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Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Unit

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  • Bounce Upward to 90-degrees
  • Swivel Right (to 90-degrees) and Left (to 180-degrees)
  • Full Manual Control or via Camera Menu System (EOS models only)
  • 9 Custom Functions and Auto Zoom to Match Camera Sensor size
  • Flash Head Zoom Covers the range 24mm to 105mm (down to 14mm with Integrated Diffusion Panel)
  • An Ultra-Bright 2-LED Configuration Focus Assist-Beam

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 7.2 x 10.1 cm ; 331 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
  • Batteries AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: 2805B003AA
  • ASIN: B001AXFV5A
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

A powerful and versatile flash, the Speedlite 430EX II is considered to be one of the best Canon speedlite flashguns, This flashgun will expand your shooting options with a Guide Number of 43, wireless slave flash ability, nine custom functions and a 24-105mm zoom head.

Box Contains

  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II
  • Soft case
  • Flash stand
  • Instruction manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Duncan on 21 April 2009
    My first 'proper' flashgun. What a difference it makes right from the start. I haven't read the instructions yet, but have just placed it on top of my Canon 450D and practiced some shots with different settings and angles of the flash.
    Even with my limited experience so far, it makes a fantastic difference. Much, much better than the on-board flash - much more even fill and balance.....bouncing the flash from different angles gives you more chance to experiment and gives portrait photos a different look.
    The on-board flash can sometimes wash out a subject and be too harsh - no such problems with this flash, but you will need to either bounce it off a wall or reflector or use an additional diffuser (STO-FEL make good ones).
    The flash turns 180 degrees front to back (turning to the left) and 90 degrees from front to right.
    There is a really good locking mechanism to attach it to your camera which is easy to use and solid.
    There is a pull-out-flip-down fresnel-type lens incorporated into the flash-head.
    The display is easy to read - although you will need to read the manual to understand what's being displayed.
    My camera automatically gave me the flash controls via the camera's menu system.
    All-in-all this is an expensive flashgun, but if you're moving into wanting to take more better quality shots (particularly portraits) then you won't go wrong in buying one of these. There are cheaper flashguns for the Canon, but they won't 'talk' to your Canon camera like this one does - so you'll be able to get good shots almost straight away - and giving you the time to get to know how to use it to your advantage.
    Worth every penny, IMHO.
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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Philip on 11 Jan 2010
    Originally I had intended to wait until I could afford this flash's big brother the 580 Ex II, but after some consideration, I started to ask whether I really needed it for my own personal usage. There is an argument that the extra power of the 580 is beneficial for bounce flash, but this also has to be balanced against extra cost as well as weight.

    My Canon 40D is already quite a heavy camera, so weight was a consideration when not using a tripod so I finally decided to buy the 430EX II. I am really delighted with the output after spending a day and evening trying out a range of shots with a wide range of set-ups. The flash really does allow subtle effects but it's sophisticated ability to get the colour temperature right when the camera is set to Auto White Balance is awesome.

    So all in all, if like me you are hovering on a decision, just consider the power and weight issues and decide what is appropriate. If you are true to your reasoning, you won't go wrong.
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    122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on 6 Jan 2009
    I bought this flash to go on my new 40D and although i had previously shirked a flash i am very pleased with the results. It comes with a great carry bag and stand, although it cannot be used off camera unless you have another on the camera to fire it. The sensor seems very good and in automatic produces great results.

    I bounce this off the ceiling for most shots and the result is a perfect even light, no shadows, and because it's so versatile it doesn't matter what angle i have the camera at.

    One word of warning, don't scrimp on your batteries! I used a cheaper brand and it reduced my recycling time to nearly a minute, useless! After some experimenting, including the new lithium AA batteries, i have found that the energizer rechargable 2500 batteries are the best. Practically no time between flashes for the first 5 flashes and then it recovers superfast and you can do it all again. Great for weddings and children photography where you just can't wait.

    Buy it now and enjoy blinding your friends with it!
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    239 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov 2008
    This is the first proper flash I bought for my EOS 40D and have been blown away by the quality of the images it lets me make. My previous experiences with flashguns have been pretty hopeless, totaly nuked out highlights and black backgrounds.

    I wasn't expecting much from this but the e-ttl metering really does a fantastic job of determining how much flash to give each image. I took a few photos of my daughter when she was wearing a bright white jumper and thought it would be totaly overexposed. No, they turned out fine, bright but not blown out.

    Anyone in the know about flash knows that on camera flash is the worst place for a flash to be positioned. However, the quality of light given by this flash really does look good. Sure, I prefer to bounce the flash or get it off camera but in a pinch it can be left on camera, set to auto and pointed right at the subject.

    The feature set is pretty formidable, hi-speed sync at all shutter speeds! This lets me take flash photos at 1/8000th sec which is cool. The manual controls are good, with power reduction down to 1/64th. There is a modelling light, 2nd curtain sync, focussing beam and slave functions.

    The big drawback with Canon SLR's is that the flash cannot be remotely fired by the camera unless you purchase the Speedlite ST-E2, which is basically a hotshoe mounted infrared trigger. Sadly this item is hugely overpriced at about 150 pounds. This immediately limits the creative aspects this flash offers unless you get into radio triggers. The cheap ones from ebay do the trick but unfortunately the e-ttl ability is lost.

    This is a hugely disappointing move by Canon, how hard would it be to incorporate an infra-red trigger into the SLR's? Nikon and Olympus do it.
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