The Canon Speedlite 430EX II Essential Kit from B&H contains the versatile and efficient shoe mount flash along with a bounce dome diffuser, four AA NiMH rechargeable batteries, and a rapid battery charger. The bounce dome diffuser helps to soften and more evenly spread the light output from the flash while the batteries and charger ensure a consistent and available power source.
The Speedlite 430EX II features a powerful maximum guide number of 141.1' at ISO 100 along with a controllable zoom head design that covers lens focal lengths between 24-105mm. The flash head is capable of vertically tilting between 0-90° and swiveling 0-180° left or 0-90° right to aid in greater control over the direction of flash output. It is compatible with the E-TTL II system for accurate flash metering and, when used with compatible EOS DSLRs, full flash control is possible directly from the camera's menu system. A metal foot and quick-lock mechanism provide greater rigidity and efficiency when attaching to a camera and a minimum recycle time of 2 seconds with NiMH batteries allows for a quickened shooting style.
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
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
Watson 4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
This Watson 4-Hour Rapid Charger comes with four 1.2V, 2300mAh AA NiMH batteries that are rechargeable up to 1000 times. The charger will recharge 4 of these included batteries in about 280 min, or 2 in about 140 min. You can also use it to charge optional AA NiCd batteries, or AAA NiMH or NiCd's. The charger's integrated micro-controller ensures that each battery is charged to its full capacity, and automatic charge cut-off prevents overcharging. Should the controller and automatic cut-off function both fail, the safety guard timer will kick in to ensure that the charger still shuts off after 6 hr. The charger also has circuit and polarity protection. Two LED indicators display charging status, and there are two individually-monitored charging channels. The charger has switching 100-240VAC power, enabling use all over the world. Its compact outlet prongs can fold in, making the unit more compact for storage.
Vello Bounce Dome Diffuser for Canon 430EX, 430EX II & III-RT Speedlite
The Vello Bounce Dome Diffuser for Canon 430EX, 430EX II & III-RT Speedlite softens the light output of a flash, reducing harsh shadows that are often the result when using direct illumination. The dome provides even coverage across the entire frame and is ideal for use with lenses from 15mm to 200mm in 35mm format as well as their equivalent in other formats. Since each Bounce Dome is custom made for the flash, it slips on and off without the need for touch fastener tabs.