This exciting addition to the EOS System combines compact size and affordability with an added dose of features and sophistication. Improving on the previous model, Speedlite 420EX, the new 430EX can now be set into manual flash mode (full power 1/64). Flash compensation can be set on the flash unit, and manual control of the flash zoom head is now possible. Improvements in its circuitry make recycle time 40% faster, and since it is compatible with Canon's wireless E-TTL, it can be used as an affordable slave unit.
The Canon Speedlite 430EX flash unit replaces the Speedlite 420EX flash model asthe one of the most functional and powerful flashes in its class. The maximum guide number has been increased to 43/141 (ISO 100, in meters/feet), and the 430EX flash becomes even more versatile with the addition of a built-in wide panel, which increases the minimum focal length coverage from the previous 24mm limit to 14mm.
The Speedlite 430EX flash works equally well with film or digital cameras. Additionally, like its big brother, the Speedlite 580EX flash, the Speedlite 430EX flash unit includes features that digital photographers will find especially useful. The Speedlite 430EX flash is compatible with Canon's E-TTL II (Evaluative Through The Lens) auto exposure technology.
E-TTL II technology analyzes relevant information like subject distance to modify flash power automatically, resulting in more accurate flash exposure, even when shooting subjects of different sizes, reflectance or high contrast. Advanced technology automatically adjusts the flash coverage to help compensate for differences in focal length as well as the variable size of CMOS sensors on digital cameras. The new Speedlite also analyzes flash duration & battery charge levels to adjust white balance dynamically for stable & accurate color from shot to shot.
The new Speedlite 430EX flash unit includes other upgrades, such as a full-powerrecycle time that is approximately 40 percent shorter than its predecessor at just 2 seconds with NiMH rechargeable AA batteries. A rear LCD & intuitivelyplaced controls make other new features more accessible, such as adjusting manual flash exposure from full power to 1/64 in whole stop increments, & enabling the second curtain sync function. 6 custom functions are also now available, as well as a flash head that is more maneuverable & capable of moreangles for bouncing flash illumination than its predecessor.
The Speedlite 430EX flash also incorporates the high end features that make it an essential accessory, such as a 24-105mm auto zoom, locking hot shoe bracket, & the ability to be used as a slave flash in an E-TTL or E-TTL II wireless flash configuration. High speed sync & FE lock are also available, as well as a save energy (SE) function, a versatile feature set that delivers outstanding value. With all of it features & versatility, Speedlite 430EX flash becomes the next logical step in the EOS system.
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Great piece of equipment!
I demand a lot from my equipment, I have the 550ex and this, the 430ex, its solid, its light and its DURABLE, pack it with 2800ma NiMH batteries and you are ready to go. I had it into a tripod stand and a person walked by it and pushed it, it fell from about 5"5' straight into the concrete, I spected the worst, but after turning it off and on it was working again, yes, it had a small mark in the plastic but I think for a delicate piece of equipment the strong construction saved it from harm! ...View full Review
I demand a lot from my equipment, I have the 550ex and this, the 430ex, its solid, its light and its DURABLE, pack it with 2800ma NiMH batteries and you are ready to go. I had it into a tripod stand and a person walked by it and pushed it, it fell from about 5"5' straight into the concrete, I spected the worst, but after turning it off and on it was working again, yes, it had a small mark in the plastic but I think for a delicate piece of equipment the strong construction saved it from harm! Its still working and I'm happy with it.
Most Liked Negative Review
Its just what I expect.
IÂ´m jsut happy with this product ,Its heavy.but I understand that its part of the battery pack.
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this is my first flash, and I'm just starting to use it, so far i use it for fill flash,
I use this flash for portrait and nature photography, and I've got excellent results!. Power and recycle time are very good, works awesome with 2000mAh NiMh batteries. The difference in price with 580EX is reasonable, so if you don't need the extras (strobe, more power, weatherproof) buy this one. I'm planning to upgrade in the future and this can work as a wireless slave (I think that's Canon's plan). Excellent product
I just got from Adorama my second unit, now I use one for key light and the second for fill light with a pair of softbox and the canon Transmitter ST-E2 and work great with my portraits
The casual and hobbyist user may find the retired 430EX a better value over the incrementally updated EX-II. Adorama's battery and diffuser bundle sweeten the pot as very serviceable.The 9-point AF feature matches well with Canon's 7-9 point E-TTL cameras. However, beware that it does NOT team up as a totally brainless accessory in auto modes. Indoor results are very consistent, but was surprised at how testy it can be to set up outdoor fill flash.Other manual modes require pilot training with a menu system that is not fully intuitive. Keep the manual handy until you have the road map down. The select buttons can be unresponsive ... a little too much recess.It can read focal length (14mm-105mm) from my Tamron lenses. The flash head focal length zoom feature is automatic only when the flash head is horizontal. When set for a bounce, one must manually select focal length as desired. This flash has a built-in wide angle diffuser that also enables its 14mm feature.Bottom line. At [$] street, the 430EX is probably the best pick for a Rebel camera and can expand as a remote under a 580. HOWEVER, since it is NOT a 100% 'fuss-free' option in auto modes, a cost concious casual shooter may find well reviewed Phoenix and Nissin options more soothing without giving up too much in power and features. Congress isn't offering me a bailout and I prefer to fuss with a flash for a lot less moola.
I expect good things from Canon and the 430 delivers
great flash easy to use
Good price and reliability.
A great flash for the pricepoint, the 580 is out of my price range, you will be happy with this product!
This replaced a 550 EX.
I use the speedlight in all kinds of situations...Often times I will use it outdoors to enhance just the smallest of detail.As I stated before....So far, so good