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Canon Speedlite 580EX Shoe Mount Flash

by Canon

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  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.5 x 13.4 cm ; 739 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
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  • Item model number: B00065GZLC
  • ASIN: B00065GZLC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Speedlight
  • Product Description

    Improve your flash photography with this high-powered, portable Speedlite flashgun. A Guide Number of 58 and full E-TTL flash metering ensures enough power and accurate flash exposures.

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Clarke on 19 Jan 2007
    I go back to the days when a flash gun consisted of something like a Metz 45 CT 5 or my other flash gun a Metz 60 CT 4, both really required a flash meter generally and always flash photography in the early 90's was a bit hit and miss... Been out of photography for a decade or so and rediscoverd it with a Canon 30D, with the 580EX combination is sublime I feel and will agree with previous reviews, it's great at mixing light and colour temperatures and as I prefer a warm tonality easy to set up with the colour balance in the camera. Battery life I've found excellent, use rechargeable Uniross 2300mah cells easy enough for a 500 exposures on a wedding night scenario plus spare power... And even then it still only requires a set of 4 AA's.

    The intigration with the camera (30D) is excellent, flash dedication works great and really for such a small flash unit with a powerful guide number, certainly enough for portrait work it's amazing! Set the auto bracket if you're at odds and exposures are spot on. Very controllable for what I what to achieve, a beauty in a small body...
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    59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By AshleyK on 11 Mar 2006
    I use this with my 1Ds II and its a fairly seamless connection in a simple design with plenty of punch when needed. It has a few custom settings to change its usage such as first or second curtain flash and overall I am happy. I very much like the way it works to provide a natural light when mixed with daylight outdoors and cleverly matches the white balance set on the camera. Flash recycle time is fast with fresh batteries.
    Its only gremlin really is that it reads all areas of an image to make sure that nowhere is burning out too brightly and will compensate accordingly to make sure that doesn't happen. In theory that's great but it can result in horribly underexposed images at times and seems to happen more often indoors, where there might be a mirror or some reflective glass which throws it off target. When you look at the final image, technically it is correct with all tonal values in line, but that's not always much comfort when 99% of the image is 3 stops under exposed so that a tiny reflection on a window will still maintain usable detail.
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shawade on 2 Feb 2007
    This flash will transform your flash pictures, period.

    I use it on my Canon G5, EOS 3 and now more recently a Canon EOS 30D. If you are taking portraits or using it for fill in flash at a wedding, even on full auto your pictures will be transformed.

    For an amateur this is an expensive flash gun but given that it is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras (and the G series compacts too) it will probably outlive many of the current model digital camera bodies before they are superceded, hence it forms part of your Canon kit that will most likely work with digital SLR bodies that Canon have not even designed yet.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 22 May 2007
    This flash unit is excellent it integrates perfectly with the Canon DSLR range and has a very powerful output. I use it with the off-camera shoe cord 2 which gives me a few more options in terms of flash positioning etc. It is a little bit expensive but if you use flash regularly it will more than pay for itself. You can also use it wirelessly (you either need a wireless transmitter or another 580EX to fire it though), I am going to buy a 430EX as soon as I can afford it to use as a wireless slave so that I can have even more fun taking pictures. It is also very easy to use and set up with lots of extra functions such as stroboscopic flash etc.
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