Canon Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash with Guide Number 141 Feet / 43m at ISO 100 - Refurbished

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About Canon

Bringing a new level of versatility and capability to flash photography, the Speedlite 430EX II features a powerful flash (guide number of 141 ft./43m at ISO 100) with a fast recycling time in a compact, durable body. A one-touch quick-lock mechanism makes it easy to attach or detach the 430EX II from the camera and a metal foot has been added for strength and durability.

Flash controls can now be set through the camera's LCD screen on compatible EOS Digital SLR cameras. The Speedlite 430EX II is also quieter, recycle time is 20% faster (as compared to the 430EX) and since it is compatible with Canon's wireless E-TTL, it can be used as an affordable "slave unit".

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (205),Fast recycling (173),Consistent output (168),Durable (137),Good power output (133),Versatile (125),Lightweight (120),Good exposure performance (24),Fast recycling time (21),Superior build quality (21),Quiet (20),Reliable (13) Easy to clean (3),Good price / value (3) View All
Heavy (37),Heavy / bulky (14),Slow recycling (9),Slow recycling time (4),Weak output (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (180),Fill flash (166),Portraits (149),Night photography (103),Photojournalism (50),Everyday (13),Home (12),Travel (8),Studio (7),Macro photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (101),Semi-pro photographer (49),Casual photographer (32),Pro photographer (30),Enthusiast (28),Semi-professional (9)

Canon Features

  • Superior build quality, including a metal foot for added strength
  • Approx. 20% faster recycling time, compared to previous 430EX
  • One-touch, quick-lock mechanism for easy attaching/detaching flash from camera
  • Full flash control possible on camera menu, with compatible EOS Digital SLR cameras
  • Virtually silent flash recycle
  • Full swivel, 180° in either direction
  • Zoom flash head covers range of 24-105mm; maximum guide number 141 ft./43m at ISO 100

Canon Specifications

Flash Type
Compatible Cameras
All Canon EOS cameras; PowerShot G series cameras
Guide Number
141 ft./43m (at ISO 100); flash head at 105mm zoom setting
Flash Coverage
Fixed condenser lens with inner zoom: (1) Auto Zoom, (2) Manual Zoom, (3) Wide Panel
Zoom positions: 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 80mm, 105mm; Indicated by numerals on the LCD's focal length display
Image Size Zoom Control: With cameras compatible with auto zoom, it zooms automatically to match the camera's image size
Number of Flashes
Approx. 200 to 1,400, with AA-size Alkaline Batteries manufactured within the last three months or AA-size Ni-MH fully-charged batteries
Recycling Time
Approx. 0.1 to 3.7 seconds (AA-size Alkaline Batteries)/0.1 to 2 seconds (AA-size Ni-MH batteries)
Flash Range
At ISO 100, with EF 50mm f/1.4
For normal flash: Approx. 2.3-79.7 ft./0.7-24.3m
For high sync speed (EF flash): Approx. 2.3-39.4 ft./0.7-12m
AF Assist Beam
Built-in; covers all focus points in EOS cameras up to 9 AF points
Effective range:
At center: Approx. 2.3-32.8 ft./0.7-10m
Periphery: Approx. 2.3-16.4 ft./0.7-5m (in total darkness)
Custom Functions
Six user-selectable Custom Functions built-in; set on Speedlite's LCD panel
Power Source
Four AA-size Alkaline Batteries (6V); Four AA-size Ni-MH (4.8V)
External Power Source
External power supply: compatible with Dust- and Water-Resistant External Power Pack, Canon battery pack CP-E3 and Transistor Pack E
2.8 x 4.8 x 4.0 in./72 x 122 x 101mm
11.6 oz./330g (without batteries)
Canon 1 year limited warranty

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


Just what I needed for Sx10is

This unit provided adequate bounce illumination to fill even LARGE rooms, under varying ambient levels! I am really satisfied w my purchase! Be sure to use Hi-Capacity batts to get best results & long shoots. My PowerShot SX10is is very happy now!

Reviewed by 289 customers


General Flash


from Oregon

Bought the flash about a month ago. So far has been very positive as a general flash. Lacks certain features, cannot be used as a master flash, only as a slave, no PC socket, makes it more difficult to use off camera, without additional accessories, and No support for HV external battery packs. Does have some good manual features such as power ratios, although would have preferred to have 1/2 settings instead of â..." setting, exposure compensation (+-) 2 stops. Auto settings get good results and custom setting on flash are good. Unit is quiet, recycles fairly fast with rechargeable batteries and easy to use once you learn how to use. Since I am not using this flash for professional reasons, the few features it lacks, was not important enough for me to buy the more expensive 600ex. For what I use it for, it meets my needs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great general flash


from San Diego, CA

This is a wonderful all around flash. I carry this flash around with me all the time as it works great in most situations where I suddenly find myself needing the help of a flash. For the price point, it's the flash I have for general use.


Great little flash


from Brandon, MS  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is the second 430 that I have. Both work great.


Great Flash at Best Price


from Addison, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wish flashes were less money, but they aren't. This one is a reasonable price for a great quality flash. It is important to not cheap out on a flash. If you are going to spend the money, you might as well spend a little more and get a better quality one.


Excellent flash!


from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Perfect for enthusiast photographers. Paired with 5Dmk3: great results.


It's my second


from Northern Virginia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought my first Speedlite from Adorama about 6 months ago. I loved it so much I just purchased a second Speedlite. I love the off-camera remote flash capability. I do a lot of real estate listing photography and the one Speedlite was great for lighting up a space or casting a soft light for nice texture and interesting shadows. This second unit more than doubles my pleasure. .doubles my fun!! Great buy!


too heavy


from NH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I returned this product because is was too heavy. I was looking for a powerful speedlight for my Canon but this is too combursome


A Whole New (Brighter) World!


from Redding, Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

My first Speedlite, so exciting! There is quite a steep learning curve, but thanks to youtube and the manual, I am getting it figured out. The bounce flash ability is improving my indoor shots immeasurably!


Great flash


from Waxahachie, Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just added a second speed light to my camera bag. I am learning off camera flash and it was time to move up to two flashes. This is a great flash and works as advertised.


Nice Flash


from Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

Nice Flash. Thsi is my 2nd Sppedlite. I am very happy with the performance.


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