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CanonSpeedlite 430EX II
 
4.7

(based on 2261 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1644)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (592)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (1795)
  • Fast recycling (1325)
  • Consistent output (1282)
  • Durable (1097)
  • Versatile (1070)

Cons

  • Heavy (240)
  • Heavy / bulky (147)
  • Slow recycling (66)
  • Weak output (23)
  • Not interchangeable (18)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (1613)
  • Fill flash (1352)
  • Portraits (1316)
  • Night photography (747)
  • Photojournalism (420)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (841), Semi-pro photographer (516), Casual photographer (393), Pro photographer (213), Enthusiast (108)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1489), Yes (119)

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

Great product

By Weaverox

from Pa

Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

Good buy..great product... fast shippping

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5.0

Awesome Flash

By dibagram

from san jose

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

      Great flash for Cheap price.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      My Second One

      By Moisés Jiménez

      from Cozumel QR Mexico

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

        I bought a camera support and needed a flash , so buy the same model for the second time . Great price and great performance

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Met expectations 100%

        By Aaron

        from Houston

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

        Used it for my first wedding shoot and it worked great. Canon T2i

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        5.0

        Great!

        By Zac

        from alabama

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

        Great product!

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        5.0

        Powerful mid range flash

        By mjarrison

        from Bentonville, AR

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast Recycling

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            Flash performs flawlessly. Consistent output and good compact design. Flash can not be used as off camera master.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Got here in 1.5 days

            By Lauren McGrath

            from Philadelphia

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            I'm so impressed with how quickly this flash was delivered. Needed for shooting a bat mitzvah and this thing is awesome. Mint condition. This is my first purchase here and I'm convinced I wl but many, many more things for my photography business here.

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Heather

            from Cincinnati, ohio

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            Works well with my canon rebel t3i. I have no complaints but haven't had a chance to use it a lot yet.

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            4.0

            Great Mid-Range Flash!

            By JD

            from Winter Park, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Not Versatile

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Photojournalism

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

            The flash works best in ETL mode (auto), and it does a great job balancing the strength of the flash. I've used this mostly in natural lit scenes, and it helps even out the tones and shadows of the person's face, especially with the Gary Fong accessory on top.

            The only problem I see is that it can only serve as a slave, not a master, which means if you want to set up a couple external flashes around the room, youll need a higher end speedlite to be the master for this and the other flashes.

            Overall the flash is a great quality speedlite for a low price.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            In Love

            By Gel

            from Pembroke Pines, FL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

              I have used this for pictures inside dark areas and it has helped intensely with my lighting issue! Perfect light emission every time!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              nice shoe flash for the price

              By norm

              from ft knox ky

              About Me Casual Photographer

              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:

                just getting ready to use this product form many photo products

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Dependable

                By Ted

                from Stockton, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                  I use this flash for family snapshots. I also use it for fill, backlight, and rim light when doing some portrait work. Like all Canon Speedlights, the 430 EXII is consistent and dependable.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice Flash

                  By Photoman

                  from Columbia, SC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    This is a wonderful flash for the price. It has plenty lighting capability along with TTL and 1st and 2nd curtain features. I recommend this flash to others who own a Canon camera.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Gift for Photo hobbyists!

                    By Robbie

                    from Boston

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                    I got this as a gift for a significant other who was thinking about buying a flash. After a week, she's told me how much of a difference the flash makes in her pictures!

                    The product comes with great reviews and is definitely living up to its reputation.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Excellent addition to my gear

                    By Pounds Photography

                    from Albany, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • 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 purchased two of these because I was gifted a set of transmitter/receivers for flashes. The downfall was they prefer Canon Speedlites over other on-camera systems. As soon as I received them, I immediately unboxxed them, and gave them a quick few test shots. They exceeded my expectations by a far shot, and those expectations were already high.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent flash. Canon quality

                      By Marc

                      from Belle Mead, NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                        So far I love this flash. I have it paired with my Canon T4i. Nice upgrade from the built-in flash. Mostly using on auto mode. Had purchased the Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT for about $ but there was a quality issue with it in that one of the pins was recessed to far and not making contact. Returned it and got this instead. Even though more money I think you get what you pay for. 5 stars for a great flash and a Canon quality product

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Flash, well built

                        By Brian Harris

                        from Brooklyn, New York

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                          -Used for Event photography/ heavy use
                          -great light output/isn't too large
                          -Only con is price, but its worth it in the long run.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good value flash.

                          By Joe

                          from Daufuskie Island, SC

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                          I use on a Canon 7D Mark II. He gives better lighting then the pop up flash. Haven't fully tested on all pic ops but it appears to be a needed improvement versus the pop up flash.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very reliable flash

                          By Neil

                          from Florida

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                          Have two now, never fails to fire. Do weddings and must work on every shot when the need for flash. Have had the first one for two years and still going strong. Spend the money for good equipment.

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                          4.0

                          Great flash

                          By Bham Photo

                          from Bellingham, WA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 430EX II:

                            Works much better than the built in or non-bounce flashes I have. Integrates with the camera well.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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