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CanonSpeedlite 270EX II
 
4.6

(based on 192 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (119)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (123)
  • Easy to use (121)
  • Compact (89)
  • Fast charge (28)
  • Attach securely (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (88)
  • At home (55)
  • General purpose (30)
  • Everyday (29)
  • Indoors (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (39), Photo enthusiast (22), Enthusiast (21), Parent (16), Semi-pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (165), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good light

I needed a light for work functions that were in dimly lit rooms. The camera flash was not enough and fruistrating me. The Speedlite fills the frame nicely and doesn't over power the...Read complete review

I needed a light for work functions that were in dimly lit rooms. The camera flash was not enough and fruistrating me. The Speedlite fills the frame nicely and doesn't over power the shots. Plus, I can move it to bounce or mute the light. It came with a diffuser that has been helpful.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Low powered but lightweight

I normally use a Canon Speedlite 430EX with my G12 and my Rebel XSI. Often, I use a Canon STE2 wireless transmitter and hand-hold the flash of to the side for better portrait...Read complete review

I normally use a Canon Speedlite 430EX with my G12 and my Rebel XSI. Often, I use a Canon STE2 wireless transmitter and hand-hold the flash of to the side for better portrait effects. The Speedlite 430 is rather large for the G12, so I bought the Speedlite 270EX II. I waited for the "II" model, because it works with Canon wireless transmission. It does indeed work with the STE2, even though few sites inform you of this; that's a big plus. However, I found (with the G12) that doing so isn't bright enough, and seems to throw the focusing off. It's fine for straight on shooting, but I also found it weak when using it as a bounce flash (even with white ceilings/walls). That's why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4. Otherwise, it's a nice compact unit that only uses 2 AA batteries and saves on the camera's battery not using the built-in flash.

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4.0

Intuitive and Simple

By Macrocosm

from South West

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home
    • Camcorder Bag
    • Quick Charge
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

    Very intuitive simple flash. I have high-end Canon Flash 600EX-RT, but this one is smaller and easy to use for quick set up. It fits in a small corner of my camera bag. The vertical tilt for bouncing off ceiling works for regular sized rooms. I could use a little more power, but it can be adjusted wirelessly with my D70 even without transmitter. It also can be used in a group set up, although it will always be in group A and it cannot be changed.

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    • No

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    5.0

    It is what it is

    By Steve

    from Kentucky

    About Me Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Charges Quickly
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

      This is the second one of these I have purchased, sorry to say that plastic and hard wood floors don`t go together, my fault. I liked the first one I purchased so this was a no brainer. I needed something that was user friendly. I wanted something small and easy to use for close areas and a fill flash for outside shady shots. Other Canon equipment I have. I have the Canon T2I and T5I bodies that I use, along with a Canon EF 50mm 1:1.4 ultrasonic lens, a Canon EFS 18-135mm zoom, these are the lenses I use usually use the flash with, not as much with the 50mm though, and my favorite lens is my EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 ultrasonic zoom. I would rather not use a flash at all, but the 270EX is just what I need and all I need. All Canon and all good.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Exactly what it looks like

      By Eric Pound

      from Charlotte, NC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

        I do architectural and interior design photography - and this does exactly what it says it does, and nothing more.

        If you're looking for massive flash, this isn't it.

        But in my case, it's my 4th flash for, say, closets or other darkened areas that just need a kiss of light, but aren't the main focus of the picture.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Nice unit

        By Robert

        from Englewood, NJ

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

            Nice small unit for my G1X Mark II. Have only used it a few times so far, but seems like it will perform well considering the size and cost. Would love to have seen a manual trip button to test it.B&H always gives a fair price and great service.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Shazam!

            By Jimbo

            from Valdosta, Ga

            About Me Amature Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Charges Quickly
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home
              • Quick Charge

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

              This little flash is just what I had hoped for. Something compact that gets it done. Great for fills and easy to configure.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Full Function

              By fourbyfive

              from Aiken, SC

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

              I thought of purchasing a Vivitar, Sunpak etc. since the price is less. I went with Canon for two reasons: Unit is a solid build, and it functions with all shutter sync configurations of a 7D. The others do not. This one has a reasonable GN, is tough and strong, and tilts up 90 degrees if needed. It doesn't swivel, which is a feature I rarely use and won't miss. Unit is used as a spare in case the big stuff fails.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice flash

              By Jumar

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                It's compact and fairly powerful.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent flash, can bounce off ceiling, great walkaround

                By freethrow

                from Denver, Co

                About Me Semi Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Walkaround Size

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                  Since Canon doesn't provide a built in flash on several of their dslr's this flash fits the bill. It's light, portable and adjusts so that you can bounce flash. Not too expensive. I use it more than my larger 600 model

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Flash, Easy to use

                  By Freethrow

                  from Denver, Colorado

                  About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • At Home
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                    I do professional photography and this flash was purchased as a backup/walkaround flash. I used it the other day when I went to mountains to shoot some snow scenes. It was a great surprise. It handled well, It will make a great travel flash. It is small but powerful.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    It is an Unopened Christmas Present

                    By Pablo D

                    from Wickenburg, AZ

                    About Me Engineer And Photographer, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                      It will be used with a Canon 6D when a very little fill light is needed. Because of it's small size, I can easily take it when the 600 EX-RT is too big and bulky.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great for the size

                      By Justaclick

                      from Huntsville, AL

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • At Home
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                        I use the speed light on my Canon 5D Mark III camera. It is so small and perfect just like a pop-up light. There is nothing I dislike about it.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Does the Job

                        By HLS in NYC

                        from New York City

                        About Me Seasoned Event Photog

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Compact Size
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Casual Snapshots

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                          I've been using this flash with a new Canon G16 and I'm very pleased. It's a compact unit and doesn't overwhelm the camera; for casual snapshots and party pictures it gives more than sufficient light when directed right at the subject; with a relatively low white ceiling the bounce feature gives a pleasant light. I have the higher-end Canon flash unit which is great for my DSLR, but often hesitate to bring the whole rig because of size and weight. This easily fits into a small bag or pocket; I never wonder whether I should bring it or not.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Perfect

                          By Lou

                          from Albuquerque

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                          I only fill flash while taking pics of my kids. This is more then enough for my needs and way better than my large non TTL flash. The TTL makes makes a worlds of diff and its compact size is really nice for events.

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                          5.0

                          Small, pocketable, effective - just what I needed

                          By Mistercarguy

                          from Lost in NJ

                          About Me Photo Journslist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Shouldn't Be Your Only Fl

                          Best Uses

                          • Casual Portraits
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                          I usually shoot without a flash. My main camera, 5D Mk III, has excellent high ISO performance so all I need from an external light source is a little boost to fill shadows e.g., under the nose or eyes in head shots.

                          When I shoot pictures of race car drivers, they are either wearing caps or helmets. The little "pop" this flash gives brightens their faces just enough. Since I'm almost always wearing a cap, not having a tall electronic flash on the camera means I don't hav to turn my brim around. Wearing your hat on backwards at my age makes me look even dumber than normal!

                          Fast recycling time, surprisingly accurate exposure results, perfect size for my purposes and it sells at a decent price.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent small flash.

                          By wmjr

                          from phoenix

                          About Me Technically Challenged

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • At Home
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                            Perfect for travel.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Small, but powerful

                            By Happy Canon and B&H customer

                            from Maryland

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                            Great for travels. Small and it does the job done in most of your non professional photography lightning needs.

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                            5.0

                            Nifty

                            By Jumar

                            from Atlanta

                            About Me Serious Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • High Speed Synch
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Brightness Not Adjustable

                            Best Uses

                            • At Home
                            • Hiking
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                            Much more portable than my 430 EX and surprisingly bright.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Awesome flash

                            By Wendy

                            from Manchester, NH

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Charges Quickly
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • At Home
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                              Works great with my Rebel. Great that it adjusts to prevent Red eye and "Blinking" eyes.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Flash

                              By Wendy

                              from MAnchester, NH

                              About Me Technically Challenged

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • At Home
                                • Quick Charge

                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                                Just what I needed. Perfectsize and easy to use.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Prefect

                                By WMC

                                from New Hampshire

                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                                Just the size I needed. Easy to use!

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