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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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Perfect location companion!
About Me Pro Photographer
Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flashgun:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Canon Speedlite 430EX II
About Me Photo Enthusiast
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
About Me Casual Photographer
A handy compact flash, good price compared to the next one up in range as I only need it occasionally
By Dinky Days
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Creates a beautiful, natural looking light.
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Could not have asked for more
Really good product. No problems when setting it up or connecting it to my camera. Only issue is it eats batteries. Worth investing in some rechargeable batteries.
Good But ..
Nice construction let down by uneven LCD lighting. The pleasure of ownership was greatly reduced by this simple fault. We have been making LCDs for a long time now and Canon cannot backlight one evenly. The flashgun was returned for refund.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Good value for what you get
If you are not a profesional, this will be great for you. Smaller than more powerfull ones, which is great for space, but enough for me!
Top quality - top value
By Hot Shoe
This is certainly my favourite flashgun. Ok there are one or two models even makes I have not tried but this is the best I have tried. Of the Canon Speedlites it is easily the best value for money in terms of everything it does and I have never felt able to justify paying more than twice as much for the next model up.
Great value Flash Unit
Highly recommended kit - does what it says on the box ... and does it well
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