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This review is from: Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Unit (Accessory)
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.