is an enhanced flash designed for users of Canon's EOS and PowerShot ranges. The Speedlite 270EX II is a replacement unit to the popular Speedlite 270EX and now includes a built in remote camera trigger and can be used as a slave unit in Canon's wireless flash system. Weighing just 155g (without batteries) and it's compact design means it will find a space even in the smallest of kit bags. Despite the diminutive size, the Speedlite 270EX II has plenty of power, with a guide number of 27 (m, ISO100) allowing long-range flash photography. E-TTL II metering with compatible cameras gives accurate flash exposure in all situations, even when bouncing light from a wall or ceiling. More
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Lightweight compact design
The Canon Speedlite 270EX II weighs just 155g (without batteries) and its compact design means it will find a space even in the smallest of kit bags.
High power output
Despite its diminutive size, the Speedlite 270EX II has plenty of power, with a guide number of 27 (m, ISO100) allowing long-range flash photography. E-TTL II metering with compatible cameras gives accurate flash exposure in all situations, even when bouncing light from a wall or ceiling.
Bounce flash head
A bounce head allows the Speedlite 270EX II’s flash output to be bounced off the ceiling for soft, shadowless lighting.
Easy to use off-camera flash
The Speedlite 270EX II can be triggered remotely by a compatible camera or Speedlite flash and is as easy to use in off-camera mode as it is in the hotshoe, opening up countless creative lighting opportunities.
Experiment with different lighting positions quickly and easily by using the Remote Release button to trigger the camera remotely from up to 5m away, whilst you adjust the lighting.
Match the coverage of the Speedlite 270EX II’s output to a lens’ angle of view by adjusting its zoom head to either the 28mm or 50mm setting.
Fast silent recycling
Two AA/LR6 batteries power the Speedlite 270EX II enabling it to recharge silently from a full-power discharge in 3.9sec.
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good product, ideal for my Canon EOS 5D
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Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flashgun:
quick small powerful on camera flash gun
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Exactly what I needed for travelling to photograph wildlife.
Great little flash
By Neil GB
This is a great little flash gun, I wanted something for traveling to use with both my Canon 7d and G15 and this fits the bill perfectly.
Great small flashgun
Used on a G1X great not bulky
Not bad, not great
By Monkey magic
About Me Getting started
Not very powerful, built in almost as good
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Nice little unit
By The Eagle Guy
from Bramhall, Stockport
I bought this flash unit for use with my Canon 5D and 5DMkII cameras, neither of which have a built-in flash. I've got a 580EXII unit which I absolutely love, but it really is too heavy and bulky to carry around just on the off chance that you may need it. So I was looking for something small and compact that I could just slip into my pocket, and the 270EXII seemed to fit the bill perfectly.The flash has a surprisingly good set of features and can actually turn out to be far more useful than I had anticipated. I haven't tried out the remote control feature yet, and I haven't tried using it as a slave unit yet either. But I am confident that they should both work ok and I'm looking forward to doing some experimenting with that.I was a bit uncertain whether the flash would give a wide enough field of light for the 24-105mm lens I normally walk around with as it states that it is only designed for a minimum of 28mm wide lens. But the first few tests seems to suggest that it works ok even at 24mm, but I suppose I may have to limit that slightly if it becomes necessary. Or I may be able to work around the issue by bouncing the light from the ceiling or from a wall.And that brings me to the only negative thing I've got to say about this nice little flash unit: You can tilt the flash head up, but you can't turn it sideways. That means that you can only bounce the light off the ceiling in landscape mode and only off a wall (or a reflector) in portrait mode. Obviously this problem can be worked around to some extent by using the unit off camera. That may work quite well with a camera such as the 7D which has a built-in flash that can be set up as a master. But for my cameras I would either have to carry a separate flash controller or an off camera flash extension cord, which kind of defeats the purpose of going for a small unit in the first place.I suppose the upside to the missing sideways turn feature is that the unit as currently designed really feels quite compact and well built. There is absolutely none of the flimsiness you can sometimes get with some flash units that have heads that can be turned and twisted in all kind of directions. I still knocked a star off for this reason alone though.So all in all a cracking little unit with a small scope for improvement.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Handy lower power flash unit
This flash unit is small enough to keep with you when out and about with your camera (I use a Canon G10) but powerful enough to be really useful.The only slight gripe I have is that while the head swivels up and down, there is no facility to rotate the head meaning that it is difficult to use bounce flash when shooting in portrait.On the whole, it is a fantastic unit for my sort of photography - I take my camera into the mountains and when I travel (as well as the usual family shots). Great product and for the price, a snip!
Canon Speedlite 270EX II
By Dave H
Excellent coverage for such a small flash. Great on EOS 5D where there is no pop up flash. It is very convenient to use and leave in the gadget bag to add, say, fill-in flash whilst on a trip. Highly recommended.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Speedlite 270EX II
Good BASIC flash to add light at a lower cost. No real features so can create harsh shadows when used on camera. Not in the league of the 430 or 580 (or 600 now)but will do for basics
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect match to the Eos
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