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Canon Speedlite 430EX II

B&H # CA430EX2 MFR # 2805B002
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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
UPC: 013803099805
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 141.08' (43 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Angle of Coverage 84° - 23.3°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 114°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/64
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 Operation 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 NiMH 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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 4.0 x 3.0"
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
  • Mini Stand
  • Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonSpeedlite 430EX II
     
    4.7

    (based on 2155 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1564)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (566)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (1725)
    • Fast recycling (1273)
    • Consistent output (1230)
    • Durable (1059)
    • Versatile (1033)

    Cons

    • Heavy (235)
    • Heavy / bulky (145)
    • Slow recycling (66)
    • Weak output (24)
    • Not interchangeable (17)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (1543)
    • Fill flash (1299)
    • Portraits (1268)
    • Night photography (719)
    • Photojournalism (403)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (813), Semi-pro photographer (481), Casual photographer (379), Pro photographer (204), Enthusiast (108)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1407), Yes (117)

    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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    1.0

    Save your money.

    By Ruben

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Slow Recycling
    • Weak Output

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

    I've had this flash for a few years only because I couldn't even give it away. It's slow, doesn't always fire, TTL is spotty at best and it's not very powerful at all. If I had it to do over I would have bought a YN instead. I think this is by far Canon's worst product. It truly sucks balls.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great flash served the right purposes for me!

    By Kelli Belly

    from Brookfield, WI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

      -easy to use
      -provides just the right amount of extra light needed for shooting indoor photography

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Well worth the money

      By ttym

      from Mandan, ND

      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
        • Portraits

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

        I use the flash for an assortment of things. I use it for portraits, landscapes, macro, etcetera. It is easy to use and fulfills my needs greatly. I haven't found anything that I dislike so far.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Just what I needed.

        By Cannie

        from Lodi, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

        I'm a Wedding and Quinceañera Photographer. I use this Speedlite as a fill in light. Works great and easy to use. Fast recycling time. The only thing is it's a little heavy. Other than that, I highly recommend this item. I would buy it again. Thank You B&H!!

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        5.0

        Great Flash

        By Bob

        from Tulsa

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

          This flash is great for filling in needed light. Used in low lighting and across large spaces. Definitely would recommend it.

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          5.0

          I replaced an older version of this item

          By John

          from Bethpage, New York

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            an excellent piece of equipment. Promptly delivered by B&H service.

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            • No

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            5.0

            The last flash you will ever need!

            By TheCameraman

            from San Rafael Ca

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

              This flash is a must have for any Canon user! It has worked flawlessly for me for years! I use it for Sports, Portrait, and Concert photography.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Flash

              By Tommy H

              from Houston, Texas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                I bought this flash to pair up with the Canon 24-70 2.8 lens I bought earlier this year. I used the flash the most recently for a science day photo shoot that my wife put together for kids at her work. I was overly impressed with this flash. I've previously only had the pop-up on my Canon 60D, but this was so much nicer. Very fast to recycle and great balance in the 250+ pics I took indoors all day.

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                5.0

                Birthday gift

                By Darin

                from New York City

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                      Purchased this for my son for his birthday. He was thrilled to get it and said it will be useful in his photography business. He had this on his wish list.

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                      3.0

                      Pretty Good Flash

                      By photoshooter5

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Slow Recycling

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                      It's a good flash, the batteries die really quickly though so I would recommend investing in rechargeable ones. Powerful and luminous, you get what you pay for.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great product. I use it all the time.

                      By Alexander

                      from Freehold, New Jersey

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                        A fine product. BH is a great place to buy what you need.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        huh? There's no flash on my new camera?

                        By Flash newbie, Andy

                        from Baltimore, Md

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                          Recently got the Canon Mark III and this was the first camera without a built in flash. As this is my first time playing with flashes and i'm still learning, I think this is a great 'first piece' of equipment. Many functions are intuitive and the guide works well. There are also lots of resources to learn from online about the 430EXII flash.

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                          4.0

                          Great Flash

                          By Awkward Lobster

                          from Seattle, Wa

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                              For the cost this a great starter flash. If you don't need wireless immediately and are looking for a semi-pro flash this is the one!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Just what I needed.

                              By jlv39

                              from Grand Rapids, MI

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                              Has been very consistent and relatively easy to use.

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                              5.0

                              As expected

                              By Ricarddo

                              from São Paulo, Brazil

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful Output
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                                  Easy to use

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great factory flash unit

                                  By Mildot

                                  from Indiana

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Powerful Output

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                                    I was looking for an inexpensive quality flash with some options and wanted a Canon brand model. This fits those criteria, great flash.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent flash!

                                    By bhuser

                                    from Brooklyn

                                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                                    This flash is very solid. I returned the Bolt equivalent and I am happy that spent the extra money to buy a Canoade product

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Purchase

                                    By JAY

                                    from ny

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Powerful Output

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                                      THIS IS GREAT FOR ME

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Essential item for indoor photography

                                      By laurormrz

                                      from Houston

                                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                                      Does what it's intended for and does it well. Pairs wirelessly with my Canon t3i. Gives your indoor pics so much more life when bouncing the flash off walls, eliminating shadows on faces. Great price with the rebate.

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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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