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Canon Speedlite 430EX TTL-Shoe Mount Flash with Case, Guide Number 141, Feet, at ISO 100, USA Warranty.

SKU: CA430EXU MFR: 0298B002
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This exciting addition to the EOS System combines compact size and affordability with an added dose of features and sophistication. Improving on the previous model, Speedlite 420EX, the new 430EX can now be set into manual flash mode (full power 1/64). Flash compensation can be set on the flash unit, and manual control of the flash zoom head is now possible. Improvements in its circuitry make recycle time 40% faster, and since it is compatible with Canon's wireless E-TTL, it can be used as an affordable slave unit.

The Canon Speedlite 430EX flash unit replaces the Speedlite 420EX flash model asthe one of the most functional and powerful flashes in its class. The maximum guide number has been increased to 43/141 (ISO 100, in meters/feet), and the 430EX flash becomes even more versatile with the addition of a built-in wide panel, which increases the minimum focal length coverage from the previous 24mm limit to 14mm.

The Speedlite 430EX flash works equally well with film or digital cameras. Additionally, like its big brother, the Speedlite 580EX flash, the Speedlite 430EX flash unit includes features that digital photographers will find especially useful. The Speedlite 430EX flash is compatible with Canon's E-TTL II (Evaluative Through The Lens) auto exposure technology.

E-TTL II technology analyzes relevant information like subject distance to modify flash power automatically, resulting in more accurate flash exposure, even when shooting subjects of different sizes, reflectance or high contrast. Advanced technology automatically adjusts the flash coverage to help compensate for differences in focal length as well as the variable size of CMOS sensors on digital cameras. The new Speedlite also analyzes flash duration & battery charge levels to adjust white balance dynamically for stable & accurate color from shot to shot.

The new Speedlite 430EX flash unit includes other upgrades, such as a full-powerrecycle time that is approximately 40 percent shorter than its predecessor at just 2 seconds with NiMH rechargeable AA batteries. A rear LCD & intuitivelyplaced controls make other new features more accessible, such as adjusting manual flash exposure from full power to 1/64 in whole stop increments, & enabling the second curtain sync function. 6 custom functions are also now available, as well as a flash head that is more maneuverable & capable of moreangles for bouncing flash illumination than its predecessor.

The Speedlite 430EX flash also incorporates the high end features that make it an essential accessory, such as a 24-105mm auto zoom, locking hot shoe bracket, & the ability to be used as a slave flash in an E-TTL or E-TTL II wireless flash configuration. High speed sync & FE lock are also available, as well as a save energy (SE) function, a versatile feature set that delivers outstanding value. With all of it features & versatility, Speedlite 430EX flash becomes the next logical step in the EOS system.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (89) , Fast recycling (82) , Lightweight (68) , Durable (53) , Easily interchangeable (27) , Quiet (26) , Strong construction (26) , Easy to use (24) , Easy to clean (23) , Versatile (13) , Good power output (11) , Rugged (3) , Simple controls (3)
Cons:
Heavy (15) , Slow recycling (4)
Best Uses:
General purpose (62) , Portraits (49) , Fill flash (47) , Night photography (44) , Photojournalism (26) , Photography (24) , Lighting (16) , Sports photography (15) , Back-up (9) , Macro photography (4) , Home (3) , Professional work (3) , Travel (3) , Wedding/event photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (43) , Semi-professional (27) , Casual user (14) , Professional (9) , Beginner (3) , Former pro now hobby (1) , Newspapermagazines (1) , Photo enthusiast (1)

Key Features

  • Significantly greater user control via new LCD panel on rear of flash
  • Wide-angle pull-down panel covers 14mm lens (on a full-frame camera)
  • Slightly higher max. guide number at 105mm setting (GN 141-feet, at ISO 100)
  • Auto conversion of flash zoom coverage with compatible digital SLRs
  • White balance info communicated instantly to compatible digital SLRs
  • Bounce upward to 90°; swivel right (to 90°) and left (to 180°)
  • 14% lighter and approx. 25% smaller in overall volume than top-of-the-line 580EX
  • Six flash custom functions built into the 430EX (set on rear LCD panel)

Technical Specs

Type E-TTL/TTL-Shoe Mount
Guide Number G.N. 138 (ISO 100, feet) at 105mm setting;
G.N. 101 at 35mm setting
Zoom Range 24-105mm
Bounce Capability Yes
Swivel Capability Yes
Auto Settings full TTL at all apertures
Angle of Coverage 84 Degrees (24mm in 35mm) to 23 Degrees (105mm in 35mm)
Recycle Time 7 Seconds (based on alkaline batteries & full power)
4 Seconds (based on NiCd batteries & full power)
Power Source 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline, lithium, Ni-Cd, or Ni-MH)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.8 x 4.8 x 3.9 in.
Weight 10.6 oz.
Notes & Special Features AF-assist Beam: All Elan 7 points
Wireless Triggering: Yes
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