Canon Speedlite Flashes - Chemistruck Photography

Canon Speedlite Flashes

I recently did some comparisons on the different Canon Speedlite Flashes and found Bob Atkins’ chart on these external flashes helpful.  His included the earlier model of 430 EX, so I updated the chart for the latest version, 430 EX II.


220 EX

430 EX II

580 EX II

Wireless:NoSlaveController (Master) and Slave
AF-assist Beam:YesYes, covers all focus points in EOS cameras up to 9 AF pointsYes, linked to multi-point AF system of compatible cameras
Guide No. (ISO 100, in meters) Zoom/Guide:28/2224/23; 28/26; 35/32; 50/35; 70/38; 105/4314/15; 24/28; 28/30; 35/36; 50/42; 70/50; 80/53; 105/58
Flash Covering Setting Method:Fixed condenser lensFixed condenser lens with internal zoomFixed condenser lens with internal zoom
Flash Coverage Setting System:Fixed1. Autozoom (zooms automatically to match the lens focal length)
2. Manual Zoom (with zoom button)
3. Wide Panel
1. Autozoom (zooms automatically to match the lens focal length)
2. Manual Zoom (with zoom button)
3. Wide Panel
Image Size Zoom Control:NoneWith cameras compatible with auto zoom, it zooms automatically to match the camera’s image sizeWith cameras compatible with auto zoom, it zooms automatically to match the camera’s image size
Color Temperature ControlNoneautomatically transfers colour temperature information to recent models of digital SLR camerasautomatically transfers colour temperature information to recent models of digital SLR cameras
Zooming Speed:NoneApprox 0.4 secApprox. 0.6 sec. (24-105mm)
Zoom Position Indicator:Nonenumerals on the LCD’s focal length displaynumerals on the LCD’s focal length display
Bounce Direction:NoneUp: 0-90 degrees; Left: 0-180 degrees; Right: 0-90 degreesUp: 0-90 degrees; Down: 0-7 degrees; Left: 0-180 degrees; Right: 0-180 degrees
Bounce Position Indication:NoneMarkings on back of flash headLCD indicates 7 degree bounce down only
Manual Power SettingNone1/1 to 1/641/1 to 1/128
Exposure Control Modes:E-TTL II, E-TTL, TTLE-TTL II, E-TTL, TTLE-TTL II, E-TTL, TTL
Flash Modes:Normal Flash, High sync speed, Test firingNormal Flash, High sync speed, Test firing, Modeling flashNormal Flash, Quick Flash, High sync speed, Stroboscopic Flash, Test firing, Modelling flash
Flash Range – ISO 100 50/1.40.7m -15.7m0.7-24.3m0.5m – 30m
Custom Functions:None6, user selectable14, user selectable
Other FeaturesWeather Sealed, metal mounting foot.
Internal Power Source4x AA4 xAA4 x AA
External Power Source OptionNoNoYes
Dimensions (W x H x D) mm:65.1 x 92 x 6272 x 122 x 10176 x 134 x 114
Weight (excluding batteries):160g330g375g

Chart found on BobAtkins.com.

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