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CanonSpeedlite 430EX II
 
4.7

(based on 2136 reviews)

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    (565)

  • 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 (1711)
  • Fast recycling (1267)
  • Consistent output (1223)
  • Durable (1050)
  • Versatile (1026)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • General purpose (1533)
  • Fill flash (1289)
  • Portraits (1263)
  • Night photography (716)
  • Photojournalism (402)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (808), Semi-pro photographer (477), Casual photographer (374), Pro photographer (202), Enthusiast (108)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1394), 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

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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    5.0

    excellent

    By snkthe8bal2

    from philadelphia PA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

      slight learning curve

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      • No

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      5.0

      worth every penny!

      By AL

      from Jersey City, NJ

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

      awesome flash!!! paired this with my canon 60D. afforadable high end flash that does exactly what i need it to do. no complaints what so ever!

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      5.0

      great prodacte

      By liran amar

      from new york, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            small and easy to use

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            • No

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            5.0

            worth it

            By Bryan

            from Brooklyn, NY

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            Great little flash for the price.

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            5.0

            Powerful and compact

            By rob32trk

            from new york

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

              I already have this flash and it works as described:I brought this one as a back up.

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              4.0

              Darn good versatile flash unit

              By Dreamer of Pictures

              from Arlington VA

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                I owned a 430 EX for about 12 years, and it was stolen recently. I bought a 430 EX II as a replacement. It has a vastly improved and rapid lock/unlock for the hot shoe, compared to the 430 EX. With the 430 EX I first tried out bounce flash off the ceiling. That has completely turned around my attitude about indoor flash. I hated squints, I hated red eye, and I hated the deep shadows to the sides of the subjects. All result from direct in-your-face flash. All are banished by bounce flash. The illumination looks so natural! I have even used it with a waffle concrete ceiling over a community swimming pool, and got great well-lit shots of friends in the water when I pushed the flash power up 2 stops.Likewise, photos of distant wild birds and animals can be well lit by turning the flash power up 2 stops.Close ups of small items for say Craigslist ads can be shot easily by pointing the camera down and turning the flash head around to bounce off the ceiling.Unobtrusive outdoor fill flash is also easily accomplished by reducing the flash power 1 or 2 stops.Add a couple 4-packs of NiMH rechargeable AA batteries, and you have a good flash system.

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                4.0

                Good

                By Chris Adval

                from Hazleton, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable

                Cons

                • Ettl Inconsistent

                Best Uses

                • Event Photography

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                Not sure what else to say... wish I had more power for the cash. I thought I would use this for HSS a lot more but after purchasing these I learned its not worth doing HSS with the battery loss. As for ETTL, its ok, wish it was better.

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                4.0

                Great Flash

                By Yearly

                from Hollywood, Ca

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  Great product. Durable. Dropped it, hard, and it's perfectly fine. I just wish it worked wirelessly.

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                  5.0

                  I love the bundle!!

                  By Trace

                  from Chicago

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  I love how this flash came with the diffuser bounce and rechargeable bundle kit, a little extra money saved but totally worth it!! A great flash to use for any event, super more versatile than the Canon 270EX (I think it was). For this flash being a mid grade flash, it's great and gets the job done.

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                  5.0

                  Great affordable flash

                  By Kellymcd

                  from Long beach ca

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  Great flash for the price!

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                  5.0

                  Great

                  By John G

                  from NWA

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  Great

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                  5.0

                  Great solid flash

                  By Evscott11

                  from New Jersey

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  I haven't even explored the features this flash has to offer. Great refresh time and bursting. Works well and has a good range for my zoom lens.

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                  4.0

                  Does not work for macro photography

                  By Kevin

                  from Houston, TX

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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

                      Verified Buyer

                      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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