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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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Replacing the Canon Speedlite 430EX, the Speedlite 430EX II offers fast, silent recycling and full control via the menu system of compatible EOS cameras. It is ideal for both amateurs and professionals seeking a versatile, all-purpose flash.
For maximum flexibility and ease of use, the Speedlite 430EX II incorporates a number of new features. Recycle times have been reduced by approximately 20%, with the recycle process performed silently to minimise distraction. A new metal mounting foot with redesigned connection pins provides ultra-stable communication between the camera and flash; for rapid connection to the camera, a new quick release and locking mechanism is also incorporated.
Used in Manual mode, the Speedlite 430EX II offers settings in 1/3 stop increments for increased precision of operation. Plus - when used with compatible EOS cameras - every setting on the Speedlite 430EX II can be controlled via the camera menu system, allowing rapid, intuitive alteration of settings.
The Speedlite 430EX II is a key component of the integrated flash system for both analogue and digital cameras, and is fully compatible with the distance-linked E-TTL II system found on recent EOS cameras. It can also be used as a slave unit when combined with a master unit in a wireless flash setup.
White balance compensation
Slight variations in a flash gun’s voltage and brightness can destabilise white balance in respective frames during continuous shooting. The Speedlite 430EX II compensates for this by transmitting colour information from the flash to the camera. This information is then used to optimise the white balance setting for each individual image. This function works with the camera set to Auto WB or Flash Mode.
Matching sensor size
When mounted to compatible EOS digital cameras, the Speedlite 430EX II detects whether the sensor is full frame, APS-C or APS-H. The flash’s zoom position is then automatically adjusted, optimising flash coverage and the amount of charge needed per shot.
Fully featured for full control
Other features on the Speedlite 430EX II include 1st and 2nd curtain flash synchronisation, exposure compensation, and an expanded range of nine custom functions.
The Speedlite 430EX II can be used with the following optional accessories: the Canon OC-E3 off-camera shoe cord and the Speedlite bracket SB-E2. Featuring a handy quick release/locking mechanism, the OC-E3 adds wired, short-range positioning flexibility to the Speedlite 430EX II. The Speedlite bracket SB-E2 is designed specifically for wedding and press photography and allows the Speedlite 430EX II to be mounted to one side of the camera - removing the harsh, unnatural shadows that can occur to one side of the subject when shooting in portrait orientation with a camera-mounted flash.
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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If you're tired of portraits of eyelids, or headlamp-eyes on animals, this is the perfect solution.The head can be rotated to the side as well as through the preset...Read complete review
If you're tired of portraits of eyelids, or headlamp-eyes on animals, this is the perfect solution.The head can be rotated to the side as well as through the preset angles, so it still works in portrait format shots.It has quite a cryptic control panel but once you get over the learning curve, it offers finger tip control of all settings, including focal length which is a great feature.As a test shot, I took a close-up of the cat, and for the first time she has clear eyes in a flash-lit shot. If you do a lot of portrait work, this is perfect and also for fast action where the light makes all the difference in the detail.
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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...Read complete review
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.
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Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flashgun:
Easy to use and a valuable resource.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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well worth the money
About Me Photo Enthusiast
This is my first 'proper' flash gun. As a beginner at using flash this was very easy to learn how to use. To be honest you tube helped alot and the guide that comes with it is helpful too.Would recommend to anyone, Canon really do great products.
Canon Speedlite 430 EXII Flashgun
About Me Pro Photographer
Although the least expensive Speedlite I own, it produces the best results. Very natural pictures.
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flashgun
For the price, quite a versatile flash and my first decent one to date. So far used for portraiture on a Canon 60D. Packs away neatly into my Crumpler camera bag and is a sturdy bit of kit. Would recommend as a decent mid-range flash.
I would definitely recommend this flash!
By Bradley Wedding Photography
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Bought for semi pro wedding photography. Excellent!
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Mid range flash
from North East England.
Used both on and off camera controlled by Pocket Wizards. So far no complaint and I achieved all I expected.
I would highly recommend this product
A well made, easy to use product.
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430EXII Speedlite - not over-the-top
from Lancaster, Lancashire
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.
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
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