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Canon Speedlite 430EX II

B&H # CA430EX2 MFR # 2805B002 USA
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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates 90° Right & 180° Left
  • Wireless Slave TTL Functionality
  • AF Assist Beam and Modeling Flash
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-3.7 Seconds
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Balancing power with size, the Speedlite 430EX II from Canon offers a very useful guide number of 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm as well as complete compatibility with Canon's E-TTL / E-TTL II flash metering system. The flash head also offers an excellent zoom range of 24-105mm, which is expanded to 14mm with the use of the wide-angle diffusion panel. There is even the option to tilt the flash upwards 90° as well as rotate it right 90° or left 180° for bounce capabilities.

Wireless slave TTL functionality is possible with Canon's optical pulse transmission system. This is possible with one of 4 channels and 3 groups at up to 39.4'. This enables photographers to setup off-camera lighting without running cables. Other features include an AF assist beam, modeling flash, and high-speed, first and second curtain sync modes. It also recycles in 0.1-3.7 seconds and runs on 4 AA batteries. Additionally, it comes with a mini stand and a case.

When used as a wireless slave, the 430EX II supports stroboscopic flash from the master unit
Near silent recycling
LCD panel on rear for viewing and changing settings
Nine user-adjustable custom functions with 20 settings
Metal locking foot
Effective flash range of 2.3 to 79.7'
AF assist beam works with 1-9 AF points and has a range of up to 32.8'
Battery life of about 200-1400 flashes
Bracket mounting hole
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 141.08' (43 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 84° - 23.3°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 114°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/64
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head 0° to +90°
Swivel Head 270°
Coverage 14 mm - 105 mm (Full frame)
Distance Range 2.30 to 79.72' (0.7 to 24.3 m) at f/1.4
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 3.7 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Wireless Transmission Method: Optical pulse
Distance: Up to 39.37' / 12 m
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 3 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 4.8 x 4.0" / 72.0 x 122.0 x 101.0 mm
Weight 11.29 oz / 320 g
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
  • Mini Stand
  • Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonSpeedlite 430EX II
     
    4.7

    (based on 2136 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1548)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (565)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (1711)
    • Fast recycling (1267)
    • Consistent output (1223)
    • Durable (1050)
    • Versatile (1026)

    Cons

    • Heavy (234)
    • Heavy / bulky (145)
    • Slow recycling (64)
    • Weak output (23)
    • Not interchangeable (17)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (1533)
    • Fill flash (1289)
    • Portraits (1263)
    • Night photography (716)
    • Photojournalism (402)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (808), Semi-pro photographer (477), Casual photographer (374), Pro photographer (202), Enthusiast (108)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1394), Yes (116)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Darn nice light

    I am very pleased with my 430. After doing my own research i decided that i would be better off with the 430 over the 580 as my first external flash. I had a...Read complete review

    I am very pleased with my 430. After doing my own research i decided that i would be better off with the 430 over the 580 as my first external flash. I had a borrowed 580 for the first week of ownership with the 430 and did extensive comparison and dual flash experimentation. As well as two jobs; engagement photos and a dinner party.

    The 430 is clearly not as powerful as the 580 and this is noticeable when bouncing light off a distant ceiling or in overly large rooms. (That is not say that the 430 is weak because it's not! It's just that the 580 is very powerful.) I was shooting a dinner party in a large stone mansion that was very dark. The photos with the 430 were a bit dimmer than those taken with the 580. The comparison photos were all using indirect lighting; i had the flashes pointed up to reflect the light off the ceiling. So if i were to do a lot of this type of shooting i would want the 580 but since i don't i cannot justify the expense. The only other significant difference between the two flashes for me is the wireless capabilities.

    The 430 is a wireless slave only. But since i had a borrowed 580, which is capable of wireless slave and master, i had to try out the wireless capabilities. In less than 45 seconds i had figured out how to set the 430 as a slave and was taking two flash photo's within a minute after deciding to try it!

    Also, i should note the durability of the 430. I neglected to lock it onto a tripod when using as a second flash and it took about a four foot tumble landing right on the head on ice and it continues to work just fine!

    I also find the weight difference between the 430 & 580 to be surprising. The 580 is downright heavy. Even when i had both to use for a week i preferred the 430 most of the time just for the weight.

    Like any speed light the 430 is prone to washing out when pointed directly forward if the subject is too close. I plan to try out some of the after market defusers for this. But for now, i generally point it up and use indirect lighting.

    As many have said before me, the 430 is a great starter flash; powerful, easy to use and a bit less expensive than the 580. If/when the time comes that i require a 580 for certain tasks the 430 will probably remain the primary flash for general purpose. It is lighter and powerful enough for most situations. I should also mention that E-TTL II rocks! If you don't know what that is read about it before you buy any flash. The 430EX-II is a great flash that should not be underestimated.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not bad, but would not buy again

    This is definitely a flash for non-professional uses... If you're looking for a decent flash for a reasonable price, this is the flash for you. However, this flash will not cut it...Read complete review

    This is definitely a flash for non-professional uses... If you're looking for a decent flash for a reasonable price, this is the flash for you. However, this flash will not cut it for professional purposes. The flash itself is very easy to use, and for the most part efficient for most purposes. The biggest downfall in this speedlite is its tendency to overheat. Even in the first few pages of the manual for the flash, it warns of overheating and flash degradation. It says "After 20 continuous flashes, allow a rest time of at LEAST 10 minutes." I can't really complain about anything other than what's already been listed, but it's definitely enough of a reason to deter me from buying this again.

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    5.0

    does what its supposed to do

    By Steve

    from va

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful Output
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

      Havnt had the flash long so far so good,what little ive used it im very satisfied..works great off camera,its powerfull enough refresh time is as advertised and very easy to set up...will end up buying another..

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      5.0

      excellent

      By snkthe8bal2

      from philadelphia PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

        slight learning curve

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        • No

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        5.0

        worth every penny!

        By AL

        from Jersey City, NJ

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

        awesome flash!!! paired this with my canon 60D. afforadable high end flash that does exactly what i need it to do. no complaints what so ever!

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        5.0

        great prodacte

        By liran amar

        from new york, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

              small and easy to use

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              • No

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              5.0

              worth it

              By Bryan

              from Brooklyn, NY

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

              Great little flash for the price.

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              5.0

              Powerful and compact

              By rob32trk

              from new york

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                I already have this flash and it works as described:I brought this one as a back up.

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                4.0

                Darn good versatile flash unit

                By Dreamer of Pictures

                from Arlington VA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast Recycling
                • Powerful Output
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  I owned a 430 EX for about 12 years, and it was stolen recently. I bought a 430 EX II as a replacement. It has a vastly improved and rapid lock/unlock for the hot shoe, compared to the 430 EX. With the 430 EX I first tried out bounce flash off the ceiling. That has completely turned around my attitude about indoor flash. I hated squints, I hated red eye, and I hated the deep shadows to the sides of the subjects. All result from direct in-your-face flash. All are banished by bounce flash. The illumination looks so natural! I have even used it with a waffle concrete ceiling over a community swimming pool, and got great well-lit shots of friends in the water when I pushed the flash power up 2 stops.Likewise, photos of distant wild birds and animals can be well lit by turning the flash power up 2 stops.Close ups of small items for say Craigslist ads can be shot easily by pointing the camera down and turning the flash head around to bounce off the ceiling.Unobtrusive outdoor fill flash is also easily accomplished by reducing the flash power 1 or 2 stops.Add a couple 4-packs of NiMH rechargeable AA batteries, and you have a good flash system.

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                  4.0

                  Good

                  By Chris Adval

                  from Hazleton, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Ettl Inconsistent

                  Best Uses

                  • Event Photography

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  Not sure what else to say... wish I had more power for the cash. I thought I would use this for HSS a lot more but after purchasing these I learned its not worth doing HSS with the battery loss. As for ETTL, its ok, wish it was better.

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                  4.0

                  Great Flash

                  By Yearly

                  from Hollywood, Ca

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    Great product. Durable. Dropped it, hard, and it's perfectly fine. I just wish it worked wirelessly.

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                    5.0

                    I love the bundle!!

                    By Trace

                    from Chicago

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    I love how this flash came with the diffuser bounce and rechargeable bundle kit, a little extra money saved but totally worth it!! A great flash to use for any event, super more versatile than the Canon 270EX (I think it was). For this flash being a mid grade flash, it's great and gets the job done.

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                    5.0

                    Great affordable flash

                    By Kellymcd

                    from Long beach ca

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    Great flash for the price!

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By John G

                    from NWA

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    Great

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                    5.0

                    Great solid flash

                    By Evscott11

                    from New Jersey

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    I haven't even explored the features this flash has to offer. Great refresh time and bursting. Works well and has a good range for my zoom lens.

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                    4.0

                    Does not work for macro photography

                    By Kevin

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                        This flash works well, however it does not bend at less than a 90 degree angle, so it doesn't work for macro photography at all. If you want to use it for macro work, you have to use something else to make it work (I used a hydrostatic arm and shoe cord until I upgraded to the twin flash bracket) There's really no reason it doesn't bend at acute angles. How do they not think of this during their design process?

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Light Weight Power Strobe

                        By J Buzzy

                        from Ann Arbor, Mi.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Limited range

                        Best Uses

                        • Event Photography
                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography
                        • Photojournalism

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                        I was excited to find that this flash was smaller than my lumapro 160's a concern I had when choosing to get a higher end speedlite for event photography. the 430EX II is simple to use full fitted and the right size for a photographer on the go.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Flash

                        By PeterD

                        from Phoenix, AZ.

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                          For my needs this flash does everything I need and more plus I have the Canon brand name and reliability. I especially like the fact I can set the 430 EX II speed light as a "Slave" unit that is triggered by the camera flash giving me greater flexibility with my lighting options.

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                          5.0

                          Great speedlite!

                          By Margaretka

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                            Speedlite which works exactly as described in manuals!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Superior build quality.

                            By Brian

                            from Long Island, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                              I have a wedding to shoot this spring. I was looking for my first flash. The 430EX II by Cannon was the obvious choice, for good reason. My concern was build quality between the 600EX and 430EX II. 600EX being the more robust and above my flash budget. The 430EX II meets all my needs and expectations. Excellent build quality. Same L series quality plastics we've come to expect from Cannon.

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                              5.0

                              easy to use :)

                              By Irene thio

                              from Philadelphia

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                              I have 3 of them. They are fantastic.

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                              5.0

                              Great Flash

                              By briguy6

                              from los angeles, ca

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                              Easy to use for beginner or expert. Works great.

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                              • No

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