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Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.7 stars
(based on 256 reviews)
99% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Consistent output(207), Durable(165), Easily interchangeable(34), Easy to clean(17), Easy to use(115)
Cons:
Heavy(53), Heavy / bulky(26), Pricey(5), Pricey / poor value(6), Weak output(3)
Best Uses:
Back-up(10), Fill flash(142), General purpose(216), Night photography(115), Photojournalism(109)
Describe Yourself:
Beginner(3), Casual photographer(6), Casual user(3), Enthusiast(67), Photo enthusiast(30)
Was this a gift?:
No(35)
 
powerful & versatile flash
By MadumiVerified Purchaser from Watertown, NY on 3/18/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

great flash for ETTL/off camera flash control. Consistent output & durable construction (I've had mine in for repairs about five times & they're still kicking.

 
Versatile and compact
By GeorgeVerified Reviewer from Tampa, FL on 3/15/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I used to lug heavy power packs and light heads around on location shoots. That's all changed now with ETTL flash. I can take these little guys anywhere. They pack nicely, are lightweight, and have tons of features that my big, heavy strobes don't have. ETTL is the best thing that's ever come around. I just shot a job using 4 580's and the photos were amazing. You can attach 3rd party modifiers to them, put them in softboxes, add filters- in essence do anything you can with 30 lb power packs except of course put out 3200 ws of flash power.

 
Great Flash Unit
By forceofnatureVerified Purchaser from Maryland on 3/14/2011
Pros:
Durable, Fast Recycling, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use this flash for just about everything. It has a bigger learning curve than other flashes I have used in the past to get the most out of it but after you do it gives wonderful results.

 
Excellent
By Rich in SeattleVerified Purchaser from Lynnwood, WA on 3/13/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Macro, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I take mostly macro and bird pictures. This flash along with Flash-point bracket to get the speed-lite off the camera make a good combination. One option, I really like is being able to sync the flash to the shutter speed. This is an expensive flash but for me was worth the price. If you need a flash this is a very good one.

Images shared by: Rich in Seattle

Stellar Jay

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Tags: 580EXii and Better Beamer

 
3rd flash in 2 years and Def the best!
By G&K PhotographyVerified Purchaser from Easton PA on 3/13/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I have purchased a cheap flash, what a waste of money, then a sigma, still a waste. Then finally just bit the bullet and spent the money on the 580. There is no comparison. The 580 out performs the other flash's in every way possible.

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The ultimate Canon flash
By Michael TVerified Purchaser from Atlanta, GA on 3/9/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash! Excellent controls, excellent power. Get the best on-camera lighting possible, and lots of flexibility when used off camera. Enough power to be used with any diffuser or light modifier out there while still getting enough photons on your subject :)

Quality on this unit is unmatched, the only drawbacks are size and weight.... but it's a small price to pay for the flexibility you get with this unit.

 
Best investment ever!
By PhotojunkyVerified Purchaser from Birmingham, AL on 3/6/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Versatile
Cons:
Expensive, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Despite the price I have no regrets whatsoever about buying this product. Yes, it is a little heavy but I will lug around the extra weight in order to get the excellent results I have gotten. I took a picture without it and then with it and there is no comparison. The photo with this flash looked so much more natural and there were no shadows to edit out. Overall it is a pretty self explanatory system. The most difficult thing to conquer is to figure out how to angle the flash in order to get the best result.

 
Super Flash
By konanprVerified Purchaser from Puerto Rico on 3/6/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Powerful flash

 
Top of the line Flas
By Canon ShooterVerified Purchaser from Downey,Ca on 2/6/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Wow Iam impressed. This flash with ETTL equals awesome pix

 
All I hoped it would be!
By Missy KVerified Purchaser from Missouri on 2/6/2011
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Highly recommend this flash to anyone. I dont know how I did without it before. The price is worth every penny! :-)

 
Canon Speedlite 580EXII
By Ed and CS5Verified Purchaser from Wrightwood, Ca on 1/24/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Excellent flash; works well with Canon Speedlite 580 EXII.

 
Great flash even for beginers
By MitywoodyVerified Purchaser from North Idaho on 1/24/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Beginer here and so far so good works wqay better then the camera's flash.

 
wonderful
By k nicoleVerified Purchaser from sugarland,tx on 1/18/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

the product is wonderful in every way possible[...]

 
Big, Versatile Light in a Small Package
By flysi3000Verified Purchaser from Brooklyn NY on 1/16/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I had a 430 EX, and while that's a great speedlite, adding the 580 EX II was a nice way to begin building out my lighting system. The 580 throws a lot of light out, and offers tons of controls for modifying that light for numerous situations, from studio conditions to events to portraits. Great when used as a master to control other speedlites with ratios, etc.

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Tanqueray Martini

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Tags: Still-life, Made with Product

 
Exceptional value on an exceptional flas
By RickVerified Purchaser from Virginia Beach, VA on 1/15/2011
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a great flash for the money. Love the rechargeable batteries.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best choice for best price!
By AsTiVerified Purchaser from Ukraine on 1/15/2011
Pros:
Easy To Use, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

After receiving the flash, first thing I decided to do - test it. After a short tour of the instructions I have moved from theory to practice.

Flash has a pretty solid form, though heavy, but it's worth it. Flash body is made from high quality impact resistant plastic, and it's protected from various weather conditions, like snow, dust, light rain and sand.

Canon Speedlite 580EX II has a pan/tilt head with a rotation angle 180 degrees left and right, which is very convenient and allows you to expand the creative possibilities of the photographer. Naturally, the flash of this class has a built in a head wide angle diffuser and a white card reflector.

As for controls, 580ex II has a rotating wheel to control and change settings, like the wheel used in the DSLR's cameras like 40d, 5d, 1d, etc. However, canon engineers could do it bigger, because of its small size is difficult to turn. Also on the rear panel are quite comfortable and touch-sensitive control buttons, though a bit too small, that can bring some disadvantages.

Switching wireless modes of master/slave is now performed by pressing the zoom button for 2 seconds. Also, flash has found a new type of mounting, in comparison with previous models. Instead of a cap nut she has a system of fixing the arm just like in the heads of professional tripods.

Speedlite 580EX II AF Assistant shows very good results. The autofocus implemented by the beam of rays, which create a grid of several parallel lines, which improves the quality of auto focus.

And what about an external exposure meter? The execution of external measurements is far from perfect. Images are severely underexposed. But if the distance to the subject is small (up to 3 feet), then we obtain well-developed images.

In conclusion, I can say that the Canon Speedlight 580 ex II is not just a canon's flagship. It has a nice set of features, provides good light exposure and is able to cope with hard tasks which can arise from photographer.

 
very nice
By LiVerified Purchaser from Arlington, VA on 1/13/2011
Pros:
Very potent for all uses
Cons:
Makes noise when turning, Pricey
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

if you need a flash with ETTL, this is the first one to consider.

 
Nice Update to this Powerful Flash
By bill at iphotosportsVerified Purchaser from Bedford, Indiana on 1/13/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I love the automatic exposure using this flash. I use two 580 EX flashes with Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 units to control them off camera and retain the fully automaic ETTL exposure control.

 
Essential for creativity
By Rich RyerVerified Purchaser from Westminster, Colorado on 1/13/2011
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Good Displzy, Powerful Output, Versatile, Weather resistant
Cons:
Pricey, RF Noise
Best Uses:
Creativity, Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

A professional quality flash that will do a great job for anybody.

I have two of these flashes in the stable and they do a wonderful job. But I found I needed one more light source to do everything I wanted to do, so buying one more was the obvious choice. It was a bit pricey because I needed to get the Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 transceiver and CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack to complete the flash "unit".

Here is the big CON: The flash has a lot of RF interference and it will mess with the Pocket Wizard Flex TT5, causing misfires, etc. Pocket Wizard has provided a shielding "Bag" that goes over the flash and corrects the problem. Who's problem is this? Did Canon cut corners and build a leaky/noisy electronic circuit or did Pocket Wizard cut corners and not shield their transceiver correctly? There are work arounds to this problem. I have read there is a company that will solve the circuitry problem in the flash if you want to spend the additional money. The Pocket Wizard shielding bag covers the flash from mount to flash plate so you cannot see any controls. Once you have addressed the problem, one way or the another, the system really does a great job.

I honestly cannot speak to battery consumption with this flash. From past experience, I knew it was obvious that I needed to attach the external battery pack to the flash. The battery pack is a given with me. With 12 batteries hooked up to the unit I get fast recycle times and have never run out of power during my shoots.

The flash is easy to use, period. It has seemingly unlimited lighting capability. It works in almost all conditions and situations where you need another light source.

You can dial in the amount of light you need with the flash controls and additional adjustments are quick and easy. The versatility of the flash to shutter settings is very good.

So, if you need the additional capability, this flash will do it all, whether mounted on the camera hot shoe, or stashed in a corner for creative lighting. You can't go wrong if you are working towards the high end of your hobby or craft.

 
OMG!
By lellisonVerified Purchaser from VA on 1/13/2011
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Flash technology has improved so much (ETTL II). I can take control or just let it do its thing. It is a real flame thrower with the ability to dial it back a soft fill. You will be happy as I am!

 
Pay little more for more than you expect
By JumboVerified Purchaser from LA,CA on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

It's very useful either wireless or on Camera.

 
New Canon Speedlite 580EX II
By mackmVerified Purchaser from Tacoma WA on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Use it for Fill Flash and Portraits. Like the fast recycling time. Used on a Canon 7D.

 
Awesome Flash
By JefeVerified Purchaser from Roanoke, VA on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Love it.

 
2nd one that works great
By JeremyVerified Purchaser from St. Louis MO on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Works great for portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my second one. The first one was droped from about 10 feet and the slide motor broke off the track. The flash still fired but would not move up and down to adjust for distance. Had it for about 3 to 4 years and had no issues. This one works as great as the first one did. Works great in pairs for a protable studio too.

Images shared by: Jeremy

Great fill in sun light

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Tags: Using Product

 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II
By RE-ImageVerified Purchaser from Hollywood, California on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I shoot Hollywood red carpet events, this flash is fast and I may be having a problem with the camera's TTL functions though the color is not consistent.[...]

 
Highly recommended
By AB DudeVerified Purchaser from Alberta, Canada on 12/25/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Highly recommended. Great value for us!We did a lot of researching and felt this was the best product for us. We purchased this flash[...]

 
Awesome Flash
By SteveELPVerified Purchaser from El Paso, Tx on 11/23/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

If you want a flash that does it all, then this is it. I still am learning all the uses to it, but I think this is the best flash on the market today without a doubt!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Flash Unit
By Passionate About PhotographyVerified Purchaser from Fairfax VA on 11/22/2010
Pros:
Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash unit for all around use. Make sure to get yourself a diffuser when you buy this flash to add even more versatility.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
CANON 580 SPEEDLITE II
By JEFF C.Verified Purchaser from VALENCIA CA. on 11/22/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

ITS A VERY GOOD FLASH..

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Awesome Flash
By GreyVerified Purchaser from jackson, MS on 11/21/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Love the power output and the manual output levels you can set it on. The slave option works quite well just using line of sight. I also really like how fast the recycling time is. you will be impressed with its capabilities. You cant go wrong with this one. If you are thinking about buying an older model to save a little.. dont do it.. you will just be limiting yourself on what you can do.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best Canon Flash ever? - True
By MossVerified Reviewer from Collinsville, VA on 11/15/2010
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I spent a lot of time reading about the 580ex ii. I read everybody's reviews and looked up charts. One thing was consistent: If you own a Canon and you want the best, this is it. I wish I had owned this flash earlier in the year for a wedding that I needed bounce and a much faster recycle time for and I would have gotten more "keepers".

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
The standard
By tag0707Verified Purchaser from PC, Florida on 11/8/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash! I you really want to get the most out of speelight photography, go with the Canon stuff. Syncs up well, good output, etc. I was BUILT for the EOS line. You wont find any better. When you learn how to use it, you can do a lot more than you think possible.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent upgrade from the 580 EX
By Nomad1500Verified Purchaser from Catonsville, MD on 9/23/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Needed a backup flash for weddings and events, but this will be my primary flash.

 
Great flask!
By MySinkylVerified Purchaser from Sacramento on 9/20/2010
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Love it! Especially with the Pocket Wizard!

 
OMG so much power
By KonanVerified Purchaser from Puerto Rico on 9/20/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I love this flash.

 
A must have
By AlexVerified Purchaser from Miami, Florida on 9/6/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

A must have accessory for my 7D.

 
Performance Plus
By WFVerified Purchaser from New Orleans on 9/5/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

After using the 580EX for four years, the step up to the 580EX II was worth it! As always with Canon products, there's lots more to like.

 
Love it!!!
By ribbitmimiVerified Purchaser from Amarillo TX on 8/11/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Super fast and great quality!

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If you shoot Canon it's the only choice
By BarryVerified Purchaser from Denver, CO on 8/9/2010
Pros:
360 degree rotating head, Consistent Output, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Auto Mode hard to find, Weak Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

In head-to-head comparison, Nikon Speedlights shine over Canon, but doesn't matter if you're a Canon shooter. Ratio settings in the Slave Mode offer limited remote lighting. Inability to control the C group with the Transmitter is absolutely unexcusable.

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Great Flash, with a learning curve
By BrianVerified Purchaser from Roseville, CA on 7/12/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use
Cons:
Learning curve
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a great flash, perfect for fill when doing portraits. It does take a while to learn how to use the flash. I got the diffuser, but have had better luck just using the attached diffuser and white bounce card that pull out of the flash. I purchase this again and do recommend this flash.

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EXCELLENT FLASH MISERABLE AFTER SERVICE
By johnbascoVerified Reviewer from neyveli, Tamilnadu, India on 6/30/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

well. i bought 580 ex 2 some 2 years ago and it worked very fine until now. one morning it went dead. So i sent it to the canon service centre in Bangalore, india.[I live in Neyveli, Tamilnadu, India]. Nearly after twenty days the service centre responded that to make the flash work again they need [$]. I was and am dumbfounded because new flash will cost you only [$] more. What about affordable after service Canon India? I am about to switch to a Metz 58 series flash.

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Excellent Speedlite even for beginners
By NoJo FotoVerified Purchaser from San Juan, Puerto Rico on 6/21/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Powerful Output
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I neve used a Speedlite before or other type of external flash. I was able to use this flash without reading the manual, it was "plug and play". Of course, after reading the manual you will find out the full potential of this flash. The only thing I dont like is the extra weight it put to the camera when is mounted in the hot shoe, but you can use this flash with an extension E-TTL cord.

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Excellent complement to EOS 5D Mark II
By James from Downingtown on 6/1/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This one rides atop my EOS 5D Mark II. What a great combo! A pricey package but worth it in terms of the results it delivers.

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Love the flash!!!
By OldSouthPhotoVerified Purchaser from NYC on 4/12/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great piece of equipment!!!

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Light Enough
By Hockey PlayerVerified Purchaser from Beacon, New York on 4/12/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The flash has extra features that make it useful.
Very easy to mount on the camera

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Super-powerful speelite
By GadgetRickVerified Purchaser from New Jersey on 4/11/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Recently switched from Nikon and needed a Canon Speedlite. Everyone told me to get this flash and i'm glad I'm did. I'm amazed at how much output this thing is capable of. It's really extremely bright but the controls over the output are very easy to use (I shoot off-camera most of the time). It's got a super fast recycle time with good rechargeable batteries, too.

Don't hesitate to buy this flash. It's worth every penny.

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Solid Performer, Industrial Strength Bui
By DaveVerified Purchaser from West Point, Virginia on 4/5/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The 580EXII is a serious flash at a serious price. If you are willing to spend the money you won't be disappointed. The ability to control other flashes is the deal maker. If only the 430 had Master function . . .

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Great Flash but little Pricy
By Ron from Pacifica, CA on 4/2/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Own this flash and love it. Great for fill and weddings and portraits.

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great flash units
By robVerified Purchaser from jax, fl on 3/23/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy, Slow Recycling
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

portraits, Versatile

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Flash
By Victor Manuel PhotographyVerified Purchaser from Orlando, FL. on 3/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash is one of the most important thing of my weddings photo gear.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
VERY NICE
By Rick the scuba diverVerified Purchaser from Chicopee, MA on 2/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

[...] A bit pricy but you get what you pay for.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Flash
By Rich RyerVerified Purchaser from Westminster, Colorado on 2/22/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The flash is very easy to use once you figure out the manual. There are so many things it does with ETTL that it is taking me a little time to get my head around it. I find that I can go manual and adjust the output and get what I need very quickly and very easily. This is a good thing with a willing subject.

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Good Choice
By DiemanVerified Purchaser from Warren, Ohio on 2/10/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I've read a lot of reviews on cheaper and comparable units and decided on this one. Im glad I did. The main reasons are its MASTER capabilities and being able to control all (most) of the features from the camera.,(Rebel XS). It is a little large on such a small camera but a 7D is in my future. Using off camera couldn't be more simple with the ST-E2 transmitter. Produced great results when used indoors.With flash exposure compensation and or bounce the results can be soft or dramatic.

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Great Flash
By caflanagVerified Purchaser from Bountiful, UT on 2/9/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

We recently used this flash as a fill flash for a photoshoot. The IR remote riggerng worked great with it mounted on a tripod. It really added a lot of light to the subjects.

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Easy to use
By bpVerified Purchaser from Durango, CO on 2/5/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is first automatic TTL flash unit and I'm very happy with it. I particularly like the rotating head when bouncing is needed. I like the manual control of the output, and when it's used as a fill you can leave on auto and shoot away.

[0 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
A Mainstay for Digital Photography
By Studio B PhotoVerified Purchaser from Illinois on 2/3/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

When these units work, they work FLAWLESSLY. However I have yet to have a 580 EX II, that did not need to be serviced under the warranty period.
We put very heavy use on these units and do expect them to perform.
The ability to slave with Quantum flash systems, has also been a real plus.

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Still have to buy radio triggers! Dang!
By Paul Douglas "Squibb"Verified Purchaser from New Orleans, La. on 2/3/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I wish the "wireless" part was radio instead of using light triggers. It has every other feature except the kitchen sink and wireless that works around corners and in bright daylight!

[0 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
So far so Good
By rc photoVerified Purchaser from phila,pa on 1/25/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits, Product photography
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The flash has proved effective in both portrait and product photography

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Little Speedlite
By MarcosVerified Purchaser from El Paso, Tx on 1/25/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Also works well in a two or three light set up.Flashes never fail to go off.

 
I like it
By EdVerified Purchaser from Lake Forest, CA on 1/18/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The swivel head is handy for being creative. I like the fast recharge time, greater intensity and density of light. This is the best flash I have ever used.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
"A MUST have for Noobies."
By WildWesVerified Purchaser from Fremont, CA on 1/12/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I recently purchased the Canon 7D, and this flash is a great add on for my DSLR. Since the 7D has a built in flash trigger, I am able to use this as a slave flash.
This flash is also excellent as a bounce flash. The difference between the built in flash and using this as a bounce flash is night and day. I no longer nuke the subject, and the color is more vivid.
If you are into strobist, the 580 EX II is an excellent tool. You can set it in manual mode and be able to control the output with relative ease.
My only regret is I didn't buy this sooner.

 
Excellent
By KenVerified Purchaser from Central Point, OR on 1/11/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great for general use. I used it for casual wedding shots, fill flash, and some pet portraits. Very versatile.

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Versatile Flash!
By Chris B.Verified Purchaser from Bloomfield, MI on 1/11/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash unit made all the difference for indoor shots. The built-in catch card is handy, and bouncing the flash off my white ceilings seems to resolve most of my lighting concerns. Although it is heavy, it is also robust and versatile, and I look forward to learning all the ins and outs of using it.

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Canon Continuous Quality
By TrainmasterVerified Purchaser from Algood, TN on 1/11/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy, Pricey
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I am a semi-pro/serious amateur who over the past year went all digital after 65 years of film, and using almost all Canon equipment. I owned several on camera flashes over time (later used as slaves), but one of my most trusted pieces was the Canon 577G ('potato masher')Speedlight. It never failed me. The over-the-shoulder battery pack made it clumsy, but compared with the old Highland Strobonar of the 50's it was a feather. I didn't think I could deal with another on-camera flash, but after a good deal of research I bit the bullet and bought the 580EX II to use with my Canon Mark IV, 5D, and 40D digitals. It is a radical departure from the 577G. I haven't had any exposure performance problems yet, but then I only need 'slide rule accuracy,' at this point. I will say that the unit is heavy when added to the weight of each camera. I've had the unit about three months and am still on the learning curve and getting used to it. Ceteris parabus, everything else being equal, I am not sorry I bought the 580EX II, and will probably buy two or three more for my night railroad photos. Oh, and I agree, it is definitely pricey, but in this case I believe I got what I paid for. The quality is definitely Canon.

 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II
By Chris - Poynors ImagesVerified Purchaser from Richland, Washington on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use this flash currently on a Canon EOS 40D and so far I like this flash. I am still messing with the flash to get use to all of its options, but as everything goes currently this flash has it all for me and probably most other photographers.

This flash is has plenty of power and the recycling time is excellent. The only thing if I had to point out something bad is maybe the size/weight of the flash. If size and weight tell you how well something is built, this is a tough flash. As I said earlier, I like this flash and I would recommend this flash to everyone for a shoe mount and off camera flash.

To prove my point my mother used this flash for a Christmas Eve party and it sold itself when she used it. If you are looking to purchase a flash here it is!

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Great Canon product, worth every $ !
By PrashantVerified Purchaser from Plainsboro, NJ on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I had read its review at Adorama.com and at other reviewing sites online. Product conforms its high reputation.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Top quality for professional results
By John at Klein Photo, Ltd.Verified Purchaser from Boulder, CO on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Expensive
Best Uses:
Canon EX Flash System, Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The oft asked question "is the 580EX II really worth it vs. X" is only asked by those that have never used a 580EX II. There is no substitute if you are serious about using flash and want quality photographs.This flash puts out strong, consistent, even light better than all but the most expensive professional flash guns. It also acts as the brain/remote control or a member of the Canon EX Flash System. Personally I use an ST-2 on the hot shoe and have two 580EX II's placed remotely. This lets me mimic the light control I have in the studio environment when on location. I like these so much I often use them on stands with special softboxes in my small home studio.Adorama's regular price on this was right in line with the lowest found elsewhere[...]I am in no way affiliated with either Canon or Adorama. I just tell it like it is. :)

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love this!! :)
By nurseangVerified Purchaser from ohio on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

best flash I have used so far! love this thing!!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Outstanding flash
By SkinVerified Purchaser from Grafton, WV on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash is for my personal camera but I also utilized it for accident and crime scene investigation on the job.

The flash output is good as it expands the area that can be documented in dark or low light conditions. I look forward to the master/slave function to expand the exposure area even further during night time.

The only downside is the price.

 
Exactly what we were looking for!
By 1pmsb4Verified Purchaser from Ogdensburg, NY on 1/10/2010
Pros:
New time will tell
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

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I would buy this flash again
By johnVerified Purchaser from Bonney Lake WA on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use this flash for portraits in and out side.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
CANON'S BEST SPEED LIGHT
By Lee the ShooterVerified Purchaser from Sparrowbush, NY on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy, Herd to read LCD panel
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This speed light is far easier to use, ESPECIALLY when doing wireless flash, MUCH more so than NIKON's wireless flash setup; the LCD is hard to read for these aging eyes of mine, however; it could use larger characters.

 
Great!!!
By ibhaleybugVerified Purchaser from Huntsville, AL on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my first external flash, so I'm still learning to use it, but it's been great so far!

 
Great flash!
By ChristineVerified Purchaser from Newport, MI on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash, easy to use.

 
Awesome Flash
By TimVerified Purchaser from Northern Virginia on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I had the 580 EX before and I noticed a significant improvement with the EXII model. The recycle time seems faster, the "hum" is gone, and the battery compartment door is greatly improved. The flash head can swivel in almost any direction to allow you to bounce the flash off ceilings, walls, etc. I highly recommend this flash.

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A camera bag necessity
By VignetteVerified Purchaser from Harleysville, PA on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Lightweight
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my first off camera flash. I like the 180 degree swivel head for portrait shoots. Other features I like are control dial and set button, long battery life and quick recycle. If you are looking for a good flash look no further. I purchased the Speedlite with a with 4 NiMH Batteries, Charger, Flashpoint Flash Diffuser, Flashpoint Quick Flip Flash Bracket, Off-Camera eTTL2 3'Coiled Cord for Canon EOS. Good deal, go for it.

 
Canon 580EX II Flash
By DikkuVerified Purchaser from Mesa, Arizona on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Pricey
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a very powerful flash for the size.
Slightly pricier than a Sigms, it works well with my new Canon 7D camera.

[1 of 10 customers found this review helpful]

 
Does not live up to the hype
By ClairbearVerified Reviewer from East stroudsburg PA on 11/7/2009
Pros:
Lightweight, Outdoors fill flash ok
Cons:
Does not work w diffusers, Inconsistent out put, Not good for indoor photo, Overpriced for value, Weak Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I bought this unit at the Photo expo in NYC. I had really hoped to report it was a great flash but sadly it is not In program mode it will only shoot with lens wide open. It is acceptable for outdoor fill flash but the pop up flash will work almost as well. It is not a good flash for indoor work. It is way underpowered for professional applications. Using a Gary fong diffuser it loses at least 2 stops and when I compensate by opening up by 1 or 2 stops it still is underexposing. The manual is poorly written and explains little to help with problems I have found with the flash. Canon's camera's and lenses are first rate sad to say this flash is not. I will go back to using my old sunpak 522 for any serious work and just use this unit for less important flash fill work. It costs to much for what it is capable of

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Solid Consistent Output
By tomKVerified Purchaser from McKinney, TX on 11/2/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

3rd 580EXII we have. Use them for Weddings and Events and occasionally for fill outdoors.

[0 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
most powerful and most-capable flash
By BunixVerified Purchaser from Rolling Meadows on 11/2/2009
Pros:
Durable, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Flash features a wide range of controls including FEC (Flash Exposure Compensation)

 
You get what you pay for.
By TnIcemanVerified Purchaser from Cookeville Tn on 11/2/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash and it does all that it should. Easy to learn and very well made. I do think it is over priced just because there is no real competition out there in this genre.

[3 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
canon 580exll
By Freddie T.Verified Reviewer from Cincinnati, Ohio on 10/1/2009
Cons:
Heavy, Weak Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I am not at all satisfied with my 580exll.
I will be taking pic. and for no reason the pic.
will be at least 2-stops overexposed, this will
go on for app. 4to5 pic. then it will be ok for
8to10 pic. then back to overexposure. I know of
5 other people that are having the same problem.
Talked to canon, they said they had not heard of
the problem. Any suggestions.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great addition
By canon_shooterVerified Purchaser from Plano, TX on 10/1/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Aside from having a higher guide number than the other Canon flashes, this flash allows stop adjustments from 1 to 1/128 in 1/3 increments and can act as a Master to trigger my 420. This allows me a lot of creative opportunities that I did not have with my 420 alone.

The flash output is consistent and and recycle time is fast. I'd recommend the 580EX II to anyone looking for consistent control during their flash photography sessions.

[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Flash
By Family FotoVerified Purchaser from Sugar Land, TX on 9/22/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile, Wireless
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is one of those fire and forget flashes, which is good for my skill level.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
great flash
By triplebVerified Purchaser from Santa Cruz, CA on 9/10/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I love this flash, I jsut upgraded from the 420 EX and this has a way faster recycle and can work the 420 as a slave.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
I like it
By WallyVerified Purchaser from Warren, MI on 9/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my go to flash when I want to be portable and move quickly.

[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
Consistant Results
By MJSVerified Reviewer from Atlanta, GA on 9/5/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Other
Best Uses:
Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I purchased this unit in May and wanted to run it through a number of my typical wedding weekends before reviewing, so here goes. This flash has been a very dependable unit, however I have overheated it the last three weekends shooting weddings. Weddings are fast paced, and I generally shoot 900-2000 images per wedding, depending on the number of hours I'm hired. The unit will change from ETTL to TTL when it gets hot and your next image will be blown out. After searching the manual there is only a cautionary statement on pg 7. "To avoid overheating, do not fire more than 20 continuous flashes, allow a rest of 10 min." I keep a close watch on the display and have my backup near. I get quite a bit more than Canon's 20 continuous flashes before the overheating happens. It usually happens when I am shooting the posed formals after the ceremony. Maybe Canon's next upgrade will include a thermometer on the display so you can visually see when you are close to overheating.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Could be simpler
By Beadhead501Verified Purchaser from Siloam Springs, AR on 9/2/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bad menus
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I like this product but I hate the menus. Who ever was designing this product did not put much effort or thought into making it simple. I feel like I'm expected to already know a lot about flash to be able to use this product. I understand that it is intended for professionals but I think that a good simple design would benefit pros and amateurs alike.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Flash for Canon EOS Cameras
By CHKSTARVerified Purchaser from Boca Raton, Florida on 9/2/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use this flash primarily for FILL when I shoot Nature Photos. Its FAST recycle time allows me to get the shots I missed with my previous flashes, due to them building up a charge between shots..

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Excellent source of artificial sun!
By ShadewalkerVerified Reviewer from Estacada, OR on 9/1/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Line o site slaves
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, In field softbox lites, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Just added a couple more of these fine tools to me arsenal. A fine thing, these little flashers!
I did a bit of looking at alternate flashes, cause Canon ( & any name brand, seems like) does like to charge their premo prices. Yep, there are cheaper flashes twill do the same job, ( for the most part) but you will loose the Ettl bits, and the ability to control the flash thru your Canon camera screen. ( Which is way nice at times! )

I put out the extra cheese for these,as I wanted ease of use between the flash/cam, and that nice recycle (1 second..even faster should you attach the external batter pack to em) just watch it then as you could easily overheat & fry your flash head if you don't let it cool a bit between too many shots!

Good: Very fast recycling rate,even at full bore.
Easily controlled thru the higher end Canon cameras lcd screen.

can easily switch settings/power/slave/master bits. (May take you a couple times of practise, and keep the manual handy for the first while, but I had the hang of it within the hour)

Bad: Line of sight only when using slaves. ( Recommend acquiring RadioPoppers for shooting around corners,ect.)

Also bad (Correct me if I missed it) but they don't seem to be light sensitive,so if you are planning to fire them thru a daisy chain of bounce light,,oh well...( Gotta line o sight em, or get Radiopoppers, pocket wizards,ect.)
Kinda sucks for times when you just want to keep it simple & bounce light from one to the next.
(This also means you will need a cable to connect one of them to your camera,unless you use the Canon commander unit)

Extra Notes: Be sure if you are shooting with a single unit (After using it as a Master) to turn off the master setting. Otherwise, you will find the recycle time goes up to bout 2 /2.5 seconds
I believe it takes longer as it is trying to send the signals out to the slaves ( which are no longer there)
When this first happened, I was worried I had a bad set of batteries,but once I turned the master option back off, all was ok, and I had my 1 second recycle back.

Get yourself rechargable batteries for this thing, as it will eat them alive! ( I use Powerex & Energizer AAs, with quick chargers )

Also, I suggest putting on a diffuser of some sort, unless you like that hard "Nuke" light.
I use a Westcott micro apollo when traveling light, and the Photoflex LiteDome xs Kit mounted on a Custom Brackets Junior, when I have the time to travel slower and want a wider diffusion of light. ( The PF xs is nice, but it is a bit unwieldy at times,especially if you are in a crowd!

I highly suggest reading "The Hot shoe Diaries" by Joe Mcnally to see just what can be done with these small flashes ( He uses Nikon product, but the teaching works for all brands)

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Tops
By Old ManVerified Purchaser from Grand Coulee, WA on 8/25/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I am an 86 yr old casual user . This is the fifth flash unit I have owned and it's the best one. I liked the Canon 430 EX but I love the 580 EX II.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent product and a great price
By MikeVerified Purchaser from Seal Beach, CA on 8/21/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Flash gives great results and eliminates a lot of time in a photo editor program adding light to a photo.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Flash
By AngelVerified Purchaser from Aurora, CO on 8/19/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Great remote capability, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The flash comes ready to fire. It's easy to use and setting up it's master-slave options are quick and simple.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Upgraded from 550EX
By WedphotoVerified Purchaser from San Luis Obispo, CA on 8/19/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Upgraded from the 550EX.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great buy on super speedlite
By Lucky OneVerified Purchaser from Dixon, IL on 8/19/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a great product with just one flaw as I see it... I really don't like the switch turning the unit on and off. Pulling a switch lever down to turn it on is just the reverse of what I would expect so to make it easier to read I painted the indented line on the switch white making it more legible.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
I would buy this product again and again
By LizVerified Purchaser from Monroe, WI on 8/19/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I am still getting familiar with using my camera with a flash, but I am very pleased with the quality.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Glad I bought this flash
By California CalVerified Purchaser from San Gabriel on 8/11/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I just bought this shoe mount flash since the flash on the Canon EOS Rebel XSI isn't adequate. This flash does the job and makes such a difference in my pictures for fill in flash and also when taking pictures where there isn't adequate lighting. It is bulky and it does add some noticable weight to the camera, however, I think the positives outweigh this negative aspect.

[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Canon vs. nikon
By Peter the firemanVerified Purchaser from Tucson, Az on 8/10/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Ease of use
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I have close friends usind the 600 and 900 speedlits. And my only knock is that the Nikon series are more user friendly. Since I am a Canon owner I will make due and as with all canon products too many buttons and big learning curve. Overall I does what I want it to do

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great On Camera Flash
By kwinflVerified Purchaser from Vero Beach, FL on 8/9/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Nice flash with good output power and pretty fast recycling. A little more complex in use than some other on camera flashes that I've owned, but nothing studying the manual won't remedy.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great flash for lots of money!
By DanoVerified Purchaser from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on 8/9/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Needs a battery meter, Needs an optical trigger
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Works well with the Canon EOS cameras.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Very good flash
By seancVerified Purchaser from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 8/9/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Menu could be simpler, not intuitive

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Andorama The Best
By KennyVerified Purchaser from san Jose ca on 7/23/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Androma are awesome to workwith, they carry pro equipment at a garage sale price, the 580 flash is awesome but I will upgrade to a quantem,thease guys are the best

 
My 2nd 580EX II
By BasisVerified Purchaser from Salt Lake City on 7/22/2009
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my second 580EX II, and I haven't really used any other flashes. It can be used both as master and slave in an optical triggering system. You really have to buy many to appreciate this.

 
The best flash you can get. I have 3
By AnatolyVerified Purchaser from Toronto, Canada on 7/22/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
none
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

These Canon flashes are very powerful and make your lighting job much easier. Portable, easy to use. I use 3 of them to do interiors. No need for big studio lights anymore.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Work Great
By JohnVerified Purchaser from Daly City, CA on 7/22/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Powerful Output
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

As Stated on the site and manuals, work like a charm

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Love this Canon speedlight!
By quikdrawVerified Purchaser from Louisville, KY on 7/22/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I have used the 580EX for years with my Canon 20D, to provide fill flash (with a diffuser) for almost everything. I have recently upgraded to the 5D, which doesn't have a built in flash, along with the 580EX II. Couldn't live without it to control overal lighting, but a difuser is a must to provide a soft and more natural effect. I do wish however that there was a better solution than using an extension bracket for fill flash when shooting portraits vertically.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
asum!!!!!!!
By big nVerified Purchaser from atlanta,ga on 7/22/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

it matches whatever mode you are on , the locking mechanism is nice , it has very fast recycling time especially if you are not using it at full power . I AM STILL PLAYING AROUND WITH IT BUT SO FAR I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS , it rocks .

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Worth the money
By CrumVerified Purchaser from Lexington, KY on 7/22/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

You can't have a good picture without good lighting and this is definitely capable of giving you the lighting you need on the go. I use this a lot at a summer camp taking portraits and general shots around campus. Instead of carrying bulky studio lights around and setting them up to get angled lighting just bounce the flash off a nearby wall. Also the recycle time is pretty fast with my NiMH batteries when I do burst shots with my Canon 40D. The flash can keep up with my camera's 6.5 fps. Definitely worth investing in one of these.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great product
By SRS PhotographyVerified Purchaser from Buckley, Washingto on 7/13/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
None at this time
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Excellent all around portable flash unit

 
I love it!!
By yarnairbVerified Purchaser from Austin, TX on 7/9/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Off camera and sync, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I wanted to get into off camera flash and sync flash so I bought the 580 EX II as my master and a 430 EX II as a slave. The results you can achieve are amazing.

 
My 2nd 580ex II
By edVerified Purchaser from chicago on 7/9/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

great for event photography, weddings, portraiture, etc., I even use it with umbrellas and 2nd flash for portable on location shots....

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Worth the bucks
By DaveVerified Reviewer from ohio on 7/8/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my second one -- for a backup and allows me the option to use the wireless built-in features ( master/slave ). So far everything works without any issues. I mostly use it for weddings and portraits.

 
Great Improvement over the 580ex
By The QuigmanVerified Purchaser from Lone Tree, Iowa on 7/8/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I love that you can use a pocket wizard with it. The Auto mode has some neat things that you can do that you couldn't do before.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Flash
By CarolVerified Purchaser from Mesa, AZ on 6/25/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I recently bought this flash and took it on a wedding shoot. I wasn't disappointed. It was so easy to use and cycled fast. It did a remarkable job, even though the day was overcast and cloudy. I really am glad that I got this flash.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
A beautiful piece of work
By Camera EyeVerified Purchaser from Texas on 6/24/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash is a beautiful piece of work,it will do what you want it to do. You will do youreslf a great service by reading the manual a couple of times it's not a long read but after a few reads to will get familar with the flash and your progress will grow very quickly. and you will not have to keep referring to the manual which will make your photo decisions a lot quicker. in Program AE and full modes all you have to do is have fun.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Don't waste you time with another flash
By cezarmorenoVerified Purchaser from Fort Lauderdale, Fl on 6/24/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I wasted about a year using a much cheaper brand because I thought it was too expensive. All I can say is if you don't have the cash for the 580ex II then borrow it. Has changed my shots 180 degrees, the flash is right on everytime. The options have allowed me to be creative and has basically gotten me more work. Get it, Get it, Get it.

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Fantastic flash
By peskypeskyVerified Purchaser from NYC, NY on 6/24/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Love this flash and so happy I bought it. It takes very little time to learn how to use it and it is flexible and gives great light output. What more can I ask for?

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The Big Flash Theory
By Bishop56Verified Purchaser from University Place, Washington on 6/23/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

What a great flash. I had looked at other cheaper options; however I am glad I went with the 580EX II. There are so many options that you can shoot almost anything. I have been using this for portraits and fill, even threw in a few macro shots. The only limitation so far is me.

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The Big Flash Theory
By Bishop56Verified Purchaser from University Place, Washington on 6/23/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

What a great flash. I had looked at other cheaper options; however I am glad I went with the 580EX II. There are so many options that you can shoot almost anything. I have been using this for portraits and fill, even threw in a few macro shots. The only limitation so far is me.

 
speedlite 580EX580 II
By NANCYVerified Purchaser from RIVERSIDE CALIFORNIA on 6/13/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash is much superior to the 430!!

 
Great Flash, Fast Cycle Time
By SpectrumVerified Purchaser from Colton, CA on 6/11/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Versatile
Cons:
Not Interchangeable
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Use this flash for portraits, convention photography and for medical research. Reliable and easy to use.

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A big improvement over 580EX
By TroyVerified Purchaser from Houston, TX on 6/10/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This unit appears to be built a little tougher then the original 580EX. Results with the 5d appear a little more consistent then with the original 580. I also like that it has a pc connection for using with pocket wizards. The 580EX was missing that.

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Great speedlite
By ElvisVerified Purchaser from Phoenix, AZ on 6/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

It takes more than a speedlite to do great things with them. Being a Canon guy, this strobe along with pocket wizard's felx system gives you unsurpassed flexibility in strobe photography. I recommend at least 4-5 strobes to have a good complement for most projects. [@]

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Canon Speedlite 580EX II is Awesome
By The ForbesVerified Purchaser from Hampton, VA on 5/28/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I have been shooting as a hobbyist for almost a year. I'm not practiced enough to tell you any of the tech specs of the speedflash, but I can tell you that it has made a tremendous difference in exposures of my shots. I feel confident taking pictures in any light condition even pitch black and knowing that They'll come out just fine. I haven't even made it halfway through the instruction book for this flash, so I know there's going to be lots more fun stuff to learn that'll keep me busy for months to come.
the 580EX II was a little expensive especially for my first flash, but I planned on only buying one flash and being done with it. This unit was made by Canon for Canon cameras and the reviews from the pros seemed reasonably good. At the time of purchase, it was considered top of the line, so the decision was easy. So far, I am not disappointed in the least with this flash unit!

 
Great Flash Unit
By PTSVerified Purchaser from West Branch, MI on 5/27/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a perfect compliment to your Canon camera. I made the mistake of starting out on the inexpensive side with a 430 EX. It is a great flash, but this one does so much more, and better. Now that I have both I am starting to enjoy the many creative ways that there is to light subjects. The fact that the flash will meter the light using both flashes and transmit the data to the 430 wirelessly makes for some impressive images without any fussing around with experimental settings. If you have a perfectionist side that is discriminating and hard to please like me, this flash unit will satisfy your needs.

 
Definitely a very good product!
By JenniferVerified Purchaser from Mississippi on 5/27/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use this product on a daily basis with everything outside.

 
great flash
By dawnVerified Purchaser from Florida on 5/27/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

great flash

 
No more shaddows
By PhotomanVerified Purchaser from Boonville, In. on 5/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The 580EX11 can shoot the average wedding without changing batteries! I'm not crazy about the lock-release button, it's small and difficult to press while moving the lock lever. With that said, if you have small fingers, you'll be fine.

 
Great Flash
By DomVerified Purchaser from Birmingham, AL on 5/4/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash for various uses. Fairly intuitive to use, although being familiar with Canon flashes certainly helped. Has excellent output and scalability. So far so good...no complaints. I will be using it as my master strobe with a 430EX as a slave.

 
Great Flash
By SamVerified Purchaser from Atlantic City, NJ on 4/9/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

So far this flash has been great with most shots I've tried. It could really use a decaticated cord for off camera use without having to use the manual settings.

 
Extremely Nice and worth the extra bucks
By Joe SVerified Purchaser from Atlanta, Ga. on 4/1/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

You will immediately notice a big difference. The light this flash produces is awesome. It truly is worth the extra bucks to go ahead and purchase the 580 EX II if you can. It is also compatible will lots more accessories. Like a Battery Pack, totally awesome. Weddings, and lots more.

 
The best of canon Speedlites
By momani20Verified Purchaser from Jordan on 3/30/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This Flash is compatabel with the All New CANON EOS (SLR) cameras. the C.F Custom Function are great and the product is better than the old EX 580
The range is better than the older models
the recycling is faster
Finally it is the best i ever bought

 
Great Flash
By Professional PhotographerVerified Purchaser from New York on 3/30/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a great professional flash!!! Power consumption is great. Around 300 flashes per set of 4 AA 2700 mil amp batteries. Of course this flash count is subject to change depending on how you have the flash set. My only gripe is the mechanics of how the flash is built internally; locking the position (Angle) of the flash head. I bumped it once (And not very hard) and now it seems a little wanky. The lock for the flash is probably made of plastic and should be metal (Take note Canon). But aside from that, the flash is fantastic!!! Solid shoe mount base with lock, great output, and low battery consumption. What else can you ask for?

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I would buy this product again and again
By raulVerified Purchaser from reynosa tam mx on 3/14/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

excelent product,very easy to use

 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II
By IndigoVerified Purchaser from Everett, WA. on 3/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I've had this new flash for only a short time, but have used it extensively in fill light situations - sunny skies and deep shadows. I specifically like that it is easy to use and very accurate. I also like the ability to step the fill amount down or up at will, more effectively getting the fill results desired. I often use a Light Sphere attachment, which works very well with this unit. So far, my shooting with this flash has been in quickly changing situations, with people in public places. In most of the photos, the fill effect is not obvious, but very effective. If I don't like the amount - say, too much - I simply step the amount down one or two stops and fire again. Very nice piece of equipment.

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Wonderful Product!
By RuthVerified Purchaser from Traverse City, MI on 3/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This Speedlite is a wonderful accessory to have. This is my first external flash and boy, what a difference it makes! Love it!

 
Must have external flash for Canon
By VuVerified Purchaser from Houston, TX on 2/23/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Expensive, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash, has every possible setting you could imagine. Unfortunately, with that comes its huge size and weight. You can also only use this or the ST-E2 as a master for Canon's wireless off camera flash system. However, I use Alien Bee's cybersyncs which are more inexpensive, reliable, and work at up to 10x the distance. No TTL of course, but I've never been happy with the inconsistent results of Canon's ETTL. I only nicked it for its high price and bulk.

 
Great Product.
By AlexVerified Purchaser from Huntsville, AL on 2/22/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Works even better with Gary Fong's Lightsphere II,

 
Don't Look at the Light
By lov2krzVerified Purchaser from San Jose, CA on 2/22/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is the most powerful hot shoe flash unit available for the Canon. The diffuser is a great feature for softening the output. I run the flash with a -2/3 stop output to cut down on harsh shadows. Fast recycle time but can go through a set of rechargeable NiMH AA batteries if using repetitive flash. It's a little bulky and heavy especially when using the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 lens but the result is excellent. Indent button to move head is cumbersome.

 
Canon's Flagship Flash does it all!!!!!
By HISOXVerified Purchaser from Columbia, Missouri on 2/21/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

General use,and I use three units togeather for a mobile studio. Great tool. I especially like to use it with the 24-105 f4. L lens it's auto-zoom feature is very convenient.

 
What I need and then some!
By AlphotoVerified Purchaser from Hurricane, Utah on 2/21/2009
Pros:
Durable, Powerful Output
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

It does more than I need but it is more than adequate for my use and ability.

 
Canon Speedlite 580EX - Excellent
By PhotobisouVerified Purchaser from Fairfax, VA on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Excellent product. Can not compare with 430 EX.
Very powerful product for weddig photography

 
More than met expectations
By TheRoffVerified Purchaser from Washington, DC on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use it mostly for family gatherings which tend to be in a very dark room. Got the kind of photos I wanted.

 
Great Product Nice price
By RickVerified Purchaser from Boise Idaho on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Works on or off camera, made for my canon

 
Great Flash
By JayVerified Purchaser from Torrance, CA on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Use this flash as slave, main, or with umbrella. It is reliable. Finally Canon has a flash w/ pc plug.

 
Its worth every penny
By SallyVerified Purchaser from Buena Park, CA on 2/12/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Eats batteries quickly, Pivot detent button
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash has all the features built in that you'll need. It works great in all situations. The pivot detent button is a pain but a small thing that you have to get used to. Since I use it in so many indoor situations I run thru a lot of batteries and would like to see a better power source option.

 
Awesome Speedlite!
By EricVerified Purchaser from Detroit, MI on 2/8/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This speedlite is the best one that I have used and owned. It has very powerful flash output and will light up the darkest of environments. The head swivels in every direction and produces a consistent flash. I would recommend this speedlite to everyone that owns a Canon DSLR and has the funds to purchase it.

 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II
By SteveVerified Purchaser from Beech Island, SC on 2/7/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Excellent flash and plan to use it as the master with my Canon 550 EX. The PC terminal is a definite plus as opposed to the 550 EX which has no PC terminal.

 
Great Flash High Cost.
By Robb RouseVerified Purchaser from Salt Lake City, UT on 2/7/2009
Pros:
Durable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Ok. For the most part I take shots of friends and family. Trying to get a portable studio set up so I can try and get some better people shots. I was using a 430EX ad added this flash to my bag. It took me about 50 snaps before I got sue to how the light went from this larger unit. The flash is awesome. Does everything it should and more. I have this as my main and the 430 as a 2nd flash on a stand bouncing off something and I can get some pretty good shots.Anyhow I’m far from a pro, but if you have the cash and looking for Canon big boy grab this. A used 580EX or 550EX is another good option. Bottom [$] this is a great flash unit. But be aware there are other cheaper options if money is an issue.

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Works well
By KansasAVerified Purchaser from British Columbia, Canada on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The flash works well but the manual could be a bit easier to understand, although I'm not a pro. I love putting on the diffuser, came in the kit, and seeing my portraits improve dramatically.

 
Brilliant piece of art
By TaariqVerified Purchaser from Middletown, CT on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use
Cons:
Kills your batteries
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Really good flash.. Very good range..

 
Awesome Flash - LOVE it!
By Whammy BoyVerified Purchaser from Vernon, CT on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Red cast
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Phenomenal flash. I had one, purchased another one and I am really happy with them. Three comments:

1). Right out of the box when used with my 5D the flash produces a noticeable reddish cast, especially well pronounced on skin and faces. This has to be corrected manually when converting your RAW files. Another option would be to design your custom Picture Style and apply it to your images. It would have been nice not to have to deal with these issues.

2). The menus could have been designed a bit better - I'd like them to be a bit more intuitive (but this is just me).

3). When trying to synchronize two 580EX II flashes the Master has to be attached to the camera. If it isn't, the Slave will fire with approx. 1 sec. delay. While being a smart feature, this is not well documented and could be a bit frustrating.

Other than that I LOVE my flashes. Extremely versatile, lightweight and relatively easy to work with.

 
Awesome Flash
By yogadogVerified Purchaser from Bellingham, WA on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use this alone or to control two 430ex flashes. Works fantastic.

 
Outstanding Flash Unit
By RickVerified Purchaser from Coeur d' Alene, ID on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, This flash is a must-have, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Like nearly all Canon products it is well worth the price if you are even half-way serious about getting the most from your Canon EOS. My 50D takes photography to a whole new level and the Speedlite 580EX II only makes it better, plus you can't beat the great deals [...]. I've lost track of all I've bought from them and never been disappointed.

 
On the learning curve
By Digital SLR NewbeVerified Purchaser from Gibbstown NJ on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Good Quality, Lots of features, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I rated it as excelent however I can't compair it to other flashes. I've had great success with Canon cameras and equipment. I've used a film SLR camera for 38 years but I'm new to Digital SLR photography. I am gaining knowledge every time I use the cameras and flash, I read the manual which is easy to understand thank goodness because there are too many features and settings to retain in the gray matter. This flash provides ample light for inside photos a big improvement over the Canon XSI built in flash.

 
great flash
By DandelionseedsVerified Purchaser from MN on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

use for indoor portrait and candid shots on canon 10d

 
Love this product!
By SouthernGalVerified Purchaser from Minneapolis, MN on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Have used the product for night photography and portraits, and love the product! Would recommend to others.

 
great flash
By myronVerified Purchaser from new york city, ny on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

learning curve but once you learn all about ettl, it's a breeze

 
I'm overwhelmed with it
By LoriVerified Purchaser from Laurel, DE on 1/29/2009
Pros:
It seems like quality, Powerful Output, Works with Camera
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy, Too complicated
Best Uses:
Brighten indoor shots
Describe Yourself:
Casual user

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Likely, when I put my nose to the grind, figure out all the settings and uses, I'll love it. I bought it because my indoor shots, especially of my dark skinned son-in-law and his family were too dark and their faces weren't showing up right with the white members of the inter-racial family. I had bought this great Canon Rebel XSi and the flash attached to the camera just didn't cut it. The shoe mount flash attaches easily.

 
Stunning performance, like magic.
By Tom thumbVerified Purchaser from Columbia, SC on 1/24/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Don't know how I ever did without it. Opens up so many more possibilities.

 
Canon's top of the line
By MZVerified Purchaser from LA on 1/23/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

"Canon's flagship" Highly versitile flash. Both ETTL and manual settings are user friendly. Master slave options are cool for stobists. I wish Canon cameras had integrated wireless ETTL off-camera Flash capabilities. A second flash or comander unit is currently requied, to trigger wireless, off -camera flash in ETTL mode.

 
Excellent piece of equipment
By EdVerified Purchaser from Florida on 1/21/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Flexable on and off camer, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Caan be used as a stand alone speedlight, a Master or as a slave. Very useful as a slave when combined with an on-camera transmitter

 
Powerful and Dependable
By jamesbenetVerified Purchaser from San Diego, CA on 1/21/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Weather sealed
Cons:
Bulky, Heavy, Non Firmware Upgradeable
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

As powerful as a small studio strobe in a much smaller enclosure. The weather-sealing does work and resisted a medium rain. Recycling is quite fast and absolutely silent which is a pro and a con. I like the audible feedback so I know when it´s recycling without seeing the ready light.

As some have commented the slave/master switch in the old version was better for speed and work-flow.

Canon needs to get a wireless transmitter in the bodies so you don´t have to get the small ST-E2 which uses non rechargeable batteries.

The stroboscopic feature works very well but will reduce the life of the lamp so use with caution and sparingly.

Overall a great flash and the best companion to the 430EX.

 
Wonderful
By KWVerified Purchaser from Lakebay, WA on 1/21/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Having two of these are handy for all types of events. I try traveling light and the ETTL system with some reflectors and natural light allows me to travel all over without spending money at the airport for extra bags!

 
More than a Flash
By lioVerified Purchaser from New York, NY on 1/21/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use it as a master to slave other handheld flashes and by himself when I can bounce the light.

 
It was awesome product.
By DoanVerified Purchaser from Dallas, TX on 1/21/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I am real happy with 580EX II. It is totally better than 430EX.

 
Great Flash for the 5D MK II
By KingVerified Purchaser from Upland CA on 1/14/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, High speed sync, Lightweight, Masterslave, Powerful Output, Quiet
Cons:
Poor outdoor slave sync
Best Uses:
Back-Up, General Use, Macro Photography, Night Photography, Outdoor flash fill, Portraits, Sports Photography, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use this with my 5D MK II and 50D. Mainly for outdoor wedding party flash fill. It is great with high speed sync when I want to throw a background out of focus by using a fast lens wide open. I also use it indoors with a 550 and 420 as slaves. Outdoors they don't slave well but work with radio poppers. I also use Quantums with freeXwire transmitters and receivers outside.

 
Great flash
By TCVerified Purchaser from Chino Hills, Ca on 1/14/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
None so far
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Haven't had it long enough.

 
Excellent easy to use flash
By AndersVerified Purchaser from San Jose, CA on 1/14/2009
Pros:
Easy to configure, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I have used this both stand-alone and as a master with a 430EX as slave. I like it a lot since it is very easy to configure both stand-alone and when used in master slave configuration.

 
Nice Flash, But not Great
By SandraVerified Purchaser from Chicago, IL on 1/3/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash is great for general use, but it is hard to depend on in a crucial situation because of its slow recycle time and it burns through batteries quickly.

 
No Brainer
By JPatter915Verified Purchaser from Portland Oregon on 1/2/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I own 3 of these flashes and use them with Cannon 5D and 5D mark II. They are very easy to use if you are not in the mood or don't to think about the shot. The remote options and the easy menus allow for more sophisticated shots when required.

 
Bright Flash
By FlooderVerified Purchaser from Dallas, TX on 1/1/2009
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Quiet
Best Uses:
Back-Up, Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Nice and solid build. Quick and fast cycling. Very bright esp. inside of a building. Brighter than the 430 series. Worth the extra money to upgrade.

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Great flash
By AndersVerified Reviewer from San Jose, CA on 12/31/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I am using this as my primary flash. From time to time also in combination with a 430 EX as a slave. The flash has performed flawlessly every time. Set-up, both when used as a single unit and when used as a master with a slave, is extremely easy.

 
Best of the Best
By Moments in FilmVerified Purchaser from Mesa, AZ on 12/30/2008
Pros:
Easy To Use, Powerful Output, Versatile
Cons:
Eats Batteries, Heats up, Not a fastest cycle time
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my primary flash for weddings and inside and out there is always consistently good output. Only problem is that it gets hot fast when used frequently and eats batteries- shame the battery pack is so expensive

 
Right on the money
By kiddocVerified Purchaser from Santa Fe, NM on 12/30/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The mobility of the light make it so easy to make quick adjustments for light.

 
If you shoot canon get this flash!
By JayVerified Purchaser from torrance, CA on 12/30/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Works very good with portraits and makes an awesome slave flash. The flash zooming capability makes it a good companion with your telephoto lens. Make sure you get rechargeable batteries.

 
Good stuff
By Abhijit BiswasVerified Purchaser from Seattle, WA on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Back-Up, Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a good buy if you use Canon gears. The only thing that I do not like is that it does not work as an optical slave.

 
"i would buy this product again
By lv city slickerVerified Purchaser from las vegas, nv on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable
Cons:
No cons so far
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

havent really used it yet... just reading the manual right now

 
Great Flash
By LewieEVerified Purchaser from Park City, UT on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Powerful Output
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a great flash and Canon has really made an improvement in the attachment lock. Much easier to use and feels very secure. I did have some overpowering of the flash, but I put that more on the camera system, than the flash.

 
Great flash!
By BmoVerified Purchaser from Wichita, KS on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
For Everything
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Use on indoor/outdoor portraits with a Canon 30D.
Comes with a table top / flash attachment, and protective sleeve. No complaints.

 
Just Great
By borismVerified Purchaser from Florida on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Quiet, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is the one of the best purchases I have made and probably the one item that have had the best most impact on my pictures.
I just don't go out without it
Cons: It is a bit big on my XSI but I don't mind at all

 
Canon 580 EX II
By Tom EXVerified Purchaser from Portland, Oregon on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
none
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I'm impressed with the cycle time and the lack of noise from this flash..Battery life is good also, I took 200 photos at one event and didn't have to change batteries, Lithium rapid charge.

 
Love it so much I have 3!
By kgrahamphotographyVerified Purchaser from Maine on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Cons:
Burns thru batteries
Best Uses:
Back-Up, Fill Flash, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I took a class for indoor portraits and not being able to afford the big strobes, I started out with one 580 EXII, which quickly led to the purchase of another, and in order to get enough background light, my husband bought me one more for Christmas. I love them for doing portrait work with shoot thru umbrellas. I am still learning how to get the right output when it is on camera. It does burn through batteries pretty quickly and as the power from the batteries diminish, the recycle time takes a bit longer which can be frustrating with little kids.

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Nice light output
By BillVerified Purchaser from Santa Ana, CA on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Bulky
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Have only used it a few times so far. Light coverage has been good. Seems to need a 1/2 stop increase in exposure w/ a Canon 20D. Otherwise been very happy. Nice upgrades to flash.

 
Best Flash I've used
By MarkVerified Purchaser from Dallas, TX on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
Fill Flash, General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

If you're ready to take the next step in photography then this is the flash unit to buy. It will make your portraits and candid shots so much better. It's versatile and powerful. It recycles quickly and it's great for everything from fill flash to bounce to full on flash. Don't bother with anything less, this is the one to get. Only downside is the size, but it's not so big that you can't get used to it.

 
Canon 580EX II
By Mybo Toichi from Honolulu, HI on 12/18/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Wedding/Event Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I've just upgraded from a Sigma EF-500 DG ST (non-LCD back)and I find that this is much more versatile since the camera can communicate more information to the flash. I can also override the cameras FEC +3/-3 stops vs my cameras +2/-2 and my very limited Mh/Ml on my Sigma Flash. Can't find any negatives about this flash as I'm not an expert review but can only compare it to what I've already used and therefore feel that this is a well worth investment.

 
Big Improvements Over the 580EX
By The Metro PhotographerVerified Purchaser from Miami, Florida on 9/24/2008
Pros:
Built in bounce card, Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Metal Shoe Mount
Best Uses:
Indoor Photography, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

If you what to take advantage of the units fast recycle times you might want to get the Compact Battery Pack (CP-E4). This flash LOVES AAs.

 
Perfect portable light at a great price.
By MKVerified Purchaser from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 9/24/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Ideal for creative, off-camera use. Excellent fill light on-camera when combined with available ambient lighting. [...]

 
So Far So Good
By SeaPhotoVerified Purchaser from Northwest Florida on 9/24/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Definitley faster than my other flashes, still haven't explored it completely, but so far so good!

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Another great from Canon
By Bowen PhotographyVerified Purchaser from East Tennessee on 9/4/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I bought the 580EX for off camera use with a Bogen-Manfrotto spring clamp. Wished I had bought these 2 sooner. The flash works great wirelessly with another flash. With the Bogen clamp and the new 580, I'm able to create great lighting in just about any situation now. Great for executive portraits in less than ideal lighting.

 
Great flash.......
By Elvis Milic [@]Verified Purchaser from Phoenix, AZ on 9/4/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Love the flasf...it syncs my 430 speedlite and is much nicer than the 580ex

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Canon quality and functionality
By harryVerified Purchaser from texas on 8/26/2008
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

good quality. good ettl accept for slight over exposure but it's consistent.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Simply the best I've ever used
By NoiseJammerVerified Purchaser from Toronto on 8/24/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Ok, the 580EXII is a monster - it is a lot heavier than the 430 flash and a fair bit bigger. This should be expected - it delivers a lot more light too... GN58 vs GN43 translates to an 80% increase in the peak brightness. It's up to the buyer to decide whether the increased range versatility warrants the price difference....

 
Can't Go Wrong
By MelaniaVerified Purchaser from Sonoma, CA on 8/24/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Great new design, Nails the exposure, Secure new attachment
Cons:
Haven't found anything
Best Uses:
Anything that needs light, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Wedding photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Use this for weddings, events, photojournalism, just about anything that requires a little pop of light to brighten the scene.

 
A great flash
By Barry the Picture ManVerified Purchaser from Athens, GA on 8/13/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The locking lever is a bit cumbersome. I am used to the locking lever on the other canon flashes.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Can Flash Sync to shutter @ up to 2000
By MikeVerified Purchaser from Wilmington, DE on 8/6/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recyle w power pack, Lightweight
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Output good for size, but works best with external power supply. Flash sync outstanding for outdoor fill applications

 
Awesome Product
By Royal CruiseVerified Purchaser from Miami, OK on 8/6/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

We already have one of these and we love them. Great buy.

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Highly recommended Flash
By RLHVerified Purchaser from Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 7/23/2008
Pros:
Best flash you can get
Cons:
Nothing negative
Best Uses:
Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Works just what i expect, top !

 
Great Flash
By luitjohanphotoVerified Purchaser from Highland, IL on 7/10/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash. Much improved over the old 580. Faster recycle, metal hot shoe, over all feels better built.

 
Expensive but worth it!
By Leo Lucido Photography[@]Verified Purchaser from Los Angeles, CA on 7/10/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash is indispensable if you use Canon cameras and depend on your gear for a living.

It's fast, sturdy and able to handle your camera's speed.

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nice flash, but do your homework
By ISO1977Verified Purchaser from Los Angeles, CA on 7/10/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This item is really my first experience with flash. (I do nt include much earlier experiments with a manual Vivitar flash/film camera combo, or the on-camera flash of the 30D). I wanted to start doing off-camera flash shooting a la Strobist. Although he recommends using the old manual Vivitar and Metz' and so forth, I wanted a really robust strobe with advanced features, such as quick recycling, hi-speed strobe, and a high power output. I also like the Canon Speedlight system for controlling multiple flash units - the only downside of that is using Infrared to communicate between the flashes. If these worked exactly the same way, but with RF instead, I think they wuld be very popular, eliminating the need for 3rd-party accessories like RadioPoppers or PocketWizards.
I was disappointed to discover that with 2 of these, I could not use Master/Slave with both units off-camera, unless I had the short Canon Off-Camera shoe cord, or invested in Radio Wireless Transmitters. Using the PC socket will only allow you to sync one flash to the camera. That was a bummer. In order to do what I really want (fire both flashes off-camera), it looks like I will need an ST-E2, and most likely, a set of Radio Poppers to increase reliability of the questionable Canon IR system. Considering the price of the 580EX II, this is a negative, and explains why people interested in off-camera flash are not choosing this product.
I would recommend this with caveats.
Also, in order to really wrap my head around the functions, I got an instructional DVD and just played with it a lot. I thought the user manual was pretty lacking.

 
It Changes the way you look at Flash
By Mike64Verified Purchaser from Thrall, TX on 6/26/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I have throughly enjoyed the 580EX II the battery door is alot more user friendly than the 580EX. The recycle time is great and most of all you can count on constant performance day in and day out.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Only Flash That I ever liked!
By Hy-TechVerified Reviewer from Vancouver, WA. on 6/20/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
Back-Up, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Remember to use the exposure comp - for dark subjects and + for light subjects and then let the flash and camera do the work on Program. Very consistent, almost idiot proof once you learn your settings. Make sure that you do alot of experimenting with it before a major shoot, because it won't let you down but you can let yourself down.

 
Advice not wrong
By BothleesVerified Purchaser from Harrisonburg, VA on 6/13/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Two professionals recommended this flash and I am glad I took it!

 
Like it... am thinking of a second...
By GregRPhotograhpyVerified Purchaser from Rochester, MN on 6/12/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I'm in the early stages of evaluation, but what I've seen so far makes me want to buy a second to use as an off camera slave... I wish I would have bought the kit with two flashes and the transmitor right off the bat...

I would definately recommend it to others...

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Fantastic Kit
By MarkVerified Purchaser from Bakersfield. CA on 6/12/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I bought this flash to compliment my 430ex and command it as a slave to be part of a mobile studio setup. I've been extremely happy with the 580exii for its power and features. Amateurs be warned, this is not a small or light flash unit, but it performs. Over the 430ex, this is more powerful, has a metal foot, and can command slave flashes via IR. If you're looking for a smaller, lighter solution, the forthcoming 430exii might be a better option, but if you need a powerful flash with great features and excellent controls, this is an excellent option, despite its rather high price.

 
Everything I wanted
By Wild ActorVerified Purchaser from New Orleans on 6/6/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Used it to shoot stage rehearsals - bounced off ceilings, walls - perfect shots!

 
A Great Upgrade, A Great Flash
By JohnVerified Purchaser from Dawsonville, GA on 5/24/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash replaced my 550EX which was a very good flash but a little slow to recycle. Started to shoot many large room (gymnasiam) scenes with lots of movement and the greater output is a nice bonus as is the added functionality with the 1Ds Mark III. Much easier to mount on the camera and the head that rotates both directions by pressing a single button is great for going from landscape to portrait mode.

 
Everything I expected.
By OldDrummerVerified Purchaser from Camp Point, Il on 5/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I am using the 580 EX II as a Master with a 550 EX as a slave for a portable portrait setup for school, proms, etc. System worked well first time and everytime

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great but a bit pricy
By MoriVerified Purchaser from Bethesda, MD on 4/16/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Expensive
Best Uses:
Indoor, Outdoor flash
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

It is more accurate than 580EX and recycle faster, I like the hot shoe quick lock on this one plus battery door has been redesigned and it seems more durable.Have not had any problem with it yet.

[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Flash
By Photo FrenzyVerified Purchaser from New York on 4/12/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I bought the 580EX II, as a companion to my 580EX. I wanted to experiment with remote flash photography using ratio's ect. The Flash has many improvements over the 580EX. The ones I like best are the faster recycle time, the Battery Cover locks, and is better designed than with the 580EX. The Metal Hotshoe is nice, as well as the Flashes locking mechanism, instead of the lock-ring the older flash has. I have a Sto-Fen Omni Bounce for the 580 EX, and it doesn't quite fit the 580EX II, since the 580EX II is slightly larger. (pictures enclosed). I suppose I could jam it on, but I think that would damage the dust resistant seam. Fortunately I also purchased Gary Fongs Lightsphere Cloud, which fits snug.
This is an excellent Flash unit, but if you decide to upgrade from the 580EX, keep in mind, you may have a problem with your old diffuser fitting the new flash.

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Great flash, much improved
By PixmanVerified Purchaser from Houston on 4/3/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great recycle time with external battery, Focus assist is right on, new PC connector allows use with radio slaves for off camera use.

 
Incredibly worthwhile upgrade
By mickVerified Purchaser from Neptune Beach, FL on 4/2/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I'd been using a Speedlite 420EX and was quite unsatisfied with the results, so I thought I'd try the 580EX. It works so much more reliably that I only wish I bought it sooner. The coverage of subjects is much better, from wide angle (with its dispersion panel) to longer range shots. The manual is worth noting as far better than the 420EX, which I found fairly useless. The 580EX manual clearly describes each of its many features, encouraging me to experiment more. Overall while it is more expensive, the added overall quality is well worth it.

 
Light it Up
By JeffVerified Reviewer from Michigan on 3/20/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Best available for an on camera flash. I still dont understand canons alogrhythms to determine exposure, so most of the time it needs to be compensated a couple of stops up. If you shoot canon dont settle for anything other, you wont be disappointed.

 
Good fit
By KalimoVerified Purchaser from Washington, DC on 3/20/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Used with Canon 40D - Great combo! Smooth, fast recycling, easy to use. Would like an on/off switch for use with slave flashes (rather than searching through the menu), but otherwise a great flash.

 
Very satisfied!!!
By Tor ArveVerified Purchaser from Gjøvik Norway on 3/20/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Clean
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I always have the 580 EX II in my photobag.

 
you will be suprised!!!!
By YadiraVerified Purchaser from Austin, Tx on 3/10/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy but so worth it
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Even if your a beginner this flash can walk you from that point on to becoming a professional...it's awesome!!!

 
There has to be a better way
By Bengt NymanVerified Reviewer from San Diego on 3/9/2008
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Cons:
Awkward controls
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I do a lot of low light photography under rapidly changing conditions like special effect stage lighting. The Canon Speedlite 580 has all the conceivable controls and most of them are useless under fire. The field of flash driven by the camera lens focal length is a somewhat useful feature. However, many times I do not want to flash the entire field of view but just the center. I would like to see a pro flash with a single manual lever with two degrees of freedom; one to control field of flash and one to control the power of the flash.

 
Truly Amazing
By DavidVerified Purchaser from Las Vegas on 3/6/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This flash is truly amazing. I would hands down recommend it.

 
I would buy this again
By GrizVerified Purchaser from Wellington, Co on 3/6/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a great flash that has lots of features.

 
Super flash due the work
By cheloprVerified Purchaser from San Juan, PR on 3/6/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

At full automatic work super, when you learn how it work you will get more cool results.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
For the Pros only
By BobVerified Purchaser from Outerbanks,NC on 3/6/2008
Pros:
Fast Recycling, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I liked this flash unit however it didnt meet up to my Metz expetations

 
SUPER FLASH
By SugarbearVerified Reviewer from Naples, Fl. on 2/25/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is an awsome flash but it gets hard to hold in vertical shooting

 
Good Deal
By DeeVerified Purchaser from Canada on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I was looking into purchasing a flash for awhile and this is a great deal!

 
It's the best you can have
By Julius the RomanianVerified Purchaser from Mission Viejo Ca. on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I had the 580EX but i gave it back to my brother in law. Once you worked with flash you can't go back, so I got the 580 EX II.
It is better than the first version, weather sealed,
faster and much better battery door design.
I never used the slave/master option in the first 580EX but on the II it's in the menu some place, a possible step back.

 
I REALY LOVE THE RESULTS OF THIS FLASH
By cotorraVerified Purchaser from hayward ca on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet, Reliable
Cons:
UNCONFORTABLE
Best Uses:
Back-Up, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I BEEN USING CANON PRODUCTS FOR OVER 32 YEARS AND IM VERY CONFIDENT WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF MY CANON EQUIPMENT AND I WONT CHANGE IT FOR ANY THING ELSE.

 
Great flash, and quiet!
By JRVerified Purchaser from KC on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Cons:
still expensive even with
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I've used every version of Canon speedlight, and quite frankly resist the temptation to move to the latest "upgrade". With the[...] high resale value of my 580ex, I purchased the II. Wow, it's quieter, quicker and well worth the move.

 
Great Flash for all applications
By EMDVerified Purchaser from San Diego, CA on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Can't beat Canon Quality here. This is a well designed product that works perfectly.

 
exelent flash for best price
By kluvdanVerified Purchaser from Pompano Beach, FL on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

no comment ... excelent

 
Perfect EOS accessory!
By Johnny RingoVerified Purchaser from Lincoln, CA on 2/7/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Lightweight
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Excellent product from Canon. I bought this to replace my older Canon 580EZ. So far I am very pleased with this product. It simply works and works well with the new digital EOS bodies.

 
Fantastic speedlight
By Abdul MaimaniVerified Purchaser from OMAN on 1/28/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Cons:
No diffuser
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is my first time I use a Canon flash. I have been using NIKON kit for a long time. I just fell in love with this sppedlight. The design is sleek, and the performance is excellent. I use it most of the time on ETTL, and it works great.

As a Nikon Flash user, I just miss the diffuser on this unit.
Can complain from anything else.

Highly recommended

 
Works Well - No Problems
By NealVerified Purchaser from Bahrain on 1/23/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I found this flash to work quite well in poorly lit short range portrait environments while using the built-in flash diffuser. Anything further than about 7-10 meters though and you will get a standard telephoto looking image where you can tell it was obvious a flash had been used to try to illuminate something from far away (washed out background highlights, under/overexposure, etc.). If you want great closeups, I highly recommend it.

 
Superb Product
By DavidVerified Purchaser from Stafford, Virginia on 1/23/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling
Cons:
None that I could see
Best Uses:
Back-Up, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Excellent flash, easy to set up and easy to use.

 
The best flash available
By Canon UserVerified Purchaser from Portland, Oregon on 1/22/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easy Controls, Fast Recycling
Cons:
none
Best Uses:
Fill-flash, Night Photography, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

The controls allow you to quickly dial in any amount of fill-flash. The recycle time is amazing. I use rechargeable batteries and the unit keeps on flashing and flashing and flashing. I put off getting this flash because of the cost but now wish I had gotten it long ago. I use it on the Canon 10D and 40D.

 
Works great with my Cannon XTI
By DaveVerified Purchaser from Maryyville.TN on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use the flash mostly as a fill light with my nature photography

 
Great flash
By BB.Verified Purchaser from Qld, Australia on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Well worth the extra cash over the 430. Nice unit.

 
Great
By RayVerified Purchaser from NE OK on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

great

 
As advertised
By MikeVerified Purchaser from Enon, OH on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Quiet
Cons:
Heavy, Keep fresh batteries
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Use for Portraits

 
Great
By JackVerified Purchaser from Berkley, mich. on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Back-Up, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use with wireless a lot a it works realy great

 
Awesome Flash
By bif13Verified Purchaser from Waterloo, IA on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Back-Up, General Use, Night Photography, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

My husband gave me the Canon 430 Speedlite for Christmas and I played with it for a week before deciding that I wanted to upgrade to the 580 EXII. Glad I did. When the 580 Speedlite arrived, I played with it and even compared both speedlites and was very glad to have upgraded. Returned the 430 to the store where he had purchased it and happy to have my 580!

 
Hard to use
By ltpVerified Purchaser from Orlando, FL on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Cons:
Hard to change settings
Best Uses:
General Use, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Changing settings is difficult, but it is a good flash. Just wish it were more user friendly.

 
Qualit product, good price
By Stan_d3773Verified Purchaser from Adams, MA on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Durable
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Casual user

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Hi tech product

 
great
By lzechVerified Purchaser from Baroda, Mi on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Fast Recycling, flash
Cons:
none
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Put it on the camera and off you go. Hugh improvement over the on camera flash. Wish I had bought it sooner. Had a few Christmas pictures that were hopeless.

 
A great upgrade
By paul steinkeVerified Purchaser from Denver, CO on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I bought the 580exII as an upgrade to my 430ex, and was very happy with the result. Where the 430 took its time to recycle the 580 didn't. The amount of power that the flash can produce is astounding, even overwhelming at times. I love the new lock feature, forgoing the screw knob, and the menus are easy to use and laid out well. My only complaint is that it gets a bit heavy after a couple hours of use and defintely weighs more than the 430, but this is not really a downside as much as a personal change for me.

 
Impressed so far!
By Dan H.Verified Purchaser from Columbia, MO on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
Battery consumption
Best Uses:
Back-Up, General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I use two of these units with the speedlite transmitter. It gives me quick control of light balance. The output is impressive and the versatility of flash control is fantastic. The only disappointment so far has been the battery consumption rate.

 
a great workhorse
By [@]tjsphotographic[@]Verified Purchaser from rhode island on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Cons:
none
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

stunning capabilities! i use it mainly for concert work, so the exp comp & man modes are great!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nice range, easy to use
By StolenbuickVerified Purchaser from Chicago Phoenix on 11/21/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Great flash with excellent range. The new attachment method is an improvement. Special functions are easy to find and use. Works great in pairs for slaving. Recycle time is a big improvement and worth upgrading.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
nice flash
By PictureByPaulaVerified Purchaser from Mamaroneck, NY on 9/27/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Quiet
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Professional Work
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

It's a step up from my 550 EX

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Buy quality and cry once!
By dblackdogVerified Purchaser from Seattle, WA on 9/26/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling
Cons:
Pricey
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I learned a long time ago to buy quality and cry once. That way, I never have buyer's remorse. This flash may be pricey but, the product does what it is intended to do plus some. I use it with my D20. I've owned many Canon products in my day and they have always performed beyond my expectations. One of the main reasons I like Canon products is ease of use and standardization. I'm loyal to Canon and my pictures are proof of their quality.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Fantastic Flash
By Mark the Father with 7 kidsVerified Purchaser from Fort Wayne, Indiana on 9/26/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling
Best Uses:
General Use, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I Love Flash, It works perfect with my EOS 40 D

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great flash
By MartinVerified Purchaser from Orlando on 9/26/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Professional Work
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Bought it with stand and umbrella. Works well with inexpensive Cactus remote shutter release. Great if you need strobe on locations out of power source.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great general use strobe
By RichVerified Reviewer from Kansas City on 9/25/2007
Pros:
Best TTL Yet, Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet, Rugged
Cons:
Over heats and shuts down
Best Uses:
General Use, Night Photography, Photojournalism, Professional Work
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

This is a great strobe for on camera use, but it does have some weak points. Leaving the strobe on for long periods of time while on a shoot will cause the batteries to get hot which will shut down the strobe.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Perfect match for me, not for my wife
By Lars LVerified Purchaser from Oslo, Norway on 7/31/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
General Use
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Basing flash photography purely on the cameras integrated flash for some months, this purchase was highly necessary and long time coming. The flash has got all the basic functionality you can ask for and lots of additional functionality many of us are not going to use ever, but it's good to know that it's there. I use the flash all the time, my wife however thinks it's too big and too heavy and won't use it.
The size (distance from flash head to lens) is an issue when shooting close-ups. Even with the head tilted down to the max (6-7°) the lower part of the subject might be dark/"shadowy", but that's common physics and does not affect my impression of the flash. Great buy!

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Virtually no sound and faster than 580EX
By ct005ke002 from Central Coast OR on 7/15/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Quiet
Best Uses:
Professional Work
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional, Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

I have both 580EX and 580EX II. 580EX II is quieter and faster recharge time.
Metal hot shoe is great especially when you use light box like Gary Fong box. But the head size is lerger than 580 EX. Gary Fong box is snug fit for 580EX but forced fit for the EX II. Other than that, it is perfect!

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Great Flash
By YanVerified Reviewer from McMinnville, Oregon on 7/7/2007
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Portraits, Professional Work, Sports Photography, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

One fine flash. I use this flash to controlled set of 430EXs. Works great, E-TTL 2 is flawless with 580EX II. I don't have to change the setting on each slave unless I want to do it manually. I could set ratio for each group. Perfect for solution for me with a studio on the go.

430EX would be a great subtitution if you don't need the master function.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Fast, consistent, and efficient
By Daniel Sone from Miami, FL on 5/21/2007
Pros:
Durable, High Quality
Cons:
Expensive
Best Uses:
Everything
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 190 Feet / 58m at ISO 100:

Essentially the same as the previous 580EX, but faster and more compatible with Canon's DSLRs metering and colorspace. The metal construction with rubber seal is a smart addition.

On full batteries, you can get 1000+ shots with little, if not neglible slow-down in recycling.

This flash has great range. It reaches far with good light. However, like any flash using it at extreme distances can produce undesirable photos.

It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. A good alternative is the 430EX if you don't want to break your bank too badly.

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