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Canon430EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe-Mount Flash
 
4.7

(based on 2073 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1502)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (548)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (1676)
  • Fast recycling (1246)
  • Consistent output (1197)
  • Durable (1025)
  • Versatile (1006)

Cons

  • Heavy (229)
  • Heavy / bulky (145)
  • Slow recycling (62)
  • Weak output (23)
  • Not interchangeable (17)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (1502)
  • Fill flash (1259)
  • Portraits (1242)
  • Night photography (701)
  • Photojournalism (397)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (790), Semi-pro photographer (463), Casual photographer (367), Pro photographer (196), Enthusiast (108)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1349), 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

Nice results

By EO

from St Petersburg, Fl

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • Portraits

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

    Only used once and was happy with results.

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    • No

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    5.0

    excellent price-benefit relation

    By Aron

    from New Jersey

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Recycling
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Im not a Flash lover, but I do some event assignments, and this flash does the job for me.

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        • No

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        5.0

        It do the job well

        By Kid

        from Sabana Grande, PR

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

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

          Great output and fas recycling, just what i need

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works great

          By Pabider Moore

          from Clarion County PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

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

            Battery last for a good time, I don't use it that much but the batteries don't discharge when left in for months...

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            • No

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            5.0

            Easy to use

            By Tiny

            from Portland Maine

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

            Good product easy to read screen fast Reclying
            Well built works great

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            5.0

            My Canon 7D loves

            By vlad

            from Everett

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

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

            I hesitated a little bit when considering buying this flash for my Canon 7D. As I was and still am doing lots of shooting indoors with poor light, I made the step and did not regret it.

            I feared there will be a lot of additional tuning of parameters to get decent photos. I was wrong, the camera is in charge of this (for most situations).

            This flash is much more powerful and versatile than the inbuilt one. You can control how the light is coming (direct or reflected) and different shooting modes.

            On the downside I would mention the size and the weight. Having a battery grip attached, a rather heavy lens + this flash makes a big brick in your hand...

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Canon 430EX II

            By Andrew

            from Sneads Ferry, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

            • Slow Recycling

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

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

            The flash, coupled with a dome diffuser and small softbox, produces wonderful soft/directional lighting. The only issue I have had with the flash is that it does not always fire. I have it tethered to the camera hotshoe via brandnew cable but sometimes it does not fire even when settings are not changed.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Its Great!

            By haystev

            from Escanaba, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography

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

              So far so good. No problems with the flash. This is a step up for me and has been working great so far!

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              • No

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              5.0

              good

              By Bugsy

              from Guebwiller, France

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Powerful Output

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • General Use

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

              It is very easy to use

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              • No

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              5.0

              Easy to Use

              By Chill79

              from Costa Mesa, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

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

                Provides great natural looking lighting and is easy to plug and play. Love this flash!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Greaat!

                By Alex Kozyrski

                from Long Island, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism

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

                  I've used this for three events now and it works great. Easy to use and the settings are easy to control. A little pricey, however worth every penny when doing event photography.

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                  5.0

                  Great flash

                  By Din

                  from Penn Valley, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    The Speedlight flash is a replacement for the same one that I'd had for a number of years, but this one is even better. I especially like the quick lock on it. I received it three days after I ordered it and it was well packaged and arrived in good shape.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice flash

                    By Dog photographer

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

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

                    I've always used the integrated flash before getting this shoe-mount flash. The differences are stunning. The shoe-mount flash gives you so much flexibility with bouncing the flash giving you different effects for the image. I love how the head can be tilted and angled in multiple positions too. The diffuser is also a great little "nice to have". Cons so far: adds weight to camera and it's not as portable (obviously) as the integrated flash on the camera. However, I think the pros of a stronger flash and more flexibility/versatility outweigh these negatives.B&H also rocks! Order was received in a very timely manner; the website is easy to browse and ordering was easy. Great work!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    So Far So Good.

                    By GR

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

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

                      I ordered this flash for my second camera for a wedding this last week. The light was plug and play and easy to use. The option are easy to maneuver. I look forward to use this flash more going forward.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Flash!

                      By Jay

                      from Florham Park, NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Portraits
                        • Real Estate

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

                        This Canon flash is excellent. It performs just as I expected. I debated on whether to get a 3rd party flash or stick with the Canon flash even though it cost more. The Canon flash works perfectly with my Canon 60D The built in wireless capability in both the flash and camera work together flawlessly. I primarily use this unit as fill flash as well as interior real-estate photography. Great Product, Great Build Quality, I'm 100% happy with this flash!

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                        4.0

                        Canon 439EX II

                        By Willie

                        from South San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                        • Not Interchangeable

                        Best Uses

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

                          Will use wireless off-camera. Nice product. Will purchase another one.

                          Bill

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                          5.0

                          Good flashlight

                          By Hopsing

                          from AR

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 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:

                            Easy to use, strong light enough for me

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            simple & effective

                            By d nelson

                            from ukiah, ca

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

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

                              Totally plug and play with my 7d. Setup exposure in camera and have had perfect lighting nearly every time. As I only use flash occasionally, it's likely that the auto exposure settings will be adequate most of the time, but it assuring that manual adjustments can be made.

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                              5.0

                              Great improvement to my great Canon

                              By ksteffien

                              from Long Beach, CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast Recycling

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use

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

                              This is a great improvement to an already good system.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Perfection!

                              By Lyndee

                              from Florida

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful Output
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use

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

                                This is my first Speedlite, and I love it! It is easy to use, versatile, and exactly as described on the B & H website. B & H, I love you too! Always quick shipping and quality products! Bravo!

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