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Canon Speedlite 430EX II

  • Model Number: SPEEDLITE 430EX II
  • WebID: 10109412
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This exciting addition to the Canon EOS System combines compact size and affordability. Improving on the previous model, Speedlite 420EX 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. Refinements in its circuitry make recycle time 20% faster.

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  • Significantly greater user control via LCD panel on rear of flash.
  • Wide angle pull-down panel covers 14mm lens (on a full-frame camera).
  • Slightly higher maximum 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.
  • Six custom flash functions built into the 430EX (set on rear LCD panel).

Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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  • from Guelph, ON
  • Feb 08, 2015

Great enthusiast flash

I recently upgraded by Canon body to the 70D and wanted to invest in my first external flash to go with it. What a difference! The additional control that you have over light for traditional flash or fill-in flash shots is amazing. I was at the Toronto Aquarium recently and really liked the shots that I got. Operation with Canon bodies is seamless ... as you would expect. Would recommend.

  • from Guelph, ON
  • Feb 06, 2015

Great Amateur Flash

I like the way that the camera and the flash work together. I upgraded my 5year old Rebel body to a 2015 Canon 70D and was very impressed... the transition and additional capabilities are amazing. But I was grateful to receive a Speedlite 430 as a gift to go with the new body.For a non-pro it seems like the ideal balance between an on-body flash and the higher end (and expensive) master-synchronized flashes available from Canon. I like the intelligence between the camera software and the flash. Very impressive for fill in or programmable full flash shots. The flexibility to aim the flash 180 vertically and 360 horizontally is excellent. I'm planning to get the ($$!) hotshoe cable to allow me to set the flash further away from the camera.It is a good way for an advanced amateur to up their game from a lighting perspective. Definitely recommended!!

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Jan 26, 2015


Spend the holidays taking pictures of the little one...........with my standard flash...some good shots...but a lot of washed out colors. Bought this flash on sale after Christmas, I wish I had it for the holidays. Makes a world of difference. eXcellent, but like most flashes it has a bit of a delay when turning on. So if you anticipate the little ones getting ready for a in prompt to photo shoot.........get it set up a quick. Once it is ready to is excellent.

  • from Calgary, AB
  • Jan 22, 2015

great flash for my camera

Got it on promotion! Really like it!

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Feb 05, 2014

Excellent for indoor shots under low lighting

This was my first time using external flash. It works amazing allowing you get high quality natural looking clear shots under low lighting. I think its excellent for indoor use as you can bounce the light from walls and ceiling. The quality of the unit is ok, I was expecting a more robust built, however, given the price and excellent performance I would rate it a 5.

  • from Cambridge, NS
  • Feb 05, 2014

A bargain when on sale.

100% compatible with my T5i. Quality workmanship. Good documentation and lots of information online. My YN-560 flash has been relegated to off-camera field work only.

  • from Surrey, BC
  • Jan 02, 2014

Excellent performance

Perfect for my camera, i used it on New years eve. i can see the big diffirence between biuld-in flash and external flash. i'm satisfied with the performance and the price is affordable. i would recommend this product.

  • from Coquitlam, BC
  • Dec 28, 2013

Great for beginners..

this is my first time to use a flash, i have not read the whole instructions, i do not have that much knowledge but i found my initial shots are better than using my built in flash....

  • from Terrebonne, QC
  • Dec 11, 2013

Great Flash

The refresh rate on this unit is awesome ( instant when use in automatic mode ). Can be oriented in any direction to bounce light, or used remotely with wireless. Sure beats using the built-in flash. Someone with big fingers may find the buttons hard to press.The only reason I give it 4 stars, and not 5 is because this unit can only be used as a slave, and not master ( Requires the purchase of a more expensive unit) .

  • from Winnipeg, MB
  • Nov 21, 2013

The right starter flash

I started really taking pictures a few months ago and though I used a point and shoot for years I now think about the shot rather than just taking it. My DSLR is wonderful but you soon realize the factory flash is not enough. After looking at and reading up on flashes, I chose the 430EX II because it really does have all the features you'd want in a starter flash. I can see the difference in the pictures and to me that is what counts.

  • from Parksville, BC
  • Oct 23, 2013

Almost Unbelievable

Recently was at our neice and her new husbands wedding and our brother in law asked me to take additional pics as well as their hired photographer as I've been taking family photos for the past 30 years. My new 430EX got a Great workout and the recovery rate is astounding compared to my old brand X flash on my T3I and the results and composition/colourand settings made me a better shooter .

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Oct 21, 2013

Great Flash

Using the 430EX II to enhance my commercial product shots as well as for portraiture. Being able to slave it to my 7D provides lots of flexibility in placing the flash to avoid reflection issues common to product photography.

  • from Germany
  • Dec 25, 2010

Great Flash

When used with my EOS 7D I can wireless remote this flash to anywhere I wish giving me great flexibility - and I can use the on-body flash as well. The swivel head also allows you the ability to bounce light off walls etc. For the price this is a great flash

  • from Red Deer
  • Nov 08, 2010

Great Flash

Had this flash for about 6 months and have used in for wedding photography as well as portraits. Good build quality with adjustable angles for great light bouncing. Some of the controls are a bit hard to press as the buttons are quite small and have to be depressed quite deep inorder to activate them. Great flash overall but the warranty could be a bit longer than 1 year (Nikon's similar flash is a 2 year warranty).

  • from St.Catharines
  • Feb 21, 2010


Flash is powerful and fully compatible with Canon cameras so there is no thinking and no guess work. 3stops +/- when coupled with my XSI's 2 stop +/- abilities means you can get good depth and shadow when you want it. The one thing I was not aware of is this camera will not act as a master when hooking up multiple flashes. Canon forces you to buy the 580EX as the master unit. I'm sure if they wanted to the software could have been put in this camera as well.

  • from Red Deer, AB
  • Feb 09, 2010

Quality Product

The Canon 430EX II is like most Canon products, great build and top quality equipment. I purchased the 430EX II Speedlite in late January 2010 and found the following: PROS - Great design - Adjustable Flash Head - Flash communicates with your Canon compatible camera - Various options and settings including a SLAVE mode - LOVE the locking feature when you mount it in your camera's hotshoe - Not too big for your camera (I'm using a Canon 40D body) - Does come with a clear diffuser built into the flash head - Uses 4 AA batteries - Backlit LCD screen (when needed) CONS - The only con I've found at this point is that some of the navigation buttons on the back of the flash are a bit hard to push. They require using your thumbnail or smallish fingers in order to push the buttons in far enough to activate them. If you have huge fingers this may be an issue. SUMMARY I've used some cheaper 'no-name' flashes before and their build quality doesn't compare to a real, Canon flash.