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The Canon Speedlite 430 EX II is redesigned to include features that increase its usability, making it more flexible and adaptable, as well as being easy to use. The Canon 430 EX II features a 20% reduced recycling time, which is silent to minimise any distraction caused to the photographer. With a metal mounting foot and redesigned connection pins, the Speedlite 430 EX II has better stability and the communication between the camera and the flash is also improved. The quick release and locking mechanism means the camera and flash can be connected rapidly. The Speedlite 430 EX II also features full manual control with 1/3 stop incremental settings, full control from the camera menu system (only when used with compatible EOS cameras), 9 custom functions, bounce and swivel head plus slave flash option, built in 14mm wide diffusion panel, and an auto zoom to match the size of the camera's sensor. More
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Recycling time/Flash-ready indicator - Normal flash: Approx. 3.0 sec. / Red pilot lamp lights (with size-AA alkaline batteries).
Wireless Slave Feature
430EXII Power Source
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430EXII Speedlite - not over-the-top
from Lancaster, Lancashire
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flashgun:
I've recently become aware of the shortcomings of my original Canon Speedlite 420EX which has done sterling service for a number of years and is still going strong. I was tempted to go for a 580EX II, (strobe multi-flash looks interesting) but I read a review commenting that these units were much bulkier/heavier than the 430EX II which changed my mind. There is also a hefty price difference. With Canon now opting for a radio remote control system, again very expensive, instead of optical pre-flash, I thought I'd better upgrade while I could. Automatic ETTL II control by my 7D camera appears flawless and easy to use whether on the camera hot-shoe or on my ETTL compatible extender cable for more interesting shadows. The addition of the Pro series flash diffuser adds to the versatility (available separately). The included plastic foot with tripod mount facility, whilst not rugged, does suffice if you don't over-tighten it. Manual zoom is very useful for controlling the illuminated area independently of the camera zoom. Manual control of intensity is similarly useful for setting as key light, fill, or rim light.I'd like to see a sensibly priced quick fix / removable perspex adaptor for coloured gel (Rosco/Lee) strips to fit the 430EX II to complete the kit. All in all, I think this has been a valuable addition to my kit bag.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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About Me Pro Photographer
Excellent quality flashgun from Canon
CANON 439EX Flashgun
Only used as a general purpose flashgun for indoor use so far. Recently bought to replace third party flashgun that worked on 300d but did not always appear to 'talk' to a newer 60d
About Me Casual Photographer
Excellent quality with plenty of adjustments. Good manual
I would recommend this product
Another excellent product produced by Canon
Canon ......... at it's very best!
By Photo Geek
Awesome product which comes with a very comprehensive booklet of how to exploit it's many features. However, although there are lots of settings you can adjust to achieve the effect you want, it is very reassuring to know that when you just need a reliable flash to help you get that perfect shot in a hurry, all you have to do is attach it to your camera's hot shoe, turn it on and it will automatically do the rest.Believe all the hype - it really does work seamlessly with Canon cameras.
Perfect location companion!
I bought my 430EX II as a secondary/slave speedlite, I often use two bodies so having a second flash comes in handy but also being able to produce location shots where the lighting is that little bit more dynamic is a great asset to any photographer. It's a solid enough little piece of kit, good recycle time and nice compact size means it's good for shooting on the fly. As a slave unit it works just great, even with my older 580EX units. The only drawback is that the controls can be a little tricky, navigating the functions and activating/deactivating them can be awkward in a hurry. Either way I'm more than happy with mine so I'd definitely recommend it. Even as an entry level full tilt/pan flash gun it's superb.
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Canon Speedlite 430EX II
after some initial inside use I found it to have good power output directly and bounced off walls and ceilings. Quick recycling time (using fresh Duracell alkaline batteries - will try rechargeable batteries next time). Good for macro work with a 100mm macro lens; a shorter lens used closer to object might find some/all of the flash obstructed. No PC contact means it has to be used wirelessly for off camera flash, meaning more expense.
It lights up my life.... again and again
It has brought me from the "Dark side"
Handy compact flash
A handy compact flash, good price compared to the next one up in range as I only need it occasionally
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