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Canon220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm)
 
4.6

(based on 55 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (42)
  • Consistent output (38)
  • Easy to use (38)
  • Durable (29)
  • Fast recycling (24)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (37)
  • Fill flash (29)
  • Night photography (17)
  • Portraits (16)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (18), Semi-professional (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Size Match for G7/G9

I have a 580EX II, a 430EX and the 220EX. I love my G7 and now my G9. I have tried all three flashes with them, but the 430 is already quite top...Read complete review

I have a 580EX II, a 430EX and the 220EX. I love my G7 and now my G9. I have tried all three flashes with them, but the 430 is already quite top heavy and the 580 is extremely out of balance on the hot shoe. I only use the larger flashes with a bracket. Dragging around the bracket, off camera cord and larger flash is not always worth it. I particularly like to have my G9 and a few accessories with me at all times. The 220EX gives a good boost in power and coverage while balancing fairly well in the hot shoe of a G7 or G9, just a bit top heavy.

The 220 features are limited compared to the features on the 430 and 580, but the 220 is more portable and matches the size and weight of the G9 when hotshoe mounted much better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good simple flash

It does what Canon says it does, but it isn't much better than the pop up flash. If you have a camera without the pop up flash then it's great to have the flash...Read complete review

It does what Canon says it does, but it isn't much better than the pop up flash. If you have a camera without the pop up flash then it's great to have the flash and not stand out in a crowd. Plus you can use the flash and not use the camera's batteries. I've ordered the 430ex, now. I need to be able to move the head around and and change the power output. With this flash I have to go into my camera menu to adjust the bracketing for flash compensation. I want the control. Plus I used to have a film system and I had the Lumiquest soft bounce on the flash head. That gave great results in wedding photo's. I will be getting that again to attach to my 430ex. In the end, if you have a pop up flash on your camera, you will want more than what this flash has to offer. Get something with more. You will outgrow this flash in a flash.

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4.0

Have told friends to buy it!

By Techie

from Kauai, HI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Heavy
  • Slow Recycling

Best Uses

  • Fill Flash
  • General Use
  • Night Photography

Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

I take photos of groups, usually indoors, and with this flash the folks in the back can now be seen! I use these pictures to make cards for friends and they enjoy seeing all who were in the group.
I use it with a Canon SX10 IS, which is not an SLR.
I wish it was a little smaller and lighter, though.

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5.0

Simplicity if beautiful

By Rocky

from Grand Rapids, Mi

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • Portraits

    Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

    Great compact flash unit. Small unit that lasts forever with NiCad batteries. Use a #3408 Filter - RoscoSun 1/2 CTO - 20x24" by Rosco ( available @B&H ) for a warming fill flash unit for portraits, etc.

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    4.0

    compact flash for my canon rebel

    By Graciegreen

    from Escanaba, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

      I bought this flash to use with my older rebel xsi. It is just right for low light conditions. I like it because it takes up little room in my camera bag and is easy to use. Only drawback is that it does not tilt up.

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      5.0

      Excellent small outdoor TTL fill flash

      By GRW

      from SoCal

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

        I picked this up after reading Ken Rockwell's review (plus the 1/4 CTO gel sheet) for fill flash. I primarily photograph people..."close up and personal." The 220EX works perfectly as fill flash for that purpose (especially outdoors), regardless of the lens I use. It works well indoors at reasonable distances, too.

        Skin tones are slightly warm when the flash is married to the 1/4 CTO gel sheet.

        Adjusting the camera's exposure compensation to a minus 2/3rds at the close distances I shoot gives me the results I like. The 220EX has a fast recycle time. It has a small signature, it's light, it's inexpensive, and it works...what's not to like. I am currently using it on my 5D2 and 400D.

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        5.0

        Just what I was looking for

        By Dudley16

        from Glendale, AZ

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

          I was looking for a compact flash unit for my Canon SX10 IS that would work in full-auto mode as well as have some manual flexibility. I only use flash occasionally but when I do, I want a little more light than the built=in fill flash provides. This is the perfect unit.

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          4.0

          Very good flash

          By ES

          from Istanbul, Turkey

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling

          Cons

          • Lack of swivel head

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

          It is a great flash & commands a very good value/price ratio. Easy to use, its flashing power more than sufficient for general use, it has a respectable recycle time.

          Considerably lightweight comparing to other (costlier) flashes in the Canon range; yet comparing to Nikon SB-400, it is slightly bigger and heavier than Nikon SB-400. Quadruple AA bank also adds to weight. It also lacks a swivel head.

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          5.0

          Time Tested and Faithful

          By John the CSI

          from Chesapeake, VA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Great for capturing depth
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

            This flash was issued to us quite some time ago for our digital police photography. When I recently started purchasing my own personal equipment there was only one logical choice. I have been using it on a daily and nightly basis and wouldn't have anything else for simplicity and that perfect flash shot.

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            4.0

            Nice

            By Tabby

            from Moline, IL

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                This is a nice flash.

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Laura

                from Belton, MO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                  Easy to install. Easy to use (so far). I've only tested it in my living room but so far I am very pleased.

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                  5.0

                  Nice flash- good price

                  By kj

                  from st. charles, il

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash

                    Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                    Perfect travel flash, fits well in bag, very fast recycling, easy to use. Only con so far is the flash cannot be tilted. Strong purchase for the price.

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                    5.0

                    Great flash, great price.

                    By P.J.

                    from Saint Marys, Georgia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                      This 220EX flash is light weight, fast to install and quite good.

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                      4.0

                      Great Lil' Flash

                      By Nicole the Former Art Teacher

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                        I am an intermediate photographer just starting to do some freelance and wedding work. I recently bought this flash for my Canon EOS Rebel and it works great! I am very pleased with this product and would recommend it to anyone starting out, who needs an overhead flash but isn't sure what to get. Does the job, is affordable and easy to use.

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                        4.0

                        Bought it for Macro

                        By Steve H

                        from Pescadero, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Needs a diffuser
                        • No on flash adjustments

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use

                        Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                        I bought this to attach to a lightweight bracket for closeup flash photography with my DSLR. It works just fine for this. Also, I found it works great on my G-11 for people shots. One handicap is that I haven't found a commercial diffuser, so built my own out of some spare plastic parts. Flash output adjustable on camera, not on the flash, so it's simple to set up and use.

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                        5.0

                        Great Value

                        By crowntown

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use

                          Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                          I was very impressed by the distance the flash carried. I was back a little farther at a concert and the flash worked amazing.
                          Great value for the price.
                          Thanks!

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                          5.0

                          Perfect for Canon G11

                          By K. M. Siddique

                          from Kuwait

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use

                          Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                          Small, handy, easy to carry

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                          5.0

                          great flash for its price

                          By rocky road

                          from new haven,CT

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                            i had to borrow this flash for an event ,shooting with zoom on my rebel xs from about 30-45' away , the pictures came out great, i didnt want to return it to the owner but i did , and the next week bought one for my self, then shooting another event 2 days later , it was great again.

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                            5.0

                            perfect flash for canon G11 camera

                            By T T

                            from garden grove, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                              Good lighting, very easy to use. I'm very happy with the flash.

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                              4.0

                              Good Tool

                              By T O

                              from Maui, Hawaii

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                                I am just an amateur photographer, but enjoying learning and catching some good shots along the way. This is my first external flash for my first SLR camera, so take this review in context. I like the flash, it is easy, reliable, works effectively and was economically priced. My only negative comment is that I cannot rotate the flash to deflect light, but I knew that when I bought it.

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                                5.0

                                Mighty Mouse Flash

                                By Photo Joe

                                from Cheyenne, Wyoming and Denver Colorado

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Close up work 25' to 40'
                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                                  I have been a Canon Camera user for over twenty years. This flash the 220EX TTL works great. Sometimes a professional does not need a flash
                                  that reaches out over a hundred feet, this smaller flash has exceeded my expectations for close up and portrait work.

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                                  5.0

                                  This product was what I expected!

                                  By acheese

                                  from Des Moines, IA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • I have no cons with this

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Canon 220EX Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 72'/22 m at 28mm):

                                  This flash is just what I wanted - simple and basic and very easy to use. I just wanted a good flash to use at with night photography. The built-in flash on my camera was not good enough for evening pictures. The cost was very reasonable and the flash does the job! I would highly recommend this product to beginner photographers.

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