Canon Speedlite 420EX Hot-shoe clip-on flash

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Canon Speedlite 420EX Hot-shoe clip-on flash

The Speedlite 420EX is sure to appeal to EOS users everywhere with its combination of power, features and affordability. It is fully E-TTL-compatible,...

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Review of "Canon Speedlite 420EX Hot-shoe clip-on flash"

published 27/03/2006 | malekowie
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"What is Speedlite?"

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What Speedlite is? It's a range of Cannons flash guns designed to use with Canon EOS SLRs and DSLRs. Not suitable for any other cameras but Canon. The Canon Speedlite 420EX is an autozoom flash unit equipped with a wireless sensor for E-TTL wireless autoflash (E-TTL stands for Evaluative Through The Lens).

Quick description

Canon Speedlite 420EX has been around for about 5 years and been recently replaced with new model 430EX (£199, designed for use with digital cameras). It's comes to support the whole range of Canon EOS cameras to achieve the most of your exceptional camera, which is Canon EOS XXX. It uses 4 AA batteries to operate. When you connect the flash to your camera the small built-in flesh, on your camera, is getting cut-off and the Speedlite comes to the power. You can move the head of the flash 270 degrees vertically and 110 degrees horizontally. Operating the flash is quite easy, but you need to go through the manual first. Speedlite 420EX is only for those who want to take the most of their Canon EOS cameras. Do not recommend for people who bought their cameras because of the Canon's name or because someone else recommended it to them. No, do not bother. It will not change anything in your live! But if like taking pictures of flowers in your garden, well lit in the morning sun, or if you want to take pictures of your kids with all details well exposed…. Yes, you should consider this or similar flash gun.

Built

The flash is made of black plastic, with all buttons on the back of the flash and one on the side (right). There are 8 buttons in total and description (what they do) below or above them. But hold your horses; the only one easy to understand at first is: on and off button. Above it is high-speed sync switch - do not use it before going through the manual (unless you are pro). Next to main switch there is a pilot button - is indicates if flash is ready. Above all you have the autozoom position indicator for the corresponding lens focal length. It contains 6 lights matching the exact focal length of your lens. Two buttons to move the head and another switch to use the flash as master or slave unit. Now if you do not understand most of it - do not buy the flash, stick with the unit built-in your camera.

Use

The best results would be achieve when use the flash with lenses of long focal length i.e. 70- 300, for taking photos for portraits and micro photography, i.e. flowers or quick moving creatures (including children). When used with lenses of short focal length would suggest moving the head of the flesh up to bounce the light from ceiling. The light reaching your subject will be defused and better lighting the subject. Direct light could be to strong and make unwanted results with the subject coming to bright.

Price

When I bought my flash, the Speedlight 420EX 3 yeas ego, I paid for it the same price you would need to pay for new 430EX, £199. Now you could get it second hand for as low as £50, which is excellent price.

Overall

The speedlight 420EX and whole range of canon flash guns is to support EOS cameras. But buy it only if you are the kind of person who is never 100% happy with the quality of pictures you take or you have to much money or you are pro, then you don't need to read my review.

Good luck and thank you for reading.

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Comments on this review

  • snake_plissken published 07/04/2006
    I understand what you mean....... but I'm a T32 man myself. Great review ;-)
  • docpov published 02/04/2006
    Think I am more of a point and click merchant lol
  • Digbycat published 30/03/2006
    I stole my Dad's, way cheaper (Nikon version obviously) M xx
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Product Information : Canon Speedlite 420EX Hot-shoe clip-on flash

Manufacturer's product description

The Speedlite 420EX is sure to appeal to EOS users everywhere with its combination of power, features and affordability. It is fully E-TTL-compatible, and reverts to standard TTL operation when used on older EOS bodies or the T90. The fully swiveling bounce head zooms automatically over a range of 24mm-105mm. Most impressively, 420EX' wireless E-TTL compatibility permits it to function as a "slave" unit, triggered by a 550EX; ST-E2, or MR-14EX. Any number of 420EX and 550EX Speedlites can be combined as "slave" units.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon Speedlite 420EX - hot-shoe clip-on flash

Camera Flash: Hot-shoe clip-on flash

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.1 cm x 9.9 cm x 12.2 cm, 7.2 cm x 9.9 cm x 12.5 cm

Weight: 300 g

Localisation: English

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 42

Lens Coverage: 24mm - 105mm

Supported Exposure Control: TTL, E-TTL

Colour Temperature: Daylight

Zoom: Automatic, manual

Features: AF illuminator, wireless off-camera control

Required Battery: 4 x battery - AA type

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Designed For: EOS 100D, 1200D, 1Ds Mark II, 3000V, 30D, 350D, 400D, 500D, 5D, 650D, 70D, 7D, 7D Mark II, Kiss X7, Kiss X70, Rebel T4i, Rebel T5; PowerShot G1, Pro70, Pro90 IS

Flash Duration: 1.2 ms

General

MPN: 4590A010AA, 4590A020, 420EX, C50-0781, 4590A010, 4590A009AA

Width: 7.1 cm, 7.2 cm

Depth: 9.9 cm

Height: 12.2 cm, 12.5 cm

Weight: 300 g

Enclosure Colour: Black

Enclosure Material: Plastic

Localisation: English

Camera Flash

Type: Hot-shoe clip-on flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 42

Lens Coverage: 24mm - 105mm

Supported Exposure Control: TTL, E-TTL

Vertical Rotation Angle: +90 / -7

Horizontal Rotation Angle: +180 / -90

Colour Temperature: Daylight

Zoom: Automatic, manual

Auto Shut-Off: Yes

Features: AF illuminator, wireless off-camera control

Shooting Distance: 0.7 m - 24 m, 0.7 m

Min Flash Duration: 1.2 ms

Power

Required Battery: 4 x battery - AA type

Power Consumption: Recycling time - 0.1 - 7.5 sec / 700 flash: - with 4 x AA type - Alkaline ¦ Recycling time - 0.1 - 4.5 sec / 600 flash: - with 4 x AA type - Nickel Cadmium

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Compatibility Information

Designed For: Canon EOS 100D, 1200D, 1Ds Mark II, 3000V, 30D, 350D, 400D, 500D, 5D, 650D, 70D, 7D, 7D Mark II, Kiss X7, Kiss X70, Rebel T4i, Rebel T5 ¦ Canon PowerShot G1, Pro70, Pro90 IS

Designed For: Canon EOS 100D, 1Ds Mark II, 3000V, 30D, 350D, 400D, 500D, 5D, 650D, 7D, Rebel T4i ¦ Canon PowerShot G1, Pro70, Pro90 IS

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Carrying case

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