Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Reviews, Samples and References

First published on: Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Last update (Apr 22, 2009): Three sample photos at DCResource.

Announced in June 2008, the Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash is an update to the 430EX flash units from Canon.

Canon Speedlite 430 EX II flash

In addition to Canon Digital SLR cameras, The 430EX II can be used on Canon Powershot cameras which have a flash hotshoe, for instance, note a reference to such pairing with the Canon SX 10 IS in the conclusion of the SX10 review at Imaging Resource.

Sample images, applications and usage

Three sample photos at DCResource

Jeff Keller included a gallery of photos in his review of the Canon 5D Mark II.

Canon 430EX II was used in three of the images. Two of them are snapshots taken indoors. Here are the links to the full-sized photos: Image #1, Image #2, Image #3.

Feature and specification highlights

Flash system
Compatible with E-TTL (Evaluative-TTL) II, a distance-based flash metering algorithm, first implemented in the Canon EOS 1D Mark II.

Guide number
43 (m/ISO 100 at 105mm).

Built-in wide panel
You can shoot the 430 EX II with wide angle lenses up to 14mm.

Detects crop sensors
The 430 EX II is able to detect the sensor size — full-frame, APS-C (1.6x) or APS-H (1.3x) — of the EOS digital SLR it’s mounted on, and automatically adjusts the angle of coverage. This optimizes the amount of charge needed per shot.

Reduced recycle times
Compared to its predecessor, the 430 EX II can recycle up to 20% faster, with less distracting noise during the recycling process.

New mounting foot
The metal mounting foot now incorporates a new quick release and locking mechanism.

Gone are the days where mounting and removing the flash was a chore with the rotating collar. See the 430 EX II vs 430 EX rear view comparison photo below.

430 EX II vs EX rear view

Click the photo below for a larger view of the 430 EX II mounted on a EOS digital SLR.

Canon 430 EX II mounted on a EOS digital SLR -- rear view

Manual mode exposure compensation
You can adjust for the flash output in 1/3-stop increments.

Compatible accessories
The Canon OC-E3 flash cord can be used to provide off-camera positioning flexibility for the 430 EX II. One end fits on the camera’s hot shoe, while the other end is where you mount the flash on.

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