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Canon430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash
 
4.7

(based on 2109 reviews)

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    (558)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

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    (3)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (1700)
  • Fast recycling (1262)
  • Consistent output (1214)
  • Durable (1040)
  • Versatile (1019)

Cons

  • Heavy (232)
  • Heavy / bulky (145)
  • Slow recycling (64)
  • Weak output (23)
  • Not interchangeable (17)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (1522)
  • Fill flash (1277)
  • Portraits (1255)
  • Night photography (709)
  • Photojournalism (399)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (800), Semi-pro photographer (472), Casual photographer (372), Pro photographer (199), Enthusiast (108)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1376), 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

Very very helpful flash

By yyk

from Texas

About Me Casual Photographer

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 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

    I use it mainly indoor with Canon 6D and 24-105L lens. The pictures come out just great, all of them, no matter how I position the head of the flash, at the ceiling, or wall, or direct onto the object. It is also just great for outdoor use, when taking pictures of people at the sunset in the background.

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    5.0

    So glad I bought this!

    By Renee

    from West Palm Beach, Fl

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

      This is my first flash (on my 6d) and I could not be happier with my purchase! It was very easy to install and use. I bought this flash with a kit that included batteries, a charging station, and a diffuser. Every thing i needed in one kit. I love the results I get using this flash.

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      5.0

      So far, it's great!

      By Sparty

      from Boone, North Carolina

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

          There is a lot more for me to learn about using this flash; however, it was quite easy to set up and begin using it in auto mode. The photographs are so much better than just using the internal flash of my Rebel 3ti. I'm very much an amateur photographer. B&H is a great place to order photographic equiment. They are trustworthy and orders are delivered promptly. Remember you will need batteries for the flash.

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          4.0

          Love it !

          By Danny

          from Brooklyn

          Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

          Read so many great reviews so I had to make the purchase and this far I am very satisfied :)

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          5.0

          Great flash for Panama

          By Peter, the ex Geologist photographer

          from Oakland, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Low Light Tropics Photos
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

          I used this flash along with the better beamer to photograph birds in the tropical areas of Panama. I have never taken photos of birds in low light before so I know nothing about flash photography. I was very successful so I am very happy.

          What don't I like? Well, I hate having a big flash attachment but there is no other way to do it.

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          5.0

          The Right Flash

          By GCHill

          from San Francisco Bay Area

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash

            Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

            Exactly what a super-casual user needs in his equipment bag. Enough extra light to meet needs in larger indoor spaces and compact.

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            5.0

            I love this Speedlite!

            By Tracy

            from Campbellton NB Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

              I decided to buy this speedlite because of the winter months that we have here, we experience looooong cold winters, and it's just too frigidly cold to go out in the snow and wind to go shoot, so I bought this flash to do indoor photography...and I love it! Works well on camera and off camera as a slave. I have a T5i, and when I use this flash as a slave, the onboard flash goes off, but it does not affect the exposure...what I found out is that the onboard flash goes off just before the slave flash, signaling the slave to fire. Works great!

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              4.0

              Works as advertised

              By A&E DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS

              from Sacramento

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Slow Recycling

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

              I have the Quantum Turbo 5d on a bracket but still got this for portability for non professional gigs and when shooting family and friend.Works as advertised!

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              5.0

              Everything I expected

              By Sally

              from USA

              Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

              I am happy with my Canon 430 EX ll Speedlite. It is what I expected and wanted. I like the results so far. I have used it as a bounce flash and was pleased as well.

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              4.0

              Great flash

              By Aaron D

              from Washington state

              Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

              I got this to use for night time portraits with landscape and long exposure backgrounds. It has been great for what I use it for. I would buy it again. Quality product at a good price

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              5.0

              Does what it suppose to do

              By Aby

              from Parlin, NJ

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use

              Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

              I am a casual hobbyist and this flash works perfectly for my needs. I usually use it indoor and it is powerful enough to give you nice natural looking light.

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              5.0

              Awesome experience

              By Photo Joe

              from Hampton, AR

              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 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                Product is just as expected and in accordance
                with reiews posted.
                Received within time period set by B&H.
                Nothing negative about my purchase.

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                5.0

                Very Very Good!

                By Netty_Noo

                from QLD, Australia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                  My first flash, very easy to use, ... have used it in poorly lit indoor area and bounced off ceiling and it worked a treat!! So glad I purchased this flash! :)

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Mel

                  from Utica, NY

                  Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                  I absolutely love this flash. It's so easy to use and has been great in reducing unwanted shadows in my portraits. Thank you B&H for the excellent customer sevice

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                  5.0

                  Canon 430EX II SpeedLite TTL

                  By Nukem

                  from Denham Springs, LA

                  Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                  First test shots before I read the manual was way better than the onboard flash on my Canon t3I. Looking forward to using in different situations, fill -light, off camera, bounce at different angle, etc.

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                  5.0

                  Aptly named

                  By Jeff M

                  from Fort Worth, Texas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                    Speedlite is right. After struggling through three other cheaper flash units, I bit the bullet and spend the money to get a Speedlite. These are fast. Recharges in seconds. Easy to adjust flash up or down for F/stop compensation. Glad I spent the extra money.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good Flash

                    By Amanda

                    from McHenry, IL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                      This is my first external flash and I had to use it for head shots an hour after receiving it. Connected to my Canon 70D with no problems, was simple to use, and made a big difference in my pictures verses just using the pop-up flash.

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                      5.0

                      Works great

                      By Alain

                      from Québec, Canada

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                        Easy to use, lightweight

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Replacement purchaser

                        By LRoy

                        from Tacoma, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Can't be used as a Master

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                        I purchased this speedlight as a replacement for a 430 EX2 that failed after several years of service. Repair cost was 50% of new item, so I got the new one.
                        this speedlight is relatively compact and works well as an on-camera flash or as part of a two speedlight off camera set up.
                        I am completely satisfied with the product and would recommend to anyone as a primary or second speedlight. I particularly like to use it when traveling as it fits nicely into my sling bag.

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                        4.0

                        Great Quality Buy

                        By Maron

                        from Brooklyn NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Photojournalism

                          Comments about Canon 430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash:

                          Just purcased this flash for indoor event use.Works great, and recycles fast (I'm using Eneloop Pro 2550mAh batteries).Remote slave function also works great, I tested it, and it looks like it does what it's meant to.It's a compact unit, and won't add too much weight to a medium sized Canon DSLR (eg, 70D).It doesn't have an option to use an external battery pack with it, but you don't need it. Just use good quality batteries, and carry a spare set - recycle time is fast enough anyways.The only cons so far I have found are:There's no battery level on the flash, so the only way to tell if your batteries are running low is if the flash is slow at recycling. A battery level would be great!Not exactly a con, but I heard that with Nikon, when you press the illuminate LCD button on only the flash, it also ulluminates the LCD screen on the camera body (if there is one), and vice versa. The canon unit doesn't do this.Also, just an anomally, but the LCD on the body lights up yellow, and the one of the flash lights up green.All in all, a great buy. I was considering the japanese imitation companies, but decided that I want something that is going to work 100% flawlessly, and be 100% compatible with my camera.

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