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CanonSpeedlite 270EX II
 
4.6

(based on 186 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (115)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (119)
  • Easy to use (117)
  • Compact (85)
  • Attach securely (27)
  • Durable (26)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (85)
  • At home (50)
  • General purpose (30)
  • Everyday (29)
  • Indoors (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (38), Photo enthusiast (22), Enthusiast (21), Parent (15), Semi-professional (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (159), 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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                    4.0

                    Great for a small fill flash

                    By pbkbrk

                    from Toledo, Ohio

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                        Do not use often but when used for a fill flash it works well. Not a lot of power buy I don't want much when it's used.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        pretty good

                        By rmz

                        from bozeman, mt

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                          Nice as a fill flash and street photography.
                          Wish there was a way to turn off the model light. Annoying and totally prevents candid night photography. (This may be possible on newer bodies - but there does not appear to be any to do so on the flash directly.)

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Exceptional and Affordable

                          By CRD Design

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • At Home

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                            I bough this flash in particular to photograph my twin daughters. It works great in 14' ceilings covering an extensive proportion of my home/studio.

                            I like how easy it was to synch the flash with the Canon 7D, and how fast you can see the amazing results of appropriated lighting for DYI portraiture.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            A great little flash!

                            By Brian

                            from Seattle

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                              This flash has a lot of options available in your Canon camera menu, including high speed sync and flash fill adjustments. Way better then a after market flash in my opinion.

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                              • No

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Speedlite 270EX II by Canon + Canon EOS 5D Mark III

                              By Anthony

                              from Ridgefield CT

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                                I rarely use a flash. I bought this to go with my new Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Exactly what I wanted and needed. Made well and works well.

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                                • No

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                                (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Dud

                                By rads

                                from Aurora, CO

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 270EX II:

                                With freshly charged eneloops inside, this unit burned out after the first flash with a smell of burning electronics. It's the first dud product I've received from Canon as a 25-year customer.

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