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CanonSpeedlite 430EX II
 
4.7

(based on 2123 reviews)

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    (1538)

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    (562)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (1708)
  • Fast recycling (1264)
  • Consistent output (1218)
  • Durable (1044)
  • Versatile (1022)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • General purpose (1529)
  • Fill flash (1284)
  • Portraits (1260)
  • Night photography (712)
  • Photojournalism (400)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (805), Semi-pro photographer (474), Casual photographer (374), Pro photographer (201), Enthusiast (108)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1387), 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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4.0

Does not work for macro photography

By Kevin

from Houston, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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      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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      5.0

      Great Flash

      By PeterD

      from Phoenix, AZ.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      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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            5.0

            good flash

            By Kai

            from Newyork

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            This is a good flash , cheaper easier and more useful

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            5.0

            very good

            By Hongtao

            from Kirkland, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                very good.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A big product for an excellent price

                By Laloego

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful Output
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                For a long time I wanted to buy a flash for my family photos and finally I decided on this.
                It is an excellent product with extraordinary recharge time. It covers large areas and syncs perfectly to every camera shot. It is definitely an indispensable product in the briefcase.

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                4.0

                Ordered to prepare for my BF's new baby

                By J.A.C.k

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  I haven't used the flash regularly, yet. I have had a Speedlite before, so I expect this to be the same or better quality.

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                  5.0

                  Canon is always amazing!

                  By Isis

                  from Kingston ny

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  Flash is effective and light weight... I love it!

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                  4.0

                  Works great, but over priced

                  By dude

                  from Philadelphia

                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    4 stars only because it's over priced. Works perfectly, but compared to my touchscreen Canon dslr it's attached to, it seems like over priced 1990's dinosaur tech. Again 100% reliability, good build quality, but the display and buttons remind me of a solar powered calculator I had in 1990. For $[$]plus I expected more

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                    5.0

                    Good relation beetwen price & quality

                    By Marcos Elgueta Orellana

                    from Santiago de Chile.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                      If you thinks that integrate flash is good, you need show the picture indoor with this flash!

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                      • No

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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 Speedlite 430EX II:

                        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

                        Speedy Delivery

                        By Brian

                        from CT

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                        I've bought a lot of items from B&H over the years so I knew I would be getting a quality, factory sealed product with full warranty at a good price. What I was not prepared for was the incredibly rapid delivery. I live in a state that borders B&H's home state but I ordered the product on the web at 2 PM and it was at my front to at 3 PM the next day - without a premium shipping fee. Nice job.

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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 Speedlite 430EX II:

                          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 Speedlite 430EX II:

                              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 Speedlite 430EX II:

                              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 Speedlite 430EX II:

                              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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