Canon Speedlite 270EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 89 Feet / 27m at ISO 100 - USA Warranty


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About Canon 270-EX II

This Canon 270-EX II Bundle comes with $4.95 worth of free accessories including a Flashpoint Flash Diffuser for Canon 270EX/270EXII Flash, and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

Worthy successor to the venerable Canon 270EX II Speedlite, the new, ultra-lightweight Canon 270EX II Speedlite is a compact, high-performance flash unit designed for the evolving EOS enthusiast.

Developed for fun and easy flash shooting, when used with select Canon EOS DSLR cameras that have a master function, the Speedlite 270EX II can be used as a versatile wireless slave flash.

This Speedlite can also be used with other compact digital camera models equipped with a dedicated flash shoe mount. User-friendly in both function and design, the 270EX II Speedlite flash's Tele/Wide function easily and elegantly allows adjustment of illumination angle and guide number to match shooting conditions. On your photographic journey, the Canon 270EX II Speedlite is primedto be there at every step.

The Canon 270-EX II is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Night photography, Portraits and more.The Canon 270-EX II is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 270-EX II is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 270-EX II: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Good exposure performance, Good power output, Lightweight, Quiet, Superior build quality and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (28),Lightweight (22),Versatile (14),Consistent output (13),Fast recycling (9),Durable (7),Good power output (6),Quiet (5),Superior build quality (5),Good exposure performance (4)
Slow recycling time (3),Weak output (3)
Best Uses:
Fill flash (18),General purpose (18),Portraits (8),Night photography (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (16),Casual photographer (8)

Canon 270-EX II Features

  • Ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight, high-performance flash unit.
  • Vertical bounce capability up to 90 degrees provides a wide range of picture-taking options.
  • Flash coverage can be switched between Normal (28mm full-frame equivalent, max. Guide No. 72 ft./22m at ISO 100) and Tele (50mm full-frame equivalent, max. Guide No. 89 ft./27m at ISO 100).
  • Slave function allows the flash to be triggered wirelessly (when used with an EOS DSLR with a master function).
  • Flash release function triggers the camera wirelessly from the flash on a 2-second delay, allowing the flash to be repositioned to illuminate the subject.

Canon 270-EX II Specifications

Flash Type
On-camera, E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash Speedlite
Compatible Cameras
Type-A EOS cameras (E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash)
Guide Number
72 ft./22m (at ISO 100); flash head at 28mm zoom setting
89 ft./27m (at ISO 100); flash head at 50mm zoom setting
Recycling Time
Normal flash: Approx. 0.1 to 3.9 seconds; Quick flash: 0.1 to 2.6 seconds (AA-size Alkaline Batteries)
Flash Range
At ISO 100, with EF 50mm f/1.4: For normal (28mm): 2.3-51.5 ft./0.7-15.7m
For tele end (50mm): 2.3-63.3 ft./0.7-19.3m
For high sync speed (at 1/250 second): Approx. 2.3-24.9 ft./0.7-7.6m
AF Assist Beam
Intermittent flash firing system
Effective range: At center: Approx. 13.1 ft./4m
Periphery: Approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m (in total darkness)
Compatible with model EOS 5D Mark II and later. Available via firmware update for: EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, and EOS Rebel XS.
Bounce / Swivel
Up: 60°, 75°, 90°
Custom Functions
C.Fn-01: Auto power off (Enabled/Disabled)
C.Fn-06: Quick flash during continuous shooting (Enabled/Disabled)
C.Fn-10: Slave auto power off timer (60 minutes/10 minutes)
C.Fn-11: Slave auto power off cancel (Within 8 hours/within 1 hour)
Power Source
Two AA-size/LR6 Alkaline Batteries
2.6 x 2.6 x 3.0 in./ 65.8 x 65.2 x 77mm
5.5 oz./155g (without batteries)
Canon 1 year limited warranty

Canon 270-EX II Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Useful and Lightweight

I use this for fill flash on indoor portraits. It's useful as a slave unit as well. I like the small size and light weight of this product. My camera body can wirelessly control this flash, which eliminates the need for an extension cable for close up and creative lighting. Also, this flash can remotely control the shutter on my camera. This speedlite is a good addition to my equipment and I'm very happy with it.


Most Liked Negative Review


Not useful in slave mode.

The Speedlite 270EX II does a fine job when used on-camera, but the slave feature is only marginally useful. Because having to aim the flash head toward the mastter (in my case, this is my Rebel T3i camera) in order for it to receive the signal emitted by camera's built-in flash, defeats the purpose of slave operation. Canon should have positioned the sensor on the 270EX II in a more omnidirectional location in the Speedlite.

Reviewed by 39 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Small, Compact and User Friendly Flash


from NYC

I purchased the 270EX II for my Canon Rebel T5 because I could not stand the built in flash. The built in flash was weak and the fixed frontal position did not provide the proper lighting for my camera subjects. Now with the 270EX II, the stronger flash does provide a little more power along with the ability to bounce light by moving the flash to an upward position in three stages. The use of bouncing light has been extremely beneficial in making my subjects look more creamy and natural. I will admit that I have not yet gotten around to using the wireless flash settings, but the flash normally stays on my camera's hot shoe whether I use or not because I always want the option to switch it on if the opportunity demands it. I have been considering upgrading to the 430EX to have a more respected flash among photographers, but the 270EX II serves my needs better mainly because I enjoy the small size and it only requires two AA batteries instead of four (Not camera batteries). I would also recommend using high end Energizer rechargeable batteries with this flash (and flashes in general) because they juice battery power fairly quickly

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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from Maui

Returned to Adorama. It was less effective than the built-in pop up on my 60D.


Perfect size for my new Canon SL1!


from Houston, TX  -  Photography enthusiast

I have several Canon Speedlight 580ex ii flashes that I use with other larger Canon cameras but was looking for something small and portable to match my new (small) SL1. This flash is the perfect size to include in the bag with my SL1. It takes up very little space and does a great job of providing lighting for the quick "on-the-go" shots I take with this camera. The SL1 is my new take with me camera (previously had a G11 to carry around but wanted to be able to capture all the shots, which I was not always able to get with the G11) and the flash is a perfect addition. It's just the right amount of power with a great price to match.


Repaces a pop-up flash and then some...


from Sebastopol, CA  -  Advanced amateur

If you've moved up to a camera with a 35mm film sized sensor, and you miss the pop-up flash that Canon somehow thinks you are now too "pro" to have any use for, this handy little flash will fill that void and then some. It is small enough to easily slip into a pocket. And it's also a bit stronger than a pop-up. Additionally, you can tilt the direction of the flash toward the ceiling for bounced light. You can also easily find a plastic diffusing "cap" to place over the flash head for softer light. I just took living room pictures on Christmas with a plastic cap diffuser and it offered a pleasant soft light that filled a wide angle view and was still more than strong enough for proper exposure. The two AA batteries don't last as long as I would like but that is a minor inconvenience.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Undisclosed

This flash is perfect for my needs. I have tried several flashes and this one worked like i had hoped!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Could be better


from Avenel, NJ

Flash takes too long to warm up. With fresh batteries it takes abot 15 seconds for the red light to turn on. Too slow in my opinion.


Great little flash!


from Worcester, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The trigger and slave features have really helped expound my photography. Great flash for the money.


Great buy


from Millersburg, PA  -  Casual Photographer

Really a great flash gives just that little bit extra that you need for certian settings


Great flash for my purposes


from Tuscaloosa, AL  -  Casual Photographer

Works great for my casual photography.


Very good flash.


from Lexington, KY  -  Casual Photographer

Now I am able to take photos in my department at night.


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Evija S  do i need hot shoe for this flash using with canon powershot g15?
CHRISTOPHER M  Yes, it goes in the hot shoe. Placing in the hot shoe will disable the built-in flash.
Darlene A  Does this flash allow 'rear curtain' flash?
JIM S  Yes,very happy with this unit. Jimi
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THOMAS Z  The price was right.
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